Warm, Welcoming Websites – The New WWW

Cantilever works with senior managers who were feeling frustrated because their websites weren’t delivering the results they need. We design, develop, and support websites that get results for clients from local small businesses to IBM and American Express. We are passionate about providing “Digital Hospitality” for users and giving them a reason to come back.

We’re more than a technology company – we’re a hospitality company. We believe that websites are spaces that users enter, not billboards they see from a distance.

We help by overhauling those sites to meet users’ needs better, or by starting fresh with a new site built with our proven three-step process.

Every day, tens of thousands of people visit the sites we’ve built, and we are passionate about providing a great experience for each and every person. We are obsessed with perfecting and popularizing the art of “Digital Hospitality.”

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2011
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New York, NY
headquarters
  • 229 West 36th Street
    New York, NY 10018
    United States
other locations
  • 12515 Milbank St.
    Studio City, CA 91614
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
IBM, American Express, New York Times, Esquire Magazine, Droga5, Northeastern University, NYU, The IMF, American Cancer Society, Samuellson’s Red Rooster Harlem, In The Raw Sweeteners

Esquire Classic

When Esquire was developing their full page archive, featuring every story from every issue, they understood that the volume and breadth of their content was daunting. Their team envisioned creating a blog-like recommendation site to wrap the archive, surfacing timely, curated highlights according to the season and current events. Paired with the chronological issue database, this product would provide unlimited access while

remaining navigable and low-effort for the reader.

They brought Cantilever in to create and brand this site. We worked from the early stages of the project with editor Tyler Cabot and his colleagues at the magazine to outline a pricing model and business strategy, create an intuitive UX, and develop a visual aesthetic that was vintage Esquire.

We helped Esquire to derive the Classic brand name and copy tone, then provided a visual identity to reflect the characteristics we observed. Since Classic provides access to new issues (before it’s even in the mail), it was important to keep the brand fresh and modern while respecting the wealth of historical content available through the service.

The final result is a new notion in digital publishing: eternal, essential content, edited and curated so you know what to read today. We were thrilled to be a part of such an intriguing project.

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The Weather Company, An IBM Business- Media Kit

IBM Watson Advertising (formerly The Weather Company, an IBM Business’s ad sales division) offers a comprehensive suite of advertising offerings from The Weather Channel website and mobile app. They use powerful data science and research to help brands spend better, and reach the audiences they want to speak to most.We worked with NJ-based firm By & Large to create a clean, usable media kit website. They crafted content and

led the visual design, we tackled UX, code, and design for secondary pages. We also got to collaborate with Eric Miller, inventor of UX Kits.

This site explained why IBM Watson Advertising has such a powerful edge, providing real-world outcomes to back up these claims. It served as a practical tool for clients to get data pertaining to the campaigns they wanted to run across The Weather Channel’s varied platforms. Finally, there is an active blog on the media kit, which provides unique insights into how weather can affect business.

We adopted a UX approach that emphasizes the connections within the site. Users should be able to drift from a case study to a technology used in that case study to a spec for an ad unit that utilizes that technology, to a news story highlighting one client’s use of that ad unit.

We built the site with an innovative WordPress methodology backed by Timber, the excellent framework from Upstatement, paired with our object-oriented CSS and JS approach. The result is a fast, fresh web presence that is poised to grow.

Conversations with Tyler

Conversations With Tyler (http://conversationswithtyler.com) is a podcast which is produced by the Mercatus Center, a research center at George Mason University, that exists to promote new and unique ideas about markets, economics, and the broader world by creating conversations with experts across various fields. We took the fantastic new branding created by our

friends at Adnauseum (https://www.adnauseum.net/) and turned it into a digital product to make it even more accessible to listeners.
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Rustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways is the leader in teen travel. They send thousands of students per year on engaging, challenging, and inspirational trips around the globe. Cantilever and Rustic have collaborated on several large sites in the past, and in 2018, we combined all of their web presences into a single, unified user experience. Bringing together dozens of distinct programs across three departments is a challenge, but our unique

architecture gets the job done.
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NYU-Poly Year in NYC

This project was a fun challenge: we were asked to take two successful print brochures and devise a unique way to present them on the web. The site gives prospective students and faculty a taste of New York City from the vantage point of the campus and surrounding area.

