We design brand experiences...

Specialty: Branding • UI/UX • Web Design • Ecommerece

ArtVersion creative agency has supported many Fortune 500 companies and notable startups with their branding, digital and print design needs.

One of our most valuable assets resides in our team’s ability to enable growth in businesses that seek to either launch, expand into a new market or solidify their legacy. Regularly, working with influential startups and growing brands, ArtVersion identifies opportunity and develops strategies to generate conversion. 

As designers we pride ourselves on highly collaborative approach and problem solving skills. We are creative strategists and visual storytellers.

User-centered design is just a starting point. Equipped with insights from best-practices to analytics, our solutions are strategic and based on analytical discovery. Driven by both skill and magic, the result is a cohesive product that spans both print and digital.

Across the web design industry we are known for our expert ability to simplify complex processes and promote clarity. Our beliefs and core competencies in user focused design across multidisciplinary areas allow for seamless consistency and a greater focus on the details that matter.
 

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
1999
ArtVersion Chicago, IL 60631
United States
ArtVersion
11 N Skokie Hwy
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
United States
ArtVersion Portland, OR 97035
United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Caterpillar • TransUnion • Afex • MorganStanley • Federal Reserve Bank • Trustwave • Seaway Bank • Aiwa USA • Ricoh • Koch • Vasco • BreezoMeter • Gilson • Rush University • Weyerhaeuser • Tandberg • Toyota • Ultra Lube •  Shell • Qualcomm • University of North Carolina • Montessori • Joseph Sears School • Northwestern University

SRC Solutions

An web app platform serving school district’s nationwide requiring a strategic, streamlined and phased rollout that would not effect user-flows in every school’s administrative processes. As a premier enrollment and digital documents processor with an active user base in over 100 school districts and educational facilities, SRC Solutions features an archive of over a million records.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/user-interface-design-2/

Treklytics

Led by a highly successful investment firm, Treklytics’s founders came to us with a big idea. Driven to see solutions others don’t and inspired to capitalize on opportunities others miss, their focused, entrepreneurial drive led them to imagine a vision for the ideal financial career agile performance app. 

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/treklytics/

The Golden Triangle

Lookign for web design company in Chicago, The Golden Triangle team located and indentified the ArtVersion agency as a creative partner to redesign and reimagine their ecommerce website. The result was an experience that brings the user into the gallery without ever leaving home. The optimized strategy included a responsive web design, as well as social media component designed to boost sales and drive worldwide conversion.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/the-golden-triangle/
 

AIWA USA

When it was time to reinvent Aiwa, brand managers together with the marketing and communication team called us up to collaborate on this historically important project. The challenge was to preserve all of the elements that people used to like about Aiwa, while bringing a new innovative approach to their corporate presence throught visual communications and web design. At the same time, Aiwa company was working on launching a new product to complement this brand relaunch.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/aiwa-usa/

The Mountain Valley

Being mindful of the brand’s rich history and dedicated existing audience, we began exploring the process by sketching and iterating concepts that would honor the heritage of the company while making a splash with new visuals and considering the need for brand expansion into new markets. With a nod to the original core brand value and promise, we introduced a clearly communicated new layer of brand expression in the form of color illustrations that would work alongside the brand, promoting it’s already deep-seated recognition factors. 

Read more at: https://artversion.com/case-studies/mountain-valley/

Rishi

Creating both a tonality and visual identity system for the line, our team built upon the brand’s focus of sustainability, global reach and creativity to capture the emotional and intellectual aspects into an experience that draws the consumer into the storyline. Unique illustrations highlight each ingredient providing visual cues and expression for each individual flavor. Inspired by the illustrations, the design team created a bold, contemporary visual language that highlights the finery of the artwork and details the elements of the package.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/case-studies/rishi-tea/

Pepsico

Grid oriented and responsive web design. This simple and elegant solution will not only allow easy integration to all Pepsico brands but also facilitate independence, adaptability and accessibility on a individual level. With a focus on the autocomplete search – the design features a strategic approach to FAQs access, carefully designed iconography, design elements and color schemes. Controllable by single CSS file in the cross-channel environments.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/case-studies/pepsi/

VMW Scooters

Our design team takes a strongly collaborative and iterative approach to information architecture, brand strategy and digital media design. Design outcomes include advancing visibility, marketing and promotion of brand message and product offerings, and clearly identifying the audience. The interface design will highlight the full array of values inherent in the brand proposition, and fulfill evolving engagement strategies. Information architecture is built collaboratively, always with an eye toward simplicity and elegance. Digital content strategy and cross channel delivery drives the architecture for the brand messaging. Digital media delivery creates new demands for content formatting and engagement narratives. Audiences now not only consume information, but drive conversations through social media and community platforms.

