PEN America

Making website content accessible to amplify literature
PEN America home page on multiple devices

Client Overview

Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.

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The Challenge

PEN America’s work is rooted in making content accessible and inclusive. With this goal in mind, they needed a more flexible approach to creating landing pages for their website to allow for nimble and easy execution. Their current site was preventing them from adding unique pages that could be customized for specific events or literature spotlights. They also needed to leverage their website as a platform for a series of reports they wanted to feature online. Basically, their current site’s capabilities didn’t allow for future growth and expansion.

The Solution

The Kanopi team created a strategy with PEN America’s specific goals in mind, and developed a plan that would not only meet their current needs, but also allow them to grow. We created a wireframe and design phase for their landing pages that use a component-editing system to deliver a versatile editing interface. This allows anyone at PEN America with access to create pages in a straightforward way. 

Kanopi went through an additional UX and Design phase, and delivered a design that allowed PEN America to showcase their reports and easily upload them to the site. 

We also launched The Writers at Risk Database, a searchable catalog of the writers, journalists, artists, academics, and public intellectuals under threat around the world.

Key Features

Pen America focus regions

Landing page template

Reusable elements were implemented to allow for easy content creation.

Pen America report layout

Easy to Use

The new design provides for the ability to quickly create landing pages and upload important reports that engage the audience and generate awareness.

Pen America Writers at Risk page

Modern and unique design

New landing pages and the report design both position PEN America as a modern and innovative organization.

The Result

With the ability to customize and create content, the PEN America team was able to launch the Free Speech 2020 landing page, working to defend journalism and free speech in an uncertain time worldwide. Complex reports can now be added to the site seamlessly, The access to easy-to-use website components empowered the team to launch content that’s vital to their vision. The Writers at Risk Database also helped identify at least 238 writers and intellectuals who were detained for their work last year.

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