We build belief-led brands.

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VERIFIED

We are a San Diego based brand development agency that goes above and beyond to add value to your business by delivering innovative solutions that make your brand better known, better understood, and truly unique. After more than a decade of building branding solutions for our clients, we’ve learned a simple truth: the most impactful brands aren’t successful because of the products they sell. Their success is a direct result of the beliefs they uphold.

It’s why we created our Brand Belief philosophy. We help you stand for something bigger by uncovering the beliefs that you hold dear and using them as a compass to guide everything you do.

 
$25,000+
 
$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, Tony Robbins, Vessel, Switchfoot, Futures Fins, Creative Planning, Bethany Hamilton, WeVow, Organic Health, Globe, Nature Collective, Lolita's Mexican Food, World Vision

Lolita's Mexican Food Brand Development

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.

Futures: Optimizing The eCommerce Black Friday Experience

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 


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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.

Website Redesigns & Rebrands for Church

"BLVR excels at communication and employs creative talents."

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

BLVR redesigned several websites, rebranding a multi-campus church. The team created wireframes and content. They streamlined launch and performed testing.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Marketing Director, Rock Church
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal and external feedback has been positive. BLVR’s creative work benefitted the church significantly. Their responsive and patient team delivers high-quality projects as promised. They work under tight deadlines and take any changes in stride. Expect a flexible and hardworking team.

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 marketing director at Rock Church, one of the top multi-campus churches in the country.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLVR?

We hired BLVR to create three different websites for us. We utilized them because of their design expertise and capability to complete complex websites with unique branding. The church needed an entire rebranding.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve done three huge projects with their team. BLVR redesigned two of our sites and built another from scratch. Their team is involved in everything, from concept to launch to testing. They created wireframes, provided copywriting services, and even helped with locating imagery and photos for the site. Overall, we wanted the new sites to be polished and sophisticated. BLVR made navigation user-friendly and added extra features that we didn’t have in the previous installments.

What is the team composition?

The team depended on the project. We had one central point of contact that we streamlined communication through. When we had team meetings and conference calls, they bring vital people who represented certain areas. Sometimes members of my team, like my IT lead, were on the calls to make sure development was in line with our plans.

How did you come to work with BLVR?

BLVR has an excellent reputation. Before I came on board, they worked for Rock Church in the past. Because of this, they knew our mission and efforts. I did consider other firms, but their pricing was reasonable, and they had a positive work ethic. Our church needed an agency that could meet tight deadlines and handled difficult creation.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent close to $100,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched a site a few weeks ago, and I’m already receiving emails from Christian and other national publications about how great it looks. Our ministry teams have been complimenting it as well, saying it makes the church look better. Due to the ease of the site, we’ve had more people interested in church events. BLVR also worked on our pastor’s national website. He’s gotten a lot of positive feedback from followers and other major churches. He recently released a book, and it’s selling well on the site.

How did BLVR perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management style was excellent. There are weekly scheduled meetings, in addition to phone and video calls with our point person which depended on the phase of the project. I’ve worked with a variety of vendors over the years. BLVR excels at communication and employs creative talents. They’re quick to respond and flexible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciated their professionalism. I can have peace of mind working with them. When I give their team a direction, it’s handled. BLVR delivers, going by deadlines and within budget.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I wish I had even more access to them since I’m creating more and more projects. Their team also responds to me at night through texts. Overall, BLVR is professional in all categories. I highly recommend them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Clients will enjoy the process of working with BLVR. They’ll be pleased with how the project is handled in every stage. BLVR pivots well, effectively working with any company. They’re flexible and experienced.

5.0
Overall Score I’m pleased and plan to use them in future projects.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were able to pivot when we had extra demands. They were reasonable and understanding. Their customer-focused team was patient.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For the price, they’re an excellent buy because they are good quality. Their pricing is fair for the high-quality work they deliver.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I believe their product was excellent. BLVR met all our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn’t hesitate at all to refer them to someone who needs website design help.
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Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
California
ID
C2659416
Date of Formation
Jul 1, 2004
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
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Tax Lien Filings
0
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0
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Last Updated
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Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
27
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
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