UI/UX Design Agency: Enterprise, Mobile, Web, SaaS

Clay is a full-service UI/UX design and development agency in San Francisco.

  • We build engaging, habit-forming digital products.
  • We deliver consumer-grade experiences for the enterprise.
  • We tell your story through branding, websites, and video.

Clients: Facebook, Google, SanDisk, Coinbase, Coca-Cola, VMware, ADP, Sony

Services:

  • Product Strategy
  • UI/UX Design
  • Brand Identity
  • Prototyping
  • Marketing Websites
  • Web and Mobile Development
 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • Clay
    300 Broadway #23
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    United States
    +1.415.796.6262

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Sony, Samsung, T-Mobile, ADP, Toyota, Nokia, Merck, Huawei, Uber, Path, Google, Speedtest, SendGrid, Nutanix, VMware, Splunk.

Reviews

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UX/UI Design for Mobile Bill Pay App

“They helped us arrive at a solution and an interface that we are extremely proud of.”

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

Clay provided UI/UX website design for a payment application, working on building a modern phone-based interface from customer feedback and support case data. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Sunnyvale, California
Steve Gordon
VP Product, Handle Financial
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Having undergone user testing, the new design was extremely well received and its launch is eagerly anticipated. The team pays close attention to detail, working hard to ensure every step of the project meets the requirements, and iterating further when necessary.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder and creator of a product called Prism, which is a mobile bill pay experience for American consumers. It was acquired by a company called Handle Financial, where I am now the head of product for Prism.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?

We were looking to revamp our payment experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our payment experience is the core of what we do, so doing it really well is very important. We hadn’t really touched or iterated it for a while, and had since learned a lot, received customer feedback, and collected data from support cases.

They took the high-level problem statement we had, as well as some of the nuances of what we do, synthesized that information and worked on early iterations and mock-ups. They’re particularly good at iterating, listening, and taking our feedback along the way which is super helpful.

They excel at building a phone-based interface and are very up to date on the current trends and modern apps features. They helped us layer that angle into what we do. They helped us solve our problems, but also helped us to convey our functionality in a way that aligns with industry standards and user expectations.

What is the team composition?

We primarily interacted with the project manager and their director of design. I’m unsure of exactly how many designers contributed, but there were several.

How did you come to work with Clay?

We had worked with them when Prism was still independent after I’d been referred to them by a fellow iOS developer. We really liked their work so they helped us with several iterations of our app experience as well as our consumer-facing website. As we had worked with them before, there was a level of trust on our end that they could handle whatever we threw at them during this project.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent between $25,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them on this project from February to April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our engineering team is starting to work on actually implementing the design, but in the user testing that we have done, everyone has been thrilled with it. Their cost is high, but we’ve continued to find that the value they provide is worth it. I’m keen on using them again in the future as new and different needs arise.

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

We interacted with them once or twice a week, depending on where we were within the project, as well as via a private Slack channel. Having the time to chat live was really helpful in walking through their latest iterations and giving immediate feedback.

We didn’t have strict deadlines. There were a few situations where we weren’t quite satisfied with what they had done, but they were more than happy to go back to the drawing board and iterate. Similarly, there was another point where they wanted to spend a little more time on a specific area to iterate and work on it. As we weren't schedule driven, we were flexible and taking an extra two or three days was not critical. We were more focused on the overall quality of it.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Overall, I am extremely satisfied. They helped us arrive at a solution and an interface that we are extremely proud of and are very much looking forward to getting into our customer’s hands.

We continue to be impressed by their ability to dive into a problem area or space that they may or may not be familiar with and pull out the essence of what our challenges are, or what we are struggling with, then really help us map out what needs to be done.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re very receptive to feedback. If they deliver something that you are not happy with or you feel it isn’t solving one or more of your requirements, be willing to communicate that with them. They hold themselves to a very high standard.

