Category Archives: volunteering


Pro bono work for AXIS Dance Company

One of the ways I support Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company as President of the Board of Directors is to provide pro bono design services from time to time. Designing pro bono work for AXIS is a satisfying way to use my professional skills to serve the community. Most years, I design a series of promotional pieces for […]

Awards, Guest Blog Posts and Speaking Engagements

Three Horizon Interactive Awards, WordPress vs Custom Website Design, and Best Practices for Social Media Marketing The past month has been a busy one, starting with a guest presentation on best practices for social media marketing for Placemaking Group president, Dennis Erokan’s PR class at Saint Mary’s College. @deirdrespencer at my class @stmarysca about Social […]

AXIS Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary Home Season

This year marks the 25th anniversary of an arts organization that’s near to my heart, AXIS Dance Company. For a quarter century, AXIS has been an incredible asset to the local community — and far beyond. They provide engaging, inspirational educational programs on dance and collaboration and disability to local schools, outreach programs to community centers, independent […]

AXIS Dance Company in “Full of Words”

This is why I got drawn into volunteering for AXIS Dance Company, and they just get better and better. This weekend’s performances of “Full of Words” (I saw the one reviewed here and this afternoon’s) were quite riveting and beautiful. Here are some video excerpts from the performance. Choreography by Marc Brew / Original Score: […]

AXIS Dance Company’s 2011 Home Season

As a designer, it’s always a real pleasure to be asked to help an organization you really care about promote its work. I’ve served on the executive board for AXIS Dance Company for the past year, and originally learned about them a few years ago when I was the graphic designer on a Taproot Foundation […]

Horizon Interactive Awards, galore!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Deirdre Spencer recognized for prestigious interactive media award Deirdre Spencer Wins at the 9th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition Indianapolis, IN USA – May 1, 2011  – The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2010 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in […]

Newest member of AXIS Dance Company’s Executive Board

I’m delighted to report that I have been invited to join the Board for AXIS Dance Company. AXIS creates, performs, and teaches “physically integrated dance”— a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities. If you haven’t had an opportunity to catch one of their electric performances, you must […]

Streetside Stories’ Volunteer of the Month

My family and I had a blast at Streetside Stories‘ recent Volunteer Appreciation Grill-out! I was being honored as a Volunteer of the Month for my work over the years on their award-winning website — and am currently helping them update and widen the site, so stay-tuned for that. Thank you Streetside! Streetside Stories is […]

Wolverine Pride!

Just launched: the official website for Joaquin Miller Elementary School. Joaquin Miller’s website had outgrown its structure over the years, making its wealth of content difficult to navigate and find. I completely reorganized and redesigned the site to meet modern standards and reflect the school’s vibrant community. Features include a Google Calendar, allowing the parent […]