Digital & Branding Agency
Iktomi is an innovation agency focused on growth. We are committed to solving business challenges through better execution by design. We believe that a superior user experience through a combination of design thinking and data analytics can provide a true competitive advantage to our clients, partners and investments.
Our collaborative and partnership based approach with our clients helps us assist them in bringing their projects to life and truly communicating and connecting with their customers through their entire brand life-cycles.
Our team comprises of multicultural regional and international designers, strategist and consultants with over 15 years of experience in branding, communications and digital disciplines.
We firmly believe a consistent strategic approach leads to consistently better results and we channel our creativity and provide our design services with a careful balance of strategic thinking and practical implementation.
UAE Prime Ministers Office, Masat, JLL, Google, MBC Group, Qualcomm, Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment, Dubai Properties Group, Aedas, HBS Realtors, Masdar, Etisalat, CityStars, PBS, CCTV, Casinetto, Gaj Architects, BBC, b720, Doubleclick by Google, Lukoil, Travel + Leisure, Blue Coast Brewery
Branding, visual identity and promotion development to position Aman as one of the leading mental health facilities in the UAE.
Aman is a wellbeing clinic that provides the best-inclass behavioural and mental health care services and help clients to reach their desired state of happiness.
The World Government Summit as a part of the World Economic Forum, held annually in Dubai is a neutral, non-profit organization at the intersection of government and innovation.
IKTOMI refined, upgraded and optimized the existing WGS infrastructure built on Sitefinity framework not only to feed the website, mobile apps, interactive kiosks and digital signages with the live content but also to provide active networking opportunity and one-to-one messaging between 5000+ attendees during the event.
The project scope included complete revamp of WGS corporate website and native mobile app, creation of the interactive kiosks on FullHD touchscreens and iPads as well as Digital Signage where the attendees could follow live location and time updates on the agenda during the event.
All the designs follow the brand identity guidelines of the World Government Summit 2019.
Fitfind is an app created for the UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention that helps users discover free workout locations in the UAE. Search, find, share and start a workout in any free public facility. Fitfind encourages users to turn it up a notch by challenging friends to one or more activities.
The app allows users to beat their records or that of others, enjoy the outdoors, connect with members of the community and form lasting relationships that encourage to lead a balanced lifestyle.
IKTOMI has been leading the project from conception to design and development, including naming and branding.
Veridian Ventures website is created to digitally raise the company’s corporate profile and respectively to build trust and reliability in the market.
A clean, functional and modern design is created to accommodate two different user types on the Veridian Ventures website – start-up companies seeking investors, and investors looking for strong start-ups.
Extensive use of custom iconography and clear content organization helps users to quickly identify the relevant information. The secondary menu is leading different users to specific sections and sparing random visitors from the enquirers easily.
Blue Coast Brewing brews outstanding, unique beers in the Côte d’Azur (France) maintaining an unwavering commitment to making beer the right way : sustainable, ethical, and with the patience required in the art of brewing.
IKTOMI designed and developed the website to clearly communicate BLUE COAST’s vision, their unwavering commitment to excellence and to represent the colourful lifestyle of the french Riviera.
Our objective was not only to present the Blue Coast Brewing company and products but also engage the visitors with the Blue Coasters social community via blog posts, events calendar, and the beer locator.
The website has an evocative and visually opulent design that tells the story of Blue Coast by combining the Cote d’Azur lifestyle imagery and Allen Walsh illustrations reinforced by an elegant layout composition and smooth transitions.
Craft CMS is used for the content management of the website. Visitors can also purchase the Blue Coast products and merchandising online from the Shopify page we have designed and created.
Nusa is a new voice in the world of Asian jewellery. It is a brand that is focused on bringing the best in balinese silver jewellery handcrafted by local artisans.
IKTOMI was asked to develop a brand strategy and integrated visual identity that would embody the heritage of the island without being tribal-clichéd, and with a fresh and sophisticated outlook. We shaped all aspects of the brand, including premium packaging experiences and the e-commerce website.
Our objective was to create a vibrant yet elegant identity expression exuding the connection that the brand has with the local Balinese culture and heritage. We took inspiration from the traditional balinese jewellery and created a logo based on silver dots, very common elements on the balinese jewellery designs. The logo is ultimately an ode to the splendour of the balinese ocean.
Casinetto is one of the leading high quality food distributors of the UAE, supplying the best in Italian and international products to the best hotels and restaurants of the region.
IKTOMI was asked to undertake a full rebranding project and develop a full visual language and a singular brand identity for a company that had been active in a traditional industry for generations and required a bold and fresh departure from the expected and standard visual tropes of the traditional Italian food company.
We evolved their older logo instead of abandoning it in order to maintain the goodwill that the company engendered over its history. The new logo was formalized, projecting a professional yet approachable image.
The identity is based on a layered combination of elements: the squared pattern reminiscent of a traditional Italian tablecloth, a further derivation of a bold graphic pattern, and the lush imagery of the local rustic Italian landscape. This combination results in a decidedly modern feel, yet maintaining a connection to tradition.
"All questions were answered practically immediately."