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

UI and Design Work for Clinical Trial Software Firm

"Clay takes complex concepts and translates them into a good user interface and user experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Clay provides design consultation and frontend development for clinical trial software, prioritizing an intuitive user experience. Deliverables include wireframes and stakeholder research.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Principal Architect, Pharmaceutical Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the solution isn't yet live, feedback is overwhelmingly positive from users, many of whom appreciate the product’s improved design. Clay’s thoughtful suggestions, consistent quality, and flexibility amidst a shifting scope continue to impress.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We build software to facilitate the execution of different phases of clinical trials. We focus on randomization and trial supply technologies, which deal with patient data capture and shipping logistics. I'm a principal architect responsible for building the product roadmap as well as product and process management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?

We wanted to upgrade our user experience and aspects of our technology stack. We were implementing some new products into our overall ecosystem. We wanted a partner to help us survey our users and help us make sure everything works well from a user experience perspective.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Clay started off by surveying our product documentation and demos. We walked them through the actual application portfolio and our products. Together we created a project plan for the whole user experience initiative. They identified a list of internal and external stakeholders to interview for feedback on our existing products. They conducted around 15 internal and 15 external interviews and then we took all of that information and put together a design plan. Based on our information architecture, they went through a process to plan out a series of product releases. They also put together a project plan and then we started spec to look at the functionality. Currently they’re taking the solution through the actual design process and implementation.

What is the team composition?

We mostly work with a project manager, art director, and creative director but we also interact with their frontend developers.

How did you come to work with Clay?

We started looking at about 10 design companies. It was initially a global search that we wound up focusing us on San Francisco because our office is based there. Clay has a location in San Francisco so we brought them in for an interview. They showed us a lot of good product designs and gave us some good examples. When we put out our request for information (RFI), they came in with a bid that fit our price range and also seemed reasonable. A lot of other vendors were either outlandishly expensive or completely under-scoped the project. Clay came in with a pretty good target rate for the size of the initiative. We liked their people and what they brought to the table.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project kickoff was in April 2017 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven't gone live yet but we did present the designs and mock-ups at user group meetings. The users were definitely impressed with the direction and the new look and feel.

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

We integrated their developers into our agile process in Jira so we're working with them every day. The project managers also work with our systems to track all of the project elements. They're very responsive and proactive. I really like that they’ll push back when they really feel something will improve the user experience. They have great experience and are very intelligent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their creative direction is really good. Their design team is able to start from a limited set of requirements and provide very robust designs. Our product and subject matter is quite complicated. Clay takes complex concepts and translates them into a good user interface and user experience.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could be a little bit better with project planning and scoping. To be fair, we made it difficult for them to accurately scope because we made so many changes. Redoing enterprise software is a large project and we completely changed the game plan several times, so I give them credit for being pretty flexible.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you have a strong process. Define your stakeholder list, project plan and roadmap. Before you start programming, make sure you have enough functionality for them to work on. We had a lot of stuff ready for them to program at the beginning, but then they caught up and had to wait on us.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They turn around wireframes and designs very quickly when given the correct requirements.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They conform to cost estimates when we stay within scope.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their creative director is super talented.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely refer them.

Design Work for Prototyping Platform

"Their team is tech-savvy and familiar with market trends, so they offered valuable insights."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2017
Project summary: 

Clay designed the information architecture and visual interface of a prototyping platform. They conducted extensive research and worked collaboratively with an in-house team.

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

Clay played an invaluable role in establishing the design foundations before passing the project to the in-house team. Their technical expertise and market knowledge allowed them to offer unique insights. They’re efficient and willing to work around time zone complications.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of a mobile app prototyping platform. We help users formalize their ideas so they can go to market quickly.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?

We wanted to create a new product without sacrificing any internal resources, so we decided to outsource design work to a third-party agency.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We described the concept and handed wireframes to Clay. We gave them some data, and they also conducted their own research with our customers. From here, they designed the information architecture and visual interface of our product.

The initial deliverable was a full mockup of the tool’s user flow. After that, they worked on a high-fidelity visual design.

What is the team composition?

