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$50,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2003
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San Diego, CA
headquarters
  • 1205 J Street, Suite A
    San Diego, CA 92102
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Andis, DHI Telecom, Tony Robbins, Vessel, Switchfoot, Futures Fins, Creative Planning, Bethany Hamilton, San Diego State University, WeVow, Organic Health, Globe, Nature Collective, Lolita's Mexican Food, World Vision, Section 32

OH: Driving Scale And Growth To A Business At A Crossroad Image

OH: Driving Scale And Growth To A Business At A Crossroad

Services:

Research/ Brand Strategy / Brand Story / Brand Identity / Photography & Videography / Packaging

Problem:

OH is an organic cold pressed juice bar located in San Diego. Their business was built on quality but had trouble scaling— the San Diego juice market was crowded, training customers to accept cheaper, inferior products. The quality narrative needed to shift while adding value to the OH

brand.

Insight:

Consumer research identified that our target audience treated eating as a form of self respect. It reflected how they saw themselves and their world. A clean, organic, microbiome friendly diet gave their body the fuel to be the best they could be physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Solution:

Our solution was to drive value at every level of the business. We shifted our business model from a store slinging juice to a wellness company that offered a holistic range of services from juice, to food and nutritional coaching. An emphasis was placed on subscription-based memberships to drive long-term loyalty. Next, we built a brand strategy around being purpose-led. This territory elevated us above a category obsessed with ingredients and mass production. To compliment this, we created an emotional brand story around self actualization—OH helps you be the best you can possibly be thanks to uncompromising quality. Finally, we created a new brand identity and art direction along with product and lifestyle photography that elevated the brand with more premium elements.

 

Futures: Reviving A Commoditized Product Into An Authentic Brand Image

Futures: Reviving A Commoditized Product Into An Authentic Brand

Services:

Research/ Brand Strategy/ Brand Story/ Brand Identity/ User Experience/ Website Design and Development / eCommerce Optimizations

Problem: 

Surfers, shapers, and retail staff knew fins were a necessary piece of equipment. But they had a limited understanding of just how important fins were to performance. As a result, Futures Fins were seen as a commodity product with limited differentiation versus

competitors.

Insight:

Fins are a highly functional part of surfing. Done well, a fin becomes the driver of your board, a precursor for performance, and an indispensable part of the thrill that is surfing.

Solution:

We built a new brand story that coupled the heady emotions of surfing with the engineering prowess of the Futures fins. By layering in emotion and authenticity, we were able to position Futures firmly at the crosshairs of technology and stoke. Next, we worked with the client to create and communicate a ride number system. This disruptive technology story made us stand apart in the category and delivered a simple way for audiences to connect with Futures’ ground-breaking technology. Finally, we worked to modernize the brand so it had a fresh appearance that matched the new generation technology being introduced.

Results:

50X increase in online revenue | 55% increase in conversion rate | 10% increase in average order value 

Quote:

“BLVR developed the Futures website and online shopping channel and provided great insight to drive our marketing efforts. We found the BLVR team to be pleasant to work with, competent, and focused on delivering projects on time. The most recent success of the BLVR team involved a cyber monday campaign which resulted in a 50X increase in online revenues for the day. We’re happy to have BLVR on our team.”

Alex Marinescu / Managing Director, Futures Fins

 

Tony Robbins - Unshakeable : Branding A Best-Selling Book Image

Tony Robbins - Unshakeable : Branding A Best-Selling Book

Services:

Asset Creation/ Product Design/ Website Design and Development

Problem:

Tony Robbins, the motivational guru and New York Times best selling author was about to launch his next book - Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook - in collaboration with Peter Mallouck. With a significant PR strategy locked in, Tony needed a digital strategy to support massive buzz that was about to

drop.

Insight:

Tony had a strong digital network through social media and his various network relationships. This needed to leveraged to turn his fanbase into supporters of his new endeavor. 

Solution:

Together with Tony Robbins marketing team, BLVR created a new website that provided users with content teasers from the book, third-party endorsements and a seamless way to purchase.  A social media shareables page was created to allow users to share Unshakeable quotes with their network via pre-written and designed Facebook and Twitter posts. We created a series of compelling graphics – incorporating brand assets and aspirational imagery – paired with poignant book quotes and links to exclusive content. Tony utilized these graphics on his personal social media accounts, resulting in a high volume of social engagement, site traffic, product equity and recognition, and sales conversions.

 

Vessel: Building A Next Generation eCommerce Personalization Experience Image

Vessel: Building A Next Generation eCommerce Personalization Experience

Services: 

Research/ Brand Strategy/ Brand Story/ Brand Identity/ User Experience/ Website Design and Development / Photography

Problem:

B2B brand Zonson dominated the custom golf bag market for golf brands and professional golfers. To drive meaningful growth, the brand needed to diversify into the B2C market with a new lifestyle range of bags. After creating a new website and eCommerce store, Ronnie came

to us with an additional requirement—he wanted to allow his customers to customize every inch of their bag, from their zipper tag to the fabric of each panel.

Insight:

We knew that we needed to create a seamless solution that was easy to use, quick, and would ultimately drive conversions. Ultimately, users had to be in control of creating the product of their dreams.

Solution:

The BLVR team began by reviewing the current product customizers in the market and speaking to existing Vessel customers. We identified that the user felt hamstrung by glitching technology, slow lag times, and an overwhelming amount of steps and options. To combat this we created user cases to test the simplest flow to manage the complex level of customization options. We kept refining until we completed the user flow through six simple customization options. To emphasize user simplicity, we selected basic language that even a 10 year old could understand—customizable panels were labeled left, right, top, bottom, zip, etc. Once the team moved into wireframes and prototyping, we knew we needed a smart solution to visualize the bag customization. Our users were mobile-loving millennials. They needed to be able to see their customization happening right before their eyes. So we created panels for up-close visuals that would alter and shift as the user chose his or her color and fabric combinations.

 

Bethany: Building A Modern Day Empire For One Of Surfing’s Most Beloved Figures Image

Bethany: Building A Modern Day Empire For One Of Surfing’s Most Beloved Figures

Services:

Research/ Brand Strategy / Brand Story / Brand Identity / Photography & Videography

Problem:

Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer, New York Times bestselling author, inductee to the Surfers Hall of Fame, and a mother of two. Yet the American public thought of her as the 13 year-old shark attack victim of Soul Surfer fame. She needed her brand to grow up, attract a broader reaching

audience, and provide new financial revenue streams.

