Design to Delivery. WE SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS.

FULL-STACK UX DESIGN.

From concept to delivery, KRUTSCH specializes in designing consumer and commercial applications.We generate and execute ideas, finding opportunities for our clients to innovate.

Because solving the right problem builds careers, organizations and professional relationships.

About Us:

14 PATENTS ISSUED on behalf of our clients

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EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARDS from IT Week Magazine, Communications Week, and Service Provider Weekly

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BEST OF SHOW finalist at CES (portable A/V) and VMworld (virtualization)

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81% REPEAT ENGAGEMENT over the last 9 years

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2010
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Minneapolis, MN
headquarters
  • 323 Washington Avenue North
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

DESIGNING ACROSS INDUSTRIES. KRUTSCH designs successful digital products in Health Care, Enterprise Storage, IoT & Networking, Consumer Electronics, Media & Entertainment, and Human Capital.

Web Application - Lightspeed Data Migration Appliance

Parsec Labs' Lightspeed data migration appliance - An appliance-embedded, web-based app to setup, manage, and monitor all aspects of storage migration.

Mobile App - Orange Tree Applicant Experience

Orange Tree Applicant Experience - A mobile-first, web-based experience to accelerate the process of background screening job applicants, while alleviating applicant support work by hiring company.

Web-based App - Clinical Trial Patient Registration

Clinical Trial Patient Registration - A web-based app to create, manage, and track all aspects of clinical research studies for a DaVinci Software client.

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User Study for State Department of Education

"They took it upon themselves to learn about the early childhood licensing industry."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

KRUTSCH designed and executed a user study for a state department of education. They interviewed key stakeholders and presented their results. They'll soon be engaged to implement a new design.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Nebraska
Tammi Hicken
Program Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work has been well-received. While responsiveness and flexibility are hallmarks of the project, they could do more to understand the client's desire for an iterative design process. Despite that breakdown in communication, the quality deliverables set them up for potential future 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. 

We’re the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood. We regulate the public school and early child care across the state. We also provide and maintain information of workers in the private and public industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with KRUTSCH?

We needed to hire an external resource to do a user study on our quality rating improvement system.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

KRUTSCH started by interviewing some of our users and directors across the state. Those people volunteered to give their feedback on the existing system that we’d built. Then KRUTSCH presented us with the findings. Next, we contracted with them to provide a new design based on the user feedback. They’ve given us the wireframes for that new design. Right now, we’re working on a new contract for them to handle the development and implementation of the design in our existing system. 

What is the team composition?

We work with Kenneth (Founder and President, KRUTSCH) and Emma (UX Designer, KRUTSCH). Ken has been our project lead. Emma did all the interviews and is now doing the design.

How did you come to work with KRUTSCH? 

We put out a call on LinkedIn for proposals, and they were one of the firms that responded. 

How much have you invested with them?

Our original contract was for $12,000. We amended it up to $49,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The first contract began in April 2019, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

KRUTSCH has done very well so far. We’ve just finished up the amendment to the original contract. We’re in the process of amending the contract again to continue working together. 

How did KRUTSCH perform from a project management standpoint? 

They're very responsive and flexible. All of our contact is via phone or Zoom calls. Most of the time we speak with KRUTSCH twice a month—sometimes less, sometimes more. 

What did you find most impressive about them? 

KRUTSCH did quite a bit of research on the project. They took it upon themselves to learn about the early childhood and licensing industry. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

We haven't had any major problems. However, I wish they'd understood that we’d have a lot of feedback and want to see several iterations of the design. We could have fought more on the design, but they were pushing for payment toward the end.

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Make sure you voice any concerns or questions. They'll bring you recommendations from their perspective. If you feel like it has to be a certain way in order to meet your needs, keep explaining it to them and they’ll bend to your preferences.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re flexible, responsive, and available.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price was higher than others but we thought they’d better meet our needs.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’re willing to push back to make sure we make the right decision.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Understand that you won’t meet in person unless you’re in their city.

UX Design for SaaS Company

“They were always willing to use their expertise to guide us onto the right path.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2016 - May 2019
Project summary: 

Krutsch created UI/UX designs for a third-party clinical trial system, providing high-quality renderings and prototypes for the final product. They used Angular TypeScript to increase site responsiveness.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Burnsville, Minnesota
Steve Loos
President, Da Vinci Software
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Stakeholders were very impressed with the quality of Krutsch’s designs and showed interest in working with them on future projects. Krutsch created value and met all deadlines. The team was highly-skilled and transparent with what they could deliver throughout the project.

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 president of Da Vinci Software. We specialize in web-based products. We also offer IT and consulting services through our professional services division.

 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Krutsch?

We have used Krutsch for a total of three projects. For this one, we needed help with UX design and development for a client project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Krutsch supported us across several projects, providing analysis of our business workflow and prototype production as well as UI development in some cases. 

For a recent client project,  Krutsch assisted with constructing frontend registration capabilities for a clinical trial system. They created storyboards and high-fidelity screens for the product. Additionally, they conducted UI development for the prototypes. The projects were completed using Angular Typescript, allowing us to use the latest bootstrap technologies to improve the website’s responsiveness. 

What is the team composition?

There were two UX designers and about 3–4 offshore UI developers. 

How did you come to work with Krutsch?

I was originally introduced to Krutsch through a third-party recruiter.

How much have you invested with them?

Overall, we have spent between $50,000–$100,000. We like their willingness to negotiate the price based on our needs. They do a great job of communicating what they can offer for the value we want. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with Krutsch since 2016. This project for our client just wrapped up in May 2019, so there is no ongoing work right now. But we plan on continuing to work with them. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The biggest metric for us is the great feedback we’ve received from stakeholders. We have a great relationship with our customers because of the strong work Krutsch produced. Additionally, our client wants to do more work with their team because of the solid final product. 

For our own projects with Krutsch, our internal teams have been impressed with the work and development process. 

How did Krutsch perform from a project management standpoint?

They provided a detailed statement of work (SOW) and closely tracked deliverables throughout the project. They set impressive expectations for themselves and lived up to them. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team is extremely talented. In the past, we have struggled with finding UX designers with the level of skill that Ken (President & Founder, Krutsch) and his team have demonstrated. They definitely have a good process and a system for success. 

We also appreciated their honesty throughout the project. They were always willing to use their expertise to guide us onto the right path and professionally let us know when we were wrong.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Overall, our experience with Krutsch has been great. There were some miscommunications, but we still plan on working with them in the future.   

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would highly recommend working with Krutsch because we have always had great success with them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all the deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We are happy with the cost given the value they deliver.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their systems and quality of work are outstanding.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UX/UI Design & Product Dev for IoT Company

"They have great creative talent."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2016 - 2017
Project summary: 

KRUTSCH augmented a development team by creating the UX/UI of a web-based product from scratch. They also assisted the internal team with product implementation.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
Hopkins, Minnesota
Director of Engineering, IoT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Stakeholders were pleased with the quality of the vendor’s work. KRUTSCH had a personable, consistent communication style. They were adept at adjusting their workflow to accommodate schedule changes or delays.

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 a director of engineering, at an IoT Company that solves business and mission-critical problems through a combination of hardware, software, and services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with KRUTSCH?

We brought on KRUTSCH to develop the UX/UI of a web-based product. We wanted to take a different approach to usability. With previous products, the UX/UI had been homegrown and developed by engineers for engineers, and we wanted to change that method with our new product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They served as an extension of our development team, handling the UX design based on requirements of what we were looking for. They produced low fidelity mockups, wireframes, and a design language. They also created style sheets and did some webpage development. After doing the UX work from scratch, and they helped implement the pages in conjunction with our team. 

What is the team composition?

Ken (Founder & President, KRUTSCH) was the UX lead. Overall, we worked with 3–4 people.

How did you come to work with KRUTSCH?

We knew KRUTSCH from a previous project and a previous company, so we were well aware of their abilities and reputation.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested between $200,000–$999,999 with the team.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in 2016, and the project ended in 2017. It was roughly a year-long engagement.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had regular discussions weekly or every other week to review progress. 

How did KRUTSCH perform from a project management standpoint?

They provided a project outline of what they were planning to deliver within a rough timeline. 

We did make changes along the way, but, overall their work stayed close to the outline.

They were also very good at communicating the status of the project. There was one time where they were a little bit behind due to staffing issues, but they made up for it afterward. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very personable and competent. They have great creative talent.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind at the moment.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My biggest guidance would be to put boundaries around the creative parts of their work. If clients don’t know what they need, it’s very difficult for a company to come up with a design that’s aligned with stakeholders’ thinking. It’s key to communicate requirements and high-level goals during the creative process. There should also be checkpoints along the way.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was a time when they were a little behind, but they made it up.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were on the expensive side of software development, but we got what we wanted out of it.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We had some rework that needed to happen, but other than that, we were happy with the quality of their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Employment Screening Company

“It's been a game-changer for us in terms of operational efficiencies...”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Krutsch works on various web development projects, which has included a candidate portal for employment screening processes. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Edina, Minnesota
Renee Ernste
CEO, OrangeTree Employment Screening
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Krutsch delivers extremely high-quality frontend and backend design and development services. The first platform they built was very well received by users. They continue to provide valuable design feedback and pushback when necessary to improve product outcomes. 

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 OrangeTree Employment Screening, a background screening solutions company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Krutsch Associates?

