Hi there. We’re Upstatement, a creative studio based in Boston.

We’re a free-thinking, fun-loving digital shop that’s boutique by design. Each client collaborates closely with a multi-disciplinary team of designers, developers, and strategists. Everyone here does a little bit of everything, which helps us move fast to make innovative products.

Research & Digital Strategy

We start by listening to you, understanding your audience, studying your numbers. Then we define problems, devise a strategy, and design a roadmap.

Editorial & Content Strategy

Who are you writing for? How do you package content? We craft editorial strategies that resonate with the intended audience.

Branding & Visual Identity

We envision new brands and revitalize old ones. Logos and wordmarks. New names. Detailed brand books. All done with a unique eye for digital.

Art Direction & Content Design

A story is told with more than words. Our creative directors know how to enhance your message through photo, illustration, and infographics.

Front-End Development

Our designers code. Our engineers design. They all obsess over the details. No wonder our sites are lightning fast and look beautiful on every device.

Engineering

Creative coding, CMS development, platform strategies, and more. We’re technology agnostic and work across a wide variety of platforms. Do we do that? The answer is probably yes.

User Interface Design

The user always comes first. That means listening to your audience and making simple, effective interfaces that prioritize their goals.

Post-Launch Consultation

Launch day is just the beginning. We keep sites up-to-date with release plans that keep adding new features long after launch.

Selected Clients

People

Mike Swartz

Mike Swartz

Partner

Jared Novack

Jared Novack

Partner

Tito Bottitta

Tito Bottitta

Partner

Scott Dasse

Scott Dasse

Creative Director

Mike Paulo

Mike Paulo

Technology Director

Nathan Hass

Nathan Hass

Design

Kim Miller

Kim Miller

Design

Mike Burns

Mike Burns

Engineering

Andy Rader

Andy Rader

Engineering

Keri O'Brian

Keri O'Brian

Design

Holly Copeland

Holly Copeland

Design

Chris Plummer

Chris Plummer

Engineering

James Muspratt

James Muspratt

Engineering

Matt Lee

Matt Lee

Design

Regis Biron

Regis Biron

Design

Katherine Rich

Katherine Rich

Studio Manager

Emma Gardner

Emma Gardner

Engineering

Linda Gorman

Linda Gorman

Engineering

Mitchell Gates

Mitchell Gates

Engineering

Emily Theis

Emily Theis

Producer

Cameron Stewart

Cameron Stewart

Producer

Jon Heller

Jon Heller

Engineering

Qusai Akoud

Qusai Akoud

Design

Beatrice Huang

Beatrice Huang

Development Apprentice

Amanda Cheung

Amanda Cheung

Designer

Katie Broida

Katie Broida

Developer

Katie Broida

Joey Petrillo

Design Apprentice

Our Story

We officially opened our doors in 2008, but Upstatement was truly born during late nights at The Daily Orange, the independent student newspaper at Syracuse University. That’s where founders Mike, Jared, and Tito met before graduating to the newsrooms of The New York Times and Boston Globe.

Working in the media taught us how to tell stories, organize information, and make complex concepts easy to understand — experiences that continue to guide us. We’re always asking questions, trying to get at the heart of the problem before looking for a solution.

Today, Upstatement works with a wide range of clients. You might be a publisher, a product owner, or simply have an idea you want to share with the world. Our work is unified by strong stories that transcend industry and audience. Every project is driven by a process that emphasizes research and problem definition, followed by an agile, iterative design/build phase.

This formula led to the creation of BostonGlobe.com, the massive responsive design that helped usher in a new era on the web. The same principles applied to a rethink of the venerated Harvard Law Review and the invention of a new public radio platform for WBUR.

The people who work at Upstatement are different because of their complementary yet shared skillset. Our designers write code and consider engineering part of design, while our developers craft creative, technologically advanced solutions with an eye for detail. Everyone thinks about strategy because the best ideas come from diverse teams. All together they’re powerful partners who solve challenging problems in new ways.