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
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
other locations
  • ArtVersion
    11 N Skokie Hwy
    Lake Bluff, IL 60044
    United States
  • ArtVersion Portland, OR 97035
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

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

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: https://artversion.com/case-studies/vita-mobility-werks/

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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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.

Website Redesign for Dental Practice

"We were absolutely happy with their overall level of communication and availability."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May - July 2015
Project summary: 

Using WordPress, ArtVersion designed and built a mobile-responsive site featuring parallax scrolling and links to a third-party scheduling tool.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Ben Heinrich
Operations Manager, Dental Salon
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through their reliable help and technical expertise, ArtVersion delivered an improved site design, layout, and functionality. The team’s professionalism, consistent communication, and firm adherence to timelines were hallmarks of their high-quality engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We're a general dentistry practice with four locations. I've been working with the owner on the overall operations for about 11 years.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We wanted a simpler, mobile-friendly website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They designed and built a new WordPress website from scratch. They created a mobile-friendly, single-page parallax site. The site links to a third-party scheduling tool and to our Facebook page.

What is the team composition?

We worked with two designers, one on the technical aspects and one on the visual.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

We found them on Google. We chose them based on their portfolio and because they were very responsive in our initial interactions. Another big factor for us was that we could have face-to-face meetings since they’re local.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from May–July 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The new site is a real advancement from our previous site. The reception has been really good. We’ve gotten a lot of compliments from patients on the design, layout, and functionality.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very responsive throughout the engagement. We communicated primarily over email and phone, and the designers were always looped in on all communications. They used collaborative screen-sharing tools to show us the initial proofs and to demonstrate how to do basic updates on the backend of the site. We were absolutely happy with their overall level of communication and availability.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their portfolio is what initially caught our eye. As the engagement unfolded, we were impressed by their ability to stay on top of all aspects of the project. They're true professionals and really led the engagement since we’re so inexperienced in this realm.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we didn’t have any issues.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We gave them examples of other websites we liked or interactions that we wanted to mimic. They’re able to internalize all of your thoughts and put them into action.

5.0
Overall Score It was a great experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They gave a clear outline of the estimated timelines and always met them.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered a really polished design.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommend them.

Rebranding & Web Dev for HR Services Company

“They've been very responsive ... and they're flexible about getting the work done whenever we need it.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ArtVersion has helped a globally-minded company rebrand in order to communicate more effectively with new markets. They also aid in web development, which includes creating multiple site translations.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Rick Hammell
CEO, Elements Global Services
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to ArtVersion’s patience and talent, rebranding has led to expanded market opportunities in several new countries. Their team understands the influence of culture on messaging, responds well to critical feedback, and excels at translating ideas into meaningful designs.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of Elements Global Services. We operate in over 135 countries to help companies expand globally through our employer of record (EOR) services. Essentially, we help our clients handle all the paperwork and logistical challenges of relocating their employees abroad.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We decided to rebrand in order to give ourselves a more global presence and help us reach markets beyond the United States.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We designed our new logo internally, but they gave us feedback on that and then handled the rebranding for all of our marketing and onboarding materials. They also supported us with some of our website development and helped revise the associated text.

Currently, they continue to support our ever-evolving branding needs for our internal training materials, as well as those for the capability and marketing packets we use abroad. They're also undertaking a large project that involves translating our website into 20 languages over a period of two or three weeks.

What is the team composition?

I interfaced with members of almost everyone on their team at some point during the project, but their creative and art directors were my main point of contact.

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

We interviewed maybe 15 or 20 companies and narrowed it down to three finalists, who we subsequently brought in to discuss our brand and what we do. What impressed me about ArtVersion was that they understood the European market even though they're Chicago-based, and they were sensitive to the needs of other regions as well. Our business is HR services, so understanding multiple cultures is critical for us in order to be a truly global company. Their team really understood the importance of that.

How much have you invested with them?