We worked with three or four people from their team, including the CEO, the creative director, and two visual designers.

How did you come to work with Clay?

We found them through online research, though it’s possible they were recommended to us. We interviewed three or four agencies before narrowing the list to two and conducting trial engagements.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together between January–April 2017. After hiring additional staff, we decided to complete the design and development in-house.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Clay was very helpful. We worked collaboratively on UI and they set the initial groundwork, proposing a number of ideas for the application. While we ended up going with a different solution, our final product was heavily informed by Clay’s thinking and findings.

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

Communication was very efficient while I was working near Clay’s San Francisco office. After returning to Europe, however, the time zone difference added complications. Still, they were willing to work with us and communicated outside their normal office hours.

Despite Clay’s efforts, working with remote teams can be difficult. The project wasn’t moving as quickly as we hoped, so we shifted the project to our in-house team to improve efficiency.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very proactive designers who conducted thorough research and contributed a number of innovative ideas. Their team is tech-savvy and familiar with market trends, so they offered valuable insights. We communicated clearly and they had an intuitive understanding of our goals. They felt like members of our team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their creative director became less involved as we moved into the design phase, which caused some communication issues. If their ideas had been presented directly by the creative lead, it may have led to a better solution.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clients shouldn’t interfere with the design process too much. Clay knows what they’re doing and should be given room for creative freedom.

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

Exploratory Phase & Design Work for App Marketplace

“They take the best of best practices from different places in order to see how they can apply them to a new domain.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2016
Project summary: 

Clay led a discovery phase to define the vision of a mobile app preparing to expand into the U.S. market. They subsequently created designs and screens through an iterative process.  

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Irfan Presswala
Former Product Lead, Mercari
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Clay provided an array of design options that were both creative and intriguing. Their leadership was involved and communicative, while their team always presented progress in a personable and transparent manner. A proactive approach further propelled the engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Mercari is a Japanese mobile application that hired me as their first product lead to help with their expansion into the U.S. market.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?

We were looking to redesign the app and customize it for the U.S. market. We didn’t have in-house design talent and needed a design agency to help us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started out with a discovery phase where they talked to the product team and executives to understand the project’s key roles, visions, and what we were looking for the product to drive. They came back with a couple different design directions for us to choose between and then created designs and screens for our mobile app.

We sat down with some of their people on site to do mock ups and go over designs of specific screens and flows. It was an iterative process where they went back and forth in order to come up with what we wanted to build.

What is the team composition?

I worked directly with Anton (CEO, Clay) and a lead designer who both met with us in person. We communicated with the other designers via email.

How did you come to work with Clay?

I searched online for agencies in the San Francisco area that had good reviews and also looked at portfolios. We talked to a couple design agencies to get information and do an initial vetting. We decided to go with Clay because of the price and process they introduced, as well as for how aligned they were with what we needed.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $20,000–$25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2016 for a month-long engagement.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We definitely liked the direction they went in. They gave us available options, which was nice for us because we were able to look at different ways to think about the flows and design. We eventually hired an in-house lead designer who used Clay’s design templates as a baseline to start work on the app. We definitely used the work they provided.

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

They did pretty well. Anton was very participative in the project and came to the office if they had to discuss something. They would come in and present designs to us rather than over the phone, which was good. We did a lot of the work over email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a very solid design team. They came up with some interesting design angles and had some very creative flows. They work with a lot of different clients. They take the best of best practices from different places in order to see how they can apply them to a new domain.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I didn’t have any issues with them. It’s great to have a design firm that’s engaged, but for companies our size, you want to have someone in-house all the time because of the workload. I enjoyed my work with Clay.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re exceptional in terms of planning the engagement. They’re pretty proactive as well.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were pretty reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Workflow Design For Marketing Company

"I was impressed with Clay's ability to think creatively about a highly technical problem."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

Clay redesigned a core registration process and integrated it with several mobile apps. They also created workflow mockups and a design library. 

