What we jam on

The Determined partners with founders in the social innovation space to make their moonshot ideas a reality through creative thinking, a “get shit done” attitude, and a deep network of designers and makers.

We can help you with things like…
+ Laser-focused resonant messaging
+ Rapid and iterative prototyping
+ Quick guerilla customer development
+ Powerful brand design
+ Successful & sustainable product or service development

Who we jam with

We work with purpose-driven organizations, like the ones below, who have the guts to challenge existing systems, products, and services by inventing crazy, cool, and truly! innovative approaches to help move the human species forward.



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We collaborated with Elefint Design to work with two SF-based non-profits over the course of a weekend. Check out what we accomplished during a weekend jam session with Mission Promise Neighborhood and The Last Mile.

Want to jam with us for two days?


We stand out because…

+ We bring our life experiences and backgrounds into the work we do, no matter how odd or random that might be.
+ We bring a punk rock approach to social innovation; fighting for causes we believe in, questions existing systems, and the DIY mindset.
+ We have a deep network of talented creatives at the ready to put together the best team for every job.
+ We partner with clients who are also rebels and risk takers—the ones with the crazy ideas that challenge the status quo.
+ We work with you side-by-side from the concept phase through execution — we’re not tossing things over a wall, we’re rolling up our sleeves together.

How we can jam together

We can work with you and your organization in a number of ways. If any of our services fit your current needs, schedule an hour call with us to see how we can work together.

+ User Experience

We provide a UX audits of your existing product or wireframes, or walk you through user journey mapping and wireframe sketching to surface any UX concerns, complexities, or potential pitfalls and help set the foundation for a strong product design.

+ Creative Jam Session

We create a custom jam session to help us come up with creative solutions to solve one of your existing challenges. We can also jam on needed UI solutions, digital strategy, social media, marketing, or recruiting campaigns. We’ll use processes like Thinking Wrong, Design Thinking, and Prototype Thinking to help come up with those solutions.

+ Creative Output

We provide creative direction or design execution and implementation of the solutions from our Creative Jam Session. This could be brand design, pitch deck design, product design, or marketing collateral.

Let’s jam!

Have questions? Email us at weare@thedetermined.co. If you are ready, schedule a call to chat with us on how we can move forward.

The Collective

We are huge fans of the independent/freelance economy. We work with creative individuals to help come up, design, and launch creative endeavors—whether it’s client work or our own. We are designers, strategists, developers, researchers, photographers, copywriters, storytellers, business professionals, and the like. Each project is comprised of specific people based on the challenge and potential outcomes. We have an amazing network and we’re not afraid to use it.


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Marc O’Brien

Marc is a designer, design strategist, and creative facilitator who has been in the social design space since 2009. He’s an active member of Project M, lead strategist behind The Social Good Guides, creator of Hey! What’s good in _?, GOOD SF local leader, and is currently developing Secret Project at California College of the Arts. His work focuses on social innovation, human-centered design, and purpose-driven initiatives that create positive change in the world.
marcobrien.net
@think5577
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Sarah Harrison

Sarah comes from the startup world, leading design and development at consumer companies like TaskRabbit and True&Co. She became a design educator in 2015, mentoring aspiring UX designers through General Assembly, Bloc, and Whitespace, and became a trainer at the Prototype Thinking Academy, helping entrepreneurs prototype and test their ideas. She focuses on efficient strategies, collaborative and agile team workflows, and working hard on problems that matter.
sarahharrison.co
@sourjayne
LinkedIn