Driving digital. Fast.

Fueled by excellence and founded on expertise, Creative27 is a pioneering app development and design powerhouse that has been making waves in the market. Featuring aesthetically creative and functionally distinctive products across platforms, we have certainly carved a new benchmark in this industry.

Our rich portfolio has been the proud recipient of prestigious awards including the CES Innovation Award, IF Design Award, Appy Awards and the Best International Mobile App Award among others.

We turn the digital landscape into a playground. Well, for us it’s a playground. For you it’s new and exciting ways to reach and wow your customers. Through beautiful apps and intuitive user interfaces. Through websites and videos that shift perceptions. We’re your one-stop, multi-award winning design and development shop creating solutions with vitality – breathing new life into what you do. And trust us, we have fun doing it.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • Creative27
    555 W. 5th Street 31st Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    United States
    310.906.2727

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Startups get as just as much space on our whiteboards as Fortune 500 companies. It’s true. We work with both. No matter your business’ size, we’re going to do our thing, which is providing value, expertise, design and development to get your app up and sprinting.

Here are some of the brands we’ve created alongside: Samsung, Sony, Beats by Dre, BBC Worldwide, Tracfone, Bose, US Cellular, Univision, Westfield, BCBG Maxazria Group, Screen Actors Guild, and Speedo among others.

Life Speed

We reimagined personal health management by redesigning the UI and UX for Aucular’s iPhone, tablet, and web app.

Aucular wanted to help people keep track of their personal data, medical records, and bodily statistics all in one place. We brought their vision to life by creating annotated UX scenarios, screens, and in-app funnels for their mobile, tablet, and web portals.

We gave Aucular’s website a brand new look and feel that focused on simplicity, beautiful imagery, and an intuitive layout. We also developed the user interface and experience for Aucular’s mobile app so people can access to their vital records anywhere, anytime, and on the go.

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Our goal WAS to discover the future of mobile music & then encapsulate it inside a beautifully designed app.

Our team led the research process to uncover how people currently use music apps and where there are gaps. With this information, we’ve built the digital jukebox people want, but don’t have yet.

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Penster Docs

Winner of Best Design Mobile App Award Platinum and featured on Entrepreneur, PensterDocs is a cross-platform project that required UI and UXD for Apple’s Watch, iPhone, Android, and the web to help PensterDocs make pet parenting easier and more efficient.

The Research & Discovery Phase with UXD

We kicked off this project by conducting research to discover and understand how people would use the PensterDocs app. Then, we outlined key UX scenarios, screens, features, and funnels that aligned to the app’s top use cases across its wearable, mobile, and web versions.

The Watch and Website User Design Phase

Once our research was complete and the client had accepted our recommendations, we set out to design a stunning and sleek UI for the PensterDocs’ Apple Watch app and its website. Our goal was to create a consistent, intuitive, and well branded experience across all of PensterDocs’ marketing channels. Together, we brought pet care into the 21st...

REOP

Winner of Best Design Mobile App Award.
Rethinking the home buying process for the modern era with custom UI, UXD, QA and development for both iOS & the web.

How do people discover and purchase their dream home on mobile devices and online? We set out to answer this question with in-depth research on the unique role apps and websites play in connecting buyers and sellers of property. Then, we laid out the features, UX scenarios, screens, and flows that made this process even better.

We designed REOP’s website user interface to center around the magnificent properties the company was showcasing. We gave REOP’s website a modern and minimalist look that consisted of stunning visuals, a powerful search tool, and a clutter-free way to display key property details. Buying your dream home just became easier and hassle-free.

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Nominated Platinum Award for Best Social/Lifestyle app by Best Mobile App Awards, District27 is a social app that allows you to meet & connect with people within your surroundings.

Creative27 defined, designed, developed and launched the iOS native mobile app and product landing website.

Creative27 created the branding image for District27 including the logo, icon, messaging, apparel design, promo cards and promo videos.

The Research & Discovery Phase with UXD

We kicked off this project by conducting research to discover and understand how people would use the District27 app. Then, we outlined key UX scenarios, screens, features, and funnels that aligned to the app’s top use cases across its wearable, mobile, and web versions.

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Oeno Vaults

Creative27 partnered with Oeno Vaults to design the User Interface and Experience design of the app including product development and new features implementation. As a result, the launched iOS app won several awards including the Best Mobile App Award, category Silver award.

Oeno Vaults is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility that offers temperature controlled pick-up, cellaring, and shipping services for wine collectors and enthusiasts alike. We designed Oeno’s website and app to match this company’s polished business model. Together, we redefined the way people order and store their favorite wines.

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MNDA

We created a versatile media hub, for iPhones and iPads, to help people find and discover new entertainment in a fast and fun way.

MediaHound wanted to better connect people with the content they love to consume. MediaHound wanted an app that would simplify the search process, surface new discovery tools, and make it easier than ever to share entertaining music, movies, books and shows. We turned this vision into reality by designing a user-friendly, multimedia-rich app that will never leave a user bored.

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Somabar

We led the product discovery, UX, and UI design for this inventive craft cocktail appliance’s iOS and Android apps which has won the 2016 CES Innovation Award in Las Vegas.

Somabar is a groundbreaking company that values performance, precision, and price. They chose to partner with us to do something that has never been done before: create an automated bartending app.

To tackle this project, we first conducted research on the modern home kitchen and then pinpointed the many ways this app could be used. Next, we built a feature list, sitemap, functionality flows, & annotated UX scenarios.

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UI/UX Design for Marketplace App

"The responsiveness was great, with our email being answered within minutes, usually."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sep. 2016 - Feb. 2017
Project summary: 

Creative27 fine-tuned the user interface for an iOS app. They conducted a market analysis in order to rebuild the prototype with a competitive advantage. Features include payments, scheduling, and chat.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Co-Founder, Marketplace App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Creative 27’s design expertise shone through: all stakeholders were impressed with the quality of the user experience. Although added functionalities led to some rushed final months and a timeline overrun, Creative27 had strong project management skills and reliable updates.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a mobile marketplace. I am one of the co-founders of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creative27?

We wanted to fine-tune and redefine the UI/UX of our app. We had already built a very basic prototype, and presented it with the intention of Creative27 polishing it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We plan to develop the app for iOS and Android, but Creative27 has only designed our iOS UI/UX. Before starting the project, Creative27 performed a simple competitor analysis, looking at other apps offering similar services to ours, and presenting different approaches to us.

We needed a specialized group that could redesign our app. Our CTO created a very basic prototype, which we presented to Creative27 in order for them to understand the concepts we were going for, the vision we had, and the flow we wanted to achieve. Creative27 took that prototype and rebuilt it, keeping the same underlying vision.

We had one main point of contact from Creative27. I don’t know how many people worked on our project on the backend, but I believe it was between two and three.

The app is a marketplace for service providers which operate in four different lifestyle categories: fitness, food, style, and social. The idea is that the people offering services in any of these four categories can list their profile on our platform, set their own schedule and rates, and market to their existing clientele through different social media platforms, in order to be booked. The app takes care of payments, scheduling, meetup points, communication and everything in-between.

How did you come to work with Creative27?

We did an online search, initially looking for someone who could take care of UI/UX design as well as full development. We saw some of Creative27’s past work and liked it from a design perspective. We had a few phone calls, and their principal showed us the method they use: breaking development into two parts. The first one consists of defining the product, looking at competitors, UI/UXs that have worked in the past, and starting the process from there.

We did look at other development shops, but we liked Creative27’s approach of defining the product for us, making sure that there would be no gaps in our thoughts, and the flows we wanted to achieve. No other company had the same approach. Most of them would take on a project with the intent of developing, but it didn’t seem like this was Creative27’s number one priority. They didn’t want to push for a full development right out of the gates, but rather define the product, and make sure that everyone was happy with that process. Then, if everything went smoothly, the next step would be to do the actual development.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Creative27 in September 2016. The project was completed in February 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Creative27 provided an InVision prototype that we could load on our phones. We’re using it for display purposes, showing it to investors and to actual development companies with the intention of building a real-life working app.

We had a basic prototype, so Creative27 defined the majority of our user experience. As we continued with the development firm we chose, there were additional screens and flows which had to be accounted for, but around 75% of the work was completed by Creative27.

From a quality perspective, the design was well-received. Everyone we showed it to was impressed by it. A few flows were not thought of, but, given the complexity of our app, Creative27’s work was very high.

How did Creative27 perform from a project management standpoint?

Our contact was on top of everything, from the scheduling of the meetings to letting us know what would be completed each week. The responsiveness was great, with our email being answered within minutes, usually. The main form of communication was GoToMeeting, through which we had screen shares, and saw what Creative27 had been working on. We initially saw wireframes, and, once that step was done, Creative27 started the actual design. Every week, we got to see what updates they completed.

We put very tough guidelines on them, with a very specific budget and timeframe. Towards the end, the schedules weren’t matching up as much as we were hoping, and some parts were not thought about, but I don’t think anyone had had the foresight to think of those. Everything turned out great in the end.

What did you find most impressive about Creative27?

They’re great designers. Going into it, we realized that Creative27 is more of a UI/UX design shop than an actual development one. From what we understood, the majority of their designers are based overseas, and their principal’s expertise is definitely in design. When it comes to the more technical side, there is another team member whom he utilizes.

Are there any areas Creative27 could improve?

From a scheduling standpoint, towards the end, we started feeling that the project was becoming rushed. It may be because of the amount initially quoted to us, and Creative27 may not have realized how much work would be involved. Towards the end, it seemed that they had other projects which had to be started or continued, so it seemed like Creative27 wanted to close our project and get to the next steps. It’s not that they didn’t want to continue with our project, but the initial expectation was a bit different to what ended up happening, from a scheduling standpoint. Instead of four months, the project ended up taking five or six because of all the changes and adjustments which needed to be made.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Creative27?

Not particularly.

4.0
Overall Score They’ve been extremely responsive and willing to help, even after the project was completed. When we needed Creative27 to make certain adjustments to the InVision prototype, they did, even after all payments had been made.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    During development, we realized that certain elements had not been thought of from a booking perspective. Every scenario for client and provider needed to be accounted for.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The estimated amount of time for completing our work was a bit off. Towards the end, things started to feel a bit rushed. As long as the proper amount of time is planned for, everything will be great.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred Creative27 already.

App Dev for Music Collaboration Company

"We received something that’s going to be innovative and has great value in the marketplace."

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

Creative27 created a location-based music iOS app where music artists, producers, can come into a community and communicate. They developed UI functionalities, in-app messaging as well.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Miami, Florida
Howard McIntosh and Clarence Forrester
Founders, TiltSwitch
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team at Creative27 brought the app's vision to life. Their graphic work, punctuality, and willingness to take ownership of the work was very impressive. They exceeded expectations, and the owners are looking forward to bringing their app to market.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Howard Mcintosh: Deter Creations is a mobile application development company, and our product name is TiltSwitch.

Clarence Forrester: It's a location-based platform where you have artists, producers, engineers, singers, and songwriters come into a community and communicate. In the community, a lot of times, people are looking to work and collaborate. It's a difficult process because you don't know where everybody is, or everybody's scattered around. We wanted to find common ground to accommodate the desire to work in a great environment. That's how we came about creating TiltSwitch—to have something innovative and ready for the marketplace.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creative27?

Howard Mcintosh: We were trying to create a mobile application, and do something that nobody has ever done before.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Howard Mcintosh: We were both very hands-on. Creative27 had a very large involvement inside of our project. We had weekly meetings every Tuesday, going over the wireframes, UI [user interface], functionalities, typography, color schemes, and mood boards. We used Omnigraffle, Hibox, and two other technologies. It’s a native app for iOS alone for now. All they do for us is strictly app development. We have our marketing firm we're going with. Right now, we have in our possession an interactive prototype.

Clarence Forrester: We’re implementing a location-based service and in-app messaging to encourage collaboration. We’re also adding a "who's hot this week” and "who's hot this month," along with a category to show off top performers inside of our app. We haven’t gone through beta or QA testing yet. We've interacted with the interactive prototype for a week, and we’re now going to seek investment from investors.

How did you come to work with Creative27?

Howard Mcintosh: We saw Creative27 while going through other firms. They were the most appealing to us because of the awards (e.g., CES 2016 Innovation Award) they've won in the past. We thought they were the best candidates to bring the app to life.

How much have you invested with Creative27?

Howard Mcintosh: It’s been around $25,000. We have a remainder of $100,000 for the actual functionality of the app, so the total cost will be $120,000 total.

What is the status of this engagement?

Howard Mcintosh: We started February 5th, 2017. Last week we received the actual interactive prototype that we can bring to investors. Development of the app is ongoing. The completion of the entire app itself, with the wireframes and everything else completed, will be in another two and a half months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Clarence Forrester: We were just delighted to work with Creative27 on this. In the beginning stages, we were seeking out an agency, and they stood out. Their work was very clean and professional. They just had a different look about the way their projects came out. We wanted to team up and work with Creative27 to bring our vision to life. Not only did they do that but they exceeded that, and we're more than grateful for that. We've been looking forward to the future expanding, building, and adding on to what we have already created.

How did Creative27 perform from a project management standpoint?

Clarence Forrester: Creative27 has been on time and punctual. We used Hibox for communication and project management. If we did have any questions, they were right on top of it and made the adjustment right away. We didn't have to wait for anything. On our end, that's how we like to work as well; we're very punctual and get the job done. Teaming up and finding someone that can actually mirror those same attributes were very beneficial to the entire project.

What did you find most impressive about Creative27?

Clarence Forrester: Their graphic work, their punctuality, their willingness to take it on as their own and bring it to the market, and show off for us a little bit; has all been impressive. They're doing a great job at that, and we're positive that we're going to be able to create a leverage where we can get an award, as they’ve done plenty of times in the past.

Are there any areas Creative27 could improve?

Clarence Forrester: Honestly, I have nothing to suggest. Creative27 is one of the top leading digital agencies in California, and I think that's for a reason. They've been very helpful on any problem, and we definitely want to work with them in the future on any other projects.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Creative27?

Clarence Forrester: If you have an idea, jump on it as soon as possible. You’ve got the right team to bring it to life for you and will get you out of your comfort zone and procrastination.

5.0
Overall Score Creative27 is very professional. They’re responsive and hands-on. We know where we are so we're ahead of schedule. We appreciate that. We received something that’s going to be innovative and has great value in the marketplace, so we're excited about that.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Creative27 is the best. They've been right on time every single time, and that's amazing because not everybody follows those principles and rules.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We knew we were working with the best of the best, and we received a product that reflects that. We're very excited to continue, having a bright future with this product is what we're all about. Creative 27 did their job, and we're very thankful for that.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Second to none, Creative27 has been outstanding and exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I definitely recommend Creative27 to any other entrepreneur looking to bring their dream to life.

UX/UI Dev for Mobile Video Streaming Project

"I will definitely hire Creative27 again."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2012 -Sep. 2013
Project summary: 

Creative27 created an UI/UX design application based on existing wireframes.  for a global electronic company. The app targets streamable content for tablets, phones, and TVs. 

The Reviewer
 
1001-5000 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Live Lead Marketing Co-Partner, Social Media Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Creative27 highlighted their ability to make collaboration easy; they defined the scope and the project well and were flexible to reorienting the project. While this project did not need creativity, the client urges prospective clients to explore Creative27's creative abilities. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We work on content partnerships and live social media marketing for a multinational conglomerate focused on consumer electronics.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creative27?

We needed help creating the UI [user interface] and UX [user experience] design for a new tablet, phone, and TV application which we were developing. It was intended for people watching Netflix-type content, but also for linear television.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We put product requirements together on our side and delivered them to Creative27's team, who created a new UI. We did have an in-house design but wanted to add more functionalities to it, while simplifying the user experience at the same time. This is where Creative27 really helped us, reducing the amount of screen necessary for onboarding and cramming more features at the right time. We have also worked with Creative27 on a product video. Everything was channeled through Vasile Tiplea, their product director. I don't know how many people worked on our project.

Creative27 didn't provide any marketing services for us, although I do know that this is something they offer. We didn't need this at the time since we had those resources in-house.

Our internal team did the development.

How did you come to work with Creative27?

Creative27's founder was my art director at a previous company. When I joined my current group, I brought Creative27 along. We considered other companies, but I knew that Vasile and his team would be the right fit for our needs.

How much have you invested with Creative27?

The cost of Creative27's work was around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Creative27 in October 2012. The project duration was at least six months, ending in September 2013. We kept in touch for on-and-off maintenance work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Creative27's work was great. We initially engaged on a one-on-one basis with Vasile Tiplea for some creative work for marketing. The relationship kept growing, and more departments kept leveraging their services. The quality of the work was always spot on, and Creative27's communication was effective as well.

How did Creative27 perform from a project management standpoint?

Creative27 has always tried to get as much information upfront as possible and were good at asking the right questions. They challenged us to provide this information ahead of time. After we had agreed on a direction, Creative27 started the work and gave us constant status updates. If I ever have a need for this type of project, I will definitely hire Creative27 again.

What did you find most impressive about Creative27?

The ease of collaboration was what I found most impressive. Beyond just hiring Creative27 for my company, I knew Vasile Tiplea as a person, since he was my creative director. The reason for continuing to work with him was his ability to define the scope of projects and flexibility in reorienting the work. The quality of Creative27's work and their delivery time were also remarkable.

Are there any areas Creative27 could improve?

I've worked with other creatives which sometimes came up with mind-blowing results based on very little direction from us but also delivered completely wrong designs. Creative27's team prefers to have as much information as possible upfront. Vasile drives the process and the scope of the project. That may have changed, but they were not known for the free-flow of the collaboration at the time. This is not necessarily a negative comment; it was simply the experience I had with them. A little bit of craziness was missing, like giving them carte blanche and a budget to come up with a completely different design.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Creative27?

There is an opportunity for pushing the envelope with Creative27. They're very good at filling clients' requests, but they need to be pushed a bit in order to go outside of the boundaries. I've worked with other agencies who were better in this regard. There needs to be a balance between the artistic and creative aspects, and the integration with APIs and other technicalities, so there is a limit regarding how creative we can be.

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