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Mike Rich
VP of Product, comScore
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through reliable communication and clear explanations, Clay simplified an unusually complex development project. The agency blended strong technical capabilities with fresh, innovative design skills. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was VP of Product, responsible for the development of multiple consumer-facing product initiatives, including mobile apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Clay?

We needed to integrate a core registration process with many different apps.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to redesign the registration process as a primarily mobile experience. We also wanted to simplify it as much as possible, even though it required some technical steps. Ultimately, we wanted to improve conversion rates.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We initially issued an RFP to a few companies, but were not satisfied with the results or timelines. We later reached out to Clay based on a recommendation from another vendor.

Describe the project in detail.

Clay consulted with us on the most efficient way to present the registration and setup processes to customers. Then they created workflow mockups that showed how these processes would look on both iOS and Android, and built a design library that could be incorporated into our SDKs and given out to external development partners.

What was the team composition?

Our team consisted of a project manager and two designers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Clay brought several suggestions to the table that we wouldn’t have arrived at on our own, such as using animations to help improve conversion. They clearly and easily explained a set of directions regarding the implementation. They also understood the differences between iOS and Android, which were unusually complicated for this project because of the technical nature of our registration process.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The communication was as expected or above average. Clay provided web-based summaries of communication and made it easy to share documents between the teams.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed with Clay's ability to think creatively about a highly technical problem. It is not always easy for a design shop that focuses on creativity to understand technical complexities. But Clay distilled complex concepts into simple steps that our end customers could understand.

4.5
Overall Score Very good team that excels at creating solid mobile designs.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I don't ever recall having a scheduling issue.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We would not normally spend that amount on design work, but in this case we wanted to work with a high-end firm like Clay.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Very good quality overall.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UI/UX Designs for Desktop & iOS Apps

"Both the UI and UX are very high-quality in comparison with other apps."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2016 - Jan. 2017
Project summary: 

Clay served as UI/UX designer for a desktop and iOS business communication application. They crafted a design that solved common industry issues while offering a unique aesthetic. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
Vice President, Venture Fund
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A beta version of the product was launched in the App Store and successfully incorporated into internal communication flows. By listening carefully and thinking creatively, Clay situated many complex features within an accessible structure. Their work ethic and collaborative mindset were exemplary. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the vice president of a venture fund. We are a regular venture fund for investing in small stakes and startups, but we’re also an incubator that develops companies from scratch.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?

We were developing our idea for a communication platform. We wanted a distinct and unique design for the app, and needed a provider who could design our product’s appearance and user experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have in-house development resources, but Clay designed the app’s overall look and user experience. They helped us with both the iOS application and the desktop version.

Another company had created an initial version of the app, but we weren’t happy with it and wanted to pivot away from it. There are a lot of other communication platforms out there. We showed Clay what the app should look like, explained the problems that existing apps have, and had asked them to address all of that. They gave us a lot of new ideas about how we could differentiate ourselves.

Someone else handled the creation of the Android version, but our designers used the iOS version that Clay developed to create the Android app.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Anton Zykin [CEO, Clay] and two other people who took care of the design.

How did you come to work with Clay?

We found them through Behance. We also looked at another two providers, but their designs looked too much like other market players’ work. Clay had won a contest. We chose them because they had shown us something completely different, which was what we wanted.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in September of 2016, and the project was completed in January of 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched it in the App Store a few months ago, but we haven’t started a marketing push yet. It is a business messenger with a very distinct color palette and interface. Everyone within our company has been using it for all internal communication.

Although it is accessible to the outside, it is still in its beta stage. We still want to work on a few other features before launching it to a wider market.

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management was great. They always kept in touch with us and tried to understand what we wanted. They were creating a new product, which isn’t an easy thing to do. We have an unusual approach to task management and communication, so they had to spend a lot of time with us to understand our revisions and give us their perspective. It was a long process, but it was structured well.

