Designing Like I Give a Damn.
Upwards & Onwards is the design practice of Tobias Ottahal.
I work with socially and environmentally progressive people for powerful positive change.
My Process →
Three Reasons to Hire Me
You understand that when everyone does better, everyone does better. Improving the world around us is neither naïve nor boring. I have chosen to apply my passion and competence to make this place better than I found it. If you have too, then let's talk.
I listen, observe and craft solutions according to real user needs. If you believe that in order to make something that people want to use, you need to understand how people experience that something, then we should chat.
Design is a process of understanding and creating new solutions to real-world challenges. It is not about polishing turds. If you share the notion that design can bring fundamental change to what you do, get in touch.
Campaign to improve public transit for all Metro Vancouver students.
App to record and manage water quality measurements – wirelessly.
Brand refresh for the Students Union of VCC.
Identification system for sustainably produced seafood.
Teaching design and providing relief in Karachi, Pakistan.
An app to aid difficult conversations between urologists and patients.
A system to visualize the caretaker-caregiver relationship.
App enabling support workers to help aboriginal students.
School photographer's app that streamlines session workflow.
Travel log app for long-distance professional drivers.
Freight-tracking app for airport tarmac workers.
Social media campaign for the new students' agenda.
Campaign to secure fair transit for Metro Vancouver students.
Emily Carr Students' Union brand refresh.
Explaining Chrome's features to new users.
Campaign against the Tar Sands during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Guerilla campaign on the dangers of talking on the phone whilst driving.
Visual identity update for Professional Women Photographers.
Provocative identity for the Emily Carr Grad Show.
Promotional material for the Emily Carr Foundation Show.
An investigation into the subtle satisfaction of things fitting together.
A selection of marks and posters designed over the years.