Strategic thinking. Compelling design.

We are a multi-disciplinary graphic design company based out of San Diego. For us it’s more than just making things look great. We believe design is the fundamental tool for helping people connect and communicate effectively. It is our passion to take concepts, ideas, and emotion and translate them into memorable and captivating visual experiences.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2010
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San Diego, CA
headquarters
  • 2121 Adams Avs.
    San Diego, CA 921116
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Union Cowork, Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Co., Host & Porter, Old Harbor Distillery, KUSC, Brekki  

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Branding for Entertainment Company

“They’ve been on top of managing our engagements." 

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

Caava Design completes multiple projects as needed on an ongoing basis. Recently, they provided a full brand overhaul, including new icons, typography, and a color palette.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
San Diego, CA
Brian Fahmie
CEO/Co-Founder, Game Complex, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Success for the new branding elements bodes well. The team is thorough, organized, and professional. Customers can expect a fully fleshed-out project at an exceptional price point.

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 and CEO of GameComplex. We design and build interactive experiences and entertainment centers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Caava Design?

We needed a corporate rebranding to give our business a proper identity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They gave us a standard rebranding package. They created icons, typography, and a color palette. They also did documentation template work such as letterheads and business cards. Additionally, they did the identity branding for two of our sub-brands. They delivered vector logo files, an executive summary letterhead, business cards, t-shirt designs, and social media icons.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Wayne (Marketing Strategy Director, Caava Design) and Cody (Creative Director, Caava Design).

How did you come to work with Caava Design?

We had a pre-existing relationship through four other projects they completed for us on other occasions.  

What is the status of this engagement?

For this project, we began working together in January 2019 and wrapped up in March 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Although it’s still very early, all of our potential partners and investors love the branding. Internally, we’re incredibly pleased with the cost value benefit of the service. They’re not a million-dollar branding firm, but it’s tons of value for the price.

How did Caava Design perform from a project management standpoint?

They're excellent in managing our engagements. They've always been top-of-mind in that area. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their presentations where they display the final results are well done. Unlike a lot of firms, they show fully fleshed out presentations, rather than spending time on presenting revisions. They show everything you’ll need to as a company in a practical application. For example, they incorporated gaming elements and convention banners to show how the new brand translates. Within the first time you see their work you get a great picture of their work and it’s something unique that I’ve never seen any other branding firm do. They typically hit the mark on the head the first time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their file management, PSD, and vector files could be a bit cleaner. Maybe they had some interns work on it, or maybe they don’t expect their clients to go in and play with those files, but my team works with all of our assets and those components were clunky. We had to do a lot of clean-up internally, so that would be our only point of improvement.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice is to stay on top of the project. If there’s a pressing deadline, it’s a good idea to check in to see if Caava might need anything. Finally, the more information and direction that can be given upfront, the better.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve worked with them on 5 projects and plan on doing more in the future.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve always delivered on time and on budget.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost benefit analysis is phenomenal.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of their work is exceptional.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve done it multiple times at this point.

Branding for Culinary Logistics Company

"I was impressed with every aspect of their operation."

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

Caava Design was responsible for branding efforts for a culinary logistics company. This included choosing colors and fonts for the brand. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Jeffrey D Hall
Owner & Partner, MiSE Culinary Logistics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new branding is eye-catching and receives positive comments from clients. Caava Design creates detailed work through a seamless project management process. Their team is creative, flexible, and responsive. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

MiSE Culinary Logistics is a full service hospitality brand launch and design company. For operational flow design, kitchen and front of house layouts and operational system launch. I am the owner of the brand.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Caava Design?

I had only a name of MiSE and what the company would do, but my design ideas I brought to other people were not where I wanted them to be. Unlike typical branding projects for my own companies, I am usually much more hands on and drive the direction, but I let CAAVA take the lead and they took it in another bespoke yet functional and beautiful direction.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to make sure that my branding was eye-catching and intriguing but also helped explain what we did. I wanted to find something that had a depth as well as a timeless feel that could stand up to decades of operations.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I knew one of the principles personally and I sourced them out and vetted them after my first designer did what I asked but I still was not as excited as I wanted to be. Then after working with their flow and style of discovery, I was sold and they produced such an amazing brand for me.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

Discovery of the branding and development of the style, feel and font for my consultancy start-up.