They made an InVision prototype, which helped us see how the app would work before we began programming it. After that, we changed a lot of the features in the InVision prototype. They were a few weeks late on a couple of milestones, but that was normal. We’ve worked with a lot of designers who were late by several months, so two weeks is nothing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their understanding of interfaces was great, and their work with color palettes and user preferences was impressive. The app had a lot of complicated features, but they somehow made it work in an accessible way.

It took a lot of time, but they were professional. Both the UI and UX are very high-quality in comparison with other apps. When you work with designers and UX people, they usually look at other apps in the industry and create a hodgepodge of features. Instead, Clay tried to invent something new. A lot of our ideas came from them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so. They gave us a lot of ideas; some were not completely relevant, but they always tried to be helpful.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They are very open and smart. Give them as much information as you can, and they will process it in the right way. Don’t expect them to understand your business. Be open about what you want to do and be as detailed as you can about your product and what you want to build.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We got a good bang for our buck.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I am very likely to recommend them.

UI/UX & Development for Marathon Management Software

"We’d worked with a number of UI designers, but the application Clay provided was the best."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2015
Project summary: 

Clay provided UI/UX design for a registration application for endurance athletes. Following successful implementation, they took on development work, as well.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Louisville, Colorado
Ilya Sterin
Former Co-Founder, Chronotrack
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their attractive designs took ease of use into consideration, resulting in a product with a sizeable user base. Clay values all clients equally, no matter their size. They’re able to operate independently while meeting deadlines and respond to feedback immediately.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the Former Co-Founder of Chronotrack, a tech company operating in the athletic endurance events space. We build race timing hardware for marathons and triathlons, as well as software to manage and score those events.

During my time with the company, we timed, scored and collected data from majority of marathons, triathlons, and cycling events in the United States, as well as a large share of global events.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?

While we had engineering expertise in-house, we initially hired Clay to provide UX design for an application that allows users to register for endurance events.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Clay provided the UI/UX design for the application based on our requirements, but we ended up relying on their development expertise, as well. This allowed us to streamline the project and avoid any communication issues between their design team and our in-house developers.

We described the features we wanted and they created a browser-based HTML5 platform that we integrated with our backend systems. The platform works in conjunction with a native application built by our in-house team.

What is the team composition?

I worked directly with their CEO.

How did you come to work with Clay?

They came highly recommended by a friend who hired Clay to create an online map application. I reached out to them and flew to meet the CEO at their New York office. I was very impressed by him and his team, and while I didn’t have a project in mind at the time, I knew I wanted to work with them in some capacity.

We wanted to test the full range of their design capabilities by giving them a brand new project. When we solidified plans to create the registration application, I contacted Clay right away.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together between January 2015–April 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’d worked with a number of UI designers, but the application Clay provided was the best. Anyone can create an attractive design, but their team took user experience into consideration and provided recommendations for improving navigation.

The platform averaged 500,000 views per month, which was fairly successful given that we were a specialized business. We timed roughly 18 million runners in the United States alone, so a sizeable portion of our audience utilized the application.

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

One of our biggest priorities was to work with a vendor that could operate without day-to-day oversight. Clay’s independence allowed them to get the job done without a lot of handholding. They worked in two-week sprints and I only spoke with them twice during each sprint to give feedback and make any necessary adjustments. Their self-reliance was one of the key reasons we decided to let them to build the product in addition to design.

They were easy to work with, responsive to feedback, and met every deadline.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were a small company, and even though Clay has worked with some of the biggest tech companies in the country, their CEO still took time to get to know our brand. They were engaged, down-to-earth, and had strong communication skills.

I also appreciated their focus on both UI and UX. Lots of vendors say they focus on user experience, but ultimately rely on the client to provide rote design instructions. Clay helped us fine-tune a UX strategy and pushed back against any flawed ideas. That’s what we wanted, a partner to think deeply about the problem and provide an effective solution.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It was sometimes difficult to communicate with their overseas developers, but their CEO always stepped in to provide translations whenever necessary. Their developers were highly skilled, so I was happy to work through these very minor communication issues.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It can be difficult to describe design ideas over the phone, so I recommend starting any project with a face-to-face meeting to go over the initial details. I met with Clay in-person at the beginning and the rest of the project was done remotely, which worked very well for us. This is a strategy I use in my current position when working with remote employees.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met every deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re more expensive than some competitors, but that investment guarantees quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended them multiple times.

iOS App Design for Split Payment App

"Their communication and synergy were great."