Read more at: ...

L30 Brand

Cohesive branding for premium brands are built on foundations that provide the framework for focused creative - regardless of platform implementation. The resulting solutions are applied via a combination of targeted insights, on point art direction and agile production methodologies customized to the delivery method - from print to digital. Equipped with a strong point of view, backed by visual context, the experience and aesthetic crosses platform making valuable connections at all touchpoints resulting in a unified product.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/case-studies/l30/

Elements

With the high demand of consistency for both visual and contextual assets, ArtVersion designed a brand standard through creative direction, content strategy and visual style development by creating unique design directions with carefully selected typography, color scheme, charts and infographic implementation. Collaborating with the client played a key role in selecting the perfect direction for the rebrand. Translating the same tonality to digital resources, ArtVersion successfully created a cohesive look across all brand channels.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/case-studies/elements-global-services/

Cristaux

Inspired by their established voice and “Modernizing Recognition” tagline, we worked closely with Cristuax’s vision of positioning their brand and website for the luxury and high-end markets. With a deep understanding of the bespoke markets, our content team developed a newly articulated vision, origin and mission for the company, creating a stronger foundation for its legacy.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/case-studies/cristaux/

L30

Entering the luxury lifestyle and beauty market requires strategic planning throughout, but most importantly in the creative development process. A clearly defined branding, web and digital strategy will serve as the blueprint for a successful launch in the highly competitive marketplace. 

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/l30-brand/

Hello Sunshine

Lifestyle experiential marketing has fast become a powerful strategy for creating engagement in the healthcare environment, creating a dialogue with the whole person, not just the patient, and similarly with health care providers. Humanizing healthcare communications requires a real blend of art and science, identifying the audience, the information architecture and strategy, and delivering a compelling user experience with media that is truly relatable. The brand team and designers must truly understand their target market before the potential audience can relate to the brand message. The intersection of the brand experience and empathy is where an authentic dialogue into action, can begin. 

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/hello-sunshine/

Project 365

Understanding the need for a consistent and impactful launch to the competitive marketplace, a leading medical manufacturer reached out to the ArtVersion for Healthcare team to develop a comprehensive experience for the web, digital, print and event facing aspects of a new division launch. 

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/project-365/

DB

In pursuit of simplification and time management, users are constantly searching for platforms that allow ease-of-use in information intake and delivery. This visual interface and voice controlled solution provides a clear user experience that does not interfere with your daily life routine. Featuring verbal messaging, communication and voice controlled user experience it’s efficiency in handling banking requests for the end user provides on-demand information in a more enlightened and intuitive way. A modern approach aligns with current generational trends and anticipates advances in computing to embrace voice automation processes and technologies to be readily available and embraced by a wide audience.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/db/

Thriveosity

Looking to serve a much needed niche in the wellness marketplace, the founders of Thriveosity approached ArtVersion with their idea to support the cancer community. Launching a subscription-based model, ArtVersion worked in collaboration with the clinical experts at Thriveosity to bridge branding with healthcare and wellness industry requirements to help recipients ‘Thrive On’.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/thriveosity/

Naturoco

Lifestyle brands possess a level of connection with their audience – becoming integrated into their daily lives, so it is critical to determine what is necessary to authentically engage audiences while remaining competitive and relevant – taking into consideration market insights, brand goals and personalization.

Read more at: https://artversion.com/project/7256/

Reviews

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Website Redesign for Archival Service

"The site is markedly more beautiful than it would be if we’d done the work ourselves or with a different partner." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
December 2017 - July 2018
Project summary: 

ArtVersion redesigned a website based on concepts they developed. They utilized custom photography, their own artwork, and some aspects of the previous site to create a cohesive approach.

The Reviewer
 
51-100 employees
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Keir Walton
CEO, Heritage Werks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site converts a greater proportion of visitors than the old site did. ArtVersion responded and integrated feedback quickly and skillfully implemented changes close to deadlines. They preserved aspects of the old site that remained effective and folded them into their design plans. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there

I’m the CEO of Heritage Werks. We specialize in establishing and maintaining state-of-the-art archival and heritage programs for companies, sports teams, celebrities, and other influential brands.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

Our existing website had served us well for several years but became dated and less relevant as our capabilities expanded. We wanted to revise what wasn’t working while persevering what was, in addition to giving us a dynamic, modern look.

SOLUTION

What was the original scope of their involvement?

ArtVersion created initial design concepts (including a complete refresh of our brand visuals), took custom photos of our offices, and created some original artwork for the site. They executed the entire site design, including multiple rounds of image revisions as we worked on client permissions.

What is the team composition?

At first, we worked with the Creative Director and the Director of Design. Later, we worked more closely with the Director of Visual Services. While other designers worked on the project, our communication with the team was streamlined and simple.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

We had a great agency we’d worked with previously but did a Google search to consider alternatives. We were impressed by the look and feel of ArtVersion’s website. It was different from anything else we were seeing, and we resonated with their approach.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent less than $50,000.

What is the status of this enagement?

We worked together from December 2017 until July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We only just launched the site, but we’ve already noticed an increase in lead generation in response to our recent marketing efforts. The site is more noticeable and more successful at converting visitors into leads than our previous site was.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

We were not the easiest client to manage. Our project timeline ran much longer than we expected, and we had multiple rounds of feedback. There were also several last-minute changes related to client permissions. ArtVersion remained responsive and easy to work with through all of our schedule and direction changes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We wanted to keep a lot of what was working for us from our past site, which can be challenging for many firms. ArtVersion was a true collaborator, responding to our unique needs and helping us make the best decisions. The site is markedly more beautiful than it would be if we’d done the work ourselves or with a different partner.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there aren’t. The entire process was terrific, and we were excited about the outcome.

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

WordPress Website for Digital Marketing Company

“Beyond their capabilities, we appreciated ArtVersion’s personal investment in our project.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Aug. 2018
Project summary: 

Following a kickoff meeting, ArtVersion built wireframes then developed a WordPress website. The team added several interactive modules aimed to improve performance metrics and lead generation efforts.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Sarah Fish
Marketing Manager, TribalVision
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished website met all expectations. ArtVersion was a highly collaborative partner, communicating responsively and bringing unique skills to the table. Their dedicated team has a good company culture, which set the foundation for a strong and seamless partnership.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the marketing manager at TribalVision. We provide outsourced marketing services to help organizations implement and execute intelligent, flexible, and cost-effective strategies. I’m responsible for project planning and managing various client accounts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ArtVersion?

To help with a redesign initiative for a client’s website, we decided to bring in additional expert resources.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed a partner with UX knowledge to create a cutting-edge interface. Ultimately, we wanted to elevate the face of the website to improve performance metrics and lead generation.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked for design-focused vendors with relevant portfolio examples. We compiled a list of candidates and reviewed their proposals with our client to determine the one most suited for this project. ArtVersion’s past work aligned with our goals and the team was highly responsive during our first interactions.

Describe the project in detail.

After confirming the website specifics in a proposal, we met with the ArtVersion team to kick off the project. They helped us select the optimal WordPress theme to be the framework for the platform. Then, they helped us chose several customized modules. We shared the sitemap and content with ArtVersion, and they designed corresponding wireframes.

Once all of that information was in place, the team started development and integrated the lead pipeline with our marketing automation platform. They set up the modules to add a layer of interactivity to the platform. One specific feature tells the story of our company’s history. They developed iteration over iteration until we were happy with the end product.

What was the team composition?

We worked directly with a project manager, who handled our day-to-day needs. ArtVersion also added a few specialists to our account whenever it was necessary.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The ArtVersion team met our expectations with the finished product.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Their entire team is highly knowledgeable and responsive. They were quick to reply to emails and frequently offered to call us to share more details. We appreciated the unique skill set each member of their team brought to the table. It was a perfectly balanced collaboration.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We gave them an outline, and they brought it to life. Beyond their capabilities, we appreciated ArtVersion’s personal investment in our project. We pride ourselves in our ability to manage cohesive relationships with both our clients and our partners. ArtVersion embodies our same ideals, which allowed for a seamless working relationship.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Because we rely on ArtVersion for design and technical expertise, it would be nice if they provided additional context on how and why they make decisions. If we had more insight into their processes, we could implement them in the future. With that said, it’s not a real problem because we usually follow up with questions anyway.

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

WordPress Web Design for Daily News Site

"There was never an idea that we brought them that they couldn’t facilitate."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ArtVersion designed and developed a WordPress website for a daily news outlet. The site was customized using Google Ad Manager, Google Analytics, and MailChimp. They provide maintenance as necessary.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago Metro Area
Former Executive Editor, Daily News Site
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ArtVersion’s work received positive reviews from end users and in-house staff alike for its ease of use and brilliant design. They are equipped with a professional and creative team that brings strong ideas to each project. Their responsiveness and ability to problem-solve make them ideal partners. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the former executive editor at a daily news outlet.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We contracted with ArtVersion for a web development and branding project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We trusted ArtVersion fully to design and build the architecture of the site. We had ideas, certainly, but they made them come to life. It was WordPress-based and customized to utilize MailChimp, Google Ad Manager, and Google Analytics. I’m no longer there, but it’s my understanding that ArtVersion still maintains the site.

What is the team composition?

Our team consisted of four people.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

I had worked with them at a previous job, and I was so confident in their work that I brought them in to help with this website project.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in August 2014 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The website received positive reviews from users and internal staff. It was easy for us to manage and make changes ourselves at times, and it was intuitive for end users to navigate.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

We met in person fairly regularly, but while working remotely, I found them to be very communicative and accessible. All of our problems or questions were addressed quickly, which we appreciated.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very professional and responsive. They have a creative approach to problem-solving. There was never an idea that we brought them that they couldn’t facilitate.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would work with them again if I had the opportunity. I see no areas for improvement.

Any advice for potential customers?

As a creative team, they bring strong ideas to the project. If you go to them with hard and fast standards for what you want, I think you’d be missing out on all that ArtVersion can provide.

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

Design Partnership with Finical Services Firm

“The final piece they delivered represents us very professionally and positions us strongly within our industry.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
February 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ArtVersion is a design partner for a financial consulting firm. Based upon white papers and provided data, they produce print, direct mail, and digital products for a national trends survey and other projects.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago Metro Area
Director of Communications, Financial Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ArtVersion is responsive and professional, cost effective and prompt. They often deliver changes within a day. They perform well and create good end products.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a financial consulting firm. We specialize in a defined benefit plan design and administration solutions for various corporate and institutional clients.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We were producing a national survey around trends in cash balance plans and were searching for a team to assist with the design.
SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve produced three major projects together, including reports, a direct and digital mail piece, and other print materials. We started the report with a white paper and extensive documentation from our actuaries. We provided graphs, survey information, and some call out quotes. I provided ArtVision with some direction on the look and feel I wanted for a final printed piece along with some information related to our intended target audience. They produced three design mock-ups to choose from. We then worked together directly to fine-tune the end product and bring it to fruition.

​​​​​​What is the team composition?

We have direct contact with a project manager and a designer. I usually communicate with the project manager but have phone meetings with both of them.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

We chose them based upon our past experience with them on other projects. Their pricing was also better than other quotes we received.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February 2017 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The final piece they delivered represents us very professionally and positions us strongly within our industry. I was a little more involved in the project than I would have liked, but they produced a very nice end product.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m very satisfied with their responsiveness. We’ve made a number of revisions and they were always on top of scheduling. They often returned changes the same day. I’m pleased with their performance.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re cost effective, professional, prompt and very service oriented.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The process is very subjective and I don’t want to be too negative. It would have been helpful to have more precise mock-ups on some of our projects that better aligned with our initial vision and goals.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be as specific as possible with your expectations and the scope of the project from the beginning.

