The Client

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) is a community-based organization with a citywide impact, providing supportive human and social services that benefit all segments of the population. Their current look was outdated, inconsistent and not user-friendly.

The challenge

Refocus and rebrand

The biggest challenge of rebranding the Jewish Community Council was making sure that the approach was broad enough to appeal to all the audiences that used the JCCGCI’s services. The client wanted the focus to be taken away from the “Jewish” part of their name and put on the community and citywide audience that they actually cater to.

This citywide approach was then applied to the website redesign, with a focus on the many offerings the JCCGCI offered to a multitude of people.

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island gray type logo
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island navy block logo
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island red and gray logo

The Solution

Bold, Modern, Friendly

JCCGCI’s tagline, “A community-based organization with a citywide impact,” served as the backbone for our design. The new logo visualizes their citywide scope through the NYC skyline, and even appears as a design motif throughout the site. Scrapping their uninviting red color scheme, we implemented a bolder and more modern blue palette that felt serious, but friendly.

We took the focus away from their full name and use the initialism (JCCGCI) as a point of reference in both the logo and the copy

Screenshot of the old JCC website
JCC Our Team head shots


Allow the client to update their pages

JCC website services section

Showcase services

Highlight the manyservices and programsavailable

Content is Key

While the site was difficult for staff to manage, it also discouraged JCCGCI’s target audience: those in need, and donors. Competing menus scrambled content, and donors had to take cumbersome off-site steps to complete transactions. Site visitors looking for help, such as the elderly and those without English fluency, could feel overwhelmed navigating the duplicate and sometimes inaccurate information.

Modifying the layout and the copy was, therefore, a simultaneous process. Because every service page was completely rewritten, our content and web team needed to work on the sitemap together to streamline this new content. The homepage now guides visitors through their latest achievements, showcases up-to-date photos and encourages donation with a clear hierarchy.

JCC website shown on a wide variety of screen sizes
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