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We believe that technology is a tool to make the world a happier, fairer place. We build smart, inclusive, usable digital products to improve people's lives.

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Who we are

We’re a duo based in Scotland with three decades of design and development experience.

Matt is our Chief Technical Octopus, a software developer and vintage motorcycle enthusiast. Sarah is our Chief Design Octopus, a graphic and product designer with a penchant for bold colours and impractical footwear.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we do great work.

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Sarah and Matt discussing cufflinks.

What we do

Strategy

Visual Design

Product Design

Accessibility

Mobile Apps Development

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Nautilus

An open-source and inclusive design system and React component library.

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I was riding the bus home today when I noticed two architects’ storefronts next to each other. One was fairly standard; typical type, the names of the architects; nothing special. The other was simply and cleanly designed, but stood out by a mile. Now, for me to take notice of my environment is sort of rare, and for me to critique it for style is sort of ridiculous. This is what working with Sarah has done to me (and by “working with” I mean “asking her to make me things”).

I know that at any point I can ask her to design me something – anything from a resume to a new tattoo – and it will be done quickly, efficiently, and beautifully. In person, Sarah pretty much personifies the idea of style – if you’ve met her, you’ll know what I mean – so how can anything she creates help but be the most aesthetically pleasing things known to mankind? Working with her will result in not only you getting exactly what you wanted, but weren’t entirely aware that you wanted, but also in you gaining a new appreciation for the entire idea of design and the possibilities therein. Which, if you think about it, is pretty damn cool.

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What we're up to now

Date Published

13 January 2020·

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4 minute read

The year in review: 2019

A little late, but there’s no expiration date on thoughtful reflection, right? We take the opportunity to review our first (short!) year in business: what we accomplished, what we didn’t, and where we’re headed next.

Date Published

22 November 2019·

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4 minute read

Making ethics the beating heart(s) of our business

Saying you're all about ethics is one thing, but actually quantifying it and holding yourself accountable is another thing entirely. Let's get specific about what "ethical business practices" actually means.

A sketch of our mascot, Bubbles: an octopus wearing a hard hat and safety goggles.

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