It takes a village: Let’s collaborate on digital projects!

What we do: We conceptualize, prototype, design and build digital platforms, infrastructure and products. Additionally, we have a sharp eye for branding and take a strategic point of view. We can merge with your existing team for additional capacity or take on your project all by ourselves, be it a rebranding, custom website, API backend or online platform.

Who we are: We’re a diverse and deliberately small team of researchers, designers and software engineers, combining their digital expertise in one company. This combination allows us to take digital projects from the first sticky note all the way to launch and beyond. If additional skills are needed, we can tap into a large pool of collaborators.

Why work with us? Village One is an independent studio with strong values, high efficiency and a radical structure: We’re worker-owned, meaning you’ll always talk to an actual co-owner of the company. This leads to quick decisions, high motivation and minimal overhead. It also means we’re here to stay – most clients work with us for many years, in long-term partnerships.

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Actions speak louder than words. Our portfolio

A screenshot of the new Publix website, showing an illustration that resembles a text editor interface, text with lots of quirky icons inserted inbetween. The text is cut-off, but reads something along the lines of “Publix is going to be a new place for journalists and democracy”.


Developing the visual presentation and digital infrastructure of Publix, a new house for journalism and public debate

Research, Strategy, Design, Development
A collage of website screenshots from the new website, with the headline “We provide open data for better public policies” clearly visible

Youth Policy Labs

Re-imagining the brand and website for, the most extensive knowledge base about youth policy around the world

Branding, Design, Development, Data migration
Over-the-shoulder photo of a person sitting on a couch with a laptop. The screen shows a website advertising a world-wide event in which different people can meet. It’s visualized with an abstracted globe with dots for every country.

My Country Talks

A software platform to spark conversations, reduce polarization and help societies connect over the issues that divide them

Design, Development, Platform, Community
A illustration showing geometric shapes stacked into a tower, looking a bit wonky

Sovereign Tech Fund

Establishing a serious-yet-playful brand and website for STF, Germany’s leading open-source fund, to strengthen digital infrastructure in the public interest

Branding, Design, Development, Accessibility
A collage showing the words “DemocracyNext” thrice and a detailed illustration with people in discussion.


A comprehensive new website, guide and scalable design system for DemNext, the action institute exploring the next democratic paradigm

Design System, Development
A collage of screenshots from the website, showing a range of typefaces and very large text that reads “An ultra friendly typeface”


An entirely new custom online shop, with a bold design and thought-through interactions, for a cutting-edge type foundry

Development, E-Commerce, Web App

We team up with daring individuals, organisations and 
companies who share our optimism that a better world is possible. Like what you see? You could be up there as well!

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Digital projects: From idea to production and beyond


Digital strategy, research and prototyping


Branding and design systems


Digital products, platforms and infrastructure


Custom website design and development


Technical consulting and audits

Tech stack: Elixir Phoenix, Ruby on Rails, Next.js, React, Typescript, Node.js, GSAP, Framer Motion, Craft CMS, Craft Commerce, Kirby, GraphQL, serverless

Methods: Remote and in-person workshops, Scrum, Kanban, prototyping, usability testing, journey mapping, visual compass, accessibility evaluation, information architecture

Want to talk to the owner? Sure, which one?

Photo of Dorothée Schwartzmann, strategist at Village One
Dorothée Schwartzmann (she/her), Strategy
Photo of Harry Keller, developer at Village One
Harry Keller (he/him), Frontend Development
Photo of Christoph Rauscher, designer at Village One
Christoph Rauscher (he/him), Design
Photo of Zhuo-Fei Hui, developer at Village One
Zhuo-Fei Hui (she/her), Backend Development
Photo of Sev Furneaux, developer at Village One
Sev Furneaux (he/him), Frontend Development
Photo of Julia Shkatova, designer at Village One
Julia Shkatova (she/her), Design
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Over time we’re aiming to build a team of roughly 12 people, because we think that’s a healthy size for a creative team. 

We’re not actively hiring for all listed positions right now, but it’s always good to meet new people. 

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Stronger together: Come along for the ride!

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