Many people underestimate the power of exceptional design. (Not you, of course, or you wouldn't be visiting our site.) The truth is that it takes more than a great product, a worthy cause, or extraordinary services to get noticed.
In an ocean of tweets, likes, page views, and memes, we believe that a strategic, collaborative design approach best elevates organizations and their message.
Think of the world's most iconic and successful brands (you know who they are). They are easily recognizable, findable, and impactful. That's not by accident — visibility and trust are the superpowers of exceptional design.
Progressive organizations come to us for brand identities and digital platforms to set their ideas into action — and better the world. We never settle for mediocre (we don't even like writing that word), and neither should you.
We set the standard of exceptional design creatively, technically, sustainably, and ethically so that you can make the extraordinary impact impact that you seek.
When you do important work and have bold goals to advance, you need a unique brand and website that turns heads, spurs action, and maybe even wins an award. But beyond the sparkle, it all needs to be durable, accessible, sustainable — and easy to maintain.
Creative brands that endure
Easy to navigate, audience-centric websites
Search engine optimization
Design that meets clear accessibility standards
Years of user experience expertise
Fast-loading content with a low carbon footprint
Innovative designers and technologists
An easy-going, thoughtful and helpful team
The organizations that seek us out embrace values that reflect a desire to contribute to a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
We are a Certified B Corporation, which requires a rigorous evaluation every three years to ensure we meet the highest social and environmental performance standards, accountability, and transparency. We scored 104.2 on the B Impact Assessment in April 2021.
We believe that there is a moral imperative to give back. In addition to our Purpose Project service grant for nonprofits and funding a scholarship for BIPOC design students, we donate to nonprofits that support environmental education and local community arts programming.
Manoverboard began as a design studio in pursuit of a more just and rational society. We remain committed to fostering a workplace and a set of partnerships that reflect the strength and diversity of the communities that we call home.
Everyone at Manoverboard strives to support and improve the design profession. Through our relationships with learning institutions, we teach and mentor students, and host internships. We are active in professional design associations and serve on local and national design organization boards and committees.
Although we admit to a fanatical obsession with design, we’re pretty normal otherwise, and our clients tell us we're remarkably approachable. (Whew!)
We are a spirited bunch with diverse thoughts and passions, but we all abide by the Manoverboard Code of Ethics and are committed to doing our best work for you while making the process totally enjoyable.
“Throughout the process of redesigning our website, we were incredibly pleased with the professionalism, attention to detail and eye for design that Manoverboard's team brought to the table. Our needs are quite complex and recreating our web presence was a challenging endeavour, with a need to highlight diverse program offerings and appeal to different audiences. MOB's staff were able to skillfully distill our requirements into an attractive and easy to navigate site that will serve our needs for many years to come.”
— Ian Barnett, FortWhyte Alive
The challenges we face as a planet are daunting. The climate crisis is the largest and most looming of these and it will continue to exacerbate and impact the others. Design — and the work of communications more generally — is one of the most important tools at our disposal to create mass behavioural and psychic change. Design, employed well and ethically, can accelerate social change and challenge the indefensible status quo.
Design is the lens through which I view and experience the world. It's a special profession that allows its practitioners to sink deeply into diverse projects, initiatives, companies, and the people behind them. We then have the privilege to create an exponential impact by designing something beautifully purposeful.
Good design fulfills a need intuitively and invisibly, with no need for a thank you in return. It’s accessible, easy to understand and consumes the minimum necessary of your time. Design thoughtfully, build to last, and make it a joy to use if you can.
There is a sublime beauty to smart design. Working simply and with focus creates less, and produces better design and development systems. It's a sustainable approach that benefits the planet and my sanity.
Designing and developing lets me create things in that coveted sweet spot: I get to do fulfilling work that requires coding and critical thinking alongside creative thinking and using my imagination.
RGD Social Good Awards
Ducks Unlimited Canada
A Stroke of Luck
Manoverboard is located on Treaty One Territory. We honour the lands that we occupy and their traditional keepers: the Anishnaabe, Cree, Dakota and Métis. We respect the Treaties made on these territories and acknowledge the numerous and significant harms that were done to the First Peoples of Canada. We seek to be partners in peace and justice in our work as designers and communicators.