We help companies make digital products

We help big organizations, small startups with great ideas, and everyone in-between to build amazing apps, products, and services.

Over the past 10 years, we've helped more than 100 companies build products that are used by people across different industries.

Clients approach us at many different stages in the life of their product. As a result, we've built a diverse team of world-class UX and UI designers, web and mobile developers, project managers, and quality assurance folks to ensure that we can meet any challenge.

We're one of the few studios in the world that can take a product idea from napkin sketch to a real world product. Don't you trust our words? Take a look at what our clients and their customers are saying.

Have a great new product idea and nobody to start building it? We’d love to help. Get in touch.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2004
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • 284 Ellsworth Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Gett, PubNub, Culver Academies, C-Net, eBay, illumina, Amdocs, Nokia, Club One, Georgetown University, Gwynnie Bee, Tickeron, and many more

PubNub Helping to work with global Data Stream Network

PubNub set out in 2009 to develop a Data Stream Network for developers to build realtime apps as easily as building a web page. The PubNub Data Stream Network powers thousands of apps, streaming 1.9 Trillion messages to over 330 million devices a month. PubNub let developers spend their time on what they do best... creating killer realtime apps!

PubNub reached out to us to help them simplify user interface and data visualizations of Administrator Dashboard which helps their customers better manage PubNub applications.

My Dante – an innovative platform for deep reading

Our collaboration with Georgetown University was truly a dream project: creating an innovative platform for deep reading course. The unique aspect of the course is that it’s the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

MyDante platform encourages readers to experience the poem as a journey that is both profoundly personal and meaningfully shared. MyDante is built on a conceptual framework that emphasizes mindfulness and contemplative reading habits as key to deriving lasting meaning from poetic texts.

Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee is a clothing rental subscription service for women sizes 10-32.

The service helps women discover, experience and enjoy great clothing without limitations by offering the most up-to-date looks all in one place.

Members receive about $900 to $1,200 worth of clothing each month, and unlimited free shipping and exchanges for an affordable flat monthly fee.

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Ongoing Design Work for Cloud-Based Health

"They’re a quality studio, so feel free to trust their expertise."

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

D.Workz Interactive provides ongoing design work for a healthcare platform. They’ve produced extensive wireframes to ensure third-party developers create an effective user experience.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
CEO, Telehealth Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Recently acquired by a venture capitalist, the platform D.Workz designed matched professional expectations, requiring few updates. Unlike other vendors, D.Workz completes tasks on time, often under budget. Knowledgeable about both design and development, their team provides expert guidance.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of an online telemedicine platform and marketplace that creates an ecosystem for doctors, patients, and products.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with D.Workz Interactive?

It’s hard to find technical help from a design and creative standpoint. As a startup, we don’t have enough money to hire in-house staff, so we have to go out to agencies and studios to find people.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

D.Workz guided the entire design process. They came up with the underlying structure and provided extensive wireframes. While we used the in-house resources of an investor to develop the product, the layout was built to the specifications set up by D.Workz. Additionally, they’ve recently updated some designs for me.

What is the team composition?

I spoke with 5–6 team members in the beginning. Michael (Technical Director/Co-Founder, D.Workz Interactive) served as our project coordinator. We were also assigned a skilled UI/UX designer and a few back- and frontend developers.

How did you come to work with D.Workz Interactive?

I’ve found that most vendors overpromise and under deliver, which can cause problems for startups. We considered D.Workz along with a handful of companies. It was clear that they were different than other studios, so we hired them right away.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $20,000-$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2017 and our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were recently picked up by a celebrity venture capitalist (VC). While their PR team has done extensive work to fine tune our digital presence, they found that D.Workz Interactive’s designs were already professional and on par. This is unusual, since our VC insisted on substantial redesigns for our other products.

How did D.Workz Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

Unlike other studios I’ve worked with in the past, they produce quality deliverables on time and under budget.

What did you find most impressive about them?

