Product Design for Social Impact via Social Procurement

Design Off The Boat is a borderless product agency dedicated to building solutions for Social Impact. We advocate for the representation of women-in-tech and immigrant talent. What better way to burst your contextual bubble by working with a team that has experienced the barriers to sustainable change closer to home?

Product Design for Social Impact via Social Procurement

Design Off The Boat is a borderless product agency dedicated to building solutions for Social Impact. We advocate for the representation of women-in-tech and immigrant talent. What better way to burst your contextual bubble by working with a team that has experienced the barriers to sustainable change closer to home?

What Powers Our Engines

design thinking + design sprints + social innovation +
diversity & inclusivity + the borderless future of work

off the boat
 [phrase, offensive] Recently arrived from a foreign country,
and by implication naive or an outsider. As in ‘What are you, fresh off the boat?’

What Powers Our Engines

design thinking
design sprints social innovation diversity & inclusivity the borderless future of work

off the boat
 [phrase, offensive] Recently arrived from a foreign country,
and by implication naive or an outsider. As in ‘What are you, fresh off the boat?’

FEATURED WORK

From a 3-Hour Sprint to an Award-Winning
Crisis Response Redesign

NeedsList is a real-time needs registry for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. The platform aggregates needs from vetted nonprofits, matching them with corporate resources to increase the speed, efficiency, and transparency of crisis response. Read the case study here.

How We Helped:
 Rapid Prototyping Sprints, UX Research, UI Design, Brand Consulting, Talent Acquisition

Natasha Freidus, CEO of NeedsList thinks: 
“Sisa has done a fabulous job working with us this project. From rapid prototyping workshops to detailed UX, her team has led us through all aspects of the project. They go above and beyond, really thinking through the multiple issues around product testing and iteration, and are careful listeners. This talent for listening, and learning from mistakes, is unique — I have not found many designers to possess these qualities and I believe they will take the team far.”

FEATURED WORK

From a 3-Hour Sprint to an Award-Winning
Crisis Response Redesign

NeedsList is a real-time needs registry for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. The platform aggregates needs from vetted nonprofits, matching them with corporate resources to increase the speed, efficiency, and transparency of crisis response. Read the case study here.

How We Helped:
 Rapid Prototyping Sprints, UX Research, UI Design, Brand Consulting, Talent Acquisition

Natasha Freidus, CEO of NeedsList thinks: 
“Sisa has done a fabulous job working with us this project. From rapid prototyping workshops to detailed UX, her team has led us through all aspects of the project. They go above and beyond, really thinking through the multiple issues around product testing and iteration, and are careful listeners. This talent for listening, and learning from mistakes, is unique — I have not found many designers to possess these qualities and I believe they will take the team far.”

WORKSHOPS

"I Have An App Idea" Rapid Prototyping Session

  • 3 Hours
  • Remote/In-person
  • Beginner/Intermediate

Got a problem you think an app could solve? Instead of leaving it as bar chatter – and before you empty out your savings to build it – how about testing it to see if your idea works? We’re sure it looks great in your head but it’s no use if it stays there un-communicated. This works great for startups in the ideation or redesign phases as well!

Sign up for a 3-hour workshop where we’ll cover cost-effective and cleverly fast ways to take your idea from paper to a clickable prototype. You’ll be able to pick up techniques for problem-solving used by startups and giant tech companies that you can apply to your own sticky situations. These are the same workshops we conduct with our clients. See what they say!

No previous design experience required. For individuals, teams, or big groups. Can be done in-person or remotely with one of our expert product designers!

WORKSHOPS

"I Have An App Idea" Rapid Prototyping Session

  • 3 Hours
  • Remote/In-person
  • Beginner/Intermediate

Got a problem you think an app could solve? Instead of leaving it as bar chatter – and before you empty out your savings to build it – how about testing it to see if your idea works? We’re sure it looks great in your head but it’s no use if it stays there un-communicated. This works great for startups in the ideation or redesign phases as well!

Sign up for a 3-hour workshop where we’ll cover cost-effective and cleverly fast ways to take your idea from paper to a clickable prototype. You’ll be able to pick up techniques for problem-solving used by startups and giant tech companies that you can apply to your own sticky situations. These are the same workshops we conduct with our clients. See what they say!

No previous design experience required. For individuals, teams, or big groups. Can be done in-person or remotely with one of our expert product designers!

THE BORDERLESS FUTURE OF WORK

THE BORDERLESS FUTURE OF WORK

Interested in starting your own remote business or curious to see how we’re able to handle your project remotely?

15,835 km

the distance that our
co-founders bridge,
from Bali to Toronto

10+ years

the experience that each member of our crew brings aboard

20+ countries

the places where we have honed our strategic expertise

15,835 km

the distance that our
co-founders bridge,
from Bali to Toronto

10+ years

the experience that each member of our crew brings aboard

20+ countries

the places where we have honed our strategic expertise

We have our HQ in Toronto and our fleets in Manila, Bali, and Buenos Aires.
We don’t have all the answers but we learn a lot from each other by being apart, together. We like sharing what we learn.
Allow us to save you a bit of  trial & error with tips on how to run your own ship.

We are as obsessed with Miro as much as we hoard sticky notes. Miro is our go-to whiteboard tool. Power-up remote collaboration in your organization and get a 10% discount on the first year of your annual plan with our code: DES10

MEET OUR CAPTAINS

Sisa Lleses

Design Strategy,  Co-founder 
 Toronto • Manila
Sisa is the woman that every ‘startup’ stock photo warned you about. She rocks the boat with her sticky notes, design thinking, and sprint facilitation prowess. She steps in to create sense where opportunities are lost in the chaos of excess ideas and lack of constructive processes.

Asia Noble

Operations,  Co-founder
Bali • Manila • San Francisco

Asia makes sure this ship runs in tip-top shape. She has been pursuing a lifetime of creative problem solving, and all the responsibilities that ensure its success. She is in charge of the day-to-day execution of this ship’s navigational course.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY