We’re creating better urban futures, together.

We work with cities + local governments
to elevate community voices and input
architecture +
urban planning firms
to innovate for people-centered services and experiences
founding teams + startups
to uncover customer insights and find market fit

Our services include

Research
Qualitative + Quantitative Research
Community Research
Customer Insights
Public Space Studies
Futures Scenarios
Design
Prototyping + Validation
Community Co-creation
Service Design
Experience Design
Brand Design
Organizational Design
Film
Ethnographic Research
Interviews
Storytelling
Production
Incubation
Ventures
Startups
Business Design
Community Master Planning

Meet the team

The story of our name

Openbox takes its name from the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a man who escaped slavery in 1849 by mailing himself to freedom. Henry used one nationally-run system—the US Postal Service—to subvert another: the nationally-oppressive system of slavery. At Openbox, we remain in awe of his creative bravery and inspiring life story.

The story illustrated in Henry's Freedom Box, a book by Kadir Nelson and Ellen Levine