okbreathe is a small, independent and agile studio located in San Francisco. We provide a range of capabilities within the realms of web design, user experience and web development. Creating beautifully executed websites and applications is what we're all about.

US + You

Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do and our clients have an active role throughout the design and development process. That means we work not just for you, but with you as well.

Small & Flexible

Keeping the core of the studio small and only involving our partners as needed, allows us to be much more agile and responsive than larger agencies. The person you'll speak to on the phone is the very same person working on your project.

In order to be as nimble as possible, we embrace iterative development, frequently delivering small releases in only enough detail necessary to effectively communicate an idea. Sometimes it makes sense to start with user stories working your way into wireframes; in other cases it makes more sense to start with a fully realized design.

But there's nothing better than a working product. We set a goal of having an early version of your product that is ready to use in the first couple of weeks so that we can start evolving it from real world feedback as soon as possible.


The user interface IS the application. Thus we approach design solutions from the end user's point-of-view, rather than letting technological constraints dictate the solution. Sometimes this provides a greater challenge (which we love), but this undoubtedly delivers better end results. We are able to fit the right technology and platform to you and your business and not the other way around.

Something for Everyone

Our wide range of technical skills and experience means that aside from our own projects where we are working directly with the client, we have become a key partner for a number of design, marketing and tech firms that need our level of technical expertise and design chops.

We love a Challenge

We love the challenge of taking a complicated design problem and developing a solution that's super-simple and intuitive to use. We find it liberating, not daunting. We love to explore all of the possible design options, iterating and improving until we've found the best solution possible.

Open Source all the Way Down

We like to use open source software wherever we can because the web was created on the idea of openness, but our clients also reap benefits through reduced cost and preventing vendor lock-in — you own the code. Since we rely so much on open source, we like to give back to the community by contributing to the tools we use daily as frequently as we can, as well as releasing our own home-grown solutions.
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  • Websites

    We develop user-friendly, responsive, mobile-ready web sites utilizing the finest bits, latest technologies and best practices. Our solutions are perfectly tailored to the requirements of each individual customer/business, effectively communicating their unique message. We generally like to use WordPress or Drupal depending on the needs of the project.

  • Web Application Development with Ruby on Rails

    Having worked with Rails for many years, we can say that it provides the perfect balance of structure and flexibility. From our client's perspective, the beauty of Rails is in its ability to deliver custom built, scalable websites that meet their requirements, on time and within budget. Rails is used extensively across the web by companies such as Twitter, Groupon, Soundcloud, and Yellowpages.

  • e-Commerce

    Widgets, digits and stuff. No matter what you sell, we offer a variety of solutions for everyone. We provide e-commerce solutions using the Magento platform (for enterprise strength development), as well as lighter solutions such as Shopify and Big Cartel, or even custom Rails solutions using Spree.

  • Rapid Prototyping

    We work with entrepreneurs and start-ups to bring their ideas to life. From the early planning stages, to choosing the best architecture and technology stack, we design and build your entire product from scratch.

  • Android Development

    We develop robust, native applications for Google's Android platform. Android's market share more than doubled in 2012 and currently is the largest mobile market in the world.