Award winning web and mobile app agency

Black Flag Creative is a web and mobile app agency anchored in Sacramento, California. We specialize in UX/UI design, web design, web development, iOS apps, Android apps, SEO, CRMs, brand identity and photography. We are passionate in offering our skills to help everyone from growing startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Black Flag Creative leads companies on an adventure through the digital seas to craft innovative designs & applications that center around the user experience. Our clients include Disney, 1-800 Dentist, Genentech, Samsung, ABC, CBS, TEACH.ORG, Roche, Harley Davidson, Sacramento Convention Center, California Grocers Association and Yosemite National Park.

Black Flag Creative is part of the design and development industry family working with forward-thinking companies to make an impact in the world through digital experiences. We are a strong, dedicated team delivering the best solutions for target audiences. Black Flag is a crew of adventurers, problem solvers, explorers, conquerors and sailors with a passion for crafting meaningful products. We are full of outgoing spirits, positive attitudes and full passion and joy for the craft we do. 

We are conveniently located throughout the West Coast from California and Hawaii to the East Coast of Florida. Our hearts are set on working with our clients who have innovative ideas that we can help bring to life. As a crew, we posses all of the digital sailing skills and knowledge to create amazing products for those anywhere from startups and small companies to big organizations and brands.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Sacramento, CA
headquarters
  • 1507 21st Street, Suite 200
    Sacramento, CA 95811
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Our key clients consists of Yosemite, Disney, Samsung, CBS, ABC, Futuredontics, 1-800 Dentist, Genentech, TEACH.ORG, Roche, National park Service, and many more!

Some of the industry we love are travel, solar, space, luxury, aviation, real estate, entertainment, fitness, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical, health, and any other industry that is looking to achieve a unique and memorable online experience for their customers. 

BUDDY by LiveFreely

LiveFreely is a new platform interface that will change the way people live their lives at an older age. The platform will be utilizing mobile app functionality, coupled with the Apple Watch technology to track and monitor health patterns, notify members of medication and appointments, and send out alerts if a member were to fall or become unresponsive. Everyone can say hello to the new health app that makes your everyday

living a modern way of living.

ABC & CBS Ranking Platform | Admin Portal | Ranking History Platform

The Spotlight Report application gives TV stations (ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, NBC, CBS) the ability to gather crucial statistics on their rankings against their competitors on a daily basis. My role in the project was as Creative Director, Strategy Planner, and UX/UI Developer and Designer.

The design process followed a strict design strategy starting with research and brainstorming. The design was brought to life by

establishing the colors, typography, buttons, imagery, etc.

The rationale behind the design solution was to give TV networks the ability to review crucial data statistics on their daily ratings and how they ranked against other TV networks. The platform was the first of its kind and continues to grow daily. The application delivers the ability for account creation and management, history data viewing, and a data upload feature, giving networks a user-friendly, high-performing data analytics platform.

Visual Media Alliance | Website Design & Development, WordPress

VMA Education offers classes for our industry. They take place as hands-on workshops in our classrooms in San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose. Classes are offered as online webinars from your desktop, or as customized instruction at your own company location (both Mac and PC). Class sizes are small and intimate, so it was crucial that data was accurate. My role in the project was as Creative Director, Strategy Planner, and

UX/UI Designer.

The design process followed a strict design strategy starting with thorough research & brainstorming. This then paved the way into the high-fidelity design phase which is where the design was brought to life by establishing the colors, typography, buttons, imagery, etc.

The rationale behind the design solution was to give users an improved experience when searching for online or in person training courses. The site needed to deliver accurate results or time frames and availability in real time while being modern, elegant, and user-friendly.

Travel Monkey | iOS & Android App

Travel Monkey gives tourists the opportunity to connect with a local tour guide of a city and see the destination from a local's perspective. This app connects you with fun, trustworthy, and knowledgeable locals who will show you their city and make sure you have a great travel experience.

The design process followed a strict design strategy starting with thorough research and brainstorming. This then paved the

way into the high-fidelity design phase which is where the design was brought to life by establishing the colors, typography, buttons, imagery, etc.

The rationale behind the design solution was to give users a creative, innovative experience when scheduling a tour guide to travel abroad. The site and app needed to deliver the ability for account creation, scheduling, and accurate availability results while being user-friendly, high-performing, and stable.

Sactown | Real Estate | Web Design & Development

Sactown is the new way to Real Estate. This application pushes the limits by giving users the flexibility and guidance to find their dream home. The platform is heavily user-centered, ensuring the user experience is pleasant and gratifying from start to finish. 

The design process followed a strict design strategy starting with thorough research and brainstorming. This then paved the way into the

high-fidelity design phase which is where the design was brought to life by establishing the colors, typography, buttons, imagery, etc.

The rationale behind the design solution was to give users an experience that focused solely on each experience when searching for a home. All other similar sites such as Trulia, RedFin, and Zillow clutter their interface with ads, whereas Sactown focuses on delivering a home buying experience that is modern, elegant, and effective.

Hallsten Corp | Website Design & Development

Black Flag Creative was sought after to develop an award-winning user experince that highlights the unique and innovative solutions that Hallsten provides to the aluminum industry. Hallsten Corporation has developed a full line of structural aluminum products that have evolved through our experience in the design and fabrication of metal structures since 1966.

Reviews

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Website Development for Solar System Construction

"The entire team was professional, knowledgeable, and extremely qualified to develop and maintain our website." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2016 - June 2018
Project summary: 

Black Flag Creative managed a website planning, development, and production process. They facilitated discovery meetings, identified requirements, set up a testing environment, and launched the final product.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Sacramento, California
Rita Edwards
Director of Marketing, Sunworks, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Visitors spend more time on the new site and report enjoying the experience more than they used to. Black Flag Creative instituted an organized workflow featuring consistent, streamlined communication. Customers can expect an experienced, professional team that delivers what they promise. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the director of marketing for Sunworks, Inc. We construct solar systems for agricultural, commercial, and residential markets, but we were founded as an electrical contractor.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Black Flag Creative, LLC?

We needed to build a new website, one with an interactive layout and updated content and framework.

What were your goals for this project?

As we grew, we realized our website failed to showcase our work the way we desired. We wanted our website to tell a story about our commitment to quality work and customer experience.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We needed an exceptional web design company that understood our industry's challenges. We interviewed several candidates, looking through their past experiences and asking for a site update proposal with navigational suggestions.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Black Flag did the structural setup and then designed, developed, configured, and launched the site. We started the project with a discovery meeting where we conveyed our goals, needs, and desires and developed a mutual understanding of what was required.

Black Flag started development after presenting a solution outline and a complete scope of work. We tested and made adjustments to the site's functionality and interactive aspects on a staging site.

What was the team composition?

Several developers, photographers, and designers contributed to the project, but their CEO was my single point of contact.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Visitors stay on the site longer than they used to and report having a much more pleasant experience. We also receive more inquiries via our online forms. Our leadership has used the site to showcase our projects and work process to potential customers.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project manager was impressive and always demonstrated a complete understanding of our needs, goals, and priorities. He was professional and paid attention to details. Every element of development and maintenance took place promptly and within our budget and schedule. They excelled at coming up with and executing solutions equally.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The entire team was professional, knowledgeable, and extremely qualified to develop and maintain our website. The best aspect of working with them was cooperating with a professional team and a single point of contact—an organized project manager who handled everything.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

There's nothing they need to improve.

5.0
Overall Score Overall, we had an exceptional experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They have timely scheduling.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was reasonable. They completed the work within our budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They produce high-quality work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd refer them to a friend.

Web Redesign for Aluminum Manufacturer

"We had a pleasant experience and enjoyed the improved website."

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

Black Flag Creative, LLC overhauled a website to improve the UI/UX and reflect the updated brand. In addition to layout, deliverables included a CMS, contact form, and content development.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
North Highlands, California
Ron Kuehne
VP of Engineering, Hallsten Corp.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The improved site received positive feedback for its functionalities and captivating visuals. Increased traffic and conversions resulted in sales growth. The team’s performance was consistent and effective. Working with broad guidelines, they successfully honed in on the best design for the site.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the VP of engineering for Hallsten Corporation. We manufacture aluminum products for environmental, marine, and industrial industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Black Flag Creative, LLC?

We rebranded our company with a new logo, tagline, and colors. We then engaged Black Flag Creative, LLC to revamp our website from scratch.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to showcase our manufacturing capabilities at our annual trade show. The team needed to deliver the site about five months before the event. We also requested a simple UI and good UX.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of my employees had a family connection with Black Flag Creative, LLC and referred them. I then met with Corey (CEO, Black Flag Creative, LLC). The team’s proposal and ability to deliver met our needs.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

The team built a CMS and designed a responsive website for all devices. Services included layout, content development, coding, and functionality building. They also created a contact form, which served as a portal for customers to request additional information.

What was the team composition?

Corey served as the primary project manager and had a team working behind the scenes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The website was functional across devices and received a significant amount of positive feedback. Black Flag Creative, LLC provided a clean viewing experience; the displays and photography were captivating. The redesign—including the new contact portal—increased the number of visitors, conversions, and sales.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We communicated via phone calls and in-person and web-based meetings. The team was effective throughout the process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We had rough ideas for the website, but not a precise aesthetic vision. The team provided several design options and then integrated our feedback into the proposed concepts. Black Flag Creative, LLC was patient and not satisfied with the design until we were.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No. We had a pleasant experience and enjoyed the improved website. The team will not disappoint if given the opportunity to deliver.

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

Employee Portal Dev for Pharmaceutical Company

“They bring a unique perspective to whatever they do.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sep. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Black Flag Creative, LLC designed and developed an internal employee portal as part of an existing intranet. The new portal expedites communication and features a personalized dashboard.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Solutions Architect, Pharmaceutical Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Black Flag Creative, LLC meticulously collaborated with company stakeholders to deliver a versatile and high-quality product. Their innovative UI/UX design is intuitive and promotes engagement. The portal’s various applications have increased productivity and efficiency within multiple departments.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a solutions architect for the commercial, medical, and government affairs divisions of a large pharmaceutical company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Black Flag Creative, LLC.

We needed a development firm to redesign one of our internal portals.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Black Flag Creative, LLC worked with us to overhaul an internal portal that employees use for communication and task management. While we knew the site needed to be updated, they put things in perspective by outlining how to make the final product more modern and user-friendly. They also suggested the elimination of certain elements to facilitate efficient navigation throughout the portal. After scoping out the project, they moved to the design and development stage. They built the new portal using HTML and CSS.

The portal’s current iteration functions as more than a simple task manager. It enables quick communication between departments and promotes personal growth via the career development area. It’s also a valuable tool for our sales and marketing teams because it hosts new product information and provides management resources.

What is the team composition?

We initially spoke to Corey (CEO, Black Flag Creative, LLC) and he did the early product designs. The rest of the project was delivered by two developers and a UI/UX designer.

How did you come to work with Black Flag Creative, LLC?

They have a master service agreement with our company. Some of the other business units within our firm recommended them, so we thought we’d give them a try.

What is the status of this engagement?

The main development effort took place from September 2017–April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

One of the features they’ve implemented is a personalized dashboard. This means whenever an employee enters the portal, the system recognizes who they are and populates the dashboard with news and articles specific to their department. That functionality increased portal activity. As a result, we’ve experienced an increase in production and operational improvements on a company-wide scale.

How did Black Flag Creative, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

They made sure the project had a schedule and they adhered to it. Their team consistently delivered different sections of the portal until the project’s completion. Our company has a whole project management methodology that we have to go through to get funding, but it’s largely built around Smartsheet.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve worked with other companies to revamp our intranet in the past, but found Black Flag Creative, LLC’s positive attitude inspiring. We also appreciate their modern approach to UX design. They bring a unique perspective to whatever they do.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Bring them into a project early so they can help brainstorm ideas and lay out a practical methodology.

5.0
Overall Score They exceeded our expectations in every category.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They completed everything on schedule.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered what we asked for, so we’re happy with them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’ve referred them to other people.