We started with writing and sketches, working closely with the Technology Director at NYU-Poly, Ardis Kadiu. We created a slick concept for how the site

should work and what should appear on it.

The primary visual element is a full-screen Google map that animates in the background, so we made sure to stay as minimal as possible with the rest of the design. Since the visual design was very intricate, we spent a lot of time in Photoshop to make sure we got everything right and considered all cases.

The site is built on Expression Engine, but in a non-traditional way. The frontend is almost entirely controlled by a Javascript layer which communicates with EE to gather markup snippets or data in JSON format and assemble it for the user. Navigation is handled by a Javascript router which uses HTML5 history states for a seamless experience. So instead of having ExpressionEngine build pages, we converted it into a pseudo-API.

As a result, the client is able to use the ExpressionEngine backend as they would a traditional website, but we were still able to create an advanced frontend. We saw using the latest web technology available as a branding technique: NYU-Poly’s core value is innovation, and so we wanted to innovate.

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American Express InsiderHR

InsideHR is the internal HR newsletter at AMEX, a key way for their 800+ HR employees to stay connected. They wanted to transform this well-followed newsletter into an online publishing platform, complete with enhanced social features.

Our friends at Theo and Sebastian were the direct clients. They contracted us to design the site under their direction and to develop it.

The main design challenge was to create a

tone that was on-brand and clean, while creating a sense of fun and improvisation that elevated this site past stock corporate communication. We solved this problem by creating a hodgepodge of coordinating (but deliberately disparate) modules which tiled together on the page to create a collage-like effect. Each module style is clean in and of itself, but they clash just enough to differentiate this platform.

Users can like, share, and comment on the articles, and even add their own “community posts”. Curated content is merged with key calendar dates, job openings, and news feeds to create a unique mosaic on every visit. The system is private to HR employees, creating a “safe space” for discussion to begin.

The development had an added wrinkle: We needed first-class IE7 support. We tried to design as close to the IE7 version as possible – trying to create the nicest website 2006 had ever seen. This meant a cleaner, tighter codebase with less special considerations just for older browsers.

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Web Dev for Consumer Electronics Brand

"Cantilever asked the right questions to get around any issues that could come about in the future."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Cantilever updated a website for a design agency’s client — a major electronics brand — to help launch a new product line. They implemented new features, enhanced the CMS, and uploaded the new products.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Ridgewood, New Jersey
President & Cofounder, Design Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client launched their product line on time with Cantilever’s help. The team took over all communications and oversaw the scope with detail-oriented management. Their proactive problem-solving and in-depth expertise made them ideal partners for the project.

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 co-founder of a design agency. We do web and app design.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We were working with a major consumer electronics brand that needed a website refresh with a very fast turnaround. My company lacked the capacity to get the client what they needed in the time frame they needed, so Cantilever took over the work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cantilever handled every aspect of the project and communicated directly with the client for this project. The website refresh involved technically implementing new features, adding new products, and improving the CMS. 

What is the team composition?

Everything ran through Ty (CEO).

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project ran from December 2019 to January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The client needed such a short turnaround because they were preparing to present a new product lineup in January. The product layout went really well, and thanks to Cantilever’s efforts, the client was able to successfully launch the new product line and get it in front of consumers.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated over the phone and through project management software. Ty handled all scoping. He was very detail-oriented in handling all the technical specifications and everything that needed to be done. They let us know estimates for completions, and we found them to be fairly accurate. Cantilever was pretty much on point with everything that they said they would do.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Cantilever asked the right questions to get around any issues that could come about in the future. They had a very strong technical knowledge and capability and could see problems before they arise. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not this time around; it was a pretty small project, so it went smoothly.

Any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you know what you want going into it because they’re very detail-oriented. Have a clear picture of what you need, and everything will go smoothly. 

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

Website Development Project for New Media Startup

“Aside from the great work they do, they communicated effectively, and that’s a huge reason why I went back to them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sep. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cantilever designed and developed a custom website for a media startup. They helped define the project scope, then created blueprints, and completed the project with Mailchimp and Paywall.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Founder & Editor, Media Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback on the site’s unique design has been overwhelmingly positive. Committed to their partner’s success, Cantilever is trustworthy and honest. They’re communicative, resulting in a smooth workflow. The project’s success has led to an ongoing engagement.