Insight:

In depth data analysis and qualitative focus groups confirmed that Bethany’s core audience was at a crossroads. She was making the transition from teenager to adult. Life was busy, fulfilling but stressful. She was afraid of not living out who she was created to be.

Solution:

We began by developing Bethany’s brand belief. We created a strategy that positioned Bethany as a modern day role model for how to live an unstoppable life. Using faith as her compass, she could show you how to live a joy-filled life and dominate any obstacle that comes your way. From there, we built a business model of high quality content, a premium website experience, and a range of new products and services that could monetize her belief. Finally, we modernized her brand identity to talk to a new generation of savvy millennials and created a mobile first digital experience that drove engagement and conversions.

Results: 

450%  increase in website traffic | 10 x increase in social shares

Quote:

“In early 2018, we formed a partnership with BLVR to re-imagine the Bethany Hamilton

brand. This has been a wide ranging effort that has included everything from brand strategy,

to defining our hero (i.e., customer), to figuring out our voice, to maturing the brand visuals.

We continue to work with their talented team and hope to do so for years to come.”

—Deyl Kearin / CEO, Bethany Hamilton/Soul Surfer

 

Finest Made: Taking Craft Beer To A New Level Image

Finest Made: Taking Craft Beer To A New Level

Services:

Brand Strategy/ Brand Story/ Brand Identity/ Packaging/ Photography/ Videography

Problem:

Butcher’s Brewing made incredible beer, but needed a name and brand that was more palatable for Southern California’s health-conscious market.

Insight:

San Diego is at the forefront of a new food and craft beer culture in America—one that values quality, discovery and meaning. In fact, today’s

drinker has been trained to shun mainstream beverages for more authentic flavors and exceptional experiences.

Solution:

We built a brand with authentic meaning baked in. We made our customer the hero and celebrated the fact that they deserved the best. From that moment, the new brand name “Finest Made” was born. Next, we built a brand story around chef and Brewmaster Rey Knight, focusing on the culinary soul he brews into every drop of Finest Made. Taking cues from the artisan food and craft beer industry, BLVR developed a new identity that smashed through the crowded beer space. Minimalistic type, a premium star lockup, a clean color palette, and an updated product-naming system elevated the newly christened brand and denoted an excellent beer worth a special journey.

Hope and Her Case Study Image

Hope and Her Case Study

Services:

Brand Strategy, Brand Identity, Packaging

Problem:

Hope and Her came to us as Vaginismus.com. They were a pioneer of information and at-home treatments for vaginismus, but in recent years had lost their competitive edge due to copycat products and a changing millennial customer base. 

Insight:

The vaginismus category was extremely conventional - an overuse of pink, nondescript white

boxes of product, cold efficacy claims, and medical diagrams were the norm. But we realized to our hero, this wasn’t just a functional or rational issue. This was a deeply personal and emotional challenge that made them feel like less of a woman at their very core. It was our role to bring hope so our hero could feel whole again. 

Outcome:

We began by evolving the brand architecture and business model. Vaginimus.com remained as a educational ‘wikipedia’ resource that delivered strong SEO and funneled users into purchasing funnels. This was complemented with a new millennial-focused eCommerce offering called “Hope & Her’ that delivered new holistic treatment plans. A brand strategy was created by using emotion as a disruption tool. We weren’t just selling dilators and treatment plans, we were selling hope. Hope for healing. Hope to feel whole and confident again. Hope for a new day. This was coupled a positive tone of voice and modern graphics that stood apart from the category. When it came to packaging the aim was to take away the shame associated with receiving product in an unmarked boxed. Our hero was down, not out. So we created a packaging suite that was experiential, informative and uplifting.

 

Lolitas: Reimaging A Fast-Casual Staple Image

Lolitas: Reimaging A Fast-Casual Staple

Services: 

Brand Strategy/ Brand Story/ Brand Identity/Photography

Problem:

While Lolita’s Restaurant locations were cropping up all over town, the company was experiencing a major identity crisis. The company logo was being manipulated across each restaurant location, diminishing brand equity and the company’s ability to transition into the fast casual restaurant industry.

Insight:

We knew

from research that we an intensely loyal generation of guests but the neighborhood mix was changing, with new families that had low awareness of Lolita’s.

Solution:

We started by honoring Lolita’s Restaurants’ legacy of cuisine, culture, and community, letting it serve as our North Star for brand rejuvenation. BLVR stayed true to Dolores “Lolita” Farfan’s signature and the multigenerational, family-owned history of the restaurant chain, but we added a modern twist. We updated the logo type from green to black, with softer, classic italicized lines—a design mechanism to infer forward movement. Even further, we used a heavier-weight typeface to convey boldness and strength in both the community and the industry. Working with Paula Watts and Sam Wells we created a high-quality, mouth-watering photographic approach—highlighting the fresh ingredients, food-preparation process, and overall lifestyle and atmosphere.

Nature Collective: Shifting From A Conservancy Non-Profit To An Experience Led Organization Image

Nature Collective: Shifting From A Conservancy Non-Profit To An Experience Led Organization

Services:

Discovery, Brand Strategy, Naming, Brand Identity, Storytelling

Problem:

Nature Collective came to BLVR as the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Big things were happening for the conservancy - they were in the thick of the California’s largest watershed restoration and their programs were growing at a considerable rate, far beyond the scope of the San Elijo Lagoon. But awareness and visitation were

low and they were unsure where to go next. 

Insight:

After digging deep into the brand it was clear that the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy wasn’t just a conservation nonprofit. They were a people-focused, experience-led nature organization too. 

Solution:

Taking cues from ‘Conservation 3.0’ a new mission was created: to drive all people to have a passion for nature. The audience set was expanded from affluent local users to welcome all San Diegans and beyond, regardless of age, location or wealth. This inclusive mentality inspired the new name, “Nature Collective”, which reflected that together we use, enjoy, protect and promote nature. A fresh brand identity and art direction were created taking cues from the Nature Collective’s core belief to connect, experience and protect nature. A simplified emblem along with modern retro typography and design cues gave the brand a distinct look that stands apart from the pack.

 

Liberty Station: Ingraining a San Diego staple into the hearts and minds of the local community Image

Liberty Station: Ingraining a San Diego staple into the hearts and minds of the local community

Services:

Brand story, website strategy, design and development

Problem:

Established in 1923, Liberty Station is San Diego’s town square, offering a thoughtful mix of shops, dining, and entertaining experiences but footfall was becoming an issue and needed to be addressed. 

Insight:

In a hyper-connected urbanized world, San Diegans were looking for a way to authentically connect in communities

and spaces that bring together the things they care about. 

Solution:

We began with the goal to ingrain Liberty Station into the hearts and minds of San Diegans. To do this we created a brand story which positioned Liberty Station as San Diego’s town square—a hub that transformed a large city into a village, a place where people can collect memories and enjoy their community. We matched this with a lifestyle approach that could be compared with creative magazines, websites and popular social media that our audience was already consuming. Creative, emotive visuals were featured throughout the site to shine a light on the eateries, shops and art and health studios that make Liberty Station amazing.

 

Keystone: Driving Audience Expansion and Comprehension Image

Keystone: Driving Audience Expansion and Comprehension

Services:

Brand Identity / Website Strategy, Design and Development / Customer Journey Planning / Collateral Design

Problem:

Keystone, is a large evangelical church in Keller, Texas. Brand comprehension work showed they had been perceived as a ‘seeker-friendly’ organization while in fact they could also cater to a ‘Bible-based’ audience looking for a deeper level of faith. Together with Dunham+Company, the

church came to BLVR with a goal to engage more of the Keller population with the gospel’s message of hope and redemption. 

Insight:

Their organization is built on the mission to help bring life by leading people to the life-giver Himself, Jesus Christ. 

Solution:

At BLVR, we believe the brand story and design should build on each other. So we took our starting point from Dunham+Company’s “Live It Unlocked” brand positioning. From there we created a modern, sophisticated Keystone wordmark that used a broken "O" to symbolize breaking chains and living unlocked. This visual mnemonic became a powerful branding device utilized throughout the art direction across the entire customer journey - from signage, brand materials, gospel teachings, merchandise, and much more.

Truth Becomes Her: Architecting A Brand Movement Image

Truth Becomes Her: Architecting A Brand Movement

Services:

Discovery, Brand Strategy, Naming, Brand Identity, Storytelling

Problem: 

Erin and Brent Weidemann came to BLVR with a complex brand ecosystem - There was Erin’s successful speaking career, a growing book series - The Adventures of Rooney Cruz, an inspiring podcast “Heroes For Her” and an expanding range of content focused on raising young daughters. Their products were top notch but each brand

was not living up to its full potential.

Insight:

Audience segmentation revealed millennial mom’s were fighting every day for their daughters to be full of worth but they lacked a framework or any kind of training on how to do that. In effect they were ‘winging it’ and that created a tension that made this audience question if they were being the best mom they could be.

Solution:

We began with the goal to create a belief-led, mom-powered movement that could lift our daughters up and show them their true worth. We created a new name for our company - Truth Becomes Her - which showed the physical and emotional process of moms guiding their daughters to walk in truth. Around this, we built a modern brand identity and art direction that built on our story with a 3 fold analogy demonstrating the relationship between mom, her daughter and Christ. We developed a new business model with the Client that expanded their product stream to include education, training and experiential products that lived and breathed the new brand story. 

Quote:

“As a company, they truly care and put their heart into everything.  From the initial discovery meetings to the extensive research they did, the BLVR team worked diligently to prepare and execute the new brand design and all aspects of the creative. They had an excellent gauge of our business at all times, and the rebrand was a total success. 

—Brent Weidemann / CEO, Co-Founder 

 

Futures: Optimizing The eCommerce Black Friday Experience  Image

Futures: Optimizing The eCommerce Black Friday Experience

Services:

Website/Digital Optimizations

Problem:

The fin retail environment had changed considerably. Surfers were moving away from traditional brick and mortar channels in favor of online transactions. With Black Friday looming, Futures wanted to make a concerted push to impact revenue through their eCom channel.

Insight:

Futures omni-channel ‘research online and purchase instore’ approach

wasn’t going to cut it during the biggest selling period of the year. Users needed an easy and fast path to purchase directly from Futures.

Solution:

BLVR optimized the digital path to purchase to allow users to take more control of their shopping experience. Reimagined navigation, product filtering and categories allowed the user to get directly to the fins they needed, while limited time sales messaging drove the urgency to buy now. Product pages were updated to tell a deeper product and education story while the cart and checkout pages were simplified to allow for a speedier check out. But it didn’t end there - we created marketing campaigns, cart abandonment email tracks and tiered promotion stories to drive sales from Black Friday all the way through to Cyber Monday.

Results:

50X increase in online revenue | 55% increase in conversion rate | 10% increase in average order value 

Command Alkon: Creating a Persona-led Web Experience to Drive a Next Generation Offering Image

Command Alkon: Creating a Persona-led Web Experience to Drive a Next Generation Offering

Services:

Website strategy, design and development

Problem:

Command Alkon is one of the world’s most formidable supply chain software suppliers for the heavy building materials industry. With a 20+ year history, Command Alkon product solutions had grown organically. As a result the user was getting lost under a complicated and dated website that couldn’t scale. 

Key User Insight:

From user

research and analytical data, we identified that the user had a dated perception of the brand and its product offerings. In addition, they felt the brand did not understand their needs. 

Solution:

We began by creating an enterprise UX approach that showcased a scalable ecosystem of products at an enterprise, business line, and individual product level. We designed user journeys through four key heavy buildings material industry personas which were used in the main navigation, page structure, and homepage selection panel. Customized messaging, white papers, lead generation offers, and calls to action completed the user centric journey. We didn’t want to clog the digital experience down with complex dry language and technical jargon. We created bite-sized snackable content blocks that gave simple and impactful information in an engaging human way. This was accompanied with modern design language like white space, human focused imagery, and brand specific vignettes. 

 

PRI: Elevating the Digital Experience and Value  Image

PRI: Elevating the Digital Experience and Value

Services:

Brand Modernization, Web Design & Development

Problem:

Performance Racing Industries (PRI) the voice of performance racing across America. With a magazine and trade show offerings, their products were cutting edge but their website experience was not.

Insight:

Our user research identified that their current web solutions were dated, clunky and lacked engagement. Plus our

analytics identified that while millennials and gen X’ers were the fastest growing audience, PRI wasn’t targeting them.

Outcome:

BLVR began by creating a streamlined information architecture and mobile friendly navigation that would enable a better user flow across all user groups. We reviewed our content presentation and pivoted from an old-school PDF magazine into snackable blog-style content that would would match any other editorial experience our millennial user were getting elsewhere. Then we served the use additional relevant content to deepen their user flow. Next we reimagined their trade show section to drive deeper engagement and ticket sales across the show calendar. We modernized their brand identity to provide a fresh feel and then drove that across the entire user interface.

Rylee and Cru: Creating an eCommerce Powerhouse Image

Rylee and Cru: Creating an eCommerce Powerhouse

Sevices:

Website strategy, design (in conjunction with Client), and development

Problem:

Rylee and Cru is one of the fastest growing children’s wear brands in America. Beloved by moms and babes alike for its unique and artistic SoCal vibes, the brand had been expanding its reach exponentially in retail channels, but it had done little to grow its own direct-to-consumer

channel. 

Insight:

Analysis and shopper experience thinking showed that the Rylee and Cru site was challenged with multiple friction points across the eCommerce journey and a dated look and feel that was bringing down the overall value of the brand.

Solution:

Rylee and Cru is known for its “sophisticated minimal” aesthetic from founder Kelli Murray. Collaborating with the client, the BLVR team created a cohesive design language that mimicked the user’s offline experience. Expansive white space, clean typography, and organic elements ensured we maintained brand affinity through the line. Next we reviewed the entire eCommerce process for optimizations. Product imagery was made bigger and more varied to mimic an instore touch and feel. Buy CTAs were made more prominent while other necessary but distracting information was visually deprioritized. The cart page was dismantled in favor of a swipe-out cart that didn’t take the user away from the main shopping action. Form interactions and language were consolidated and updated. Lastly, upsell panels were introduced into the checkout to ensure moms could shop for the perfect look. 

Results:

  • 3x revenue lift
  • Conversion rate increased by 20%
  • Average order value increased by 25%
  • Users increased by 187%

 

The LeClaire Group: Branding A Self-Storage Advisory Giant Image

The LeClaire Group: Branding A Self-Storage Advisory Giant

Services: 

Brand Identity/ User Experience/ Website Design and Development

Problem:

With over 50+ years of combined experience, The LeClaire Group was a trusted storage broker with a growing Client base.  They were now serving everyone from mom-and-pop-owners through to large corporate institutions like General Electric and Wells Fargo.  They needed to create a brand that could be welcoming to both ends of

the spectrum.  

Insight:

An extensive competitive review showed that the category was over-crowded. Functional messaging and utilitarian branding were leaving the target audience feeling underwhelmed and cold. 

Solution:

BLVR built the new LeClaire Group identity from the ground up. Our goal was to create something that was both professional & crisp for institutional customers, and approachable & genuine for mom-and-pop owners. We utilized a structured yet friendly combination of typography, colors and copy that built a modern but inviting brand that could stand out in the marketplace.

Quote:

There were a multitude of competitors in the space all following the same conventions. The team at BLVR provided us with such a great end product, but it was how they skillfully managed the entire process that impressed me the most. They did a heck of a job balancing our team's need for control and high level of detail, yet they knew when to figuratively kick us out of the room so that they could create top notch branding for us.

— GINA SCHLOSSER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

 

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Branding & Web Design for Conscious Retail Company

"BLVR hit it out of the ballpark."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - July 2019
Project summary: 

BLVR was hired for branding services. The team assisted with crafting the brand identity, helped with the naming process, and designed brand collateral. They also helped with logo design and tagline creation.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Karina Shivdasani
CEO, Common Assembly
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback has been extremely positive. People are loving the high-quality and creative design and branding work. The team at BLVR is communicative, responsive, and hardworking. Their collaborative approach complemented their professional management style.

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 the founder & CEO of Common Assembly.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

Their team came on board to help build our brand from the ground up.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We began the engagement by telling their team the concept we wanted to create. We wanted a compassionate fashion e-commerce brand. From there, I had a name in mind when our teams began exploratory meetings. I’m in Houston, so I flew out to San Diego to meet with them. During the meetings, we got to the heart of the concept we were trying to build. Then, we created surveys. We tested concepts between 800­–1,000 women, receiving input on where we should take the brand.

Through the process, we also recognized the name wouldn’t resonate with customers. Their team helped with that process. While they didn’t come up with the final name, they helped spark our creativity during the team-building exercise we had for naming. They were instrumental in getting our team to think of a name that people would recognize.

From there, their team built a logo, secondary logo, and other brand assets we needed. They created our topography and taglines as well. One of our taglines is “Kindness is our thread.” We kept them on board for website design.

What is the team composition?

For branding, we worked with three people. When we began designing the logos, someone came on to manage the artwork.

How did you come to work with BLVR?

I believe we found BLVR on Clutch. We were searching for authentic companies that would understand the heart of what we were trying to create. After a few phone calls with different agencies, we spoke to Scott (CEO, BLVR) and he understood the passion behind creating a kinder approach to fashion. He also has a background in charity work, which was also important to us because we have a big outreach program. It was true synergy because we both understood each other. They weren’t the most inexpensive route, but the money we would put in would be well worth it.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we’ve invested $92,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our kickoff call was in January 2019, and everything was delivered by July.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched the website about a week ago. But the reaction we’re getting is positive. People are reacting at how professional, inviting and upscale everything looks. The team at BLVR came up with beautiful artwork. People are also shocked at how reminiscent it is of bigger brands.

Overall, the response has been excellent. There has been no negative feedback in terms of brand positioning. A lot of people are commenting on how much they love our messaging and how different it is. They’re also loving the taglines that BLVR created. People are coming out of the woodwork to compliment it. We’re starting online ads next week, so we’ll begin monitoring page views.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management approach worked extremely well for us. We communicated with them very often. If not every day, it was every other day. Our account manager was constantly in contact with me. If I needed something right away, I could text her.

We had a timeline tracker that we marched towards. Their team squished timelines on their end to make the web design happen quickly. They were really honest and worked on pace with delivery dates. Throughout, we constantly gave each other feedback. It was an easy and collaborative process working with BLVR.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their approach during the brand identity process was impressive. Since this was the first time I’ve done something like this, I had many ideas. BLVR’s team was great at focusing me and bringing me back to the survey results. They’ve could’ve let me spew out ideas, but they were great at sticking to their guns while satisfying my creativity. Now that I see the final product, I’m so grateful that BLVR focused on the right direction.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Honestly, that’s a hard question because I haven’t worked with other branding agencies. I don’t have any issues at the top of mind. BLVR hit it out of the ballpark.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Clients shouldn’t be afraid of the price tag because the brand and positioning will all be worth it. It’s going to be worth it in the long run. Customers should also put their trust in Lenya (VP of Brand Development, BLVR). Make sure she understands the concept so it can be steered in the right direction. She is extremely passionate and committed to success. Overall, BLVR has a great and hardworking team.

5.0
Overall Score We’re extremely satisfied and grateful that we chose them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re sticklers for timeline, which helps.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    There’s a lot of value in what they’ve given us, but the price might be higher for other people.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I’m happy with everything they’ve given back to us and where they’ve steered us.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them.

Web Dev & Design for Private School

"The workflow space they created for us was incredible."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

BLVR replaced a legacy website, creating a new one from scratch. Upon absorbing the client's design requests, they developed a user-friendly platform. They integrated pre-written content into the site.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Naperville, Illinois
Kristin Zwirkoski
Director of Marketing & Enrollment, Covenant Classical School
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Showcasing phenomenal communication and technical expertise, BLVR developed a fantastic website that conveys the school mission. Thanks to them, site traffic has drastically improved, gaining the business more exposure. The partnership led to strong relationships that'll continue to be a resource.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Covenant Classical School is a private classical and Christian school located in Naperville, IL.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BLVR?

Covenant hired BLVR to help us launch an all new website.

What were your goals for this project?

We basically needed to start from scratch. Our site was outdated and didn't communicate who we had become as an organization. The BLVR team came alongside us and helped us understand how to write effective content, how to organize and place the content, and how to select and organize images.

They took the project and ran with it, implementing our feedback, which resulted in an outstanding product.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We researched a variety of web design and development companies. After viewing some of BLVR's work with other organizations, we felt they would deliver what we needed at the price point we needed. They also made the effort to understand our needs and made every effort to create something that would also be unique to our organization.

Describe the project in detail.

The BLVR team led us through the project. We had an idea of what we wanted to include in our site when going into the project, and the BLVR team took it from there. The Covenant team wrote the content and selected the images, and the BLVR team helped create a design that worked with our content and desires for each portion of our large website.

Prior to working with BLVR, we struggled to figure out how to write the content in an organized and effective way. Once we started working with BLVR, they quickly helped organize our thoughts and created an easy platform for us to place the content exactly where we wanted it on the site.

The BLVR team then took the site into design and development, allowing us multiple opportunities to provide feedback. From start to finish, we were able to share concerns and questions openly and created an effective give and take workflow that produced an exceptional product.

What was the team composition?

Adam helped our teams get connected and got the project rolling for us. We were then assigned to our project manager, Wayne, who utilized his whole team at BLVR to work on different aspects of the project with us.

It was wonderful to consistently have one project manager walk us through the project from start to finish. He helped communicate our needs and hopes to the rest of the team, and they did their very best to create exactly what we wanted as well as guided us to know what would be best in each situation based on the experience they brought to the table.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our team started with a clear vision of what we wanted, but it was the BLVR team that helped our vision become reality in less than 7 months! Over a short period of time, the BLVR team helped guide us to create all new content, select appropriate images, design the website, contribute feedback to the development of the site, and celebrate the launch of an all new website which now communicates exactly who we are.

The end product was better than we anticipated, and we have seen our web traffic increase dramatically due to the new site.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We had a strong workflow between our team and the BLVR team. Our project manager, Wayne, was an incredible help and resource to us. I was able to see firsthand through a variety of platforms how much time and effort he dedicated to our project. I greatly appreciated the time he spent answering my many questions and fielding my concerns.

Through our time working together, I came to understand Wayne's rationale for his decisions and advice, and throughout it all, I knew his heart was to help our project (and more importantly, our organization) succeed. I was convinced he absolutely knew what was best for the site and was willing to do whatever he needed to do to make it happen.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The workflow space they created for us was incredible. A project this size seemed overwhelming at the beginning, but they walked us through it - step by step. The platforms they utilized helped us (with little tech knowledge of our own) to create a front end product which was exactly what we needed.

The site is easy for us to maintain, and we walked away with strong relationships which now serve as a resource to our organization as we continue to work with the site ourselves. Their organization and systems were excellent and allowed our teams to collaborate and come together in a unified effort to help our organization flourish.

Are there any areas for improvement?

When we encountered issues with differences of opinion on the site from our team and theirs along the way, I was thoroughly impressed with the way in which these were resolved from each member of the BLVR team.

I wish I had simply just picked up the phone sooner to communicate with them about concerns, because once I understood the rationale behind decisions, I was soon on board with the direction things were headed. Their efforts to improve their communication with us throughout the process truly had such an impact on our overall perspective of the success of the project.

By the time our project came to a close, I was so sad to no longer be working alongside the team at BLVR!

5.0
Overall Score The BLVR team made our vision become a reality in less the seven months!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    BLVR presented a clear schedule and project timeline at our very first meeting. They made every effort to keep this timeline on track for us!
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    BLVR worked hard to create a package that worked for our organization. They delivered far more than we expected. They were worth the investment!
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    BLVR made the effort to get to know us as an organization so they could best communicate who we are through our site. Outstanding results!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We absolutely ARE referring others to the BLVR team! We give them our 5 star recommendation!

Branding Strategy & Collateral for Nature Conservation Org

"It felt like they truly cared about our mission and vision and had a vested interest in our success."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2018 - June 2019
Project summary: 

BLVR led a series of intensive discovery sessions, meeting with internal and external stakeholders. Afterward, they developed a comprehensive brand package, including a name, tagline, logo, and messaging.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Diego, United States
Jennifer Bright
Dev & Brand Communication Director, Nature Collective
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

BLVR understood the importance of an in-depth discovery phase to building a custom brand identity. They followed a thoughtful approach, defining a mission that the in-house team would be proud to be a part of. In the end, the new branding assets premiered to substantial positive feedback.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the Development + Communication Director at a nonprofit. We are located in the greater San Diego area. I oversee the communications efforts as a company, including social media, public relations, messaging and branding.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BLVR?

We needed help with our general branding and messaging. Our organization began as a small volunteer run organization over 30 years ago. They organization had pieced together its mission, vision and marketing tools over the years without any real direction or expertise. Without specific internal expertise, I began looking for an external provider who could look at our organization objectively and help us better communicate who we are and why we do what we do.

What were your goals for this project?

Though we are well known in our immediate area, we wanted to spread our brand awareness across San Diego County, and beyond. We also wanted to create new, fun, modern + consistent marketing materials that could better communicate our organization’s mission and vision with our internal team and our target supporters.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our team searched for branding companies via partner referrals. We looked at 4 companies, taking into consideration the referral received, their portfolio, past clients and how we connected with the company. We chose BLVR because we felt like they clicked with our organizational goals, they were committed and truly excited about the challenge. They were professional and yet approachable, creative and open. After several face to face interviews with the team, our team unanimously decided to contract them for the project.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

The process began with a series of discovery sessions, where they met with our board, staff, focus groups and surveys. They spent a large amount of time asking questions and listening to us. They learned about our organizational goals and history and ultimately created an entire brand package for us including new tagline, logo, name, and messaging materials.

What was the team composition?

The organization takes a team approach to their accounts, which allows you to connect with multiple people that all bring something special to the creative process. I worked directly with the CEO, COO, VP Brand Development, Creative Director, Digital Design Director, Lead Developer, and Brand Account Manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since working with BLVR, we have received many positive remarks about our new logo and image. Our newly updated website is mobile friendly and has led to a significant increase in supporter interaction. Everyone within our organization loves our new brand identity and are proud to work for an organization that made this investment in our future.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our project manager was great to work with. She was always available by phone, text or email. She would communicate with me a at least a couple of times a week and sometimes a few times a day. She was very communicative and patient. When I had a question or concern she would find the answer and get back to me in a timely manner. We used Zoom and Google Bugherd as tools for project management.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was most impressed by their commitment to really learn and understand our organization before creating the brand package. It felt like they truly cared about our mission and vision and had a vested interest in our success. The team is extremely creative and took extra steps to customize our brand.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There is always room for improvement, but we are overall very satisfied with the product delivered and look forward to continuing our work with them on future branding projects.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    BLVR wasn't the least expensive company that we interviewed, but they delivered a product and support that matched the cost of the services provided.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom HTML Web Redesign for Insurance Company

“The team's organization and preparation stood out to me the most.”

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

BLVR redesigned a site for mobile devices and the web. They designed wireframes and developed the platform using HTML, CSS, and custom SAS scripts on a Bootstrap framework. Branding work included a logo.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Hank Morton
President, Baja Bound Insurance
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

BLVR produced sophisticated and thoughtfully designed deliverables including a website and logo. The team of communicative and reliable professionals demonstrated exemplary project management expertise. Their talent shone through in their outstanding branding and designs.

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 the president of Baja Bound Insurance.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

We were trying to create a new design for our website on both desktop and mobile platforms. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The first phase centered on a full review of the current site we had at the time. During this period, we focused on organization and planning. Based on the entire site map we created, we made wireframes for exemplary pages of the platform. 

After BLVR helped us determine we needed a new logo, we designed one together. They worked on branding for our company between the wireframing and design stages. 

From there, BLVR transitioned into the actual design of the wireframes. They used technologies and software like Photoshop. When they began development, they coded HTML and CCS files. They also programmed custom SAS scripts to customize the bootstrap framework. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked with four people from BLVR. 

How did you come to work with BLVR?

I've known the founder for probably 20 years. 

How much have you invested with them?

We invested about $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around June 2018. BLVR sent us the final deliverables a few months ago, in January 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Ultimately, BLVR delivered the designs exactly as we hired them to do. By the end of our engagement, we received the exact product we wanted. 

We haven't quite launched yet and have a way to go before we can integrate the deliverable. As a fairly complex application, it requires a lot of work on our end.  

One of our greatest successes was the planning and site mapping we did together. The logo they designed was an excellent reveal for us. They also managed the external service who performed the actual coding very well.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

From a project management standpoint, BLVR was truly fantastic. It was one of the best parts of their service. The frequency depended on the phase of the project, but we typically communicated regularly, at least once a week. 

We were very focused on the mobile part of the site, which took a while for us to see. I'm not sure if we received those mockups, but the site looked great on mobile when we saw the finished product. They assured me of their willingness to improve anything that went wrong with the mobile version.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was very impressed with BLVR's communication and professionalism.  The project management and branding components were outstanding and the design was also quite good. 

The team's organization and preparation stood out to me the most. I could tell they put a lot of thought into the wireframes and branding. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

 No, I actually don't. At the end of the day, the site they produced was really great.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Future clients are in good hands with BLVR. Listen to their advice, because it worked well for us. We had very particular needs for the coding, so we went through a few iterations to get the deliverable we needed. If you do as well, convey the specific requirements in detail. Since we were very clear up front, the team delivered on our specifications.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always on schedule and very professional.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not a cheap shop, but they're not an expensive one, either.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly what we asked for and wanted.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm definitely very likely to refer them.

Branding and Marketing for Daily Devotional

"They immediately understood our brand and were able to create a product that lined up with it."

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

BLVR helped produce a full-length book, managing the design and the layout. After that, they worked on multiple design projects and created print materials and templates.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dallas, Texas
Matt Reynolds
Operations Director, First 15
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team is impressed with the design, and feedback from readers has been overwhelmingly positive. BLVR exceeded all expectations, while their superb project management skills and ability to resolve issues quickly contributed to the project’s success.

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 the director of operations at First 15. We're a Christian daily devotional. We have an app, a website, and a podcast.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

We wanted to improve our creative design and our creative processes, but we lost our in-house designer. We needed a vendor to help us produce creative materials and templates.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, we had an exploratory call, where we walked them through our product and what we were looking to accomplish. We discussed our current brand presence, including the creative side and the feel of the brand. Then, they produced a full-length devotional book for us. They were in charge of the whole package, including the cover design and the layout. They completed multiple projects for us, but most of the projects followed the same steps.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Todd (Partner and Digital Art Director, BLVR) and Adam (COO, BLVR).

How did you come to work with BLVR?

We wanted to find a vendor that would understand our brand and our product. BLVR was recommended to us by a marketing firm we were working with. At that time, we were also considering a few other companies. We reviewed the printed materials that BLVR produced and decided that they lined up with our brand, so we chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between October–November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were very happy with the design of the book, so we came back to BLVR with five or six other projects. We got nothing but compliments from our readers. We even heard success stories about people making significant lifestyle changes after reading our booklet. We attribute this success to both the content and BLVR's design.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

We worked directly with their creative team, so there were no communication barriers. They were very good about not letting anything slip through the cracks. If there were issues, they resolved them quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They immediately understood our brand and were able to create a product that lined up with it. We worked with at least six other design firms in the past, but none of them was able to give us the same quality of work as BLVR did.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It'd be good if we could communicate through a project management tool. That would help us clarify who was responsible for what. But other than that, I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Schedule an exploratory call with them. They'll be honest with you and let you know upfront if they can do the job. They were very good at communicating their understanding of our brand.

5.0
Overall Score They exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were easy to connect with, so we could reach them whenever we needed them.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not the cheapest option, but they provide an excellent value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did an outstanding job. Their products were better than we had expected.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred them multiple times.

Rebrand & Logo Designs for Church

"BLVR offers the ideal combination of skill, professionalism, and understanding of a nonprofit environment."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
March 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

BLVR designed a logo and coordinated the visual display of a five-year plan for a church and nonprofit. They conducted interviews of the leadership and congregation to determine the full scope of church identity.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Escondido, California
Robin Lee
Executive Pastor, New Life Presbyterian Church
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In addition to designing a colorful and modern logo that appeals to all church members, BLVR delivered a unique pamphlet that expands to feature long-term goals. BLVR succeeds in implementing multiple perspectives into creative assets. The team is well-suited to work with nonprofit clients.

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 am the executive pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, California.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

We engaged BLVR to design a new logo for our church and help us visually display our five-year plan.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

BLVR conducted a discovery phase to learn more about our church and our congregation. They conducted face-to-face interviews and distributed questionnaires among our leadership and our attendees. Their findings drove the creation of a synthesized summary and ensuing presentation of a new logo idea. We provided feedback, and BLVR made the appropriate revisions before delivering a finalized logo. The BLVR team presented the logo to our congregation and explained how it’s a nod to our past and an appreciation of the individuals who helped our church get to where it is today.

When determining the scope of our five-year plan, we turned over several pages of information that detailed our history and 12 key areas we’re focusing on for the future—chief among them being a home that we’ve purchased with the intent of turning it into a counseling center. We worked with BLVR’s graphic designers to create a pamphlet that starts very small but expands into a larger sheet of paper. As readers open a new layer, they find a different statement that connects to who we are. When readers open the entire piece, it’s a picture of the home in the middle and blurbs about what we’re prioritizing over the coming years.

What is the team composition?

We work with Adam (COO, BLVR), a senior graphic designer, and a junior graphic designer.

How did you come to work with BLVR?

We reviewed the portfolios of several local agencies, but based on BLVR’s quality of work and their price estimates, we determined they were the best fit for us. It was a bonus that they also have a keen understanding of the nonprofit sector.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in March 2018 and remains ongoing. We have several projects in the works with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Before working with BLVR, we were embarrassed to have such an outdated look. We now think that our church communicates something fresh and energetic through the use of colors and brightness that was missing from our past logo. In the past, our church’s older generation resonated more with our logo and collateral almost at the expense of our younger members, but now both sides feel equally represented and excited about our new look. We have something that appeals to the whole congregation.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

We unfortunately experienced a few delays on our side—something not that uncommon considering that we work primarily with volunteers. However, BLVR remained patient and worked around our delays to make sure they still adhered to our timelines.

What did you find most impressive about them?

BLVR offers the ideal combination of skill, professionalism, and understanding of a nonprofit environment. And they provided an excellent price.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only complications we’ve had have been some instances of details getting lost in communication with BLVR’s junior graphic designer that resulted in a few more revisions before reaching the final product. Otherwise, we’ve been quite pleased.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I cannot recommend BLVR highly enough—especially for churches or nonprofits.

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

Branding and Design for Pregnancy Clinic

“They really cared about doing the right thing and took their time to do the research.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
2016
Project summary: 

Spearheading a rebranding campaign, BLVR created a new logo, redesigned a website, and did graphics for fundraising dinners.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
CEO, CAPS Pregnancy Clinics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team loves the new look of the brand and the number of clients has increased. BLVR went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their personable approach and creativity contributed to the positive experience. 

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 the CEO at CAPS Pregnancy Clinics.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

We were rebranding our organization and we needed a vendor to help us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

BLVR guided the entire process from the very beginning. We knew we wanted to update our brand, but we had no idea how we wanted it to look. They interviewed us and then, they presented their thoughts and ideas. They ended up completely changing the look of our organization: they did a new logo, helped us choose new colors and images, and redesigned our website. In addition, they did graphics for our fundraising dinners.

What is the team composition?

We mostly worked with their designer.

How did you come to work with BLVR?

We met BLVR through other channels. They had very good reviews, so we chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent under $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them in 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our patients love our new look and we're very happy with the results. The brand looks professional and works well for all of our audiences. I believe it has helped us bring in more clientele.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

We had a lot of personal interaction. They did our initial interview in person and we had virtual meetings several times a week.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They really cared about doing the right thing and took their time to do the research.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything. They did a great job.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They have a very creative team, so stay open to their ideas.

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
    I've already referred them several times.

Website Redesign, Logo Design and Rebrand for Architecture Company

"BLVR’s designs matched our requirements and needs perfectly."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2017 - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

BLVR rebuilt a website in WordPress for a landscape architectural firm. Their role expanded to a rebranding project. They created a new logo and branded materials such as letterhead and portfolio covers.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Office Administrator, GroundLevel Landscape Architecture
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site and logo have received praise from stakeholders for their usability and clean design. BLVR delivered high-quality designs and products that met every specification. The team led a smooth and enjoyable collaboration thanks to their regular updates, patience, and technical expertise. 

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 am the office administrator for GroundLevel Landscape Architecture. We are a small to medium sized landscape architectural firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

Our website needed a clearer organizational structure. Our photos lacked uniform sizing and spacing on each page. We engaged BLVR to build a new website and later to refresh our brand identity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Over multiple meetings, BLVR showed us sample designs that we would then give feedback on. We eventually narrowed down the option we enjoyed the most, and we each clicked through the test website, making notes about areas we liked. The team then built the site in WordPress. 

We later reengaged BLVR to rebrand our company. The rebranding project took a similar course to the website rebuild. BLVR offered several brand options, and we then zeroed in on the solutions that best met our vision. They customized each piece to match our needs. They created a new logo and branded materials such as letterhead, envelope stickers, postcards, and binder covers for professional-looking portfolios.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Adam (Partner & Coo, BLVR) and Damin (Creative Director, BLVR), who worked on the design and served as our point person for the collateral. We also collaborated with Jonathan (Business Development, BLVR)—our team lead—and Joe (Digital Project Coordinator, BLVR)—who handled the final details.

How did you come to work with BLVR?

One of my bosses had previously worked with Damin on a project for another company and enjoyed the experience.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $21,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them on this project from July 2017–December 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've received many compliments on our new logo. The cleaner style reflects our firm more accurately than our previous design. Our website has also received praise for its usability, large photos, and simplified design. We have yet to finalize a few functions on the site, but BLVR’s role is complete. We’ll definitely collaborate with their team again.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

The project experienced some bumps in the road, but BLVR was patient with us. They taught us their process and helped us understand what requests were possible or not possible to do. Damin always provided updated lead times as needed. If we needed to make changes, they responded to us quickly. I spoke with Damin and the web design team twice a week; in crunch times, we talked more often. We also emailed each other every day.

What did you find most impressive about them?

BLVR’s designs matched our requirements and needs perfectly. They excelled at turning ideas and concepts into workable solutions. We enjoyed working with their team from start to finish.

Are there any areas they could improve?

On occasion, they explained their solutions using technical language that made it difficult for us to grasp those concepts. However, once we saw those solutions live, we understood them more fully. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A few delays occurred, but that happened on our end as well. The team always answered our questions.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost may appear steep to others, but we found it fair and appropriate.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    BLVR produced high-quality deliverables that matched our expectations precisely.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We would absolutely refer them to others.

Rebrand, Website Design & Marketing for Consultancy

"They were a knowledgeable, experienced, upright team that produced high-caliber work."

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

BLVR provided a range of services to a consulting firm during rebranding and acquisition phases. They helped create a marketing strategy, developed a strong brand image, and redesigned an existing site.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Encinitas, California
David Hnatek
CEO, Redbock
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Users and potential customers have warmly received the new look of the website and overall brand. The support from BLVR contributed to an increase in confidence for the business at industry events. The team brought expertise and an open mind to the two engagements.

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 the CEO of a consulting firm that primarily works in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

We needed to understand our market positioning and rebrand our company. We hired BLVR to redesign our site and provide marketing services after we acquired a new business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For the rebranding portion of the project, BLVR performed an analysis of our business and put together a comprehensive overview of our company. They showed us several iterations of how they’d structure our platform based on our feedback and research. Our team wrote materials and provided them with all the necessary documents. From there, they finished the rebrand and launched it.

Shortly after, we hired BLVR again to help us smoothly integrate the new company we acquired to our site and overall brand. They did an audit of our platform and handled all details, from matching color palettes to redesigning our website. In addition to creating a new, inclusive look for the site, they also put together an exhibit booth for us to use at shows and conventions.

What is the team composition?

During our first engagement, they supplied two teammates. For our recent project, we only needed one person from their team.

How did you come to work with BLVR?

Another business owner recommended BLVR to me.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $10,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

For the rebrand, we worked together from September–December 2016, and our site redesign wrapped up recently.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re able to present our business as a professional, appealing choice to our customers because of the support from BLVR. We have great confidence in our business and the final product their team gave us. Feedback from users on our site is always positive and focuses on the clear, concise display of our information. We can also use the exhibit booth during important industry events to display our brand effectively. We’re thrilled with the wonderful job BLVR did.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

BLVR managed the project very well. It was easy for me to contact them and collaborate with their team. There were no significant delays in the delivery, and we had a good level of back-and-forth communication. Our teams would speak a few times a week during the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were a knowledgeable, experienced, upright team that produced high-caliber work. The cost was fair and reasonable for the services they provided. BLVR had a good sense of what would be appealing and useful for our website, rebrand, and marketing strategy, which we appreciated.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I can think of for them to improve.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve now used them multiple times and would do so again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always met our expectations and everything was delivered on schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They worked with our budget and knew how to correctly price their services.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The final product is fantastic and earns great feedback.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m very likely to refer them.

Branding & Logo Design for Commercial Furniture Dealer

"Everybody loves the new logo. It was an easy sell to my boss."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
April 2015 - March 2016
Project summary: 

BLVR led a rebranding effort by designing a new logo for a furniture dealership. They also created websites in order to share proposals with the dealership's clients.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 100
 
San Diego, California
Creative Director, bkm Officeworks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The redesigned logo is more sophisticated design-wise and, as such, has been well-received. BLVR’s responsiveness and ability to turn constructive (and sometimes delayed) feedback into implementable, on-time deliverables are hallmarks of their work.

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 the creative director for bkm Officeworks, a commercial furniture dealership.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR? 

They've helped us with a couple of things. They redid our logo and also helped us with proposals.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

BLVR created websites for us to share proposals with our clients. We put together the proposals, and they turned them into a live site. They also helped us rebrand by creating our new logo from scratch. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked with a total of four people. 

How did you come to work with BLVR? 

I've known two of the partners for many years. 

How much have you invested with them?

We perhaps spent $12,000. I don't know the exact amount because I didn't handle the money part.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them for close to 10 years. We worked with them first on the proposals. The logo work took place from April 2015–March 2016. We're not working with them at the moment but will reach out to them if we need something done.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Everybody loves the new logo. It was an easy sell to my boss. 

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team performed really well. We had tight deadlines. BLVR was able to get everything on the website by our deadline even though we didn't get them content until the eleventh hour. Their time management skills were fantastic. They communicated daily—by email or phone—to ensure that they met our deadline.

What did you find most impressive about them? 

Everything BLVR did was clear and concise. They didn't weigh things down with a lot of options. They just gave a recommendation and kept the project moving along quickly. That benefits everybody. I know we'll work with them again in the future.

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, not that I can think of. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Just know that working with them is a positive experience.

5.0
Overall Score It was great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met every deadline that we had.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We got an extremely good value for our money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was a smooth process.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m very likely to recommend them.
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Verification Level
Gold
VERIFIED
Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
California
ID
C2659416
Date of Formation
Jul 1, 2004
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Apr 4, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
28
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
October 4, 2019