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

Design for Research Website

“If we had any urgent issues that needed to be addressed quickly, they promptly took care of them.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

ArtVersion developed a website and a digital assessment guide, providing various web design such as logo work color themes to cement the overall look and feel.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Lindsay Read
Manager of Research, CASEL
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ArtVersion’s website generated a significant increase in traffic and user engagement, cultivating an international audience. While the team could have offered more creative direction during the subsequent design phases, their responsiveness distinguished them from the competition.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the manager of research for CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning). We provide national support to schools interested in implementing social-emotional learning, programming, and practices. My specific role involves a broader project that includes organizations outside of CASEL. It’s a three-year project that aims to advance understanding around the use of assessments for students’ social-emotional competence.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

When I came onto the project, we were already working with another web developer, but we knew we would exceed our limited budget. As a result, we needed to find another cost-effective agency to develop our project’s website and online assessment guide. We initially envisioned our site to be fairly straightforward and not functionally-intensive, so we only needed resources to build the tools and create the overall designs, including the logo and color schemes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

One of our project leaders provided them with a page of sketches, detailing his vision for the website and assessment tool. They expanded upon our ideas and translated them into a functional site, creating the logos and color palettes to our specifications. We relied heavily on them for the first designs but provide more input over time.

What is the team composition?

As the beginning, I coordinated with their director of design who performed the initial consultation and made sure that their team met our needs. Afterward, I primarily worked with their director of visual services who also served as our main point of contact. She relayed our requests to the developers to write and implement the code.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

As I’ve mentioned, we were looking for an agency that could work within our smaller budget, so we wanted to get some estimates. I searched online for the top web design companies in Chicago and reached out to a few. Compared to the other companies we considered, ArtVersion was responsive and easy to contact. We scheduled an informational interview to see if they could meet our needs and went from there.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $30,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work lasted from March–September 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since we’ve launched our site and assessment guide in mid-2017, we’ve increased our user base by 80%. We’ve also seen a significant rise in traffic numbers with 15,000 individual visits and 25,000 unique sessions so far. In total, we’ve had 60,000 page views. Additionally, the site allowed users to sign up for weekly emails about our blog announcements. Their work on the site coupled with our project outreach resulted in 1,500 subscribers across all 50 states and 59 countries.

Overall, we were happy with their quality of work. However, we felt like there were occasions when they could have been more proactive in identifying our design issues. Although the team followed our instructions faithfully, we didn’t know that much about web design. As a result, some of our suggestions might not have worked as well once implemented. We wished they could have considered our inexperience and provided more input. Ultimately, we realized that we wanted them to guide us a bit over time by providing more active design work.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

For the most part, we communicated through email. They regularly checked in with us on the phone, which was always helpful. We also met in person after reaching certain milestones or when we had larger requests to discuss.

What did you find most impressive about them?

While my team didn’t have much experience using other providers in the past, I appreciated ArtVersion’s exceptional responsiveness. They were always available and were very easy to get a hold of. If we had any urgent issues that needed to be addressed quickly, they promptly took care of them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Adding to what I said earlier, it might benefit them to leverage their in-house expertise to take a more active stance rather than following the client’s suggestions. They should play up their expertise and not hesitate to make recommendations, even if they’re different to what the client is asking for.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had no issues with deadlines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Redesign for Antique Furniture Store

“The finished product is beautiful.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2015 - Oct. 2016
Project summary: 

ArtVersion's team redesigned a website and added a shopping cart to a mobile-friendly Magento and WordPress platform. They continue to add plugins and maintain the site as needed.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Singto Khempaseuth
Webmaster, The Golden Triangle
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ArtVersion's redesign helped improve the length of time visitors stayed on the website, number of pages visited, and overall sales. Additionally, the bounce rate decreased significantly. Their hands-on, open, and communicative approach continues to enhance a longstanding relationship.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The Golden Triangle is a high-end furniture store that offers antique, modern, and rare furnishings. I'm the webmaster, graphic designer, and photographer, so I manage our web development, online graphic design, online transactions, and some sales.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We wanted to rebrand ourselves a bit by redesigning our website. We also wanted to add a shopping cart feature, so visitors could checkout directly online. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

ArtVersion's team redesigned the website and added a shopping cart feature. Our original website was built on DreamWeaver, and ArtVersion rebuilt it on Magento and WordPress, updating and adjusting the backend.

