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Free PCC event designed to help lucky nonprofits

COURTESY PHOTO - Meagan Eatough of Adelante Mujeres (far left) gave feedback on ideas from the volunteer designers assigned to her Design Like Mad team at Portland Community College, including (L-R) PCC alumnae Katie Custis and Sarah Cadwell and PCC Instructor Tracy Ullom.A Forest Grove nonprofit took advantage of the recent "Design Like Mad" event hosted by Portland Community College to get a new informational brochure, redesigned website and mobile phone displays, plus a clever guide for pronouncing the organization's name.

Adelante Mujeres was one of eight nonprofits to get help from a total of 30 Portland-area designers who donated their time and talents. In addition, PCC Sylvania offered four faculty members, five current students and five graduates as part of the design mix.

Designers spent the day "madly sketching ideas, trying out color and typography and working on computers to print their work," while also taking feedback on their efforts from the nonprofits' representatives, according to PCC Community Relations Director Kate Chester.

In addition, the design team looked at what Adelante was paying for its web-hosting service, said event organizer Cece Cutsforth, "and was able to find a much lower-cost service, saving the organization quite a bit of money."