What was the scope of their involvement?
Our collaboration with eLEOPARD started with design and branding, but we’ve actually progressed to having them do all our UI design in close cooperation with a colleague of mine, who’s in charge of spec’ing and wireframing. He passes the material to eLEOPARD’s team, and they typically come back with a number of proposals and take us through the whole process, including the delivery of the code, graphics, and everything else so that the developers on our end can integrate those elements into the product.
eLEOPARD produces mockups of various interfaces for us to choose from, including the actual layouts, coloring, and styles, which typically are based on the wireframes we provide. Once we agree on the actual choice, they see it through all the way, delivering the CSS and HTML code we need in order to develop the output again in our own environments.
We typically interface with 1 person from their team, who communicates to the rest of their organization. We appreciate having a single person who really understands what we want and what we do. He’s also hands-on and does some of the work himself, aside from the 6–7 other people he manages.
How did you come to work with eLEOPARD?
We use 4–5 different outsourced companies in different capacities. I believe we met eLEOPARD after making a post on a freelancing site. We liked their style and layout for our logos the best. We have experience using German, French, Polish, Indian, and American groups. Certain cultural differences can lead to different results than what we would expect, but eLEOPARD as a company delivers a modern and up-to-date style that we like.
How much have you invested with eLEOPARD?
The cost of their work for the past year was between $200 and $1,000 per month. The overall cost has been around $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
My email archive for the conversations with eLEOPARD dates back to mid-2014, which is when I think we started working together. We have ongoing work on a monthly basis.