Scrub jays are generalist birds

Scrub jays favor places where habitats touch: forest edge, shoreline, foothills, windbreak. They are smart, adaptable, and fearless. Scrub jays are restless homebodies, grumpy optimists, and sociable loners. They aren’t the most glamorous birds. But where bigger, fancier, more specialized birds struggle…

…scrub jays thrive.

 

Scrubjay is a generalist digital workshop

We design and develop user experiences for socially-responsible organizations. 

With 20+ years of experience, we’ve learned such organizations need (and can afford) nimble generalists more than lumbering specialists. We are a full-service shop, but can embed with larger teams to fill smaller roles. Our client roster includes worthy organizations like Mercy Corps, National Audubon Society, Catholic Relief Services, UNICEF, Goodwill Industries, and United Way.

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Paul Souders founded Scrubjay

Paul is the principal and sole employee of Scrubjay. He has an advanced degree in Anthropology and used to be a professional archaeologist. During the DotCom boom he drew cartoon monkeys for a kids’ website. After that Paul was an art director. He lived in China for a little while. He was the online fundraising designer/developer for Mercy Corps for six years. Paul hates referring to himself in the third person singular and first person plural but his business consultant insists on it.

Specialities

  • User experience design
  • Visual design & branding
  • Front-end development
  • Content strategy
  • Online fundraising optimization
  • Email design and development
  • Django development
  • Drupal development

Clientele

  • Nonprofits
  • Fundraising consultancies
  • Socially-responsible businesses
  • Interactive agencies

Habits

  • Orthogonality
  • Iteration
  • Pragmatism
  • Parsimony
  • Usability
  • Textuality
  • Social responsibility
  • Readability

How we work

Scrubjay does not bill hourly. We estimate, plan & bill projects using a points-based system, where:

1 point ≅ 1⁄2 day of production effort ≅ 1 business day on a project timeline = $360 

We generally book new projects about 4 weeks in advance.

Scrub jay portrait adapted (desaturated) from a photo by  Martin Reesman, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

All the other photos on the site are (cc-by-4.0) 2018 Paul Souders/Scrubjay Works LLC