October 7, 2019
After a months-long search for AIR’s next website development partner, we’re thrilled to introduce our community to Teal Media, a creative agency with demonstrated commitment to collaborating with mission-driven organizations. We’re grateful to the teams that brought their proposals to our search, and to the AIRsters who reached out with critical insight. We’re excited about the next steps, and intend for AIR’s community to be with us at every juncture.
Our goal is to build a new website that represents and serves our far-reaching and diverse creative network. It is a top priority for us to envision a redesign that centers equity, resources, tools, and opportunities for the independent makers in our network. To this end, AIR and Teal are asking community members both within and beyond AIR to fill out a (short!) survey to contribute to our shared vision for the redesign. We ask that you fill out this survey by Friday, October 18, 2019. Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts.
Fill out the survey here: https://forms.gle/vSPnwUkL7d2z3ytz6.
Meet Teal Media:
“Teal Media is a woman-owned and woman-led full-service creative agency with a conscience. We pour our passion and skill toward your success — because we, too, want to create progressive change. We believe purposeful design can transform organizations, inspire action, and enable progress.
Jessica Teal, Principal
Before founding Teal Media, Jessica served as Design Manager for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign where she oversaw the visual design and development of all web and print materials for the campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Jessica also worked for Blue State Digital, the National Gallery of Art, the Democratic National Committee, and the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jessica has nearly twenty years of design and development experience. In addition to providing the creative vision for Teal Media clients and projects, Jessica recently served as a special consultant to the Obama White House, advising on digital strategy, user experience, and visual design. She was recently named in the top 5 “2018 Responsible Designers to Watch” by Graphic Design USA, has been featured in Forbes as part of the ongoing Self-Made Women series, and has been a speaker at SXSW Interactive, NTEN, NOI, RootsCamp, and Netroots Nation. Jessica will serve as the Strategist for this engagement.
Aruna Mall, Creative Director
Nearly midway into a second decade as a creative, Aruna is a seasoned professional who has spent her entire career in the design field. Aruna possesses a passion for the underdog, the nonprofit, and organizations driving social change. Her time at Teal Media has allowed her to lead client and creative teams in a collaborative way to produce results-driven design solutions that are also innovative, inspiring, and human-centric. She has led engagements with a number of Teal clients including Greenpeace, CARE, Amnesty International, and Women Moving Millions. Aruna will serve as the Creative Lead for the engagement, and she will bring in additional members of our design team as needed.
Jason Yovanoff, Chief Technology Officer
Rich Orris, Lead Developer
Rich Orris has decades of experience working with and consulting for non- profit organizations. He specializes in web development and emerging media production. He has been using open source CMS solutions like WordPress and Drupal as a primary tool since the days of Deanspace back in 2003. Since then he has worked on projects for Fresh Air, This American Life, Serial, S-Town, 30 for 30 Podcasts, Planet Money, The Moth, Pitchfork, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Electronic Frontier Foundation. Rich will serve as the Lead Developer for this engagement.