RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.

Project
RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
Live Website
Challenge/Opportunity

Founded in 1995, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc. (DRS) is a non-profit public benefit corporation that provides private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in Riverside County and surrounding areas. DRS also administers five court mediation programs funded by the Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) through Riverside County. The DRS panel is comprised of experienced attorneys who have practiced law for 10 or more years and have met other experience requirements established by the DRS Board of Directors.

In 2013, DRS wanted to make improvements to its communications initiatives and activities in order to better meet its business goals and the needs of its diverse range of audiences. The organization sought to meet the following business goals:

  • Increase the volume of private arbitrations and mediations facilitated by DRS
  • Reduce civil case backlog in the Riverside County Courts
  • Recruit and retain competent ADR professionals to serve on the DRS panel
  • Build and maintain a standard for professional excellence in the ADR field in Riverside County
  • Maintain and grow two primary revenue streams in order to accomplish the business goals as outlined above
Scope of Project
The scope of this project included an organizational analysis that informed a Targeted Communications Plan. Guided by our findings in the Targeted Communications Plan, we designed and developed a new logo, an informational website, and several brand artifacts for DRS. We also wrote several profile articles, and templated, organized and copyedited nearly 100 panelist biographies for the DRS website.
Solution

In May 2013, we conducted an organizational analysis for DRS and delivered a set of recommendations in a Targeted Communications Plan.

From there we moved onto to creating a new look and feel for the brand, starting with a new logo design. Two messages that appeared consistently throughout the organization’s communications included: “You be the judge” and “You control the outcome.” These messages convey the benefits of using ADR services to settle disputes. We arrived at the gavel illustration with the acronym “DRS” underneath for the icon. The words “Dispute Resolution Service” are written in a bold serif font, with “RCBA” appearing in a thinner sans-serif font for less emphasis.

The navy blue and gold color scheme was borrowed from the larger affiliate organization, the Riverside County Bar Association. It is an elegant, traditional color scheme that conveys unity, trust and stability.

Next, we produced several brand artifacts that brought consistent messaging and design across all of the communications channels, these included:

  • Tri-Fold Brochure
  • Business Cards
  • Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Magazine Display Ads
  • Event Flyers (as needed)
  • Panelist Biography Template
  • E-mail Blast Templates
  • Informational Website

We also templated, organized and copyedited the biographies for the nearly 100 DRS panelists and added their bios in a searchable directory to the informational website.

Additionally, we wrote periodic featured mediator profiles that were cross-published on the DRS website and in Riverside Lawyer Magazine in order to promote DRS and the individual panelists.

Third-Party Contributors
  • None
Tools
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Constant Contact
  • Microsoft Word

Collateral


Logo

Two messages that appeared consistently throughout the organization’s communications included: “You be the judge” and “You control the outcome.” These messages convey the benefits of using ADR services to settle disputes. We arrived at the gavel illustration with the acronym “DRS” underneath for the icon. The words “Dispute Resolution Service” are written in a bold serif font, with “RCBA” appearing in a thinner sans-serif font for less emphasis.

The navy blue and gold color scheme was borrowed from the larger affiliate organization, the Riverside County Bar Association. It is an elegant, traditional color scheme that conveys unity, trust and stability.

Tri-Fold Brochure

This general tri-fold brochure was designed to quickly inform readers about what is DRS and its value propositions.

Business Cards

We designed a generic business card for the office as well as individual business cards for the DRS Board.

Letterhead

The letterhead was provided in a Word document template so that it could be easily and conveniently used internally for the frequent letter correspondence from DRS.

Envelopes

We designed a standard envelope with the logo and office address.

Magazine Display Ads

We designed magazine ads for Riverside Lawyer Magazine and for Inland Empire Magazine .

Event Flyers

We designed event flyers for an annual continuing legal education event held by DRS for its panelists.

Panelist Biography Template

We designed a branded template to use for all of the panelist biographies. The completed biographies were then made available for download in a PDF format on the DRS website and also appeared in a hard copy binder at the office.

E-mail Blast Template

We designed an e-mail blast template for Constant Contact for the periodic correspondence sent out from the organization to its mailing list.

Other Deliverables


Business Website

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Routine Website Maintenance and Updates

We provide ongoing website maintenance and updates as well as support services.

Targeted Communications Plan

Our team conducts a series of interviews with your company in order to identify and document your business model, value propositions, target markets and communications objectives. From this process we develop messaging, content and design that will help you leverage the website as a communications vehicle for your business.