In addition to their strong design skills, they’re very knowledgeable about the development process and make themselves available, answering any questions I have.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have no negative feedback.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re a quality studio, so feel free to trust their expertise.

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
    I’m very likely to recommend them.

Usability Design & Implementation for Financial Services Company

“They’re able to solve complex usability problems that others can’t.”

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

After numerous companies failed to deliver, D.Workz took over UX design and other tasks. They improved an existing interface and collaborated on further usability solutions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Reno, Nevada
Andrey Pogodin
VP Software Engineering, Tickeron
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

D.Workz understands more than just design; they also understand business logic and add immense value to any product management team. They meet expectations and excel at business app design.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the vice president of software engineering for Tickeron, a financial services and tools provider for retail investors and traders.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with D.Workz Interactive?

We needed help designing usability solutions. We provide a complex set of business elements (like portfolios), which can be used in a variety of ways, and we didn’t know how to make the process easier for users. We’d partnered with a few different agencies but hadn’t had a good experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

D.Workz has done a few different projects, one of which was redesigning our existing user interface. Our internal team developed the initial version of a module in our web application that manages, reallocates, and analyzes portfolios. However, it was basic and hard to use, so D.Workz began working on it.

We explained the business details, created an account for them on the platform, and walked them through the steps a regular user would take. They then came up with a style guide and found a solution for presenting the same functionality in a completely different way—one which was usable. After a few iterations, we came up with a decent solution.

What is the team composition?

We interfaced with D.Workz’s founder and creative director, who employed 2–3 people for the design work. He made all the usability and creative decisions that his team implemented.

How did you come to work with D.Workz Interactive?

A friend (who’s the CTO of a startup) recommended them. D.Workz had helped him make good usability decisions, which was exactly what I was looking for, so we met with and hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, the total cost is between $50,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since September 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve made guidelines, standard component sets, responsive pages, etc. I’m pleased with their work.

How did D.Workz Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

We made the major project management decisions. They met our expectations and managed their own subcontractors and employees well. We originally used Skype for communication, and a standard project management tool along with a mockup tool for design exchange.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re able to solve complex usability problems that others can’t. Their major strength is business application design—it’s what I recommend them for.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would be beneficial if they created movies and other kinds of marketing materials.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Don’t be afraid to explain the business logic behind your application. D.Workz will understand those concepts, which isn’t the case for 90% of similar vendors. They’ll be the most useful if you treat them as a full member of the product management team.

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
    I've referred them to a friend.

Digital Design for Video Journaling App

"They are pleasant, amazing people that work hard and deliver."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

D.Workz worked very closely with the client to design the user interface of their video journaling application. They have designed 6-7 additional features since launch.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Dublin, California
Edreece Arghandiwal
CEO, Jurni
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customer feedback in the App Store praises the design and flow of the app. Open and honest communication, passion for the project, and quality of work distinguish D.Workz from other design agencies.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m CEO and co-founder of Jurni, a video journaling application focused on authenticity and emotions. Part of the reason why I built this platform was to provide a safe place for people. They can journal about the things that they don’t normally talk about on other platforms, whether it is a pregnant mother going through pregnancy, an individual training for a marathon, or someone that just wants to speak their mind. Jurni is a platform that democratizes the storytelling process.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with D.Workz Interactive?

I’m an avid producer and consumer of content on social media. Some of the fundamental problems that I experienced were the fact that a lot of the content that we were consuming and producing were reflections of who we wanted to be, not necessarily who we really were as people. Creating an authentic medium for interaction and storytelling via video was the primary problem that we wanted to solve.

The starting premise of it is you have to have a design of the application, a prototype, to be able to prove the value of your product before you actually spend big bucks developing. Establishing a relationship with D.Workz meant them working collaboratively with me to create a user interface and experience that rung well with the branding that I co-created. That was the premise of why we reached out to D.Workz.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

D.Workz is a design firm and they also do development services. The service that we leveraged from them was the design services. A couple of individuals from their team worked very closely with us to design the entire application. That process entailed me prototyping it, drawing it out, sketching it, and working very closely with them. We figured out each screen one by one and created a user interface and experience that worked. This entailed designing everything in the app and wireframing. We created flow maps to make sure that the entire application was in line with the experience that we wanted. It also entailed doing some creative thinking to make sure that our product was being designed with cutting-edge innovation.