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

Clay provided their design expertise for creating an app that enables users to split their checks when dining out. They focused on creating an intuitive and appealing user interface as well as POS integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Vishal Agarwal
CEO, Checkmate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app got positive feedback from users, although it didn’t gain much success due to the lack of marketing efforts. Clay delivered top quality at a great price. Their hands-on approach and ability to contribute ideas and insight besides their design knowledge were much appreciated.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CEO of Checkmate. We have an app for enabling customers to split their check while dining in restaurants with their friends.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Clay?

We needed to design our application.

What were your goals for this project?

We were developing an app from scratch and wanted it to have a polished look as well as an extremely intuitive interface. We wanted to have the functionality of splitting a check in the first iteration of the app, which was a quite complicated thing to do.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked at and interviewed various design firms for this project. We wanted someone with not only the right experience but also the right team to be able to brainstorm with us on this brand new app. They had an appealing process and their team seemed great.

Describe the project in detail.

The idea was to build an iOS app that enabled customers to split their check from within their phone when dining in restaurants. The app would be integrated with POS systems and had to be able to normalize the data coming in from various places. It also had to be very intuitive so that the customers would welcome the chance of not waiting for the waiters to pay for their food.

What was the team composition?

My engineer and I were involved, as well as three team members from Clay.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app was launched but it didn’t get much traction due to lack of marketing. However, the feedback from the people that used it was great.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Their communication and synergy were great.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We really appreciated their team’s hands-on approach as well as their ability to contribute not just with design but with the overall idea of the project.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. Their quality of work, output, speed, and cost were all great.

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

App Design & Development for Real Estate Tech Company

"They’re the best design agency ever."

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

Clay helped conceptualize, design, and develop an iOS app to serve as a personal assistant for first-time home buyers. They focused on creating a seamless UI/UX and went through several design iterations.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
San Mateo, California
Justin Hu
Fmr. VP of Consumer Engagement, Ten-X
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The 30-day retention rate of the app has nearly increased by 30% thanks to Clay’s impeccable work. It has even been called the best-designed app in the industry. Their collaborative approach was crucial in building trust with everyone involved and their design knowledge and skill is unparalleled.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was the VP of consumer engagement in charge of a team at Ten-X, a Google-backed real estate tech company. Our goal was to build a consumer experience for first-time home buyers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Clay?

We needed iOS app development as well as UI/UX and product design.

What were your goals for this project?

Our vision was to build a personal assistant app. We knew what consumers needed but had no idea of how to bring it together into an engaging experience.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We met with several high profile design firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Money was not an issue for us.

Describe the project in detail.

The first week consisted of brainstorming and getting the team aligned with each other. On the second week, we began with a competitive analysis and mood boarding. We then spent several weeks conceptualizing, creating wireframes and going through various iterations of visual design. After all this, we went into the full production of the app.

What was the team composition?

They assigned a project manager and two designers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work has increased our 30-day retention rate by about 30%. We’ve also been widely complimented in the industry as the best designed real estate app out there.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

My team was a little apprehensive of Clay taking over but they were so good in collaborating with us that it all turned out well.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their raw skill and ability to build relationships quickly with people who may feel threatened by them coming in are really impressive. They also really get design.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None!

5.0
Overall Score They’re the best design agency ever.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are incredibly fast. They also have a very dedicated project manager.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re expensive but worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Clay offers the best design out there.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I love these guys!