Their team took some photos that were used temporarily on the website, made the site mobile-friendly, and created a sticky bar that follows the user on either a PC or mobile device. They continue to maintain and update the site as needed.

What is the team composition?

We work with a creative guru on branding, a developer, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

One of our clients, an interior designer, referred ArtVersion to us. We met with a few companies and ultimately chose to work with them, because we felt that they understood our brand and creative direction the best.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested $50,000–60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them on development in early 2016 and launched the website around October that year. We continue to work with their team on a retainer for critical plugins, updates, or security patches as needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

After ArtVersion's redesign, our bounce rate decreased and the duration of visitors on the site and number of pages visited saw a significant improvement. We're very happy with all the changes they've made and have noticed more sales overall. The finished product is beautiful.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

They've been very hands-on, acting as genuine partners every step of the way. During the initial stages, we met weekly in person for hours at a time. They provided us updates throughout the test trial and gave us access to test out the new features for ourselves. They continue to be very responsive and stay in constant contact with us, often driving up to meet with us in person.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I'm most impressed by their high level of communication, openness, and responsiveness. They also have great design concepts and ideas that we feel line up with our own.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have an idea of what you want as a company (your voice, your vision, etc.) and what you want the end user to see and experience.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Finding the right plugins that worked with our platform took more time than anticipated.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their prices were what we expected.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd definitely refer them to others.

Website Design for CAD Studio

“They were great communicators and proactively engaged us to make sure our delivery dates were met.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

ArtVersion designed a WordPress site for a CAD studio. Using custom templates and features, they produced a unique but relatable web presence to appeal to the AEC industry.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Evanston, IL
Founder, Deep Design Studio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They listened to needs and concerns and made changes quickly. The site allows for growth and is a good representation of the brand. ArtVersion was personal and attentive and sent regular progress reports.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and owner of a 3D scanning and documenting company. We primarily work with the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. We document existing conditions and provide models, floor plans, and elevations to players in the industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

I needed an innovative design company that could make our online presence more unique. I wanted something functional that would appeal to the AEC industry.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They used WordPress as the primary platform for the website design. They also used a series of templates specific to architects for the functionality and its look and feel. They incorporated a lot of my work into the site to make it relatable in the industry. They were flexible with the features, including pages for our services, our portfolio, and for online publications and webinars. The design was unique and tailored to our brand.

They listened to my needs for the colors, organization, and overall feel of the site and addressed everything quickly. They also showed me how to make minor changes in the backend. There are a few other things I want to add to the site and to our social media presence, so I plan to use them for additional services in the future.

What is the team composition?

I met with their whole team upfront to discuss my needs, including Goran (Principal, Creative Director, ArtVersion), Erin (Director of Design, ArtVersion), Eileen (Director, Visual Services, ArtVersion), and Dushan (Director, Web Development, ArtVersion), among others. They went through the whole process and talked about my goals.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

They assisted with the architecture website for a family member and came highly recommended. We knew they had a background in our industry and saw some of their past successes.

How much have you invested with them?

The total is around $6,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We had preliminary meetings in July 2017. We had a soft launch at the end of October or early November 2017 to make sure everything worked and then wrapped everything up a few weeks later.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The way they presented the website allows for more growth and is a good example of what my company stands for. They’re great at branding for the industry and found ways to make the biggest impact. It’s not overly technical or generic, but is still relatable and appropriate for the field. The site is reliable and fits our company perfectly.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

They updated us every week with progress reports and information, and we spoke on the phone at least every other week. They were great communicators and proactively engaged us to make sure our delivery dates were met.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The biggest positive is the personal attention they give and their willingness to customize our site. They were willing to assist with any needs I had and were able to work with us in ways a larger web developer wouldn’t.

5.0
Overall Score They make conservative promises and then deliver in unexpected ways. We appreciated their customer service and their quality.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Comparable companies all cost more. ArtVersion provided additional services, demonstrations, and recommendations for improvements at no extra cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They looked at different implementation methods and made beneficial suggestions for how we should present our company.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UI and Design for Enrollment Software

“I always trust ArtVersion to produce excellent design deliverables.”

