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we are boq

We build digital products

we are boq is a design and development studio, founded in 2009, that works with companies, nonprofits and international organisations to build digital products and services through participatory and user centered design.


We help you define a plan to make sure that the project resources are aligned with business goals and user needs.


We work with you to create a product that is functional and delights, embracing complexity to achieve simple and clear user experiences.


We use technology in the service of design goals, adjusting development tools and software stack to the needs of the project.

We work for the user

Knowing your users and advocating for them is how we build better products and great user experiences. Understanding why people use your product allow us to serve you and them better, by making sure their needs are aligned with the project goals.

We are always learning

Every project is a learning process, where we work together by sharing our knowledge. By using a participatory design process, actively involving clients, stakeholders and users, we make sure that we understand your business and that you can make informed decisions about design and technology.

We build long-term partnerships

It's great shipping a new product and watching it go out in the world, but we believe the work doesn't stop there. We are always available to work through the whole lifecycle of the product, providing after-launch support and finding opportunities for improvement.

We design for everybody

Universal design is at the core of our process. Firmly believing that digital products should be usable by all people, we are experts in web accessibility, with experience working in cross-cultural and multilingual projects, to help you expand you product's reach.

Some of our Clients

  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds
  • Conserveira de Lisboa
  • Portuguese Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
  • Lisbon Polytechnic Institute
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Gadjo - Verein für zeitgenössischen Zirkus
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Government of Timor-Leste
  • Pato Lógico
  • International Organization for Migration
  • Planeta Tangerina

Some of our Projects

UN SDG:Learn

The UN SDG:Learn platform is an online catalog of learning resources that matches learners’ needs with learning solutions offered by partner organizations. A joint project of UNITAR and UNSSC, we were responsible for the UX design and development on an extremely ambitious timeline that was met in all phases of the process. The website was developed with a mobile-first approach that included regular performance audits to make sure the final product would be fast on slower connections.

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Cultura Acessível

Cultura Acessível is a website that gathers information on accessible cultural programmes in Portugal, listing events and venues around the country that are accesible to people with specific needs. Concept, design and development were consistently informed by accessibility goals, with multiple rounds of user-testing and improvements from the resulting feedback. The final result is in conformance with the Level AAA of the WCAG 2.1 and works with assistive technologies of multiple platforms and devices.

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CEDRIG is a web application to assess risks from climate change, environmental degradation and natural hazards in development and humanitarian projects comissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It is a multi-user platform with open registrations and a user-centered design that greatly simplifies a multi-step process that requires extensive data input.

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UN CC:e-Learn

The UN CC:e-Learn platform is a multilingual e-learning platform focusing on climate change and the green economy, part of the One UN Climate Change Partnership. With more than 200.000 registered users, it provides multiple online courses in eight different languages. We designed the user experience, developed the platform and provide technical support to the editorial team.

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