What was the team composition?

3 people were involved between Cody, the principle that is the engine and then the creative continuity that Wayne was able to draw out to Lauren physically and beautifully putting together an amazing end product.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It has helped provide validity and conversation to start with clients. The impressive branding has been something that restauranteurs really aligned with a direct quote being “if you care this much about your own branding then I feel like mine operation is in good hands”. Rarely is it not part of the conversation as I close on a deal or even just hand out a business card.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Seamless...... It didn't take many meetings and we landed on an iteration that was incredibly thorough with appropriate progress reports about the process. They knew more than I seemed to of what I wanted to convey with my branding.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They are a lean small shop that nails deadlines and creates incredibly in-depth projects with little politics or layers getting in the way.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I was impressed with every aspect of their operation. Maybe a full bar in their facility! (Ha!, that is a joke).

5.0
Overall Score Once again, went above and beyond my expectations.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    TImely and easy to schedule
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Work speaks for it self
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Above and beyond what I asked for
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Without a doubt

Branding for Bag Company

"The outcome has been far better than I ever imagined."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Caava Design worked to brand a bag company, starting by establishing a general aesthetic. They created a logo, designed hang-tags and thank you notes, and even developed a brand tagline.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Slovenia
Maja Zurovac
Founder, Maiook
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Caava Design produced amazing designs that have afforded the client countless compliments. The packaging of the product is now impactful and captures the brand's mission. The team was responsive, timely, and sensitive to the client's needs and vision.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the owner of Maiook, a bag and accessories brand based in Slovenia

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Caava Design?

I needed help with branding for my company. I had the name and a general idea of the direction but I needed someone to translate that and create the overall aesthetic for my brand.

What were your goals for this project?

To create a brand identity that would be meaningful and stand out in a crowded marketplace.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were one of the numerous brands recommended in a course I was taking. I visited all the recommended websites and theirs was the one that stood out. I was impressed by both their website and their previous projects. After a call with Cody, I knew they were a perfect fit.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

They created a brand inspiration document to find of my preferences, we exchanged a few emails and then Cody and his team did their magic. They designed the overall look of my brand - they created my logo, designed my hang tags and thank you notes, and developed my brand tagline.

What was the team composition?

I engaged with Cody, the owner, and later on also with Lauren (graphic designer).

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The outcome has been far better than I ever imagined. Since working with Caava Design, I have received countless compliments on the rebrand and made some great impressions with packaging.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

I loved working with Cody and his team. Right from the start, I felt like they understood what I was trying to create. The communication is seamless despite being based on different continents. They're always beyond helpful in answering all of my emails and they do so in a timely manner.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed by how well they understood my vision and how they were able to translate that into my branding. They are amazing people and wonderful to work with.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Nothing comes to mind.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    always on time
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    worth every penny
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    exceptional
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I do it all the time

Design for Craft Distillery

"We were impressed by the results and their willingness to make your ideas a reality."

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

Caava Design helped with naming and design for a craft distillery. Thing included logo design, label design, and creation of a lookbook.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Michael Skubic
Founder, Old Harbor Distilling Co.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The brand and distillery continue to grow and gain new customers. Caava Design's constant communication has led to more work and a successful continued relationship. Their team is hands-on and talented.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder of Old Harbor Distilling Co. We are a craft distillery in downtown San Diego and we specialize in high end spirits.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Caava Design?

Starting a spirits company from scratch. I had a name, but we had no design direction.

What were your goals for this project?

To produce a line of spirits, marketing material & website. Naming and logo design for each product. We wanted to create a liquor bottle that would stand out in a crowded market.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

He came recommended to me by a friend. We met and talked over beers at a local pub. He showed me some of his work and we decided it was a good fit.