 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
March 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ArtVersion designed UI/UX for a process automation system for data entry, record keeping, and compliance. Thorough market research helped the team produce fresh, creative content tailored to education clients.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Center Valley, PA
Patrick Maher
CEO, SRC Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ArtVersion designed a universally accessible layout that allows any kind of user to engage with the platform. The environmentally-friendly electronic system improves work efficiency. The team developed a thorough industry understanding and produced an exceptionally creative fresh look and feel.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of SRC solutions, a business process re-engineering company in the education space. I founded the company in 2001, and we’re based near Philadelphia, PA.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We're currently working on the fifth version of our platform. Following current trends, we wanted used mobile technology to drive the UI/UX perspective. We haven't decided whether outsourcing the development since we have a pretty robust internal team. I always trust ArtVersion to produce excellent design deliverables.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For this project, we specifically hired ArtVersion for UI/UX design. The designers used fresh, creative thinking to create strong solutions for our whole Gateway suite. They offered creative, fresh thinking and really beautiful designs. We segment and connect their artwork to improve our app’s flow. Notably, they established new dashboard capabilities.

Our software framework allows our customers, specifically school districts, to simplify and automate processes. Using a Lean Six Sigma philosophy, we find eco-friendly, efficient alternatives to manual data entry, record keeping, and compliance systems. In just a few minutes, our platform electronically completes multi-day tasks that would have consumed 15 sheets of paper.

The developers started programming using Flex, then transitioned to HTML 5. They made our entire platform mobile responsive. We’re about to implement the entirely rebranded, fresh look. The team clearly explained the rationale behind logo and color choices.

What is the team composition?

We work directly with Goran (Principal, Creative Director, ArtVersion) and three other resources from that team including Erin (Director of Design, ArtVersion).

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

The deliverables they’d created for a previous project exceeded my expectations. I was quite impressed by the team’s timeliness and responsiveness. Working with them was a really great experience.

How much have you invested with them?

We began this project in March 2017 and our engagement is ongoing.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've spent between $50,000-$70,000 so far.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

As part of our sales process, we showcase coming attractions and new products to our established and potential customer base. Consumers expressed that software looks beautiful and is very easy to use. We want to produce products that anyone can use. Especially in the education market, accessibility is a deep concern.

These systems reach millions of people, so we've really focused on making it user-friendly. ArtVersion's approach enables us to earn new business and improve results for our existing accounts. The work they've done is integral to achieving those objectives.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

After our kickoff meeting, we met for an organized set of events over the first 30-60 days. We went through an iterative process. ArtVersion invested time and effort to understand our business and the marketplace. With our internal product manager, they strategized an effective method to improve the product’s first iteration.

We use a couple of different tools. InVision was our primary communication platform to markup work and request new features for the UI. It was a very cool tool. Six of our in-house staff used it to assess different versions. We held conference calls on a regular cadence to review our status and direction.

What did you find most impressive about them?

ArtVersion took the time to cultivate a substantial conception of the education industry. They asked questions focused on our customers. It was clear they had conducted extensive research before presenting their ideas. The team observed multiple product demonstrations and even listened in on customer presentations. Their role wasn't limited to producing a fresh, modern, pretty UI.

I appreciated how well they avoided using a formulaic layout or relying on habits and biases. When you work with the same design agency multiple times, the artistic component tends to become predictable. There was virtually no overlap between ArtVersion’s designs for our discrete engagements.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Timelines occasionally got a bit off, but those delays could have arisen internally. I wish I could have a face-to-face relationship with them. I've never met them in person since they're based in Chicago.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Whenever I asked for changed or additional sidebar conversations, they were immediately responsive and accommodating.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They delivered what they said they would. From a cost perspective, they're worth it. I paid what I expected, without any unpleasant surprises.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were on point all the way through.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them to a couple people.