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 have a new media startup that commissions timely fiction inspired by the headlines.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

I brought them on to help me think about what the product should be and design the digital experience and concept of my site.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I had an initial concept, but didn’t have any background in digital, so they helped me create the scope of work. They designed blueprints and went over the design with us. Then they built a custom site and set it up with Mailchimp and Paywall. Now, they’re building new product areas.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Ty (CEO), a product manager and a developer.

How did you come to work with Cantilever?

I worked with Cantilever while working on another project. I trusted them and knew them very well, and since I don’t have a background in web development, it was great to have someone that I trusted to figure out what pieces were missing.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2019 and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

 I’ve received many compliments on the site. My mentor said that this is the first narrative site done well. The site has an innovative design for long articles. We’ve figured out how to make the sidebars add to the content rather than distract from it. The result is very unique and it’s very impressive.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

Overall, it was good and I knew who to contact if there was an issue. When they did miss a deadline, I always knew beforehand. Communication was great overall, so things went smoothly. We worked well together and it went great. Aside from the great work they do, they communicated effectively, and that’s a huge reason why I went back to them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They do great work. I do recommend them to many people because they don’t jerk people around, they’re honest, and they’re forthcoming. They only take on projects they want to do, so they’re very responsive and they’re trustworthy.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This is specific to our project, but the transition from development to maintenance after the site was built was a little unclear.  

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be upfront about your needs and your budget. They’re straight shooters, so you’ll get the best out of them if you tell them what’s important to you and your project.

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

Custom Homepage Dev for Custom Furniture Retailer

"In a nutshell, Cantilever cared about the results."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sep. - Dec. 2019
Project summary: 

Following a site assessment, Cantilever developed a responsive homepage to enhance the existing platform for an e-commerce company. The team tailored a template and created dynamic visual content.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Tino Go
CEO & Founder, BARU
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cantilever delivered a substantial homepage that enables streamlined updates. The team dedicated diligent project management resources to ensure transparency as well as the completion of all tasks. They were experienced and produced satisfying deliverables, which enables future engagement.

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 and CEO of BARU, an e-commerce company. We created an app that allows users to choose a particular product and customize it using AR.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We wanted a homepage that was more advanced in execution than we could get from a typical WordPress template.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cantilever built a responsive homepage for our website. Their team did an initial study, assessing our target market and various business goals. They produced the report with an analysis of what they thought they could do. Subsequent to that acceptance, we determined the scope of work.

Their team added animations and movement into the elements of the page that were interesting. They reated an infrastructure essentially. Since the initial version, we updated the homepage contents.

What is the team composition?

I worked with a project manager. However, it was a collaborative effort between multiple people.

How much have you invested with them?

The total project cost around $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We expected the project to last from September 2019 until October. It actually went until December.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The infrastructure is robust because there aren't any problems with updating and modifying the page. We’re still adjusting and fine-tuning the homepage all of the time.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

Communication was maintained through a long email chain. We also had a series of meetings that were documented in minutes which defined the deliverables on both sides. Each meeting included a group of people but the project manager ensured that nothing fell through the cracks. Everyone was kept in the loop quite well. Their team was professional. We didn’t have any issues, so I was happy with the project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

In a nutshell, Cantilever cared about the results. Their team did a good job, so I’d hire them again.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In the end, they could give closer updates on timing and coordinate better.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Do the art direction upfront and execute on the content before the development. We were behind on the content, so that delayed the project to a certain degree.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I don’t know the level of effort that was required because I’m not a coder.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

E-Commerce Web Maintenance & Updates for Luxury Retailer

“They’re solution-oriented and easy to communicate with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cantilever maintains a luxury hair accessories and jewelry company’s e-commerce website. They fix issues and make improvements that internal stakeholders email to them on an ad hoc basis.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Director of Operations, Luxury Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Unlike past providers internal stakeholders have worked with, Cantilever keeps up with the fast-paced e-commerce industry by resolving issues quickly and efficiently. They facilitate an easy partnership, with the main point of contact being responsive, easily accessible, and good about following up.

