It takes a village: Let’s collaborate on your 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”.

Publix

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

Research, Strategy, Design, Development
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Youth Policy Labs

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

Branding, Design, Development, Data migration
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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
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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
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DemNext

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

Design System, Development
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TypeMates

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 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

Galaxy

Digital strategy, research and prototyping

Box

Branding and design systems

Plant

Digital products, platforms and infrastructure

Flower

Custom website design and development

Hat

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

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our project partners say

  • I’d like to say thank you for this incredible collaboration. Not just in terms of the excellent outcome, but also about how to do things (together) and why. Love in all directions!

    Leonid A. Klimov Science Editor, dekoder
  • It is such a pleasure working with you. Your sense of purpose; your empathy and respect; sense of beauty and design; the clean and smart coding; your pragmatism and professionalism. It fills me with great joy to know that we'll keep working together.

    Andreas Karsten CEO, Youth Policy Labs
  • Village One has worked with us to develop a brand identity for the Sovereign Tech Fund that is not just coherent: it also strengthens our message and clarifies our vision, mission and identity.

    Powen Shiah Communications Manager, Sovereign Tech Fund
  • Over the last months we’ve redesigned and rebuilt Media Lab Bayern’s website with great support from Village One. Seriously, I’ve rarely seen such a smooth relaunch. Kudos to the entire team!

    Alexander Rühl Teamlead Marketing, Media Lab Bayern
  • We immensely enjoyed working with this amazing team. If anyone is looking for a creative, talented, value-driven team for design & web development I would highly recommend to reach out!

    Claudia Chzwalisz Founder + CEO, DemocracyNext

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

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Dorothée Schwartzmann (she/her), Strategy
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Harry Keller (he/him), Frontend Development
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Christoph Rauscher (he/him), Design
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Zhuo-Fei Hui (she/her), Backend Development
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Sev Furneaux (he/him), Frontend Development
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Julia Shkatova (she/her), Design

Our aim is to assemble a team of roughly 12 people over time, because we think that’s a healthy size for a creative team. Good things take time though and while we enjoy meeting new people, we’re not actively hiring right now. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about open positions!

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Pick our brains: Articles from our newsletter and digital garden

A new brand and website for YouthPolicy.org

About a year ago, we received an incredibly nice email from Andreas Karsten, the CEO of Youth Policy Labs (YPL). Lo and behold, we were invited to Fürstenberg to meet the YPL team at their annual off-site and to understand better what they do as an organization. Here is what happened afterwards ...

Europe Talks—meet a fellow European for an unlikely conversation

Today we’re here to tell you about a wonderful initiative: It’s called Europe Talks and it’s a simple way to have a conversation with a fellow European from a different country. Also we’re responsible for the software behind the whole thing!

“Der Krieg und seine Opfer”—creating an online documentary with dekoder.org

We supported dekoder.org with design and code on an ambitious project: launching an online documentary series that tells the overlooked stories of civilian victims in Nazi-occupied parts of the Soviet Union during WW2.

Quality time as a distributed team

As a distributed team it can be tough to build connection and to simply have fun together. That’s why, usually once per quarter, we make the effort to organize a co-located week, to work alongside each other in Berlin and tackle the harder internal discussions. Here’s how it went!

Projects wishlist / blocklist

Village One is a studio with strong values and our goal is to win over clients and projects we feel genuinely excited about—that leads to the best work, after all. Below are our wishlist, red lines and a few personal statements from members.

We use our digital garden to document processes, values, organizational knowledge, newsletters and everything in between.

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