Website Redesign for Manufacturing Company

“Their staff is a major asset. They have everyone we need to complete a project within their team.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

ArtVersion built an interactive, highly visual WordPress site to set a manufacturing business apart from its competitors. They helped rethink logos and strengthened brand impact.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Addison, IL
Victor Camacho
VP of Operations,
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Potential and existing users have a better understanding of business processes and features. ArtVersion listened throughout the process and established a comfortable working relationship with no communication gaps.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a manufacturing business that specializes in sheet metal fabrication and precision machining. I am VP of operations. I handle everything from sales to customer interface and quality issues.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We wanted to stand apart from generic manufacturing sites. Our old site was very basic, without a great look and feel. We wanted someone outside our realm to give us a fresh view on our business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built our new site in WordPress and made it much more visual. Instead of just lists of the machinery we offer, we now have interactive options to hover over and jump to. It’s much easier to look at than just clicking through menus. They set up the site so users get a much quicker impression of our business. They also helped us rethink the logos we used since the beginning.

What is the team composition?

Erin (Director of Design, ArtVersion) was our project manager. The rest of the team usually communicated through her. We had a storyteller, a creative lead for pictures and videos, and a web development specialist. We had three people on our side who coordinated with them.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

We did a web search for local companies. We wanted someone who could come onsite and get a good feel for our facility and the products we sell. ArtVersion is about half an hour away from our location.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $18,000–$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in late spring 2017. Due to delays on our side, we went live near the end of November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The website has been up for about three months. When we first launched, we told some of our existing customers about the change. The new site uncovered some of our processes and features that customers weren’t aware of. Potential customers have a better understanding of our business right from the start.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very good. We had some delays on our side, but they took time to do extra approaches at the beginning. We went back and forth to get what we were after. They listened, which is an important part of communication. They integrated a lot of our ideas into the process and never made us do something we didn’t want to do.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their staff is a major asset. They have everyone we need to complete a project within their team. There were no worries about outside contractors or communication gaps. All the features were there, which is a big deal.

Are there any areas they could improve?

After the project finished, they provided a little training on making site modifications. It was just a short session to go over the basics. More training would have been helpful to really solidify that information for us. They’re always available to answer calls or questions, but we would have benefited from a more in-depth final process as part of the package.

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

Graphic Design Projects for School District

“Across the board, ArtVersion's work has helped engage our community better.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
August 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ArtVersion designs annual reports and various communications materials as needed, including postcards and public-facing signs.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago Metro Area
Communication Coordinator, School District
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ArtVersion's beautifully and professionally designed materials improved engagement with the local community, including increased turnout to certain events. Although pricier than some competitors, their ability to turn basic concepts into works of art is well worth the investment.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the communications coordinator for a public school district in the Chicago area. I'm responsible for publications, mailings, annual reports, and any other materials sent out to the community.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We needed to redesign our annual report for the 2015–2016 school year. Previously, our annual reports had been very text-based, so we were looking to make them more professional and visually appealing.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In the beginning, their team met with us to go over the projects and to learn more about our organization and what our goals were. From there, ArtVersion's team designed our annual report for the 2015–2016 school year and were rehired to design this year's. They also continue to work on various design projects, including postcards, school signs, and an internal organizational chart.

What is the team composition?

I work with two to three people.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

I researched different vendors in the area. ArtVersion's website stood out to me the most; I liked the previous work they had done.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested around $15,000, with each annual report costing $5,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around August 2015 and continue to work with their team on various design requests.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

With the postcards we used to design internally, we were lucky to get a couple dozen people in the community to show up to one our banquets. After sending out ArtVersion's beautifully designed invitations, the turnout to events significantly increased. The last retirement celebration saw 50–60 people.

Across the board, ArtVersion's work has helped engage our community better. I've received positive reviews from our faculty, Board of Education, and community members.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

Since our design requests are pretty straightforward, most of our communication takes place over email. For special projects, I might give my representative at ArtVersion a call. Their team has been easy to work with and get ahold of. They've also been transparent about the costs of various projects and are always up front if they're concerned a task might exceed its original estimate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their designs are highly professional. They're really good at taking a basic concept and turning it into a work of art.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their prices are a little higher compared to other graphic designers I've found, but I think you get what you pay for. ArtVersion provides highly polished work.

4.5
Overall Score We continue to have a strong relationship with their team and don't envision working with anyone else.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're responsive and good about hitting deadlines. Any delays are usually on our end.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Although their prices are higher than some competitors, you get a good value for your investment.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their designs were great overall and required few iterations.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them to companies willing to pay a little more for high-quality design work.