Describe the project in detail.

We created a shared account for pintrest to make a collection of looks and vibes that we liked. From there they made a look book full of ideas. We ordered sample bottles, selected ours. Created the final logo and designed our labels. After that we shot high quality bottle shots and developed the website.

What was the team composition?

At the start it was just Cody and his web guy. 6 years later we are still working with them and the Caava team has grown.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have had a very successful launch and continue to grow. We are in the process of releasing a new line of spirits called “The Adventure Series” that is already selling great in the marketplace with just the vodka we have released. We are working on a marketing campaign and have two more products to add to the line-up.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They are great to work with. Always answer emails, calls, and texts in a timely manner. We are in the same city so I can meet with them in person which is great. Especially with our products that need a hands-on approach.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were impressed by the results and their willingness to make your ideas a reality.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Nothing that comes to mind.

5.0
Overall Score As good as it gets.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Never have an issue getting in touch with them.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Worth every penny.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We love our design. It is in our opinion one of the sharpest looking spirits on the shelf.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I do all the time.

Branding for CBD Company

"We are stoked to have met these amazing people."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. - July 2019
Project summary: 

Caava Design created a brand identity for a CBD health and wellness company. This includes designing a logo, packaging, and creating a brand aesthetic. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Autumn Benjamin
Operations Manager, Viia CBD
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The branding has invigorated the brand, receiving positive internal reviews. Caava Design's team stands out due to their personality and honesty. Open and communicative, they creat quality work through years of design expertise. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the Co-founder and operations manager at Viia CBD.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Caava Design?

We needed help in our start-up phase, basically designing our entire brand and branding look.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to find our look, and create something meaningful to us. We needed everything from Logo designs, to packaging, and the overall aesthetics of our brand as a whole.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

After having no luck with freelancers, graphic design friends, and even giving it a try ourselves... we were on the search for a company who had some awesome visuals and general feel. We found Caava by searching all design agencies in San Diego, stumbled upon their amazing website, and were 'wowed' by their work. So we struck up a phone call, were overjoyed by their great on-the-phone personalities, and here we are today.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

The scope was to come up with a brand from scratch.

What was the team composition?

Overall a really open and honest composition. Since we are a small team and they are a small team we really had the chance to hash out a lot of the small things, all together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our outcome is far better than anything we were imagining it would have been. We have fallen in love with the work that has been done, and we have made some great impressions with our image. I think the most successful for us is the learning aspect of our journey with Caava. We are a new brand, and this is our first venture, Wayne and Cody have taught us so much and really have been like mentors to us.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

At first, it was hard because we could not have as many face to face meetings. So there were some miscommunications that we felt hindered the workflow. But as things progressed and we relocated to Southern California we felt that things moved at a better pace and smoother...

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We are stoked to have met these amazing people. We are impressed the most with the personality of Caava as a whole agency.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Breaking out of comfort zones.

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

Branding for Top Disposable Cutlery Company

"They’re wonderful people to work with that truly overdeliver."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jun. 2017 - Jun. 2018
Project summary: 

Caava Design produced new branding for the company, including a new name, product packaging, and a refreshed image for using across various product categories. They also designed catalogs and a website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Avi Blau
Partner, Host & Porter
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their understanding of the company's needs was so spot on that they didn't have to produce too many design options. The new branding resulted in new contracts with retailers. Responsiveness and an ability to overcome challenges with ease are highlights 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 a partner at Host & Porter, a top disposable cutlery company. We’re probably the number one seller in this category on Amazon and have over 400 listings.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Caava Design?

We had to choose a name and image that would fit our products, as well as make each collection to look different yet part of our big family. We also had to do it all within an established timeline.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Caava Design chose our name and then came up with a watercolor pattern scheme that could be used across our entire product family. Within three months, we started getting deliverables. They also helped us create different catalogs for different targets, as well as a full website.

What is the team composition?

