We take a collective approach to tackling social problems. We use design thinking to help organisations maximise their impact.


In the face of COVID-19, many charities are going through rapid operational change and critical services are being urgently redesigned. We're working as part of UK digital collaborative Catalyst to help provide support.

This Observer Food Monthly article covers our pilot 'stealthy healthy' takeaway designed to help reduce childhood obesity in South London, in partnership with Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.

Built on collaboration with 22 Londoners, this report explores how to build a better city by building better relationships

Our work

Working with partners and collaborators, we bring our research, strategy and design expertise to a range of challenges.

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We use design thinking to unpick tricky problems and help organisations play their best role in tackling complex social issues.

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We’re a multi-disciplinary team of designers, researchers and strategists, with experience in a range of areas including mental health, food, childhoods and financial wellbeing.

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We partner with ambitious teams that are working to have a deep and lasting social impact. We provide the methodology, specialist skills and experience to help you be even more efficient and effective.

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  • Shift brings significant expertise and experience in product and service design, as well as a well developed approach to generating three strands of value, which sit at the core of their work. Shift’s way of working is really good fun, and we’ve made huge progress in a short space of time. Sarah Mcmullen NCT
  • I was keen to partner with Shift because of their ethos to use technology to make a positive difference. They are passionate about involving the end users throughout the process, to ensure that their products meet the needs and wants of those who will use them Clare Hill Reading University

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