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Digital experiences for brands with purpose

We’re a committed team of thinkers, tinkerers and misfits, united by a desire to exploit technology for the betterment of people, culture and the world.

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We're a digital innovation and build studio with an eye toward the future.

Founded in 2006 in Seattle, Substantial is an industry-leading studio recognized for creating high-quality custom software in partnership with some of the worlds biggest brands. We are strategic creatives and technologists capable of imagining and building business-changing digital products with the reliability and extensibility to last.

Ready to partner with us? Let’s Talk.

We are

  • Optimists
  • Pragmatists
  • Strategists
  • Humanists
  • Empaths
  • Collaborators
  • Industry veterans

We're not

  • Alchemists
  • Cynics
  • Egoists
  • Alarmists
  • Nostalgists

We build

  • Web Apps
  • Mobile Apps
  • Games
  • SaaS
  • IoT
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At the heart of creative innovation

Home to many of the world’s leading technological companies and startups, Seattle is internationally recognized as a center of innovation. We’re a part of a fertile ecosystem of thinkers and creatives—and happily situated at the center of it all on Capitol Hill, a diverse arts and culture district.

Passion projects

We create for the sheer joy of it

We are product people through and through, and love an opportunity to experiment with abandon. Some of the products we have created for ourselves:

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    Dungeon Highway

    From pure fantasy to featured app in 3 weeks. Combining our inner retro gamer and the power of Unity, we created a fantasy world called Dungeon Highway, with over 140,000 hours of gameplay on iOS and Android. It earned enough acclaim to release as part of entertainment platform Steam’s highly selective Greenlight program.

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    Our office installation: a delightful welcome experience. We created our own custom GIF Booth for fun animation creations that move forward and backward, co-branded with Seattle Interactive Conference, Girl Geek Con, The 3% Conference Seattle, IxDA, and Seattle International Film Festival.

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    Hello Epics

    Our awesome power-up for Trello helps you better manage complex projects. Substantial built a power up for the project management tool Trello to organize and manage your most complex Trello projects. With over 1200+ active subscriptions, we are taming the chaos of thousands of Trello boards.

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    A lightweight app to view and book conference rooms in 15-min increments. A pocket-sized team of developers decided to tackle the constant problem of finding an empty conference room on the fly - and succeeded by building in Swift and Xcode. Let the meetings begin.

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    Starpilot Heroes

    An experiment in augmented reality. In three weeks a dev and design pair, built Starpilot Heroes, a collectable card game prototype that integrates augmented reality as part of the core game concept.

  • Substantial passionprojects subverse 01


    Experimenting with design sprints. A team of design and development experimented with design sprints by building a visualization tool in javascript that shows activity on Substantial projects in real time! Part art, part science, the project looked like a combination of planets and stars displaying code commiting in real time.

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Our Impact

We’re excited about the future of technology

We work for our clients, our team and our community. Every product and relationship is guided by a responsibility to create meaningfully better experiences.

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Featured Employee


Originally a student of Chinese, Elsa made her way to tech through the magic of networking and Ada Developers Academy. Today Elsa is a Senior Software Developer & Manger chiefly interested in people, processes and their effect on outcomes. When not working on projects you'll probably find Elsa Olympic Weightlifting, or spearheading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Substantial.

Let's build a better future, together.