We started with three team members. They later brought on a few more people into the project.

How did you come to work with Caava Design?

I reached out to a few different agencies, but some of the proposals were extremely expensive. I found Caava Design and liked their approach. I reached out, and the first call lasted over two hours. My main wish was to look like a big brand yet have each collection display its own identity.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $200,000 on their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from June 2017–June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was a real pleasure to work with them. They didn’t have to provide a lot of choices because they hit it off right away, understanding exactly what we wanted. We got some of major warehouse store retailers on board with our new branding.

Furthermore, we now have our new packaging on the shelves for many retailers and online. Caava Design took care of the catalogs, the website, and the entire hosting for the company.

How did Caava Design perform from a project management standpoint?

We had occasional calls and managed the project through the monday.com platform. Their team was very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They always came through regardless of tight deadlines and other difficulties. They’re wonderful people to work with that truly overdeliver.

Are there any areas they could improve?

N, I’d love to keep them a secret. I have some projects that are in the pipeline that I’d like to use them for.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I’m very pleased with them. They delivered great results.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve been in the development and marketing business for 20 years, and they’re one of the best out there.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I would give them a 15 if I could.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I did refer them, and they just landed a big client because of it. I'm so thankful for them.

Rebranding for Regional Brewery

“We have been amazed by their design proficiency and knowledge of what is best for a brand.”

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

Caava Design rebranded a craft brewery. They created designs for all products, including beer cans, merchandise, tap handles, and promotional signage.    

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Great Falls, Montana
Jeremiah Johnson
President & Owner, Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Caava Design built brand awareness through distinctive designs and effective product launches. Their work spurred market expansion and drove top-performing supermarket sales. They were adept design and branding professionals. The team adhered to a strict timeframe.

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 and owner of Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company, a regional brewery in Montana. We are a production-focused craft brewery.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Caava Design?

My wife and I bought an existing brewery and needed help with rebranding. We had a distinct vision of the company we wanted to be.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Caava Design created the whole brand. The team delivered seven different beer can designs. They also designed boxes, t-shirts, hats, tap handles, signage and posters, coolers, and more.

What is the team composition?

We engaged with Cody (Owner & Creative Director, Caava Design) and Wayne (Director of Marketing & Strategy, Caava Design). Lauren (Graphic Designer, Caava Design) also worked on our project, but we didn’t collaborate directly.

How did you come to work with Caava Design?

We interviewed several firms with craft brewery experience, but their designs lacked originality. A friend recommended Caava Design. I called Cody and liked his refreshing design insights.

How much have you invested with them?

My company has spent over $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The collaboration began in July 2017. Although our contract ended in December 2018, they have done some small tasks for us in 2019, and we remain in contact. Over the next few months, we plan to reengage them in a long-term contract.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched the new brand in May 2018 and encountered immediate success. Most stores around us began carrying several of our beer lines. Within a very short time, we were one of the top-selling new breweries in the country, per supermarket scans.

My company has signed three new distributors and entered three new states. We expect to continue expanding. Our brewery is on track to double the volume of product we did before we engaged Caava Design, and we will likely triple that number over the next year.  

How did Caava Design perform from a project management standpoint?

In the crafty brewery industry, new brands must be launched by May so that the product is available in stores during the spring and summer, our busiest seasons. This meant we had quick turnaround times, but Caava Design delivered everything on schedule. Even though we were in different states and could not have in-person meetings, communication was seamless throughout the creative process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We have been amazed by their design proficiency and knowledge of what is best for a brand. For instance, they created a red banner design that my team did not initially like. However, Caava Design knew this was the optimal branding approach, even if my company did not see it at first. Now, this design is extremely identifiable and receives excellent feedback. We are grateful that instead of modifying the design to our tastes, they defended their approach. They have created a real, long-term branding platform for our business.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I cannot think of any. They are extremely talented, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for high-level professional design.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always adhered to the timeline.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Costs were reasonable given the high-quality end result.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their deliverables were top-quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them on several occasions.