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’re a pretty small company that sells both wholesale and e-commerce luxury hair accessories and jewelry. My position is director of operations. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We needed general maintenance of our e-commerce website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cantilever provides maintenance services to our e-commerce site as needed. We have a seasonal industry, so we put new products and imagery up on pretty much a weekly basis. The website is set up from the backend to be user-friendly, but of course we run into glitches or improvements we want to make, like changing what the receipt looks like. We email them on an ad hoc basis with projects or issues.

What is the team composition?

My only point of contact is Andrew (Head of Support).

How did you come to work with Cantilever?

I’m not sure; I was not part of that process. Cantilever worked directly with our former e-commerce manager, and when she quit, I began working with Andrew.

How much have you invested with them?

We pay them for a retainer of 24–40 hours a month.

What is the status of this engagement?

My company began working with them around June 2018, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Most of our work with them involves pretty immediate issues, and they always resolve them quickly. Everything on e-commerce goes pretty quickly, so if we have a problem, they’re really good about resolving it in a timely manner. They work quicker than any other of the web developers we’ve previously worked with.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate via email. I think that everyone is happy with Andrew’s response time; I know that he is oftentimes even available on the weekends. Andrew is really good about following up on tasks so that we don’t need to keep track of everything that he’s working on.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re solution-oriented and easy to communicate with. If there’s a problem, Andrew just fixes it instead of trying to argue why it wasn’t his fault, which web developers we’ve worked with in the past have done. Andrew is really easy to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not that I know of. 

Any advice for potential customers?

Anything we’ve needed them to do, they’ve done. I don’t think we’ve had anything that Cantilever hasn’t been able to do. They’re great, and I would definitely work with them in another capacity. 

5.0
Overall Score Andrew is great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I don’t think they charge us a lot. One thing is that they don’t send us statements of our hours; it would be nice to have a bit more transparency.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev for Boardwalk Estate Company

They’re clearly enthusiastic about and committed to our success.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cantilever buttressed the cybersecurity of a boardwalk developer’s website. They also consolidated the backends of several websites. The team fine-tuned the platform and conducted SEO efforts.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Director of Marketing, Real Estate Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cantilever’s efforts led to an improved website with heightened security. The client has enjoyed a two-fold increase in web traffic and a streamlined backend. The communicative and skilled team consistently demonstrated the wide expanse of their expertise and was generally a pleasure to work with.

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 for Madison Marquette, and we’re the developer for the Asbury Park Boardwalk in New Jersey. We develop a combination of retail, entertainment, and dining establishments.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We have multiple websites and wanted to revamp them from both a design and security front. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have several websites, but Cantilever combined our websites to have a shared backend entry point. This streamlined our web management process because we no longer have to enter information on the backends of different websites.

The team also changed our web hosting as a cybersecurity measure and fine-tuned our SEO. We need close to zero downtime, so they streamlined the WordPress sites to ensure that they’d be up and running smoothly. They integrated a new calendar plug-in for event scheduling.

What is the team composition?

We were in constant contact with at least two members of the team.

How did you come to work with Cantilever?

We were working with an excellent web development group that recommended Cantilever when we were running into security issues. So we spoke to them and got the sense that they’re a very well-trusted organization, so we defined our scope of work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent somewhere between $10,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2018, and it’s an ongoing partnership.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since Cantilever implemented these website changes, we’ve seen the traffic to one of our websites come close to doubling. We also haven’t had any security issues since they identified our issues.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been excellent with project management. They meet deadlines, communicate well, and are good at scheduling.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their skillset and the expanse of their knowledge has been significant. They’re clearly enthusiastic about and committed to our success. Both Ty (Founder, Cantilever) and Andrew (Head of Support, Cantilever) have been very strong in the work that they do.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t really think of anything. They do great as an offshore team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clear idea of what direction you want to go, and they’ll help you articulate your vision well. You can be open with them—even if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want, they’re great at talking with you towards a solution.

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

Web Design & Dev for International Arts Nonprofit

"We received numerous comments on the beauty and creativity of the site."

