20 Years of Dialogue & Deliberation!?! Wow!

Hi folks!

I recently wrote a small welcome message for the NCDD 2018 conference guidebook where I pointed out that, although NCDD proper was celebrating 16 years of great events and an ever-growing network, we could just as easily celebrate 20 years of engaging the dialogue community.  During the Fall of 1998, I started working on the first ever online repository of news and information for our field (a website that would be repurposed in 2003 to become the NCDD website).  In 1998, I was working in publishing — what I thought was a brief and hopefully temporary respite from teaching — and I spent my free time learning about this little thing called the world wide web. Little did I know where this tiny, original website would lead.

In the beginning… the very first dialogue resource site (circa 1999).

Ah, the early days of the internet.  Such an innocent time.  For a little chuckle, take a look at the url. The first dialogue site I created lived in my personal directory at my ISP.

If you didn’t make it to the conference, here’s my welcome message from the conference guidebook:

As we mark our 16th year as a coalition with this our 8th national conference, NCDD can look back on its humble beginnings and officially celebrate 20 years supporting the greater “dialogue” community. Back in late 1998, I worked with fellow NCDD co-founder Sandy Heierbacher to create the first online repository of news and information specifically curated for the dialogue and deliberation community. Based on her research for The Center for Living Democracy, this modest website immediately attracted a reliable audience and quickly grew from a handful of pages to hundreds of resources. Along with an equally successful mailing list dedicated to connecting like-minded folks, the site, and the innovators it attracted, formed the foundation upon which the first NCDD event and resulting coalition were built. As you enjoy each other’s company, I invite you to celebrate the wonderful people who have contributed to this incredible network over the past 20 years and to embrace the newcomers who will, undoubtedly, enrich our coalition and make it possible to look forward to 20 more. Welcome to NCDD 2018. Have a fantastic conference!

Fast forward through four incarnations of the website, eight national conferences, numerous regional events, and countless partnerships, and now 20 years later NCDD continues to play a central role in unifying this amazing community.

I can’t express how amazing this all is!

HIRE ME! The NCDD Discount Lives On…

For those unaware, I have continued my design role with NCDD, supporting the organization when I can. But since 2015, I have also branched out to support other engagement-based programs as designer, editorial supervisor, and strategic planner.

For those in need of freelance…

  • creative design & planning,
  • promotional consultation,
  • online media support,
  • good old-fashioned editorial talent,
  • or advanced publication development,

…I offer the skills I cultivated creating NCDD.

If you’re an NCDD member, I also offer a special discount retainer rate which can save you up to $20 dollars an hour depending on the type and length of the project.

Interested? Shoot me an email at afluke@gmail.com and we’ll set up a call to see if I’m the right person for your needs.

Campaign Artwork

During the Summer of 2016, I had the pleasure to provide design (and a little strategic) support to Kai Degner’s U.S. Congressional campaign in Virginia.  Unfortunately, he did not win (he was up against a heavily entrenched opponent in a predominently Republican district) but his campaign was an excellent experiment in bringing the kinds of engagement techniques I championed through NCDD to the political arena.  Below is a scrapbook of many of the items I created for him, using his signature “orange and steel blue” palette.

Kai for Congress volunteer displaying our first signs and stickers.

Yard sign created for the 6th District Democrats.

Handout material for Kai’s #PinkSlipsForBob rally.

Campaign palm cards.

Campaign volunteers distributing stickers and cards.

Floor banners for campaign events.

“Open Space” floor banners for Citizen Summits.

Kai and his yard sign.

Logo & Photo Packages!

For years, when preparing material for NCDD’s website or our conference guidebook, I found myself helping members and sponsors determine the proper logos and personal photos appropriate for the tasks at hand.  Often times, I would rebuild logos or offer to clean-up photos just to speed up the procecss of getting professional-looking material for the site.  At the end of the process, I would recommend they prepare a collection of images to be ready for the next time a logo or photo was needed.

But that’s easier said then done.  At least until now…

Your Logo Should Always Look Awesome!

Your logo is your brand!  You should never leave it up to a third party to determine how your logo appears in print or online.


The proper response to any logo request, whether for print or web, is to have a properly prepared “vector art” version of your logo, a hi-res “bitmap version” of your logo, a web-friendly, transparent-background version of your logo, and a “styleguide” with instructions on color usage and proper presentation available for the designer who is making the request.

With my Pro Logo Package offer, I’ll take your existing vector logo and create a styleguide, working with you to define proper usage and color guidelines for future logo use.  Along with the styleguide, I’ll create a package of ready-to-go logos in multiple formats.  If you do not have a “vector version” of your logo, I will create one for you for an additional fee.

Vector-available package only $250!  Let’s get your logo ready for any situation.

Photos for Every Occasion

In this day and age of social media, it’s extremely useful to keep a folder on your computer dedicated to photos of yourself for use online. But even with photos at hand, are you prepared for every need?


You may have a great photo, but is it sized and scaled, or even just cropped properly? Sometimes you need a vertical headshot, other times a square avatar is more useful. Some sites require large photos, while others reject anything over 150 pixels. And why can’t you have rounded corners when you want them?!? This doesn’t even take printer-quality versions into account.

With my Perfect Photo Package deal, I’ll take the photos you provide me and create a folder of images for every possible need. I’ll also advise you on the best types of photos to have at hand, give you tips on getting a quality professional photo taken, and help you choose the best candid photo for social media use.

All for $100! Let’s set up a call and talk about what you need.