Iktomi provided website design and animations for a craft brewery. Their team built an online platform, including a store.
"All questions were answered practically immediately."
Apr 18, 2020
Iktomi successfully got the website running and enabled increased email interaction. The project management and suggestions were always implemented quickly. They were good at familiarizing themselves with the project.
The client submitted this review online.
Please describe your company and your position there.
Blue Coast Brewing Company is a independently owned craft brewery located in Nice, France. I am co-founder.
For what projects/services did your company hire Iktomi?
We commissioned IKTOMI to create a partially animated website for our craft brewery. The brief was to create a clean, animated bilingual platform including an online shop. IKTOMI worked with us on every step of the way, often finding cost effective solutions that brought added value to the website. Actively present and supportive, the site building was fluid and intuitive. We are very happy with the website and we would recommend working with IKTOMI.
What were your goals for this project?
We were looking for a dynamic and professional team who would understand the challenges we faced and goals we needed to reach.
How did you select this vendor?
IKTOMI came too us highly recommended from a past client who was delighted by their work.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
We needed a clean web site for our users to discover our products and stay tuned with our events and social media while offering the possibility to purchase online.
What was the team composition?
The team was comprised of approximately a dozen of attentive and dedicated people.
Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?
Once the web was up and running we noticed a great deal more email questions and interaction with clients
How was project management arranged and how effective was it?
Very well managed. All questions were answered practically immediately.
What did you find most impressive about this company?
The ideas and suggestions were always spot on and quickly implemented. Their presence was also appreciated. Once web was created we had a training session to familiarise ourselves with the back office. The appropriate amount of time was spent and all questions answered. We were handed over a clean project with the tools to support ourselves from then on.
Are there any areas for improvement?
Happy as is.
"Their website designs were quite superior to all of the other designers we considered."
Iktomi designed and developed a website according to outlined specifications. They also created a CMS so stakeholders could manage the website themselves.
"Their website designs were quite superior to all of the other designers we considered."
Mar 13, 2020
The website has functioned remarkably well, supported by the vendor's thorough testing measures. A flexible team, Iktomi excelled at accommodating internal stakeholders' schedule changes. They brought a depth of technical expertise to the engagement and offered insightful suggestions to match.
A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.
Introduce your business and what you do there.
My company is called Veridian Ventures. It’s a partnership of angel investors that invest in startups. We engaged with Iktomi when we were starting up the company.
What challenge were you trying to address with Iktomi?
When we first started the company, we didn’t have much of an online presence or external-facing presence. We only had a logo, and we wanted to build our presence based on that.
What was the scope of their involvement?
They designed and developed a website and a CMS for us. In the beginning, we gave them the logo and told them we wanted to create an online presence. We also gave them very simple guidelines. For example, we wanted our website to follow a certain color scheme, and we had a rough skeleton of how the website should operate.
We wanted various pages, including a home page, an about page, and pages describing our value proposition. We wanted there to be a couple of forms on the website where investors and startups could submit information. We also wanted a section that would display our latest activities.
What is the team composition?
We worked with three people from their team. One was an overall project manager, one was their lead designer, and the other was their technical head.
How did you come to work with Iktomi?
We found them through a personal recommendation. I went to business school with one of their founders. We wanted to minimize the risk of a vendor not being able to deliver, so we only considered companies that we had positive feedback about.
We ended up going through an RFP process where we requested quotes from five different companies. We put two companies through to the second round, and Iktomi was the company we ended up choosing.
Our decision was a combination of the design they submitted, the pricing, our confidence that the team could deliver, and the functionality they proposed. Also, they proposed suggestions that weren’t in the brief. That showed that they really thought about our project.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve invested less than $10,000 with the team.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in November of 2017, and we finished working with them in July of 2018.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
The quality of their work was really high. The number of errors we found during the initial user acceptance testing was very low, which was quite unexpected. They tested it using different devices, different formats, and different links.
Even after the user acceptance testing, they were still willing to make changes for us. We found there was one thing that didn’t work exactly how we wanted it. Even though it wasn’t in our specifications, they rectified that very quickly and easily.
For the last two years, we’ve been able to manage the website easily using the easy-to-use CMS they developed for us.
How did Iktomi perform from a project management standpoint?
Their communication style was very good, and they provided us with a project plan. We’re quite satisfied because they kept all their deadlines. The timelines weren’t met, but that was completely our fault. We caused delays, and they were flexible enough to accommodate them even though it put some strain on their team.
What did you find most impressive about them?
From a design perspective, their website designs were quite superior to all of the other designers we considered. We decided to go with them, even though they were a bit more expensive than the others, because their designs were that much better.
We also really appreciated their flexibility, especially given the delays that were generated by us. They were understanding and willing to make things work. They were dedicated to delivering high-quality results even though our project plan got compromised due to our delays.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They could have been better at gauging our level of understanding of how websites are built. That could have avoided some of the delays from our side. Even though they did tell us about the requirements they needed from us, we didn’t understand what they meant.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Don’t go for the cheapest price that you get bid on. We paid a higher price for the Ikomi team, and it was well worth it. It was absolutely the right decision to make.