There were several phases. The first phase was sitting down with our team and understanding our vision for the product. We communicated this via the wireframes, prototyped images, and sketches that I developed. They took those and they created an actual design for the app. They designed the entire app for us, but their work did not include developing services. It was just designing the application so that the user interface offers the experience that we wanted.

This happened in phases. We broke up the project into 10 to 15 different segments—the public feed, the private feed, profiles, comments—and we split it up into the major features of our app. They designed based on the features that we wanted. Every time they completed a feature, they would check in with us. We would provide feedback and they would iterate. Once the entire project was completed—in the span of 2 months—we did one overall rundown of the entire application. After making final adjustments to the design, we handed them off to our development team. Our dev team then essentially coded the design into something real.

How did you come to work with D.Workz Interactive?

Design work is probably one of the most tedious and important parts of creating an application. That’s because it’s really a matter of having a product that works well with users. Users should think that it is beautiful, easy to use, and functional. For us, outsourcing that part of the project was not an option. We wanted to keep it inside of America, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area. After vetting 10, 15, 20 different organizations within the Bay Area, I felt most comfortable with Stas. Mainly, that’s because of his ability to work on a retainer basis with us. He was also realistic with his timelines and our budget. The type of work that he’s done in the past gave us faith that he could deliver on his word. The other big thing is there was a lot of references they gave us and a lot of different projects they worked on, and they’ve proven that their design leads to positive business value. After several months of vetting, making sure that the communication was proper, we ended up with D.Workz. First, because of their work ethic; second, because of their honesty and authenticity; and lastly, because of their track record.

How much have you invested with D.Workz Interactive?

I don’t know the exact number, but I believe it ranges from $20,000 to $25,000 so far. This is for design work and follow-up features that we’ve had in the past 8 to 9 months.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from August 2015 to October 2015. Once we had all of their completed work—this is the initial design of the application—we then took it and handed it off to developers overseas so that they could develop the app. We ended up finishing the entire app December of 2015. We tested it January 2016 and released our product in February. Since our launch, we’ve gone back to D.Workz for several different features that we’ve done for our product. There have been about 6 or 7 features since February that required hefty design work and we went back to D.Workz for that work. They managed to deliver all of those features on a timely basis the way we expected.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I can’t regurgitate everything people have said, but if you just go to the App Store and look at our reviews, there’s about 76 positive reviews, 5 out of 5. A lot of them talk about the design of the application, and how well it flows, and how easy it is to use. That’s a testament to their work.

Secondly, just general feedback, whenever we onboard people onto the app, we’ve gotten approximately 8,000 organic downloads and about 50% of our users are active. This is all organic growth. We haven’t done any elaborate marketing campaigns or anything. It’s just been organic niche communities telling each other about it and them highly engaging with the app. That’s a testament to the design.

With design, it’s very tough to put metrics on because it’s such a subjective thing. Everyone has a different opinion of a product, but we’ve done a relatively good job of making sure that the design is neutral. We’ve also made sure that it appeals to anyone that comes on and it’s easy to use. The metrics, downloads, engagement activities, as well as overall feedback, actual reviews, and what people tweet and message on Facebook, all of that’s been positive.

How did D.Workz Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

It was excellent. There were no communication barriers. Their team was very honest and upfront. Every time I’ve needed to talk to them, they’ve been available. Every time there’s been a deliverable, they’ve clearly communicated. The assets and the content are always provided in a timely manner. They’ve never missed on a deliverable. When they say they’ll get it done, they do get it done.

What did you find most impressive about D.Workz Interactive?

