Codename Design: About
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We’re a small shop,
but we do some heavy lifting.

We get what it takes to build complex products, In fact we got our start as the product and design team for, a participatory news site that grew to one of the biggest user-generated content sites of its time. A trip that included humble beginnings in a garage to a successful exit in 2008. Along the way we ended up with a couple of Emmy nominations for interactive design, a Time Magazine top 5 websites of the year award and we even managed to get inducted unto the Newseum in Washington DC.

We’re designers at heart and between us we have a combined 50 years of capital ‘D’ Design experience. Beyond our digital work as a team, over the years we’ve worked on everything from print work and t-shirt design to architecture and Olympic Games facilities.

We’ve set up shop on the edge of the Gastown area of Vancouver, BC, but we work with clients around the globe. If you think we might be a good fit you can find out more about how we work, or get in touch with us, we’d love to hear more about your project.

The Principals

Marc Baumgartner

Design strategy, product design, UX

Graham Dobson

Product design, graphic design, UI

Frequent Collaborators

Corinne Impey

Strategic communication, copy writing.

Bruno De Bondt

Bruno specializes in Drupal development and he’s helped us deliver medium sized projects like the The National Observer and Seva Canada website.

Our Partners

For larger projects we have a couple of teams we work with on an ongoing basis to deliver larger more complex projects.

Affinity Bridge

Affinity Bridge are our go to partners for Drupal, PHP and Symfony development. We’ve worked together on project like the Dalai Lama Centre, Simon Fraser University’s SFU  Innovates project and Health Choices First.

Navigation North

Navigation North are our partners for complex education projects, with clients  including the Gates Foundation and the Smithsonian Learning Lab.