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Grind is a web studio, creator of exceptional UI concepts and effective user experience. Our every day mission is to help product businesses to develop and setup their online presence in order to grow faster.

We create amazing web products for brands which you love. We love the products we create which helps us to progress with passion and mission to impact the online experience of the user with state-of-the-art solutions. We create digital adventure for users of our customers. For us building a product is a process of individual and unique solutions.

Grind is committed to help you to grow your business. Let our team becomes your partner in creating your new identity. … Our story continues and you are part of it.

Specialties: Web design, Motion design, User experience design, Responsive design, Front-end development, Back-end development, Native apps development

Located in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Key clients: 

Progress Software, Hyundai Bulgaria, AT&T, Generali, UNIQA, Publicis, Alibaba, McDonalds

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Multiple Development Projects for Educational Media Group

"They did an outstanding job designing the website and platform."

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

Grind Web Studio provided wireframes, frontend/UX design, pictures, and frontend HTML code for an MBA orientation platform. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Sofia, Bulgaria
Marin Aganderov
Product Development Director, Advent Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The updated website has already achieved 150,000 registered users. Grind Web Studio's design and development efforts were well received and contributed heavily to the platform's successful completion. The team is punctual, responsive, and professional. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the product development director at Advent Group, an educational media group.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Grind Web Studio?

We were developing our AI algorithms on a platform that orientates MBA candidates to make the best possible choice for their MBA program. We needed someone to develop the frontend of the platform. We have a number of other services on the website and we needed very skilled designers to make the best possible user experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We hired them to create the platform for MBA orientation. We gave them the directions of the services that we have. We developed an AI algorithm and they needed to propose to us how to visualize the results that are coming from this AI matching algorithm. They used Sketch. They did the frontend design, the pictures, as well as the HTML code for the frontend. They provided the wireframes.

We have a section of our website dedicated to webinars. They developed the functionality for users to sign up for the webinars that we’re organizing. They also visualized our cultural success. We developed organizational behavior studies that studies the life inside the business school communities. They made a visualization of this. We also have our consulting session of the platform and they designed the place where the users are conducting our orientation experts.

What is the team composition?

Our closest point of contact was Ivo (Art Director, Grind Web Studio) as well as the owner of the company. The designer was our account manager and always there for us answering our questions and receiving our feedback. The owner managed the business part of the project.

How did you come to work with Grind Web Studio?

I worked with them before and knew that they were great professionals. When this project came up, I was sure they were the right ones to do it.

How much have you invested with them?

20,000 euros (approximately $22,000 USD) 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January until April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were awesome. All the functionalities in the frontend that they developed was put on the web without any interference from our side. Our IT team just needed to connect the dots. They were outstanding. We had to do almost no corrections from their design. We’ve already signed 10 of the top business courses worldwide; a couple of them being from The Ivy League. We have over 150,000 registered visitors on the website. The impact for our business is significant. They did an outstanding job designing the website and platform.

How did Grind Web Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management was excellent. They were very strict in terms of delivering on time and in budget. They’re a very reliable partner. They were very responsive. I’d send my feedback in the morning and by mid-day I received a corrected version. We communicated via Skype.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very responsive and professional.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I’d have them improve.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Listen to the advice you receive. They know their job.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered everything we wanted.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Real Estate Marketing Company

“Their capacity to work with big data goes far beyond that of similar vendors.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

Grind Web Studio built out an advanced web platform using PHP, HTML, and other technologies. The current version converts large data sets into a useable interface. They also designed a company website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, UK
Piers Maughan
CEO, SmartScope Marketing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Grind Web Studio delivered an exceptional platform. Their designers created an intuitive UI/UX that encourages customer engagement. As a result of their work, half of all demo users become paying clients. They’re a highly-skilled team that utilizes a transparent approach to project management.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of SmartScope Marketing. We’ve built a SaaS platform that assists real estate agents with direct marketing activity. By gathering and analyzing data, we’re able to predict which properties should be targeted with marketing material.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Grind Web Studio?

We needed a qualified development firm to build our platform from the ground up. Ideally, we were looking for a company that works with large data sets.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Grind Web Studio has been working with us since the beginning. Shortly after I founded the company, they signed on to construct our web platform. The current product was built using PHP and HTML. They also worked with my business partner to integrate specific technologies that aggregate data.

The core of our business is the market data that we gather in-house, but the web platform functions as the mechanism through which we can service clients. The system filters billions of data points into a responsive interface that updates in real-time. They also designed and developed our company website. That page essentially functions as an online business card.

What is the team composition?

We communicated with one designer and one developer.

How did you come to work with Grind Web Studio?

My brother worked with them in the past and recommended them highly.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around £30,000 (approximately 39,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from January 2017–January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Grind Web Studio created a highly polished platform. They designed and implemented a user-friendly interface. Nearly 50% of people who experience our demo become paid clients.

How did Grind Web Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

I was effectively managing the engagement, so I spoke with them daily. Since they were building the platform from scratch, the project required almost constant interaction between our two groups. As a result, they on-boarded my team into their project management software to make communication easier. We appreciated not having to go through multiple management layers to interact with critical personnel. Our assigned developer was always available via phone or Skype calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their capacity to work with big data goes far beyond that of similar vendors. That factor is key to our success as a business. They’re also a productive team that offers competitive pricing. I plan on going to them first with future development projects.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there isn't anything from my point of view. They’re brilliant.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have open communication channels and provide clear briefing documents.

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 recommend them to colleagues without hesitation.

Game Development & Design for Gambling Platform

"Their design team is a definite strength. The finished product is quite impressive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Grind Web Studio designed the frontend components of a web-based slot machine game. Their team created all graphic elements, coordinated all sound effects, and integrated the game with an existing API.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Malta
Raphael Di Guisto
Head of Games, Elephant Games
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The final product is still in the integration phase, but Grind Web Studio has already delivered a high-quality prototype that has led to an agreement with a game distributor. The team’s design capabilities are notable, and its project management approach makes for an organized engagement.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the head of games at Elephant Games, which offers online gaming and gambling software in regulated markets in Europe.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Grind Web Studio?

We reached out to Grind Web Studio to design the frontend of one of our first game prototypes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We decided on a traditional design for our web application slot game—gems and royal symbols. In addition to delivering those graphic elements, we relied on them for the in-game sound and special effect sounds. They combined all aspects of the design using JavaScript Game Engine and Phaser.io. Once complete, they integrated this game engine with an existing API.

What is the team composition?

We’re working with two designers, one sound designer, a project manager, and a developer.

How did you come to work with Grind Web Studio?

We met through a friend of mine that had worked with Grind Web Studio in the past and had a successful project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in July 2018 and remains ongoing as we continue the integration process. I’d estimate we are more than 90% complete at this point.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The online gambling market in the United States is different from how it is in Europe. Instead of this being a standalone application, it will be offered by licensed gambling operators. Our application is not live, but the prototype Grind Web Studio has delivered allowed us to secure an agreement with a distributor to take the game to licensed gambling operators.

How did Grind Web Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate well through emails, Google Docs, and Skype calls. They are not specialists in gambling software, so there was a learning curve for them, but they generally understood our feedback and developed new iterations quickly. The project took slightly more time than we originally estimated, but in the end, we’re very happy with the product.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their design team is a definite strength. The finished product is quite impressive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I attribute the delays in our project only to their inexperience working with games like this. I’m hopeful that if we work with them in the future, they’ll be able to complete the design faster.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would caution against discrediting their team just because they are remote. They’re talented, and they know what they’re talking about.

4.5
Overall Score The overall experience has been successful.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’re pleased with the quality, but it’s taken a little longer than we expected.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s not an insignificant amount of money, but the price is well worth it for the quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The final result is exactly what we expected.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d recommend them on the basis of their quality and the ease of communication.

Web Development for Real Estate Agency

"They think critically about what they’re asked to do and find the best solution to meet a customer’s needs."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Grind Web Studio built a website for a real estate agency. The team created a complex CRM system. The frontend includes an easy-to-use UI and specialized search modules. They now provide updates. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Sofia, Bulgaria
Pascal Duffy
Owner, First Estate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site became an industry leader for its usability and visual appeal. It received positive user feedback and saw increased organic traffic. Grind Web Studio makes collaboration effortless. Customers can expect an expert team that responds quickly and provides innovative solutions to challenges.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of First Estate. We’re a real estate agency that deals in residential and commercial properties in Sofia.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Grind Web Studio?

We wanted to create a website that stood out from our competitors. We engaged Grind Web Studio to build an innovative site that had visual appeal and an easy-to-use interface.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first worked together to develop a wireframe of our envisioned site. We knew we wanted an elaborate yet usable backend; Grind Web Studio created a foundational CRM system onto which they’ve built new modules over time. The team also created responsive features for our frontend. One program uses Google Maps to perform searches for real estate listings within a custom-drawn area. Another search module allows users to find properties ‘near me’; it uses their IP address to locate the closest properties based on a pre-selected range. Also, Grind Web Studio created a saved search feature that emails customers automatically when new properties pop up that match their searches. These modules were rare on local real estate agency sites at the time.

What is the team composition?

Ivaylo (Founder and Business Development, Grind Web Studio) serves as our project manager. Victor (Founder and Designer, Grind Web Studio) collaborated with us on the design and turned our ideas into a functional website.

How did you come to work with Grind Web Studio?

A friend of mine in the IT industry recommended Grind Web Studio to me. At our first meeting, the team offered an excellent quote that matched our needs and allocated budget.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $10,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2014, and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Grind Web Studio finished the CRM system and website by June 2014, and we went live in September. After its launch, the site received praise for its accessible interface and visual appeal. It set the standard for our competitors. Our share of organic traffic also increased to more than half of our total traffic since we engaged Grind Web Studio. They continue to update the site and add modules as needed.

How did Grind Web Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They are highly accessible and responsible. We keep in touch via email and phone. Any time that I need something done, I can reach out to their team, and they will respond quickly, even if it’s a last-minute request.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Grind Web Studio responds quickly and fulfills their promises. The team also suggests alternative approaches to tasks and offers fresh ideas to solve challenges proactively. They think critically about what they’re asked to do and find the best solution to meet a customer’s needs.

Are there any areas they could improve?

At the start of our engagement, Grind Web Studio admitted that they weren’t strong in SEO. However, we’re highly satisfied with the work they’ve done for us overall.

Any advice for potential customers?

As with any web developer, take more time on your wireframe than you initially anticipate. It’s an extremely important process that will benefit your website down the road.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They regularly meet our timelines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re highly satisfied with the range of services they provide.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them to colleagues daily.