In the past year, we've spent between $200,000–$250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them early in 2017 and we're still working together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Users have said that our website looks a lot cleaner and more professional. We'd been somewhat set in our market for a couple of years, but ArtVersion helped us graduate from that level and evolve into the company we are today. Thanks to their work, we're now reaching markets in India and multiple countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

They've been very responsive, even when I want things turned around quickly, and they're flexible about getting the work done whenever we need it. They're based in Chicago and I'm in Barcelona, but they always respond within the same day and there isn't really a lag. They tried to set me up on Slack, but since we use it internally, it was too difficult for me to manage both accounts. We ended up communicating primarily by email, which has worked out just as well.

In terms of the creative elements of the project, I'm very particular about our brand, and sometimes that means I’ll ask them to make a lot of revisions. Their art director, Petra Tomekova, did a phenomenal job of visualizing our ideas. She's very patient and very talented.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They translate your vision well, and they're also good at handling criticism. Sometimes you run into designers who are hesitant to make changes because of how much effort they've put in, even though you as the client may not like the final product. ArtVersion's team has the capability to accept that feedback and use it to make corrections or enhancements to their work. It's been a great partnership.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We don't have this problem any longer, but I think they could have devoted more time to understanding our brand at the outset of the project. I understand that there aren't many companies in the world that do what we do, so deciphering our business isn't always easy, but a bit more research or questioning might have helped us find our rhythm sooner.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Understand who your main points of contact are. Be very direct, because they respond well to that, and don't be afraid to disagree if the product is not what you want it to be. They're ultimately trying to make your vision come true, so be honest, and they'll work until it's perfect for you.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've met some very strict deadlines I've given them.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're definitely on the expensive side.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design and Dev for Financial Services Company

"[T]hey had the right mix of creative insight and ideas."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ArtVersion provided full marketing services, including website design, development, and branding. The team advised on marketing and material presentation, and created consistent business materials.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Lake Bluff, Illinois
Consultant, Exchange Trading and Analytics Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team was responsive and listened well. ArtVersion is creative, but realistic, and is great at meeting new challenges. The developers were flexible and worked on a given timeline well, making them great partners for a small business.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I do consulting for institutional clients in the algorithmic trading and analytics space for exchange-traded derivatives. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with ArtVersion?

We were looking to strengthen our brand identity. We needed ArtVersion to create a brand and logo and website and other marketing materials I needed. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

With the website, ArtVersion was responsible for both the look and feel of it as well as the development. The website contains a description of the company, the services we provide, and a contact page. It’s not a commerce site.

I would create the text and ArtVersion would assist with the best way to say it, lay it out, and with what makes sense from a design perspective as opposed to just reading text, and how that should be presented on the page so that it sticks out or comes together both in a mobile and desktop format.

ArtVersion also developed business cards, printed materials like folders, as well as worked with the name and branding and look of the logo for the website. They also helped me to get the trademark for it. Goran [Owner, ArtVersion] was instrumental in advising me and helping me to secure the domain for my business. 

How did you come to work with ArtVersion?

I was looking around in my area for small companies that offered these services. It might have been geographic, the size, and finding them randomly, and starting to look further and have a discussion to find out if it matched up with what I was looking for.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

You’d have to ask ArtVersion.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them Fall 2014 and have been working together since. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Going on my interactions with them, they were responsive, had the right mix of creative insight and ideas, and worked back and forth with me on what I wanted to do. 

How did ArtVersion perform from a project management standpoint?

I needed someone who could work on my timetable and also come up with some original ideas, but also take my feedback. That all worked great. They were really realistic about how long things would take in a range and for the most part, any delays that came up were due to me, not them. They were flexible as well, which is important to a small business.

What distinguishes ArtVersion from other providers?

They’re small enough that they were able to listen to what I needed and wanted and react over the course of our time working together well, as well as bring in some of the big, larger experience they’ve had with bigger firms. It was clear to me that they had done the things before that I needed done and had the experience I needed. 

Is there anything ArtVersion could have improved or done differently?

Nothing comes to mind. I have no complaints. My views on them are all positive.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I don’t have any complaints in that area.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Very good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer