Small Teams. Big Ideas.

We work with brave clients to craft strategies and design meaningful brand experiences.

We're a seasoned and nimble team of creative problem solvers that partner with brand managers, C-level executive, creative directors and marketing leaders to deliver big ideas through highly efficient creative teams.

While we're often asked to do much more, our sweet spot is branding and web design. We also provide creative strategy, manage brand development, launch products, and create experiences.

We could be the best creative team you’ve ever worked with.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2009
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 308 S Jefferson
    Chicago, IL 60661
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

HERE Technologies, DaVita, Chowly, Mortorola, Pogue Construction,

TOPBLOC / Brand Campaign Image

TOPBLOC / Brand Campaign

Like many startups experiencing exponential growth, a brand strategy, narrative, and image can take a back seat to the immediate needs of a go, go, go business. As larger opportunities came into the sales funnel, and the scale of their organization grew, the need for a consistent brand story became urgent. We facilitated our Brand Positioning Workshop with TopBloc's key stakeholders to align the company with a clear brand

vision.
POGUE / Brand Campaign Image

POGUE / Brand Campaign

We worked with Pogue to clarify their vision, define their brand archetype, and crystallize their positioning. Once the strategy was set, we developed a creative platform that supported the new direction to employees and partners.

CHOWLY / Brand Campaign Image

CHOWLY / Brand Campaign

As Chowly’s profile elevated they leadership team need to rethink their brand image. C2 Creative partnered with Chowly to strategically position their brand, develop a creative platform and ultimately revamp their website.

FOCUSPRESS / Brandy Identity Image

FOCUSPRESS / Brandy Identity

C2 Creative applied strategy and design to develop the core identity, sales tools, and lead generation advertising for the FocusPress launch.

AVEO / Naming & Packaging Image

AVEO / Naming & Packaging

Aveo Contact Lenses has ambitious goals for the category and had developed a global distribution footprint for their brand. C2 Creative developed the initial brand launch kit, website, and a variety of social media content for the Aveo launch. For this specific assignment we also had the opportunity to develop naming for the color lens product.

WORDCAMP CHICAGO / Branding Image

WORDCAMP CHICAGO / Branding

WordCamp Chicago is a regional conference covering everything related to the largest open source platforms on the internet — WordPress. From 2015 to 2018, C2 Creative worked behind the scenes with the WordCamp Chicago organizers to brand and produce the event.

VMBA / Brand Guidelines Image

VMBA / Brand Guidelines

The Vermont Mountain Biking Association (VMBA) is a 501c3 organization, dedicated to ensuring the sustainable future of mountain biking in Vermont. We collaborated with agency partners to unveil new brand guidelines and design the website within an established development framework.

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Video Production for Personal Growth Platform

"Their technology and art are great, but the people are what truly stands out."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. - May 2018
Project summary: 

C2 Creative developed a short, animated video to support a brand identity. The implemented a voice over and integrated several rounds of feedback.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Kies
President, STATE
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video reached a significantly larger audience than expected thanks to C2 Creative’s stellar personnel. They displayed inordinate creativity, as well as a strong understanding of relevant technologies. C2 Creative’s remote team was committed to deadlines and communicated consistently.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the president of STATE. We’re an online personal growth business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire C2 Creative?

We needed to build a brand identity and strategy, so we hired C2 Creative to develop an animated short.

What were your goals for this project?

We were looking for a fun and informative animated video to show current and prospective clients.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I’d seen Patrick’s (Founder, C2 Creative) work in the past was always drawn to his unique vision and ability to communicate emotion succinctly. He also excels at stitching disparate thoughts together into a cohesive piece while supporting a many-person team.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

We started with a strategy phase where Patrick asked a lot of questions about our emotional and pragmatic needs. Then, they created storyboards and renderings quickly and submitted them for approval. We were also given the choice of several voice-over options. After the last round of approval, they continually sent us the animation for possible edits and tweaks.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We were in constant contact with a project manager, who had a team working behind them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The video has received many more shares and views that we expected it to. It’s been immensely successful in helping us communicate with our clients and prospects.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We worked together effortlessly. Their team worked remotely and met every deadline. Our budget was hit correctly as well.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their technology and art are great, but the people are what truly stands out. They’re capable of providing new and exciting ideas.  

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I saw. The project went much better than expected.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always available.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was very reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They have great people who do great work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We've already recommended them to others.

Creative Services for Chicago Web Development Firm

"We've grown nicely together, and they've been amazing."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

C2 Creative serves as the creative team for the client and is responsible for any creative services a customer may need, including brand development and design.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Owner, Web Development Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client’s partnership with C2 Creative is maintained through their shared value of doing good work for great people. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a web development firm specializing in WordPress. Our company is based in Chicago. I am the owner of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with C2 Creative?

We are partnered with C2 Creative for digital projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

C2 Creative acts as our creative arm, working on brand development and design for our clients. This can mean anything from creating a brand story, brand messaging, and brand guidelines, to logo and website design. Typically, the final deliverable is a website. We only take over the programming portions.

How did you come to work with C2 Creative?

We have a reciprocal relationship with C2 Creative. They initially hired us in 2012 for development on one of their own projects. The relationship went well, and we found that we have similar values in terms of offering high-level customer service, responsiveness, and quality of work. Given this, our relationship grew naturally. C2 Creative is our exclusive partner, so anything we need in terms of branding and design will go to them.

How much have you invested with C2 Creative?

The cost of C2 Creative's services has been $60,000 per year, for the last two years. We don't mark up the cost for our end clients.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with C2 Creative in September 2012.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Client retention is an essential metric for us, both for our own clients and the ones from C2 Creative. We have continued to work with people on a long-term basis, either for ongoing changes, creative work for social posts or newsletters, and so on.

How did C2 Creative perform from a project management standpoint?

There isn't a strict line between our own project management and C2 Creative's. We work within the same systems and tend to be both fluid and rigorous in terms of processes. Not every project will have the same path from start to finish, so we adjust processes based on what the work entails and how the client likes to work. We are rigorous in terms of version-controlling files and keeping track of task items, bug reports, and client feedback. It's a nice balance between fitting every activity within the box, and not letting anything fall through the cracks.

What did you find most impressive about C2 Creative?

Overall, I've appreciated C2 Creative's responsiveness and client service. The base value which we shared from the beginning, of doing great work for great people, has been held up for everything we do. C2 Creative's principal is always there to pick up the phone.

Are there any areas C2 Creative could improve?

The opportunity we've identified internally for ourselves is focusing more on our own business growth and on who will be the next person we can hire. We tend to focus so much on clients that we overlook our progression in the long-term. From a project standpoint, I can't say anything about C2 Creative. We've grown nicely together, and they've been amazing.

5.0
Overall Score In my opinion, it doesn't get better.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    None of us is perfect, but we're quite good.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Brand Identity for Cupcake Brand & Affiliate Companies

"Unlike with other partners, I don't second-guess C2 Creative's recommendations."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2008 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

To maintain a synonymous brand, the client relied on C2 Creative to develop their visual identity and overall creative strategy.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Naperville, IL
Mari Luangrath
Owner, Foiled Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

C2 Creative is thorough, quick, and helpful with improving the website's user experience despite not being a development firm.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Foiled, Inc. has three brands under its umbrella, including a cupcake business called Foiled Cupcakes, a shippable line of sweet treats called Stacks, and we're also launching an offshoot of both businesses, offering handwritten gift notes for corporations. I am the owner of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with C2 Creative?

At the launch of our Foiled brand, we approached C2 Creative to create our brand identity, website, user experience, packaging, and visual identity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

C2 Creative handled most of our graphic design and branding. This included our logo, tagline, and the overall messaging of the initial site. We did demographic research, making sure that what we were doing was appealing to the people we were trying to reach. C2 Creative designed much of our packaging, making sure that the web experience and the actual deliveries were synonymous, given that we don't have a storefront. C2 Creative helped with the production of the special events we did, some of which included big names. They executed the packaging associated with those and delivered creative ideas.

C2 Creative helped us with launching Stacks from the ground up. They had much of our casework already because they knew who our customers were from Foiled. That insight was parlayed into the next round of shippable products, reaching the whole of the US.

C2 Creative handled many of the touch points that we deliver with our packaging, including the gift notes and any promotional fliers, making sure it was all tied together and brand-synonymous.

How did you come to work with C2 Creative?

I had worked with two different designers before hiring C2 Creative. One of those didn't seem able to adapt their style to our needs, and didn't hear our vision and what we were trying to execute. Our second designer worked in conjunction with C2 Creative for a while but moved on to another job.

C2 Creative's principal initially reached out to us on Twitter in 2008, wanting to talk about some of the things we mentioned there about starting a cupcake business.

How much have you invested with C2 Creative?

The cost of our work with C2 Creative has been between $4,000 and $5,000 per year, over the last 6 years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with C2 Creative's founder at the end of 2008 before the company was formed. I was rolled into C2 Creative afterwards. We have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

All of our business has come through the web. The fact that we have revenue is an indication that C2 Creative's work has been successful. We have received multiple comments (including Yelp reviews) from people outside of the industry, who have mentioned that our packaging and website integrate well with our product. All the notes that we send out are on C2-Creative-designed notecards, which is something that yields a high ROI for our company. We have also won a couple of logo design awards on our Stacks campaign.

How did C2 Creative perform from a project management standpoint?

I appreciate the fact that C2 Creative has given me deadlines and kept me posted on the progress of the work. Their follow-through is always impeccable and on-time. If we're behind, it will usually be because of something I've done, like not sending C2 Creative something that they needed. C2 Creative's team is polite, thorough and quick. I know that they have a lot of business, so C2 Creative is obviously doing something right to manage it.

What did you find most impressive about C2 Creative?

I may get emails out of the blue from C2 Creative, mentioning that they've noticed a detail on my site which can be improved in a certain way. We manage our site coding through another vendor, so it's nice to see C2 Creative's input in this regard. C2 Creative has been really good at recommending vendors for printing; we often have varying needs for printed material. Unlike with other partners, I don't second-guess C2 Creative's recommendations.

Are there any areas C2 Creative could improve?

There have been times when C2 Creative really hit the mark, but also moments when I've had to go back-and-forth with the team. This can also be my fault because I'm not as thorough as I should be in my explanations. Because we had such mediocre experiences in the past, C2 Creative has stood out more. I don't have any complaints.

4.5
Overall Score No one's perfect, but I'm generally very satisfied with C2 Creative.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I've never been frustrated with C2 Creative's scheduling.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    C2 Creative isn't the cheapest option, but the reliability is preferable to having to shop around constantly for a better price. C2 Creative has a lot of diversity on its team, so the work can be passed down to a junior if we have a limited budget.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    C2 Creative always came back and gave me what I asked for, which is something I appreciate.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've referred C2 Creative to many people.

Microsite Development for Beverage Dispenser Manufacturer

"C2 Creative performs perfectly from a project management standpoint; it was always easy to communicate with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

C2 Creative helped to develop multiple microsites for the client to highlight their new products and engage current customers.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Sales Coordinator, Beverage Dispenser Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their responsiveness and project management are what set C2 Creative apart. They took the time to understand the product before developing the content and designing its website.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a sales coordinator within one of the segments of a beverage dispenser manufacturer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with C2 Creative?

Our master website looks outdated and plain, so we wanted to create two microsites that would be colorful, innovative-looking, and would highlight two new products That’s why we approached C2 Creative. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

C2 Creative has done a tremendous job in letting us promote and market these products by creating what we call a “microsite” for each one. The microsites are geared toward current customers so they can go in, fill out, and submit their contact information. Afterwards, they can grab the software updates they need, download them to their computers, and then put them on their units. We also wanted the new pages to highlight all of the key features of our products. We looked at the websites of big players in the industry and chose aspects of Apple’s website and Nike’s website that we wanted to include on our own websites. C2 Creative helped us to create a homepage, a page for each of the products, and a couple of other pages.

How did you come to work with C2 Creative?

We were referred to C2 Creative and a couple of other businesses by a company called Big Teeth. Big Teeth does video shooting, video editing, and photography. We had a brief conversation with C2 Creative in which we explained what we wanted to do. They were friendly and responsive. We then looked at some of their previous work and we were fans of their portfolio, so we decided to choose them over the other two providers Big Teeth recommended. 

What is the status of this engagement?

In July 2015, we started working with C2 Creative to develop and design the websites and prepare the content for them. Since then, we’ve asked them to add and remove items. They always have been responsive in doing so, often delivering the changes within 24 to 48 hours. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

In a perfect world, we would like to know how the views on these microsites translate into direct sales, but that’s hard to do no matter what industry you're in. The only way we know people are on the websites is if they go there to download our software updates. C2 Creative linked it for us so that information gets sent automatically to our website. That way, we can see who is visiting the site and seeing our products. That’s how we see the marketing behind it.

How did C2 Creative perform from a project management standpoint?

C2 Creative performs perfectly from a project management standpoint; it was always easy to communicate with them. Sometimes, we didn't know what we wanted something to look like or how we should frame the content, and they basically guided us through every step and offered us examples. They would even make the changes right away, so we could see the end result in person rather than talking through it and everyone having his or her own idea of what the final product would look like.

What did you find most impressive about C2 Creative?

I would say their responsiveness is the most impressive thing about C2 Creative. I can't imagine another provider giving us the updates as quickly as C2 Creative has. They’re also great people who are nice to work with. I enjoy calling them to ask for something and catch up with them. I call them my friends at this point. The rapport that they build with their customers is outstanding. It’s been great working with them.

Are there any areas C2 Creative could improve?

I really can't think of anything they could improve. They’ve exceeded our expectations.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with C2 Creative?

I would tell them that C2 is responsive. We also like how they helped us create the website instead of just asking us, “What do you want?” There were some instances where we didn't know what we wanted. They came to our facility when we first met, they looked at our products, they got engaged with them, they got a good feel for them, and then they were able to help us develop the content as well as the design of the website.

5.0
Overall Score We will go to them with any other web development that we need.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    C2 Creative exceeded expectations and their turnaround time is amazing. We estimated certain revisions to take a week to complete. But we’d email them, and they’d respond within 24 to 48 hours, which was spectacular.
  • N/A Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We looked up a bunch of websites to show C2 Creative what we wanted our pages to look like. C2 Creative was able to do these effectively.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We already have recommended C2 Creative to others.