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

Cantilever revamped a website for an international arts nonprofit. The team redesigned the UX/UI of the site and implemented a new CMS that handles embedded videos. They provide ongoing maintenance and updates.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Chris Giammona
Board President, International Arts Movement (IAM)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site garnered a significant amount of praise from stakeholders and a higher level of social media engagement. Cantilever provided regular progress updates to ensure that each deadline was met. Transparency and proactive communication are hallmarks of this partnership.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

International Arts Movement (IAM) is a catalytic movement that is reframing how we speak of, affect, and nurture a new type of cultural conversation, and helping to infuse culture with a rehumanized microcosm of art, love, and beauty. Wa are a nonprofit 501c3 and I am President of the Board of Directors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Cantilever?

We hired Cantilever to redesign our web site, providing a fresh new look, updated content, and to help us install a content management system. They also are on a retainer to provide us with IT consulting to maximize the value that we get from our online presence.

What were your goals for this project?

A completely new web design that reflects the values and creativity of our organization. Everything from header design to fonts to how each web page is constructed and a content management system that would be easy to use by our staff for minor updates. Cantilever also works with us on a retainer basis for project work as our organization continues to expand it mission.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We have worked with them int he past and new their commitment to quality work, timely delivery, and maintaining budget controls on the cost of the project. We did not perform a market search for other firms as we were convinced that Cantilever was the right firm for the project.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They completely redesigned our web site, providing a fresh new look, updated content, and to help us install a content management system. We started with a project kick-off call to outline our objectives and to discuss our goals. We had periodic update calls to review their progress and request updates as our needs changed.

We had access to the staging site so that we could review progress in real time. They kept us informed at every project stage and provided training to the content management back-end system for us to make updates as needed.

The process required implementing many embedded videos on the site and we collaborated as to how they should look and how best to have them navigated on the site.

Our creative founder is an Artist and very specific about fonts and type so that this required Cantilever to do a bit of research into what would be effective to convey the right look.

What was the team composition?

The project team was about 3 people with one primary person who oversaw the management of the project. A small group was desirable to keep the process efficient and for me to interact with less points of contact. With that being said, the project was.very efficient and we had a high qaulity team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The project was well received by the thousands of followers of IAM. We received numerous comments on the beauty and creativity of the site.

The Board of directors felt the site refresh really reflects where are our organization is and planning to go in the future. The new site allows us to more easily integrate our content into our other online presences like Facebook and Twitter.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was very effective - we always new that deadlines were being met (there were no delays), content management was constantly being discussed. They use technology like Zoom meetings very effectively and we always had meeting notes after each meeting.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We had direct access to the people managing our project and the project staging site to see how things were progressing. We were informed every step in the process and felt that it was easy to work with Cantilever. We continue to work with them as a result of the outcome of this project.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There is very little that could have been improved with this project. I liked the fact that we could communicate virtually and had access to our project team.

5.0
Overall Score Project was a complete success and met our objectives without any problems or delays.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Use of Zoom for meetings was highly effective.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We felt that the cost of the project was perfect for our budget and reflected the high quality fo work they delivered.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The project from beginning to end was a complete success. We really love our new web site and it truly reflects who we are as an organization.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I woudl hgihly recommend them to my friends and business acquaintances.

Website Redesign for Think Tank

"Cantilever had a great combination of humility and excellence."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2018 - June 2019
Project summary: 

Cantilever developed and redesigned a website for a think tank. They helped migrate all existing content, develop the site using WordPress, ran QA tests, fixed bugs and worked to launch the final platform. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Ben Brophy
Director of Digital Media, The Bipartisan Policy Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site has improved in a variety of ways, including faster page-loading times and increased mobile responsiveness. Not only is there a 70% increase in users, but internal stakeholders are also thrilled. Cantilever dedicated skilled resources and diligently completed the work on time. 

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 director of digital media for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We needed a redesign of our website so we hired Cantilever. Essentially, we wanted to take all of our content and migrate it to a new site, and then do a new visual design for it all.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cantilever began the redesign process by performing a full audit of our existing site. They looked through our content and identified any potential issues. From there, we moved into the UX design phase and they created mockups and wireframes. They developed a brand new site for us using a WordPress CMS and added a few customized features. 

We went through multiple rounds of revisions with internal stakeholders on the visual design, including color schemes and polishing the final look. They ran some QA tests and, after everything went well, we worked on catching bugs and launching the site with Cantilever. 

What is the team composition?

