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NUF SED IS A PORTLAND, MAINE-BASED COMMUNICATIONS AND CONSULTING BOUTIQUE WITH A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR WHAT MAKES PLACES, PEOPLE, AND EXPERIENCES EXTRAORDINARY. 

 

WE CULTIVATE AND COMMUNICATE 
SPECIAL.

WE WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO CREATE A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE AND PLACE FOR OTHER PEOPLE - ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DO SO IN INGENIOUS OR WEIRD WAYS.

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OUR CLIENTS ARE:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS

DOWNTOWN REVITALIZERS

NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS

COMMUNITY IMPACT ORGANIZATIONS

MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS

HISTORIC PRESERVATIONISTS

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

HOUSE MUSEUMS

HISTORY MUSEUMS

PUBLIC HISTORIANS

ENTREPRENEURS

START-UPS

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

COOPERATIVES

ARTISTS

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

HERITAGE TOURISM & ATTRACTION ORGANIZATIONS

NONPROFITS OF ALL TYPES

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OUR WORK IS ABOUT MAKING YOUR WORK MATTER MORE.

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
Coaching
Leader Development
Strategic Planning
Organizational Development

Deliberate Creativity & Innovation Processes
Experiential Training
Fundraising Strategy & Grant Writing

Facilitation

COMMUNITY
Establishing & Tending Vital Relationships
Network Creation & Enhancement
Social Change Processes
Consensus Building
Public Engagement & Involvement
Audience Engagement

BRANDING
Brand Identity Development
Logo and Tagline Development
Brand Style Guidelines

WEB
Online Communications Strategy
Website Development
Social Media Strategy
Blog Development

CREATIVE
Print & Digital Design
Copywriting
Fine Art & Illustration
Photography
Film Production

PUBLIC RELATIONS & VISIBILITY
Event Management
Event Sponsorship Procurement
Media Relations
Press Kits
Press Releases
Media Training
Media Tours
Experiential Marketing
Campaigns & Social Movements

 

We work with talented collaborators from Maine and around the world to meet client needs. Got ideas? Call us and we'll assemble a posse for your project.

WE CELEBRATE AND AMPLIFY UNIQUE, REMARKABLE, AND OFTEN QUIRKY QUALITIES.

 

WE HAVE A MIX OF TALENT MOST COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS DON’T.

OUR EXPERTISE IS IN AREAS THAT RANGE FROM URBAN PLANNING, DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TO STRATEGIC PLANNING, COACHING, FACILITATION, & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT.

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DUGAN MURPHY

COO-TYPE: ORGANIZED, THOUGHTFUL, ANALYTICAL

 

Dugan's work has been about ensuring that our shared history is honored and preserved - through places, buildings, objects, stories, and folk traditions. He uses his ability to refine great amounts of information into simple concepts to create well designed messages and experiences.

He is an even-keeled organizational maintenance man who loves explaining things.

HANDS:

  • Led the ongoing revitalization effort in downtown Skowhegan, Maine, including activating hundreds of volunteers and securing over half a million dollars in grants.
  • Set strategic direction and managed day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization as Executive Director.
  • Supported the effectiveness of community organizations in underserved urban neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Worked with public and nonprofit organizations such as the US Department of Transportation, Maine Preservation, Avesta Housing, and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to identify and build upon assets.
  • Championed traditional New England folk dance and music as a contra dance caller and event promoter.

HEAD:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning with a focus on urban design and graphic communication of planning concepts and a Master of Community Planning with a focus on historic preservation-based economic development strategies from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.
  • Has a Certificate in Historic Preservation and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science from the University of Cincinnati.


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DELA TAYLOR

CEO-TYPE: CREATIVE, FUTURIST, PEOPLE-FOCUSED

 

Dela's work has been focused on cultivating leadership in service of community engagement and high quality of life. Whether her work was crafting communications strategies for organizations, directing leadership programming, driving economic development, or coaching, her passion has always come back to supporting individuals in making life more meaningful for all.

She is an artist, adventurer, and entrepreneur - intuitively creative and always willing to move beyond the expected.

