Finding Our Way Conference: Website & Advertising

Mad Bird Design developed an event-focused website, print advertising, branding and social media to promote the Finding Our Way Conference. Presented by The Hearth, the conference featured a talk and retreat with celebrated author Anne Lamott. I was thrilled to be involved – Lamott’s Bird by Bird is one of my all-time favorite books on writing, and I’ve followed her inspiring personal story and career as a bestselling author with interest. The Finding Our Way Conference was held April 26-28, 2018 in Ashland, Oregon.

The Hearth: Website & Advertising

After the successful conference, The Hearth ( was ready to rework their main website to promote a Certificate in Community Storytelling program. The WordPress website was redesigned from the ground up to incorporate new video content, an online donation form, events calendar, and easy-to-use registration form with online payment processing. The Storytelling program was promoted through social media and e-newsletters, and the response exceeded their expectations … the 2019 session is sold out!

“Working with Michele Neary and Mad Bird Design has been like a dream come true. Her communication is so clear, so precise and spot on and even more valuable – so is her follow through. Michele designed a series of print ads and a website for our project that are lovely to look at, fantastically functional, and best of all she delivered on time and within budget. Michele is a gem – I’d recommend her to everyone I know!”

Karen Carnival, Conference Coordinator

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”