I directly worked with 3–4 people from their team. Ty (Founder & CEO, Cantilever) and Nicole (Executive Coordinator, Cantilever) helped keep everything on track. We talked with the designers a few times, including JT (Graphic Designer & Frontend Developer, Cantilever) and others. They had a full-stack development team working behind the scenes who I didn’t interact with till the launch. 

How did you come to work with Cantilever?

At a previous job, we received a recommendation from a branding vendor to use Cantilever for our website needs. They did an excellent job and we were very impressed with their UX skills and design chops. When I got this role, one of my first tasks was to create a website so I thought of Cantilever for the design portion. Once they completed that work successfully and earned our trust, we decided to use them for the rest of the project. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together on the website from September 2018–June 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Firstly, in the over 13 years I’ve been in this industry, no vendor has ever gotten a site up and running on time and within budget, so I give Cantilever immense credit for doing that. Additionally, the website functions great. Our old site has a page-load time of more than four seconds, and Cantilever got that number down to 1.5–2 seconds. We’ve also seen a 70% increase in traffic across the entire site. A large percentage of our visitors are using mobile devices, so Cantilever did a great job making the site more mobile responsive. 

Anecdotally, our internal and external stakeholders all love the site. It’s rare in our industry to not receive any negative feedback from stakeholders, but we’ve genuinely only earned positive comments on the platform. 

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

Cantilever did really well and the communication was very clear. They did an excellent job documenting work and plans. If there were any misunderstandings from meetings, they were open to explaining what they misinterpreted or letting us know if we didn’t remember information correctly. If there was a mistake, they fully owned it, which we appreciated. Something I don’t like about working with other vendors is their tendency to get defensive if they mess up, and that wasn’t an issue with Cantilever. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Cantilever had a great combination of humility and excellence. They remain humble, even though they’re fantastic at their job, which is rare. Their team is highly competent. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

If I'm being nitpicky, I’d have liked if fewer bugs existed at the end, but that’s normal. As soon as they identified the issues, they immediately fixed them too, so I was satisfied. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust them and be a collaborative partner. Don’t just give them the requirements an set them on their way. Be actively involved, read the documentation, give feedback, and be willing to have a conversation. Check your ego at the door but don’t be afraid to disagree and collaborate with them. 

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

Web Design & Development for Nonprofit Research Center

"With Cantilever, the relationship felt collaborative, like we were all oriented toward the same goal."

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

Cantilever designed and developed a website to serve as the home of a podcast produced by a nonprofit. The site is WordPress-based, hosted on Cloudflare, and includes elements of the podcast’s recent rebrand.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Arlington, Virginia
Digital Strategist & Platform Lead, Nonprofit Research Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cantilever succeeds in crafting unique ideas and delivering a sustainable digital presence. The team fosters a collaborative atmosphere and takes an ambitious approach to produce creative designs. Future clients can anticipate a hassle-free engagement and regular communication.

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 a digital strategist and platform lead at a nonprofit research center. We do a lot of work with economic policy research.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We worked with Cantilever to design and develop a website to house one of the podcasts that we create.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had recently coordinated a rebranding of the podcast, and we were excited about our new look—the colors and the logo. The purpose of the website was to have a home for the podcast and serve as a place where people could go to learn more about the podcast and our work. The website is WordPress-based is hosted on Cloudflare.

What is the team composition?

Ty (Founder, Cantilever) was our main point of contact, but we also communicated with an executive coordinator and a developer.

How did you come to work with Cantilever?

I was not involved in the selection process, but if I had to venture a guess, I would imagine that we selected them because of their abilities with design. We spent a lot of time and money on the rebranding, and we wanted to work with a company that could maximize the effects of the new brand as much as possible. They’re a forward-thinking and progressive team. We were excited to have them come up with a lot of out-there ideas.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $40,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from September 2018–January 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The fact that we have a website at all is a success. Previously, we had no home for the podcast, and we had no digital presence to speak of. That has been remedied.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

Early in the engagement, Cantilever regularly shared updated mock-ups to the point that our team sometimes fell behind with providing feedback. I became more involved closer to the launch date, and that's when we became a little more demanding with meeting deadlines on both sides. And our launch went very smoothly. Overall, we’re quite pleased.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were impressed throughout by their customer service. I’ve worked with vendors in the past, and it feels like they are selling me on something. With Cantilever, the relationship felt collaborative, like we were all oriented toward the same goal.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They were excellent in the design and iteration phases, but I think they have room to improve when it comes time to tie up all the loose ends and prepare for launch.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We found it valuable to give Cantilever’s team a lot of creative freedom. We gave them an understanding of what we wanted, and we relied on them to make it happen and deliver innovative designs.

