Bulletproof technology for Social Innovators

About us

What floats our boats

Design & Craft

We create websites human beings like to use: thoughtfully designed online tools, rich with functionality and finely crafted details. Our work speaks for itself.

Social Innovation

We're personally invested in our projects and inspired by the artists, innovators, and nonprofits who have great messages to deliver.

Partnership

We're more than a line item to our clients: from the first interview to the holiday bash, we share goals and work as one team, not two.

Measure Twice...

In order to tailor the right fit, we ask the tough questions to nail down what's required (and not required) for each project.

...Cut Once

Once we've defined the right approach, we collaborate to handcraft custom and flexible solutions – that people will actually use.

In Plain English

We work on a solid foundation of technologies, and believe that usability, accessibility, compatibility, and responsiveness transcend trendy buzzwords.

Under the Hood

Our clients command their content, sparking great conversations with their communities. We just develop the simple-to-use management tools.

Idea Incubation

Whether it's the start of something great or a revision of a concept, we'll be here to help keep your idea awesome… for years to come.

Our Work

Yes, we have been pretty busy.

VolunteerConnector

VolunteerConnector

Even though there is a huge amount of people that want to volunteer, organizations often struggle to find volunteers.
Designed from the ground up, the VolunteerConnector provides that connection, enabling volunteers to find meaningful opportunities — and giving non-profit organizations the tools to manage their volunteers and schedule them. volunteerconnector.org
Foothills Academy

Foothills Academy

The Foothills Academy philosophy is that all students with Learning Disabilities have exceptional potential and can achieve great success.
Foothills Academy has been following this principle since 1979, and they needed a new platform to share their rich history and busy program schedule. We worked closely with the team there to capture their needs and provide a showcase for that inspiring goal. foothillsacademy.org
Sled Island

Sled Island

Who would have guessed that one of the best music festivals in North America would be here in Calgary?
Sled Island is one of Canada’s most important music and arts festivals. The site functions as an ‘artist discovery’ platform, and includes an innovative new design, artist and venue information, and features a rarity amongst competitors — an intuitive schedule. To enhance the festival experience, the site allows users to create their own personalized schedules, and Sled staff to provide venue specific updates to attendees in real time. sledisland.com
Alzheimer Society of Calgary

Alzheimer Society of Calgary

Our long-term relationships with clients is one of the things that motivates us most, and this full site re-design is a great example of why.
We built a site for the Alzheimer Society of Calgary almost six years ago. When they eventually outgrew that site, they came to us — and we were very happy to provide them with a much brighter and more contemporary solution. alzheimercalgary.ca
SaskCulture

SaskCulture

Saskatchewan's largest cultural funding agency required a new marketing platform to connect with their members, funders, and the larger cultural community. SA created a new web design and architecture to house the extensive content available, while creating custom solutions including a Grant Finder Directory and a Success Story infrastructure. The result is a highly structured and adaptable platform that will easily grow to meet SaskCulture’s expanding needs. saskculture.ca
Propellus

Propellus

Calgary’s leading organization delivering volunteer management and non-profit resources, Propellus required an enhancement of their online capabilities. Three new projects enhance service delivery to their fast growing membership: the Volunteer Connector matches non-profits directly with qualified volunteers; their website delivers a new online identity and streamlines access to all Propellus services, and the Organizational Assessment Tool helps Propellus deliver essential services to their members. We’re proud of the results. propellus.org
One Yellow Rabbit

Citadel Theatre

The Citadel Theatre is Edmonton’s essential performing arts centre. Home to six theatres, extensive year round performances, education programs, an Academy, and to numerous other events and sessions, this centre is a hotbed of artistic and community activity. SA delivered a platform that provides quick access to the myriad of resources, while delivering a striking new design that takes full advantage of the Citadel’s excellent imagery. The ticketing workflow should streamline the box office experience. A great project! citadeltheatre.com
One Yellow Rabbit

One Yellow Rabbit

One Yellow Rabbit is one of Canada's greatest performance ensembles and arts organizations. Creators of over 80 unique and inspiring productions, producers of the magnificent High Performance Rodeo festival, educators of the essential Summer Lab Intensive, and curators of the Big Secret Theatre, OYR required an innovative online presence to capture the breadth of their astounding activities. SA couldn't be happier to oblige. oyr.org
CUFF

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Scan the film list, sort by preferences, watch trailers, and buy tickets on this rich site for our favourite groundbreaking film festival. calgaryundergroundfilm.org
Be Local

Be Local

Respect for the Earth and All People (REAP) approached SA to re-imagine their online home for their Be Local movement, focused on businesses providing local goods and sustainable practises. The resulting Be Local website delivers a new web design and navigation infrastructure, along with a custom business membership directory and the Be Local Awards voting infrastructure. SA is proud to be a REAP member and advocate. belocal.org
HPR

High Performance Rodeo

This is Calgary's avant-garde International Festival of the Arts. The site features stunning design, a creative schedule, a personalized calendar and advanced administrative tools. hprodeo.ca
OCL Studios

OCL Studios

OCL Studios is an innovative and feature rich recording studio located just outside of Calgary, and the only residential studio experience in Western Canada. This online platform promotes their high-end equipment, multiple recording studios, residential live-work opportunities, and unique foothills location. By focusing on images and unique navigation, this site appeals to the varied audience of recording artists, touring professionals, and music executives. oclstudios.com

The Team

Three guys, three kinds of sushi.

Contact Lakin

Phone

403.702.1909

Lakin Wecker

Unagi

Lakin's development skills were honed at large web firms. He travels extensively, participates in open source projects and enjoys wine, whiskey, sports and the company of good friends.

Contact Leonard

Phone

403.472.2611

Leonard Nooy

Tuna Sashimi

Leonard is a details-oriented software developer with a background in mathematics. When not on the job, he enjoys mountain biking and optimizing his life using technology.

Contact Ian

Phone

403.969.3253

Ian Russell

Salmon Nigiri

Ian is our lead designer. Once a founding partner of iStockphoto, he runs the record label Flemish Eye, and plays a particularly poor game of tennis.

Structured Abstraction wouldn't be the same without some other alumni. Jay MacGillivray, Mike Simoens, and Allan Hart were founding partners at SA who helped create the company we are today.

Contact us

Don't be shy, we'd love to hear from you.

Structured Abstraction is based in Calgary, Alberta. We’re small by design, and select only a few projects at a time in order to provide the best solutions. We’re always excited to partner with progressive organizations, so contact us today and tell us what you have cooking!