Alexander Atkins Design, Inc. (AAD), based in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley, has been deeply committed to serving nonprofits, schools, and universities since its founding in 1983. We consistently and passionately support “design for the greater good” — projects that serve the local and global community. We do this by creating brilliant, compelling design work that informs and inspires people.

What types of projects does AAD work on?
AAD works on the following types of graphic design projects for nonprofit organizations: annual reports, websites, brochures, newsletters, magazines, logos, branding guides, book covers, capital campaigns, ads, posters, direct mail campaigns, conference materials, slide sets, museum exhibits, and trade shows.

How quickly can AAD complete a project?
A client can expect first proofs for small projects in one to two days; larger projects can take five to seven days.

What is the process for developing a budget?
The best way to develop a budget is to have a discussion since there are many variables to consider. In most cases, a budget can be established in less than 15 minutes.

What clients has AAD worked with?
We have a deep and broad understanding of the constituencies that nonprofits and educational institutions serve. AAD’s longest association has been with Stanford University and UC Berkeley. AAD has also worked with UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, University of Chicago, Santa Clara University, Campbell Union School District, Saint Francis High School, Sacred Heart Schools, Bellarmine College Prep, and Bullis Charter School.

AAD has worked with many well-known nonprofits like Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Hope Services, Family Giving Tree, The Salvation Army, LifeMoves, AnitaB.org, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Making Waves Academy, Midpen, Open Space Authority, Tapia Conference, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Why is AAD focused on education?
Alexander Atkins is a passionate advocate for education and lifelong learning. He has taught graphic design and mentored high school and college students for many years. Atkins is also a founder of Bullis Charter School (BCS), a top-rated public charter school in Silicon Valley. Founded in 2003, BCS has been named a  California Distinguished School twice and won the California Exemplary Arts Education Program Award for its art and music programs. In 2012, Atkins created the popular blog Atkins Bookshelf to inspire reading, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. He is the author of Serendipitous Discoveries from the Bookshelf a fascinating tribute to books, literature, the joy of reading, and the English Language.

How can we help you today?
Please send us an email via the Contact Us page and let us know how we can help you and your organization make a profound difference in the world.