Centre for Social Innovation street-level branding on a window. In the reflection is busy Spadina Avenue in Toronto. People walking by, bikes locked up.

Centre for Social Innovation

Putting people and the planet first

The CSI is an incubator providing co-working and community spaces for social innovators. It is home to 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures in Toronto, New York City and across Ontario.



  • Capture the energy of a community in perpetual movement.
  • Share the stories of all the work happening across the organization.
  • Excite new partners and members.
  • Create the most accessible website possible.

Designed for everyone

Inclusivity is deeply embedded in everything the CSI does. Our goal was to go above and beyond basic accessibility requirements and to set a new standard for what’s possible. The result is an engaging and consistent experience for all people, regardless of ability or device.

Playground brought smarts, skills and incredible work ethic to creating a platform for us that fulfilled several strategic needs and was received extremely well by our community and stakeholders.
Adil Dhalla, Executive Director, CSI

A brand that feels real

There’s such positive energy when you walk through the doors of any of their locations. We wanted to capture that vibrancy, that feeling of sheer possibility in a brand and design system that was both identifiable and malleable.

A home for many

CSI is a grassroots movement turned physical home for thousands of people, a social place that encourages change and a shared sense of purpose. Their website had to feel handmade by the community members and reflect their values, energy, and needs.

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