Our Vision

We envision a world where the people who build websites and the people who need them can work together harmoniously, making projects better, more efficiently and with less stress.

Our goal is to raise the standards of our industry and create value by cutting out all the crappy parts of website projects. Clients often deal with unforeseen delays, opaque pricing, deceptive practices, and a frustrating lack of insight. Agencies are full of burnout, frustration, and dissatisfaction. It’s time to find a better way.

Our Approach

What makes our sites different?

  • Built from scratch. Development shortcuts make a site slow and unreliable. Every aspect of a Cantilever site is put there for a reason, making our sites lean and streamlined.
  • Designed for the long-term. We have an “object-oriented” philosophy to both design and development which makes our sites dramatically easier to modify and expand over time. Rebrand? New product? New department? No problem.
  • Meant for people. We don’t set out to win design awards or use your project as an excuse try out the latest coding fad. We create sites to meet the client’s goals. We put ourselves in the minds of the user to craft an experience they love and to make it easy to take action.
  • Fast, in every way. A slow site is an ineffective site, no matter how great the design. From the very beginning of our process, we keep performance top of mind. Different parts of a websites’s code require different approaches to performance. We know how to approach every aspect for optimum real and perceived speed.

What makes us different?

  • We care. It’s corny, but it’s true. We love our work and are invested in every project we do. We know that the client’s success is our success, so we leave no stone unturned in creating a site that exceeds their expectations.
  • We’re transparent. Our clients interact directly with our top-tier talent and can see exactly what’s getting done by when. There is no shady offshoring, no smoke and mirrors, no game of telephone.
  • We communicate well. We share project information openly and without agenda. We conduct short and productive meetings. We write clearly – and a lot – to make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • We’re in this. We believe that sites should be “living” – that they should regularly improve, reacting to user feedback and analytics as well as changing business goals. We offer affordable support retainers to keep sites healthy after launch. We want to be partners with our clients for the long haul.
  • We’re good partners. As an agency that handles design, development, and strategy, we are always happy to team up with other folks in any part of the continuum. We make great collaborators because we understand the fields of our specialist partners. Whether a client has an existing team for some part of a project, or wants us to work with their internal talent, we’re always happy to fill in just where needed.


  • Nikki Munson

    Executive Coordinator

  • Adrienne Travis


  • Rebecca Testrake

    Studio Manager

  • JT Fridsma


  • Andrew Heins


  • Chris Pau

    Director of Operations

  • Ty Fujimura


(And many fantastic freelancers and collaborators)

Our Services


From homepages to Twitter icons, we create clever design solutions for the web.

  • Traditional Web Design We create clean, beautiful sites that communicate effectively.
  • Interactive Design Our keen sense of user behavior helps us make users feel at home.
  • UI & App Design We envision and design usable, friendly applications for the browser. We use writing, sketching, wireframing and prototyping to keep our work logical and testable every step of the way.
  • Graphic Design We conceptualize and create smart icons and illustrations to use in our projects.


The best design work is founded on sound ideas. We help shape our clients’ strategies through reflection, research and testing.

  • Content Strategy We make sense of clients’ content, helping them discover what’s been created and what still needs to be.
  • Product Strategy & Concept Development We hone and refine our clients’ ideas into buildable, viable web products.


We create dependable, maintainable websites and apps.

  • Traditional Frontend Development We build modular, flexible code motivated by speed, maintainability and cross-browser performance.
  • Backbone.js Development With Backbone, we can build anything from a simple widget to a full app with minimal code and overhead.
  • Wordpress & ExpressionEngine Development We use these best-in-breed content management systems to power client sites when a custom CMS is not required.
  • Custom CMS Development We create dashboards and control panels for clients to manipulate their content.