HANDS:

  • As founder of Institute for a Created Future, consulted with clients from around the globe to make their own lives better, strengthen their organizations, and communicate with impact.
  • Directed programs designed to develop leadership capacity and drive economic development for the state of Maine.
  • Engaged in many projects that have furthered Maine’s work in food security, cultural assets, and capacity for entrepreneurship.
  • Worked in both for- and non-profit organizations in management roles - leading communications efforts, managing human resources, and enhancing organizational capacity.

HEAD:

  • Trained in coaching through the Coaches Training Institute.
  • Studied Leadership and Organizational Studies through the University of Southern Maine, concentrating in the areas of creativity, creative leadership, global strategy and human resource management.
  • Studied experiential training and social change processes through various organizations including the Presencing Institute and Training for Change.


 

WE MET DOING GOOD WORK. 

We met in Maine at a group retreat for folks doing work in downtown revitalization. Dugan was a participant and Dela was a facilitator. Our bond was immediate. Within minutes, we were mutually smitten; within two weeks, we were committed. When you know, you know.

We knew.

OUR COMMONALITIES SPEAK TO THE LIVES WE WANT FOR OURSELVES AND FOR OTHERS.

We've both been young entrepreneurs, honored to do things we loved while being an active part of a downtown community. Together, we travel as much as we can, treasuring the qualities of each place. We both love antiques and marvel at things crafted with special care. We dance as members of a joy-filled traditional community. We write for fun. Our daily lives connect us to history and to legacy. 

Nuf Sed was born of our shared passions, our reciprocal skills, and our complementary styles.

 

WE LOVE MAINE.

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Places are so important to us, and we happen to love Maine most. We feel at home inside her borders and find her many personalities more compelling each day.

Dugan's family moved to Scarborough, Maine when he was a kindergartener and he quickly developed a passion for Maine history. He’s hosted Portland history tours, helped others to appreciate the architecture of old buildings, and invested energy in keeping historic places intact. He's authored articles that describe some of the state's lesser known histories - for fun. He also performs traditional Maine humor.

Ask him now and he'll share anecdotes about historic buildings, strange events, and people he finds most interesting in our state, especially Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. and John Neal. (He'd also be pleased to show you his antique postcard collection.)

Dela moved from Indiana to Maine at eighteen. More than to the history of Maine, she was drawn to her landscape and people. A stark contrast to the loud billboards and billowing refineries of Chicagoland, Maine’s beautifully worn downtowns, quiet forests, and nostalgic lakes were gentle and welcoming. And Maine’s people were sincere, honest, and as inviting of a bear-hug as any Midwesterner.

Some of her life’s most important and grounded moments were set in Maine - experiences as simple as reading on the Eastern Promenade in Portland, enjoying a spring shower on the shores of Moosehead lake, or night swimming in Boothbay Harbor.

 

We’re settled in Portland, a place we know intimately and love deeply.  We are committed to this special place.  Come visit to see why for yourself.

 

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OUR VALUES GUIDE OUR WORK.

QUALITY IS GOOD.

We all know what quality feels like and looks like. It's integrity. It's reliability.  It's anti-space-cadet. And it's foundational to our work.

 

COMMUNITY IS GOOD.

Urban environments and downtowns are important because they are where humans find togetherness, identity, and affirmation. They're where creative flexibility thrives and where our histories live on. These places are special, each displaying unique personality quirks and assets. Once these places are gone, they're gone - so they need our focused attention. We're proud to support downtowns and the people who make them great.

 

WEIRD IS GOOD.

The world needs to experience more delight, more resonance, and more real connection. This is why we seek out, augment, create, and lead weird. Our work is undeniably designed by humans for humans... quirky, brilliant, self-expressed and joyful humans.

 

SMALL IS GOOD.

We're a boutique for a reason. We work with a limited number of clients, develop strong relationships with them, and give them personal attention and unique benefits. We’re intentionally small to stay nimble, collaborating with friends and colleagues from all over the world as projects call for their creativity and excellence.

 

EVIL ISN'T GOOD.

So we don't do it.

 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

DELA@NUFSED.CONSULTING

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DUGAN@NUFSED.CONSULTING

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+1 207 956 0207

P.O. Box 784    Portland, Maine    04104