Mobile User Interface Design for Security Company

"They’re always on standby if we need their help."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Early 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Clay designed 2 iOS and Android apps: an anti-phishing app for web browsers, and an identity theft predictor. The goals were to create simple UI/UX designs for apps with complex backend systems.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
Chantilly, Virginia
Konstantin Bokarius
Head of R&D, Identity Guard
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team is knowledgeable and makes good decisions on UI/UX features. Clay created designs and an interface that has gotten positive feedback from staff. They performed well in terms of project management communication, and professionalism.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I lead the R&D and mobile app engineering teams at Identity Guard. We were one of the pioneers of identity protection in the 1990s. We provided identity protection services, we monitored credit reports and our customer’s information on the dark web, and we provided a lot of other ancillary features and tools. The company is based out of Virginia, but we have a satellite team in Silicon Valley. Our team focuses on R&D into emerging technologies and mobile app development. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Clay?
We needed help on the UI/UX side for our mobile apps, and our company didn't have expertise in-house for how to develop UI/UX in the mobile ecosystem.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?
Clay has worked with us on a couple of projects. One of the projects was an app that delivered anti-phishing features on both iOS and Android. The app basically uses mechanisms in the operating system to block malicious and phishing sites. It’s actually the only app of its kind in both stores where the app provides that protection in the default browser as opposed to forcing the user to use a custom browser. So on iOS you can continue using Safari and our app will help protect your browser, and on Android you can use Chrome or Samsung Internet and stay protected. We wanted the app to be simple on the UI side, but complicated on the internal side to keep everything protected within the default browser. For that project, Clay helped us design a user experience and an onboarding process where Clay created a video that told the user about the app. They helped us establish what the different onboarding screens and main screens of the app should be and how to make it simple for the user. They covered everything from the high level down to the low level, including where the buttons would be positioned. 

The other project we worked on with Clay was an Android and iOS app for a new service called Identity Guard with Watson. The new service is a different flavor from the classic service. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help predict when identity theft might occur and apply those technologies toward the problem of identity protection. Clay did the same thing with us. We just didn't have the resources internally to go through and develop the full design and UX. We sent Clay the designs that our UX lead came up with for the web side, and then Clay worked with us to import those designs over to the mobile platform. We wanted to follow the same kind of rough styles and general UI look and feel, but we wanted to make sure it was mobile friendly. In general, Clay would start coming up with an initial set of wireframes, they’d send us the wireframes, we’d get on a call with our whole mobile team, we’d have the UX lead on the call, and we’d walk through every screen. We provided comments and feedback on what worked and what we wanted to change, and then Clay would take all of that feedback, make changes, we’d set up a call a week later, and we’d go through the latest designs. We went through that two to four times until everybody was happy with the finalized designs, and then our team proceeded to build out the features. That’s kind of the process in a nutshell. 

After having worked with Clay for some time, we do trust them and defer to them when it comes to mobile UX/UI design choices. We know they have a lot of breadth and depth in the industry, and they understand the mobile ecosystem. We trust them to steer our projects in the right direction without necessarily doing any user testing on the forefront. I think the user testing portion of it is more up to us to get feedback from our customers once the apps go live. 

It’s important to keep in mind that Clay didn't do any specific engineering or development for us. We only needed their help on the UI/UX side. Our team has engineers, and we built things based on Clay’s designs. 

How did you come to work with Clay?
To find Clay, we went online and just started Googling and made informed decisions from there. I don't think we had any company in mind. We may have had three or four candidates, and we followed them around and spoke with them. I think we were generally just impressed with Clay’s website and their portfolio. We had a general sense of comfort about working with them after speaking with Clay’s lead.

How much have you invested with Clay?
I think we’ve spent $60,000 or $70,000 between the two projects, maybe a little bit more. 

What is the status of this engagement?
That first project dates back to probably the beginning of 2016. We always keep an open purchase order on our side, and they’re always on standby if we need their help. If we need an asset or something, we’ll make a request, and then they’ll send them our way. We finished this latest project with them about three or four weeks ago, but it’s going to be an ongoing project. We’re going to be adding new features to it and expanding it. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We never did a lot of marketing around the phishing apps, the first project that we worked on with Clay. We developed the apps around certain core features and our company kind of SDKed those features. Now we’re looking at offering them to other businesses so they can integrate them into their own apps. We also want to integrate these anti-phishing features into Identity Guard with Watson Mobile Apps, the second project that we built. The first apps we built were free because we wanted to offer protection at no cost to users. We didn't do a lot of marketing, so we never saw a lot of downloads. If we had done the marketing, we probably would have seen the downloads. 

The project we finished 3 or 4 weeks ago hasn’t seen a lot of enrollments yet, but we’re still doing active development on it and adding features. They’re doing the same thing on the web side. In fact, enrollment is going to be done in the next couple of weeks. You can't even enroll in the product online right at the moment. We haven't had the opportunity to push this app, get users engaged, and drive adoption. I think that’s going to happen over the coming year. As far as metrics go, I don't think there’s much we can show at the moment.

For the first apps we put out, we didn't do a lot of marketing and we weren’t charging anything for the apps, so I don't think there was a lot of drive on our side to get user feedback. For this new project, we haven't had the opportunity yet to enroll a lot of users to be able to get feedback. To be completely honest, I think it’s a little premature to get feedback. The apps were literally released 1.5 to 2 weeks ago. 

I can tell you that on the anecdotal side, our team is happy with the UI for both projects. I think the UI was a little bit simpler on the first project, so I think our focus should probably be on the second one. I can say with confidence everybody at our company who has seen the app is happy with it. It’s a clean and simple design. I don't think we would have been able to achieve the elegant user experience that we have if Clay wasn’t helping us with the project. 

How did Clay perform from a project management standpoint?

Clay performed very well from a project management standpoint. We used them for that first project more than a year ago, and when it came time to do this new project about 5 months ago, there was no question in our mind that we wanted to work with the same group and the same team. They’re very responsive; their team lead responds right away. They’re connected to Slack, so whenever we need something, it’s easy to get ahold of them. We’re typically communicating with three or four people at Clay. The project worked out great, and I can't think of any other issues or red flags that came up during our time working together. They always delivered whenever on whatever they had committed to. They were always there as a group on all of the calls that we had set up. They usually had at least two or three people participating and taking notes. I don't recall anything ever slipping by. If our team mentioned something offhand like, “Hey, let’s make sure we change that color,” or “Let’s change that text there,” they seemed to be on top of things and noting down even the little things that we had discussed on calls. 

What did you find most impressive about Clay?
I guess it’s hard for me to say. To be honest, they’re the only company in their line of work that I’ve worked with. I’ve never had the need to work with a design company on mobile projects before. I can say that if I ever have to work with another company in the future, I certainly hope that I have the same positive experience that I have had working with Clay. They’re professional, they understand the mobile ecosystem, and they understand what a good user experience is like on both iOS and Android. And for a company like ours where we had our own engineering team and we were only using Clay for UX/UI, it was just a very clean working experience, in the way that they provided us fact sets, flows, etc. They crossed their T’s and dotted their I's. It was a great experience for our entire team. 

Are there any areas Clay could improve?
Honestly, nothing comes to mind. We simply didn't have any issues working with Clay as a team. I’m sure they’ll say the same thing about us, despite the fact that they’re our vendor. Their communication was great. I think they’re a great team to use across the board. For a company in our position where we just need help with design and user experience, they did a fantastic job. We didn't have them write any code for us or do any kind of engineering, so I have no idea how they perform on that front. Just from the perspective of UI/UX design, I can't think of anything they would need to improve on. 

5.0
Overall Score Without a doubt, a 5, for all of the reasons that I've mentioned.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Clay never slipped on a deadline when we needed something, and they were prompt. Whether it was a call or a deliverable, they were always on time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For the quality of work, I think it’s worth the money, but they’re on the more expensive side, so I don't know if it’s fair to give them a 4 or a 5.

  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Clay understood the right way to develop a modern app. What they sent us, the flows and the access, were of high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Clay to others. We had a great time working with them, and they produced great work.