Brute Is


Brute applies design to do good. Designers, developers, artists, and activists lend their skills to projects like building clean water wells in Ghana, or a biodiesel awareness project with Stanford University. All projects are staffed entirely by volunteers passionate about the vital role design can play in forwarding humanitarian goals.

Brute’s work has also won design awards from AIGA and Adobe and formed partnerships with organizations such as the city of San Jose, Google, Nike, Facebook, and many more.

Brute’s name refers to the difficult, indeed brutal problems that we encounter head on with the grace and thoughtfulness of good design. Even if your day job involves sitting in front of a screen, you have the tools and the talent to roll up your sleeves and get dirty.

  1. WORK ON BIG PROBLEMS

    Poverty, hunger, homelessness, access to education, and global health keep us up at night. We’re not trying to “save the world” in one fell swoop, but believe in the cumulative positive effect of small actions and smartly-applied skills.

  2. USE GOOD DESIGN TO COMMUNICATE POWERFULLY

    The right design amplifies the impact of a message. We use simple, user-friendly design to raise awareness, communicate, and educate.

  3. INSPIRE AND MOBILIZE OTHERS

    We want to be a hub to connect designers and other makers with humanitarian projects where they can have a meaningful impact.

  4. WORK DIFFERENTLY

    We’re not afraid of shaking things up a bit. We’ll take the unconventional path over the conventional if it yields a bigger impact, faster.

  5. DELIVER A MEASURABLE IMPACT

    Everything we do has to be measurable. 1,000 maps for the homeless. 150 clean water wells in Africa & India. 400 kids who are excited about taking care of their health. Accountability keeps us on track.