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

Rebrand and Website Dev for Software Firm

"Their combination of design skills and deep understanding of a highly technical area is outstanding." 

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

Cantilever developed a new logo and website as part of a rebrand. They provided several design themes to choose from and delivered design collateral including business cards and a presentation deck.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Jose, California
Jan Willis
Acting CMO, D2S, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The logo and website launched to unanimous praise. Cantilever utilized modern project management tools to document discussions and ensure team unity. Their ability to draw from technical and creative talent pools empowers them to provide comprehensive digital services.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the acting CMO of D2S, Inc. We develop software for electronics manufacturing that’s accelerated on our GPU platform

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Cantilever?

Our website was developed over 11 years ago, along with our brand identity. Our direction has changed somewhat, so both our brand materials and website needed to be redone.

What were your goals for this project?

First, we needed a new brand identity, along with business cards and a PowerPoint deck. Second, we needed a modern, easy-to-use website that reflected our new identity.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We’d previously worked with Cantilever. Their ability to cooperate well with us and respond to our requirements flexibly made this an easy decision.

Describe the project in detail.

After a series of meetings designed to elucidate our needs and perspective, Cantilever developed mockups and submitted them for approval. We provided feedback and narrowed down the choices and then presented them to our CEO. Final testing and reviews were simple and straightforward, and we met our launch plans comfortably.

What was the team composition?

We worked with their overall architect, a creative designer, and a project lead, who ensured everything was implemented correctly. Other people were brought on if to work on auxiliary pieces, like business cards.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our community has provided very positive feedback regarding the new brand image and logo. The website is easy to maintain, and we've only received enhancement requests since launching.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They used modern communication tools, which made it easy to connect. We spoke over email and conference calls, the latter of which were often recorded so people who weren’t present could review what was discussed.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Cantilever's combination of design skills and a deep understanding of a highly technical area is outstanding. Further, their cost and execution are superior to anything we could find elsewhere.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Their PowerPoint design template didn’t quite match our expectations, so they could improve that alignment process.

4.5
Overall Score Everything was excellent.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always there when we needed them.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I'm very satisfied.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They provided excellent overall delivery but especially regarding design.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd recommend them to anyone, especially other technology companies.

Web Dev for Graphic Design Company

“They're very organized and easy to work with. … They exceeded our expectations.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Working alongside an in-house design team, Cantilever developed a mobile responsive website for a third-party client. They added scroll effects and a video to bring the annual report to life.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kinderhook, New York
Julie Fels
Partner, Feisty Brown
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is happy with the website and wants to continue the relationship with Cantilever. They went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their personable approach and ability to communicate technical terms in a non-technical way make them stand out among competitors.

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 Feisty Brown. We're a design firm that specializes in corporate communication.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cantilever?

We needed a development partner to build a website for a large client.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cantilever handled all the coding, while our internal team did the design. They attended our meetings to understand the requirements and worked directly with the client to make sure the code worked on the client's server. Working side by side with our design team, Cantilever made recommendations to ensure that our designs could be translated into HTML.

The website has scroll effects and a video with a text overlay on the home page. It's an annual report for the client and Cantilever has brought the report to life, making the site mobile responsive and easy to navigate.

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with Ty (President, Cantilever), who had a team underneath him.

How did you come to work with Cantilever?

We've worked with them for years in different capacities and liked their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in July and it was completed in October 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The client has done their annual report with Cantilever for a number of years and the feedback has been very positive. The year we didn't work with Cantilever, we had some problems with a different development partner, so we switched back to Cantilever.

How did Cantilever perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very organized and easy to work with. They're also very responsive and stayed on track with the project, always letting us know about potential delays. We mostly used phone and video conferences to stay in touch.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to communicate in an amicable and understandable way makes them stand out among other developers. They're able to translate what they do into the language that we understand.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Keep an open line of communication to make sure you give them what they need.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer