What was the scope of their involvement?
Originally, El Passion made the designs in Sketch and then they put them on InVision for me to review. Once I approved the designs, they built the software in React.js. One of my products is an exchange trading venue.
We didn’t have the skill set internally to design and develop the UI. We tasked El Passion with creating a slick, clean frontend UI for traders to log in and view order decks, a chart of prices, and the available pairs to trade.
What is the team composition?
We've been through a few projects together at this point, but they assigned one designer and one developer for our first project. They brought in a senior developer to help with a particularly sticky problem at one point.
How did you come to work with El Passion?
Globally, developers charge a range of prices. I considered other firms in the US and India. El Passion was in the mid-tier for pricing, which was important, but we hired them based on their response to my initial queries. I sent out a standard set of questions to several vendors.
The way El Passion responded showed me they'd read and understood the brief properly. When I progressed to a call with their team, they were immediately engaging. They offered responsive, great communication and we clicked immediately.
How much have you invested with them?
It's been a little bit piecemeal as one project turned into another over the course of a few months. In total, we're spent around $30,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in June 2018. The initial project is done. El Passion is currently helping us white label our products for clients. Occasionally, clients have specific demands for a web application. In those cases, I ask El Passion to have their designers create mockups of screens and graphics. If the client approves the designs, I ask them to develop them. We're going to have an ongoing partnership.