It’s their overall ability to really believe in the projects that they take on. They have an interesting approach. They make sure that the project that they take on is something that they’re very passionate about. That’s what separates them from a lot of different other organizations. Other organizations tend to take on projects that bring in the revenue, but for Stas and the rest of the D.Workz team, it’s more so to see a vision through and see it become something successful.

Their overall belief in the projects that they take on and their ability to care for the success of the project is what really brings value to the table. There’s a lot of candor in their feedback. They’re fearless with giving the responses that normal founders wouldn’t want to hear. I would sometimes want certain design features and they would bring in their expertise and say, “This is probably not the best thing for your application. It might not lead to the most optimal thing.” Their ability to be honest and open about those things is what really makes me love their work.

Are there any areas D.Workz Interactive could improve?

None. I’ve had a very positive experience. There’s been no room for error. They’ve always been open with communication. I can’t really think of anything right now on the top of my mind that I would say they need to improve. For me to say they need to improve on something would just be forcing it.

5.0
Overall Score They are pleasant, amazing people that work hard and deliver. I would work with them again if I had the budget.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve never missed on a deliverable. Every time I’ve needed them, they’ve been available. There have been no mishaps in communication. Everything has always gone as planned. Maybe that’s a testament to my management, but I think it’s two-way.
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s tough to be able to complete the work that we did with D.Workz if we didn’t have a proper budget of $20,000 to $25,000. Just from my personal experience there, for their work, it’s expensive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It’s led to very positive things for our business.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Absolutely, but they would have to be within the proper budget and bandwidth.

Cloud Platform Development for Contract Negotiation Platform

"They're extremely professional and produce high-quality work."

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

D.Workz Interactive assisted with ideation, then designed the user experience and, finally, developed a cloud-based contract negotiation platform.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
CEO, Parley Pro
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customers consistently compliment the ease of use and attractiveness of the platform. D.Workz was committed to the client's success, never missed a deadline, and provided expert guidance throughout the engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the co-founder and CEO of ParleyPro, a cloud-based construction negotiation platform. We help companies make their contracting fast, transparent, and more collaborative.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with D.Workz Interactive?

When we approached D.Workz, we didn't have a product in place. We just had an idea for a product. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

D.Workz was very instrumental in helping us conceptualize the product. First, we approached them with a PowerPoint presentation that documented our ideas. They created the UX processes and were able to transform our vision into a real product. We now have a cloud-based platform where businesses can upload their contracts and conduct negotiations. In addition to that, we have a reporting module where we provide visual analytics to help our clients manage contracts and their negotiations.

They developed the interface of the platform and were very instrumental in the way it looks and feels right now. D.Workz now acts as an adviser to our company. They perform audit and provide recommendations on how to improve our platform.

How did you come to work with D.Workz Interactive?

Initially, we interviewed 10 companies. What attracted us to D.Workz was the clarity of their thinking and the clarity of their previous work. We really enjoyed the project that they were involved with previously because it matched our expectations for our product.

How much have you invested with D.Workz Interactive?

We spent $50,000 to $200,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working on our product around March or April 2015. While the project has been completed, our engagement with them is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We do have feedback from customers and industry leaders that the UI they created for is extremely beautiful. The first thing the people mention when we're showing them the product is how beautiful the UI is. They comment that it is clear and innovative. Plus, people find it easy to understand everything on our platform. That's the first thing that people mention to us about our product.

How did D.Workz Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

It was excellent. They never missed a deadline. The project was delivered on time and on budget. We worked directly with one of the co-founders of D.Workz and he was superb. We used Slack and Jira to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about D.Workz Interactive?

They are committed to their client's success, that's why we selected them and why we continue working with them. They're extremely professional and produce high-quality work. On a side note, they are very nice people to work with. Our experience with them was superb.

Are there any areas D.Workz Interactive could improve?

Not really; we were extremely pleased with their work.

5.0
Overall Score It was superb.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a date.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    As I mentioned to you before, we're extremely happy with the work they performed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We are recommending them quite a lot because we're extremely happy with them.