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Design Your
Competitive Advantage

 

SCHEMA Strategy is a Design Thinking consulting group for emerging entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses alike that want to uncover opportunities for innovation in their business strategies. 

Our network of strategy consultants has experience applying human-centered design principles for businesses of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and other consultancies.

 
 

Our Services

SCHEMA Strategy provides businesses with the tools to craft unique interactions with their customers at every level of of the brand development process.

As design strategists, we believe that creating a strategy should always start with the goal of providing customers with efficient solutions that will delight them. By giving them meaningful and memorable experiences, these customers will return to a business, resulting in successful revenue and brand equity.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

Although the depth and details of a project will vary based on the specific needs of a project, we at SCHEMA follow the "Double Diamond" model for strategy and development, first developed by the British Design Council.

The five main categories of services we offer are listed below.

BRAND DESIGN AUDITS

For established brands and businesses that want design experts to review and examine their current offerings, we provide expert critiques of what your business is doing well, as well as where there are opportunities for improvement.

We provide design and usability recommendations in accordance with established best practices and the needs of the target audience for the brand.


BRAND MATERIALS

Graphic design or UI (User Interface) design assets for brands that have discovered a need to improve and update the aesthetic assets that represent their brand.

These projects can take place as a continuation of the design audits described above, executing on the discovered recommendations, or as stand-alone projects to refresh existing brands.


USER RESEARCH

Learn what your target audiences would really respond to best, so that you can provide them a better experience with your brand.

We conduct ethnographic research with the aim of uncovering actionable insights about the user, providing businesses with recommendations on their business strategy based on these insights.


USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN

For businesses and brands that are looking to digital channels to engage their users, we combine the research, usability, and graphic components of our offerings to deliver a complete design for the product that will help reach your audience in the most effective way.


Innovation STRATEGY

For new businesses that want to understand their place in the world and define the relationship between their audience and their brand, or for existing businesses that need to pivot or refresh how they define themselves, we leverage design thinking to find and strengthen the bond between users and brands.



Our Network

 

SANTIAGO CASTILLO

Founder / Strategy Manager

Santiago is a passionate design thinker who spends too much his spare time thinking about how he would design processes or interfaces differently. He's a winner of the 2014 A' Design Awards Gold prize in the Home Appliances category, and his strategy lesson on user personas was published by Google's Primer app in November 2016.

After completing his MFA in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, Santiago worked as a strategy consultant in the nonprofit sector before founding SCHEMA.

SCHEMA came about after noticing a conversion of three trends: an increased interest in Design Thinking in the corporate landscape, a talent pool of design thinkers eager to prove themselves, and a dearth of organizations that offer Design Thinking consulting as a business service.


NETWORK EXPERIENCE

Everyone in the SCHEMA network has been selected to contribute to projects on a needs basis. If you're a design thinker and believe you could contribute to SCHEMA, contact us.

Some of the companies that members of the SCHEMA network have worked with (as either clients or employers) include:

  • Allure Energy

  • Alta Group

  • Amazon

  • Bulova

  • City Year

  • Coca-Cola

  • Disney

  • DoSomething.org

  • Fannie Mae

  • Fisher-Price

  • Fjord

  • Foot Locker

  • Fossil

  • Hewlett-Packard

  • Home Depot

  • IBM

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Kraft

  • Lenovo

  • Logitech

  • LPK

  • Mars, Inc.

  • McDonald's

  • Method

  • Microsoft

  • Mondelez

  • NOAA

  • Pearson

  • Pernod Ricard

  • Procter & Gamble

  • PwC

  • Reebok

  • Rokk3r Labs

  • Steelcase

  • Weber Shandwick


Schema strategy can bring design-driven value to your brand