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Working with David has been the best experience I’ve ever had with a designer. He listens well, then works with me to create concepts that really fit the message we’re trying to convey. What I like best about David’s work is that it never looks “overdesigned”; his designs are simple, elegant, and clean, and he uses type with great effect. Our magazine and annual reports made giant leaps once we started working with David. His work is visually stunning, yet it isn’t “slick” and out of character with our organization. Finally, David is great to work with. Not only is he professional and extremely conscious of deadlines and budgets, but he’s a wonderful colleague. He’s friendly and fun, and he’s helped me do the best work I can. (1997–present)

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

Senior Editor

Farm Aid has worked with David for over 25 years. During that time, he has been incredibly easy to work with no matter what the project or the timeline. We often have last-minute changes in schedule or copy and he always manages to meet our needs for timeline, budget, and quality. He understands our mission as a nonprofit charity to promote ourselves with a clear and attractive image without looking slick or flashy. David has a unique ability to listen closely to our vague ideas and turn them into something concrete that meets our best expectations. His knowledge of the market has been extremely valuable whether we are creating a piece of direct mail, a newsletter, or even a four-color calendar — we often rely on him for the good advice he gives regarding design and marketing. With David you get a personal connection. He obviously cares deeply about his clients. (1986-present)

FARM AID

Development Coordinator

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Relationship is the word that comes to mind when I think of David’s approach to design. He is fully invested both as an artist and as an individual who appreciates the work of the Food Bank. His recommendations reflect his understanding of our mission, the people we serve, and the donors who support us. I have worked closely with David for several years on a variety of complex print projects. I never fail to experience a thrill when I see my manuscipts and photos transformed into a beautifully crafted, highly readable finished project. Creating a publication can be a challenging process, especially when you work for an organization that welcomes many voices in the review process. David’s understanding of how we work as a team, and his willingness to be completely honest if we are poised to make a bad decision, is immensely helpful. Best of all, we enjoy a lot of laughs along the way! (2001–present)

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Communications Director

David was working with my predecessors before I joined the Lincoln Institute 15 years ago, and I quickly realized that he was indispensible. Our working relationship has grown over the years as Lincoln’s publications products have evolved, and each one is better than the last. David has helped me rethink some of our projects and offered useful art direction each step of the way. We have worked regularly on a quarterly magazine and multiple policy reports that all get rave reviews. I look forward to new projects because I know it will be fun to work through the design and editing process together. I could not do my job without him! (1989–present)

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Director of Publications

I’ve worked with David for several years, and during that time he has always impressed me with his ability to intuit exactly what’s needed to make a project shine. He’s worked with us on books, quarterly journals, annual compilations, and a host of marketing and communication materials. His questions are spot on, he delivers excellent work on time, and his sense of humor makes the whole process enjoyable. (2004–present)

Society for Organizational Learning (SoL)

Managing Editor

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The Northeast Document Conservation Center has depended upon the expert design services of David Gerratt and his staff for more than five years. He has designed all of our publications and completed a gorgeous redesign of our website. The look and feel of his designs suit our nonprofit’s mission to help libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations preserve their cultural heritage collections. It is as if David and Amanda are an extension of our staff, part of our family — they are a pleasure to work with, prompt with deadlines, generous with advice, patient!, and expert with detail. The best part is that they truly get NEDCC. Some magic happens when we send David words and images — he makes it a whole; he presents the Center well with consistently beautiful designs. (2005–present)

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

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We think of DG Communications as a key partner in telling the story of Clean Energy Group (CEG) and the joint work of 18 state clean energy funds through the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). David has helped us think strategically about what we need to get out our message on new, innovative ways to finance the low carbon economy. He is a quick, conceptual thinker — he can capture the essence of our substantive mission in graphic approaches that give readers a deeper insight into our work. David’s contribution has helped us develop a full suite of communication products and planning. He has allowed us to reach many levels of readership, from the technically savvy to the layman, resulting in work that engages a broader audience for us. Each piece that David has designed has received positive and enthusiastic responses. We don’t know what we would do without him. (2003–present)

CLEAN ENERGY GROUP

President

I have more than 30 years in the business, and David is, hands down, the best designer I have ever worked with. What does a general term like “best” mean? With David it means that he has a remarkable knack for presenting the right design in the first go-round. He listens closely, and uses his unique ability to translate my verbal ideas into powerful designs. His use of color is beautiful. David’s skill also means projects move forward in a timely manner. David has helped me time and time again find the most cost-effective way to get work done whether it be printed materials or online projects. In working together for many years, I also know he is a man of great personal integrity. I recommend him absolutely. (2004–present)

National Heritage Museum

Editor/Communications Consultant

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We have worked with David for several years. He has helped transform our Cultural Survival Quarterly magazine to a beautiful and easily readable journal. Each issue is more stunning than the previous one. We have received so many compliments and accolades from people working on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and it is largely due to the design changes David has introduced. And the best part of working with David is that he makes the process seamless. We send him a ton of content and a few pointers and what we get back are exceptionally beautiful spreads. (2011–present)

Cultural Survival quarterly

Managing Editor

During my 25 years as a professional writer and editor, I have collaborated with a long list of designers on many different assignments. But when a new project arrives and I need a designer on my team, David is always the first person I call. Simply put, working with David is a joy. Talent is important, of course, but so are personality and work ethic. David knocks it out of the park on all three counts. I appreciate David's ability to translate a client's needs and wishes into a design (in print or for the web) that graphically captures the client's voice and mission. He shares my commitment to surpassing client expectations — meeting deadlines and staying on budget — while intelligently navigating any bumps in the road. And to top it all off, he laughs at my jokes. Why go anywhere else? (2004–present)

Pen & Press

Owner

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I’ve worked on many print and web projects in my career, and I'm so happy to have found David. I give him my highest recommendation. David and his team are fast, reliable, affordable, and they do quality work. Coming Clean represents a coalition of NGOs and stakeholders across the US, and we are working with David on multiple projects. He is a valued member of our team. David is especially talented at concepting websites. His suggestions have helped clarify our vision and take our sites to the next level of effectiveness and functionality. He also helps keep us on task, is pleasant to work with, and is very good at dealing with coalitions, which can be challenging, to say the least. (2007–present)

coming clean

Media Consultant

David brings a special character to all he creates. He integrates graphics and editorial content to present an environment with dramatic and effective message impact. David’s depth and breadth of knowledge and experience makes him uniquely qualified to work creatively and effectively at all stages of project development. Consistently, the end results of his attention and efforts are carefully orchestrated, complete information packages designed to function productively and efficiently. David’s clients reap the harvest of communications programs that not only technically do the job but also go beyond to achieve audience connections through their own and very special personalities. We value these contributions and think of David as one of us. (2001–2010)

COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

Director of Business Development

Oxfam America has always had a powerful message, but we lacked a visual identity to match it. Fortunately, we found a designer with the clarity of vision to help us refine our thinking and translate it into a coherent design strategy. At a time when Oxfam was moving into the national spotlight, David’s understanding of our mission and our various audiences has helped us achieve unprecedented success. Plus, his strong relationships with printers has saved the agency a lot of money. (1990–1998)

OXFAM AMERICA

Publications Director

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David is a crucial member of our team. We always appreciate his creativity, professional expertise, and patience. Not only does he offer excellent design services, he also understands our programs. With this understanding and skill, he brings our concepts to life and ensures the high quality of all our publications and web sites. We are fortunate to be working with such a talented person. (2002–present)

Lowell Center for Sustainable production

Program Director