Digital Product Agency. UX/UI Design & Development

We help to create and evolve sensible digital products for startups and enterprise innovators.

Smart partner for:

  • Create and launch new web & mobile digital products
  • Evolve existing digital products to meet new challenging goals
  • Build marketing websites for SaaS products

Our capabilities:

  • Strategy
  • UX Design
  • UI Design
  • Development
  • Branding

Complex services:

  • Discovery (Define idea value, Research)
  • Idea validation (PoC)
  • MVP design & development
  • Ongoing product support 
  • Brand identity
 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Odessa, Ukraine
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Metricly, Squadhelp, Velonto, Gigzi, Bold, Mohegan Sun etc.

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Metricly

 

What was done: UX/UI of the main landing page, also UX/UI for a bunch of internal pages that describe the company's services along with front-end development and WordPress engine customization.  

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Gigzi

 

What was done: created full branding of the new age blockchain exchange platform, promotional video clip, designed and developed a huge promo landing page and private cabinet for gathering funds.

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Bold

 

What was done: conducted comprehensive market and competitors research, created UX/UI from scratch for more than 250 screens of the iOS application for AppStore.

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Velonto

What was done: conducted comprehensive market and competitors research, created UX/UI from scratch, developed client's and biker's sites and created a wide range of marketing materials starting from Google Play and AppStore pages design and finishing with printed promo materials for partners.   

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UX & UI Design, Consulting, & Branding for Software Startup

“We receive good reviews from our userbase, and the design is modern, fluid, and self-explanatory.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Sept. 2018
Project summary: 

Arounda designed the UI/UX for an on-demand delivery platform. They built the entire framework and set brand guidelines, then they designed marketing resources, icons, and print materials.

The Reviewer
 
2-9 Employees
 
Austria
Josef Chen
CEO, Velonto
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All the work Arounda delivered meets a high standard. They were transparent, they explained their logic, and they met their deadlines. They took the initiative, and they followed trends that ensured brand success in the marketplace.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a startup with an on-demand delivery platform. I'm the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Arounda?

We hired them to help with design and general business strategies.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We discussed our strategy, they gave us some guidance, and we started on first drafts of our UI/UX designs. They built the entire framework of our app, and they've done brand guidelines, vision, and brand books. The whole app was designed in Sketch.

After the app was finished, they created marketing materials, icons, and stationery design. They created newsletters, flyers, business cards, and other small print materials.

What is the team composition?

We're in contact with one or two individuals, but there were also two or three designers and one or two people who worked on our brand guidelines.

How did you come to work with Arounda?

We found them on Upwork. We looked at their portfolio, and we liked their style. We reached out to them, and they were very easy to communicate with. They were willing to take the lead, which we liked.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent €150,000-€200,000 (approximately $167,000-$223,000 USD) over the course of our engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working in January 2018, and they finished the big project in September 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We receive good reviews from our userbase, and the design is modern, fluid, and self-explanatory. They realized our vision, and we love the results. They have high standards, and they always delivered excellent work. They help us stand out from our competition.

How did Arounda perform from a project management standpoint?

We really liked their project management, and they sent us regular updates with explanations of the decisions they made. They offered a lot of transparency, and they met most of our deadlines. They used InVision to share prototypes, and we worked a lot via Google Drive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They often took the lead, and their designs are very on-trend. They always tried to make us the best in our field.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Because they expanded so rapidly, we didn't always know who to contact. After a few days, we expressed our concerns and they assigned a fixed account manager. They could still work to manage their scaling a little better.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They have high-quality standards, so be prepared for them to take their time. If you are looking for a fast solution, look elsewhere. They take their work very seriously, and they dedicate time to their projects.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UI/UX Strategy & Design for SaaS IT Company

"They brought our site and aesthetic to a new level that we couldn’t have achieved on our own."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2018 - May 2019
Project summary: 

Arounda designed and developed the UI/UX for a SaaS company’s WordPress website. They implemented the designs in Bootstrap and provided consulting as well.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Reston, Virginia
Trent Waskey
Director of Marketing, Metricly
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website’s blog saw a fivefold increase in SEO visibility thanks in part to Arounda’s top-of-the-line design and UI/UX work. Despite some miscommunication at first, the team was receptive to feedback, attentive to details, and quick to grasp at vague requirements.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the director of marketing at Metricly before it was acquired by Virtana. We were a SaaS IT company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Arounda?

We were looking for a partner to lead the design and user experience of our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Arounda provided us with UI strategy, design, and development. They also created graphics for us. We were building on WordPress at the time. Arounda used Bootstrap to create the frontend frameworks and designs that we’d then implement on WordPress.

For each task, we came to Arounda with an idea for a new page on the site and an outline of the content we wanted. Arounda came back with some light UI sketches that we modified or improved. After that, they gave us high fidelity mockups. Once we gave our approval, they moved into the development phase to build and publish the page.

What is the team composition?

We worked with 3–4 people, including a UI designer, a UI developer, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Arounda?

I originally worked with them on some personal projects. I brought them in to work on our company’s UI.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $10,000–$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The collaboration ran from June 2018 to May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Arounda delivered enterprise-grade work that outperformed anything we’d had before in terms of design and functionality. The blog they built as part of our site directly contributed to a 400% increase in SEO traffic (combined with our own content strategy). They brought our site and aesthetic to a new level that we couldn’t have achieved on our own.

How did Arounda perform from a project management standpoint?

They were highly organized and paid very close attention to detail. They provided us with a project management system where we could log in and view progress for each task.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Arounda was extremely flexible and quick to pick up a product’s requirements. In many cases, we gave them minimal direction, and they’d take that and turn around something that fully matched our vision.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had to collaborate with them at first to work out some issues in project management. We wanted more precise expectations about costs and timelines for specific pages. Overall, however, it was good.

Any advice for potential customers?

Absolutely work with Arounda. You won’t be disappointed.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UI/UX App Design for Consumer Products Company

"...they were coming up with new ideas and always trying to look with fresh eyes and challenge it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - June 2019
Project summary: 

Arounda provided UX/UI design and development for a mobile app. They produced prototypes and continuously iterated according to feedback.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Mol, Belgium
Founder, App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is almost complete, and internal stakeholders are pleased with its quality. Arounda was patient and responsive, offering consistent updates. A proactive team, they didn't hesitate to offer innovative suggestions about next steps.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder of the app, which purpose is to help people develop mental strength, boost motivation, make better decisions and improve performance.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Arounda?

Mobile app UX/UI development. Landing page UX/UI and development.

What were your goals for this project?

Design user attractive yet intuitive mobile app. The challenge was to organize right structure of many sections that app has, so the user won't be lost.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I made a search on Upwork and saw high rating for this agency and affordable price.

Describe the project in detail.

I gave them design from the previous company which I did not like that much and also made my own iteration based on it suing Sketch. Decribed to Arounda the whole idea and asked to improve it. After they gave some thinking to it they proposed to start from scratch and work on the prototype screens and focus first on UX, test them, iterate and then work on the UI.

After many iterations, we have agreed on the final prototype and started to work on it, which also had quit many iterations. Some of them I did not asked for and they were coming up with new ideas and always trying to look with fresh eyes and challenge it. This obviously made design much better.

What was the team composition?

Project manager, designers and developer

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The app is now in the final stages of development. 

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Super effective. Arounda Project manager always in contact with me and patiently answered my requests and came proactively with some proposals.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Ability to challenge me, my ideas, think proactively, test assumptions. This is quite a rare skill. Most would do what is asked. They focus on delivery of great quality work.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Nothing that comes to mind

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UX /UI Design Services for Adult Entertainment Company

“Their quality is comparable to UX firms that charge more than double their hourly rate.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Arounda manages UX/UI design for an adult film company. They support the internal team with both front- and backend code, and they produce physical assets for events. They also provide animation for videos.

The Reviewer
 
2-9 Employees
 
Germany
Co-Founder, Adult Entertainment Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Conversion rates have improved, and Arounda has a very modern approach. Their turnaround times are quick, written communication is clear, and their solutions are clever and appropriate. Deliverables often meet requirements within the first iteration, which saves time.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We're an adult video on-demand company. I'm the co-founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Arounda?

We didn't have a set team of designers, and we outsourced various parts of our design to separate individuals. As a result, we didn't have a uniform image. We wanted a team that could join us, understand our products and our brand, and create a more professional, consistent brand.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They do all of our website design. That includes the backend and our admin area, email design, and various offline assets like flyers and event materials. They also do some code work for us. We have our own in-house development team, and they work along with our staff. They do some of the frontend code of their designs, and our developers work on the backend elements that go along with them. They fully realize the designs they provide, and they often take on entire tasks from start to finish.

They use InVision and Sketch, but I'm not sure of the other technologies they use. InVision is helpful to share those designs with our team. We recently sponsored a film festival, and they did all the design for those related materials. They also do some animation, and we've added their graphic work to some of our videos.

What is the team composition?

I have one main point of contact, but I was originally onboarded by one of their directors. They have various departments, so we also work directly with a UX lead and a traditional branding team for logo design.

How did you come to work with Arounda?

I found them on Dribbble, along with a few other possible agencies. Because of the nature of our business, we're fairly restricted. They were willing to work with us, and we had a few conversations with them. We started with some low-level tasks, and we went from there.

How much have you invested with them?

We pay for features as they arise, and we work anywhere between 10-40 hours a week with them. Our most recent contract was about $8,000 at a rate of $28 per hour. I'd estimate we've spent somewhere between $50,000-$200,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February or March 2018. The collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

They have a very modern approach for an affordable price. Their quality is comparable to UX firms that charge more than double their hourly rate. They never compromise, and their work is cutting edge. They've helped us improve our conversion rates, but I don't have any solid metrics to share offhand.

How did Arounda perform from a project management standpoint?

We have a Trello board set up, and we create tickets for them in their incoming task list. Our main contact then assigns tasks to the designers on their team. We also communicate regularly via phone or Skype about anything outside the brief or anything that is unclear. In general, their project management and availability are major strengths. I never wait longer than an hour for a response, and our product manager fully understands our products and our needs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I've worked with other design firms, but this is definitely my most positive experience. Their turnaround is quick and efficient, and we rarely need to change much. We can usually trust them to come back with something we'll like, and they often go beyond what we initially had in mind. They have knowledge our team doesn't have, and they come up with good solutions. Their initial results are almost always what we want, and we never get locked into endless iteration.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They're not as comfortable on the phone as they are via text. That may be due to a lack of confidence in their language skills and might be an area of improvement for them. There is also occasionally a lack of communication in the design process. The rare misunderstandings could be avoided with a little extra clarification. That's only happened once or twice, and there's very little they could improve.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If you're looking for a designer, look over their portfolio. Everything they present is as it seems, and they're a very good team. Their process is straightforward and self-explanatory.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer