Creating Digital Experiences Across Mobile and Web

Borne Digital is a leading mobile app development agency. We specialise in apps for iOS and Android, as well as web development. 

 

We help brands and businesses define their product roadmap. We move them through an iterative design process that focuses on delivering real world solutions stemmed from extensive reserach and user testing. 

 

Our services range from branding and market research to UX/UI design, web and app development, and post-launch analytics. We tranform ideas into meaningful, tangible and successful products.

 

Our clients include Xendpay, Shell, The British Army, BuzzHire, Holiday Swap and Twine.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
other locations
  • 901 King Street West, Suite 400
    Toronto ON M5V 3H5
    Canada
  • 115 W 18th St
    New York, NY 10011
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

- Shell

- British Army

- Xendpay

- BuzzHIre 

Holiday Swap

 
 
Holiday Swap lets travellers securely swap accommodation from anywhere in the world. The company was founded by James Asquith, who holds a Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to travel to every country in the world. 

 

We designed and developed both an iOS and Android app, as well as a landing page. We also assisted James with his brand

strategy, to ensure his app appealed to the right people.

 

A global, social-driven app designed for like-minded travellers, Holiday Swap allows users to securely swap their accommodation from anywhere in the world. The app allows users to match and connect with anyone around the world and make future arrangements in a simple, safe and efficient way. 

 

With an integrated swipe to match feature, travellers can match and interact with other users, organise a swap and pay a deposit. After their stay, users can review their swap and leave constructive feedback. Through the backend system, the team at Holiday Swap can ensure a smooth home swap for everyone. 

 

Holiday Swap has been featured in Lonely Planet, Business Insider and Travel + Tourism.

 

 

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Mobile App Design & Dev for Recruitment Company

"… they grasped our design challenges swiftly and proposed excellent solutions."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2016 - June 2017
Project summary: 

Borne Digital took on the design and front and backend development of a mobile app, which included CRM integration, beta testing, and more. They also handled a company-wide rebrand.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Jessica Williams
Founding Partner, Sidekicks
 
Not verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the app hasn’t been fully launched yet, preliminary comments from users praise its visual appeal and ease of use. Borne Digital’s brilliant project management, attention to detail, effective communication, and steadfast commitment to the project’s success makes them feel like a true partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a founding partner of Sidekicks, a recruitment company based in London. We introduce the very best administrative, operations, and office support talent to outstanding employers around the world in order to revolutionize their back office functions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Borne Digital?

Our company has a great deal of engagement from graduate talent. We identified the need to create a mobile app to further engage this sector of the market.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to increase engagement amongst a particular sector of our candidates and help broaden the reach of our temporary desk.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We searched online for app development agencies that could complete all the design work in-house. Borne Digital was recommended to us by another business, and we were very impressed with their pitch. The quote was fair and they were also very detailed in their proposal. We felt they grasped our design challenges swiftly and proposed excellent solutions to the issues we were concerned about.

Describe the project in detail.

Borne Digital created the entire front and backend for a section of our recruitment function, including integration with our existing CRM and rollout, as well as beta testing, and branding/design of the entire project from start to finish. We also engaged them to assist with a rebrand of the business as a whole, which they did beautifully. The brand is in use right now across the business.

What was the team composition?

We were assigned a very capable project manager and a developer to work through the project with us. Borne Digital's CEO was also in constant contact, which was super helpful and very reassuring. The team size has been constant.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're still in the rollout stage, so any metrics are confidential. However, initial engagement metrics are extremely positive and feedback from users shows praise for its usability, look and feel, and the logical flow of the app.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They’ve been extremely good in this regard. The project manager is punctual, accurate, and helpful. We’ve had a really positive experience with the whole team at Borne Digital, and since they’re a local London firm, there’s been no language or time zone issues.

Furthermore, they’ve been great at managing expectations and chasing us for things that we forget to get across to them quickly enough! Overall, the quality of communication has been superb.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their genuine commitment to building something brilliant and the way the whole team really got behind our project made us feel like they were truly part of our internal team! We really evaluated their design skills, as our app had to not only work well but look and feel really appealing; they totally nailed this aspect of the brief.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None! They produce great quality work, communicate really well, and are impressive and realistic in managing timelines. I would massively recommend them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their deliverables are precise and beautiful!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile Dev for Travel App

"Their innovation and motivation to complete our project was impressive.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Borne Digital developed a mobile application with a focus on UX/UI design that was accessible to a wide range of users on an international scale.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Co-Founder, OppNlyfe
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team was very knowledgeable and skilled. They knew how to turn a complicated app idea and make it ready to launch. The project manager helped move the project along quickly.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the co-founder of a startup looking to tap into the hospitality and travel industry on an international scale.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Borne Digital?

We wanted to have our ideas developed into a mobile application so people around the world could use it. We hired Borne Digital to help us tailor our vision into a great company.

What were your goals for this project?

We knew our idea was difficult and sophisticated to turn into an application. We wanted our app to have a user-friendly interface and easily accessible to all audiences.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

After surveying several companies around the world, we selected Borne Digital. We wanted someone who is based in London and were willing to expand our budget for their services.

Describe the project in detail.

Their team worked right away on the UX/UI design. They worked on the code, architecture, and design to implement our ideas. We cannot disclose any more of the project due to confidentiality agreements.

What was the team composition?

We had a project manager to serve as our main point of contact and three people working on the app design. The CTO worked on the technical end and the client services director scheduled our meetings and made sure the project ran smoothly.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are working on a worldwide launch for the app, with the first launch expected to be in London within the next couple of months. Meanwhile, we are working on marketing and advertising our app.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The project manager was easy to communicate with and kept us regularly updated on the status of the application. We communicated through Slack and set up meetings together frequently.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their innovation and motivation to complete our project was impressive. We were surprised by their dedication to bringing our app to the market.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Everything can always be done faster, but we were very satisfied with their work and are planning future projects with them.

5.0
Overall Score We are happy with their services.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always there to help us set up a meeting and work out any questions we had.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are cost effective and fair.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They would interpret our ideas into something that was feasible.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I am willing to refer them because of their success in implementing our ideas.

UX/UI Design for Property Valuation App

“They came up with a lot of ideas that other people didn’t have and were very passionate about the project.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2017 - June 2018
Project summary: 

Borne Digital designed UI/UX for a real estate app. They assisted with each stage of development, built wireframes, added functionality, and ensured low drop-off rates by optimizing flow.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Founder, ZEUS Proptech Ltd.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early response to the app is very positive and demand for the product is already high. Borne Digital managed the process well and were quick to respond or give feedback. They were eager to build a product that would impact the industry.

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 of the ZEUS mobile app. We help the general public get accurate property valuations and simultaneously generate leads for estate agents and brokers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Borne Digital?

We needed a specific flow of screens to make the user experience as good as possible and to keep the drop-off rate low.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I gave them a short description of my ideas, which they transformed into wireframes. Those evolved into detailed renderings and a proper UX document with buttons, selections, and functionality. One challenge we faced was ensuring accurate addresses for property valuations. We included a specific plugin to guarantee accuracy. They created everything with my input and industry knowledge. Thanks to our combined expertise, we created the perfect flow.

What is the team composition?

We work with a whole range of people with different specializations. We have a project manager, a designer, and a technical lead. We also speak with the CEO regularly for updates. Everyone on the team is excellent.

How did you come to work with Borne Digital?

I looked for a medium-sized digital developer through online searches and came up with a shortlist of about five that had experience with property related apps and might be compatible. Borne came back with a competitive price and I had a good feeling about them. We got along well and I went with my instinct to use them.

How much have you invested with them?

We will spend around £60,000 (approximately $79,000 USD) when we finish the extra changes. This is above the original fixed price because my ideas evolved and I wanted to add features.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2017 and the app just launched in June 2018. We’re still working together for debugging and minor updates but the project is mostly complete.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s too early to assess the app’s market success but all of the feedback from the test groups of agents and general users has been very good. People love the products and are already contacting us directly to get the product now, before it’s even completely finished.

How did Borne Digital perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very patient and managed the whole process amazingly well. They were always quick to respond and give good feedback. They explained all the technical aspects to me and I’ve learned a lot as we’ve progressed together.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re fantastic. They came up with a lot of ideas that other people didn’t have and were very passionate about the project. They equaled my ambition to create something that would have a real impact on the real estate market. I can’t speak of them highly enough and have already recommended them to a colleague.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would be great if they were less expensive but you pay for quality.

5.0
Overall Score They were fantastic. I’m keen to see how our relationship grows from here.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always delivered on time and ensured the right people were at the right meetings, either face-to-face or on the phone.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offer a competitive price and did exactly what they said they would.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They created a very good product and kept me up to date throughout the process. They never deviated.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

App Dev for Art Gallery Platform

"We’re extremely happy with their level of availability and documentation."

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

Borne Digital is rebuilding an existing art gallery app for iOS and Android. They designed a new UI/UX for the platform and built out its geofencing capabilities. The new app is nearly ready for launch.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Co Founder, gowithYamo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Borne Digital’s development efforts have increased the app’s download numbers exponentially. The new features have performed well in beta-testing and the whole platform is responsive. They created an intuitive UI/UX and operate from two locations to provide a hybrid outsourcing 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 co-founder of gowithYamo. We’re aiming to be the largest art gallery platform in London. We currently have over 600 galleries and exhibitions listed on our mobile app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Borne Digital?

We initially had another development firm build our platform, but hired Borne Digital to take over the project. They’re currently in the process of rebuilding the app from scratch.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Borne Digital rebuilt our mobile app for iOS and Android. They completely redesigned its UI/UX and improved the app’s responsiveness. They’ve built out complex features and geofencing functionalities that performed well in beta-testing. We’re on schedule to relaunch the app in 1–2 months.

What is the team composition?

We have an assigned project manager as our primary point of contact. We also work closely with both their founder and CTO.

How did you come to work with Borne Digital?

They were recommended to us by colleagues in the industry. We interviewed four different firms to get an understanding of their processes and gauge a relative cost. We eventually hired Borne Digital because of their diverse development team. They have a team in Serbia, but we also have access to their team in London. This permits some of the cost savings that come with outsourcing a project, while also granting us the convenience of a closely located team. We’re able to quickly reach out to them if something goes wrong.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent roughly £70,000 ($90,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We hired them in January 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app had 2,000 downloads when they first took over the project. Since then, they’ve been the driving force in getting us to over 17,000 downloads. They’re much more accessible than our previous service provider and that’s helped improve our overall development strategy.

How did Borne Digital perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re extremely happy with their level of availability and documentation. Their project manager stays in communication with us and promptly addresses any problems. He effectively coordinates between the backend server team and the Android development team. The CTO is often on hand to explain new development requirements to members our staff who don’t come from tech backgrounds. Their founder offers valuable insight into UI/UX design.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Borne Digital’s ability to work as a cohesive team from both London and Serbia is unique. Outsourcing part of the development made the project more affordable while having a local QA resource gives us peace of mind. Whenever we experience an issue that’s difficult to explain, they’re able to send support to address the problem in-person.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could utilize a broader range of programs to track analytics.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

App development can be a complex task even when working with simple software. What could look easy to the naked eye might be complicated on the backend. Therefore, communication is critical and so is patience.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They inform us when they expect developments to be complete.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They charge much less than our previous developer.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re fairly happy with their output so far.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS App Development for Private Dating Club

“Handing over that money as a very small business, I felt like I'd gotten value for it.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Borne Digital designed and developed an app for an high-end, dating club in London and New York. After designing a mock-up, they built the app, which lets users RSVP for events and syncs them to their calendar.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Founder, Private Dating App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The targeted demographic was reached and sales increased. Borne Digital’s hands-on engagement style and ability to clearly communicate technical ideas made them an ideal partner. Even though a project manager was replaced, they managed development smoothly and understood the soul of the company.

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 and founder of a private dating club in London and New York. We host private parties and events for singles.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Borne Digital?

We were looking for a mobile app to complement our membership. At the time, our members would RSVP to events by emailing us, and we wanted to make the process a bit smoother. We also wanted to decrease the ratio of women to men using our services, because we were at 80% women and 20% men. We knew that women were fine with receiving emails, but a lot of men wanted to have a digital product. Finally, we wanted it to be really easy for users, who are generally against apps and don’t use them very much. We had to encourage and show them that this was just a simple tool for them to use.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built our entire app and designed it as well. We sat down and told them roughly what we were looking for and then they came up with the designs. After making a mock-up, which actually happened before we signed with them, they developed the app. In terms of functionality, we wanted something super simple. Users had to be able to see what was going on and add themselves to guest lists, and the app needed to add events to people’s calendars.

What is the team composition?

I worked with John, who’s their founder, and I also worked with a project manager who is no longer there, but was really good.

How did you come to work with Borne Digital?

We’d actually spoken to quite a few agencies, and their designs were 10x better than anyone else’s. We’re a high-end club and we were looking for something that looked expensive, and they made mockups that were beautiful.

Somebody recommended them to me, and when I had a meeting with them, I thought their founder was quite charming and really patient with someone who wasn't used to technology. He gave me a lot of his time before having to think about doing the project with them, really holding my hand a lot.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $15,000-$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The whole project lasted about eight months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We found that after we implemented the app, we went from having an 80/20 female to male split to 60% female and 40% male. It had a really positive impact on how we targeted people and our sales because suddenly we were more attractive to men.

How did Borne Digital perform from a project management standpoint?

I had quite a lot of input from their founder, so if there was ever any issue such as a misunderstanding with a project manager, John was the first person to step in and clarify everything. They're good at holding the hands of people who aren't familiar with technology.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The founder really acted as a translator, because usually when I speak to app agencies, they are very technical. I loved the personality of the founder and their strong design skills, and I was actually happy with the price point. Handing over that money as a very small business, I felt like I'd gotten value for it. Other, bigger agencies I’ve spoken to didn’t understand what it was like to run a small business.

They've definitely given me a lot of free help when it comes to helping me understand things. They'll just send me a document breaking it down in layman's terms, which I'm quite grateful for.

Are there any areas they could improve?

At the very beginning, they needed a better project manager, but they got one, so that was the only issue I had.

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