We hired Krutsch to build our candidate portal, allowing anyone going through the authentication and credentialing process to monitor the status of their screening so they can provide any missing information or dispute false information. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Krutsch designed and developed a web-based candidate portal from scratch using Angular. The system allows candidates undergoing a screening process to follow the progress of reporting in order to provide additional information if needed. 

They're also working on a similar platform called Build Your Own Solution, a lead generation marketing website that allows potential clients to become familiar with our industry and pricing model so they can design their own products and services. 

What is the team composition? 

We work with a couple of designers and developers.

How did you come to work with Krutsch Associates?

Our VP of technology had worked with them in the past, so they were highly recommended to us. 

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we've invested over $250,000 thus far. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since around May 2016 and we're currently working on a third and fourth project with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

After our first product launched, we conducted a large survey of candidates and over 90% of users found the system to be user-friendly and intuitive. It's been a game-changer for us in terms of operational efficiencies–we've discovered an easy way to gather critical information for our clients. 

How did Krutsch Associates perform from a project management standpoint?

They're good about scoping out work and communicating with our team through phases, even though some deliverables end up taking a little longer than originally anticipated. They manage our expectations well and are very responsive to our needs. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're great listeners and designers. First rounds of wireframes require minimal iteration, and they know what types of designs translate well to consumers. They also push back or provide feedback when they know something won't be received well by the marketplace, so I appreciate that they're not just doing anything to make us happy; their intentions are to deliver high-quality products that truly meet our needs. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Even though many delays have to do with changes we've requested to the scope, they could improve how they communicate any shifts in timelines. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be as clear on the goals of the project as possible and be open to their feedback, because they're experts in design and have a good understanding of how the marketplace will respond. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Timelines occasionally shift due to the nature of the work.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their services are very competitive compared to other firms we considered.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They provide very high-quality deliverables, requiring minimal iterations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Web and App Development for Startup

“Not only do they put in the effort to listen to our needs, but they also provide respectful feedback.”

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

KRUTSCH developed a web and mobile app that facilitates secure interactions between celebrities and their fans. The app features video conferencing options as well as third-party payment integrations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Lorie Ingram
CEO, See a Star LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the business has yet to launch, the apps are live and show promising returns. KRUTSCH brings a personal touch to the project. Their team consistently suggests innovative ideas to enhance the app, communicates well with non-technical stakeholders, and are available whenever needed.

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 an app startup called See A Star LLC. Our app allows celebrities to seamlessly connect with their fans.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with KRUTSCH? 

Because I’m not an IT person, I relied on KRUTSCH to help me develop my idea into a functional web-based and mobile app for my business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

KRUTSCH designed, implemented, and deployed our celebrity connection app from scratch, including both web and mobile versions. I provided them with the initial idea, and the team fleshed it out before writing the code.

Our solution offers an intuitive experience to help celebrities engage with their fans. Besides one-on-one chat features, they also built in group video conferencing functions and added security measures to protect all users. The tech stack included Amazon-based technologies, Top Box, and Stripe.

Currently, our product is live on Google Play and The App Store, and we’re getting ready to launch our business. KRUTSCH continues to support us by building our promotional website.

What is the team composition?  

I mostly work with Ken (Founder & President, KRUTSCH) who leads a larger team of about 18 behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with Krutsch? 

One of my colleagues referred us to Ken to see if he could help us. I approached him to get some ideas, and he put together a proposal for the engagement.

How much have you invested with them? 

So far, we’ve spent about $125,000. We’ve compared their pricing to a few other companies in the Minneapolis market, and their costs are very fair.

What is the status of this engagement? 

Their work started in September 2018 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The apps are now live in the stores, and we’re preparing to launch our business. From what I’ve seen, the apps will be very successful.

How did KRUTSCH perform from a project management standpoint?

What I most appreciate about KRUTSCH is that they’re always available. Nowadays, it can be tough to find time to chat, but they’ve made it a point to be available for questions. They’re very respectful toward me and my team when we don’t understand something, and they’re willing to sit down and explain where they see the project heading. I’ve also noticed that they involve us by asking for suggestions on how we’d like to see our app.

What did you find most impressive about them? 

Compared to other companies I’ve worked with, KRUTSCH is far more personable. Not only do they put in the effort to listen to our needs, but they also provide respectful feedback. On top of that, they think outside the box, suggesting several helpful avenues that we haven’t even considered.

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, there’s nothing that I can think of. They’re a top company, and we don’t feel like just another client to them. Their work goes above and beyond my expectations, and I’d recommend them all day long.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take the time to listen to their feedback because they’re brilliant. It’s also important to believe in their work. There have been some cases when we’ve discussed an idea, and I just had to trust that they knew exactly what they were doing because they were the experts.

5.0
Overall Score They consistently bring new ideas to the table to help my app become more successful than I could’ve ever dreamed of.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I didn’t think that we’d be able to bring out idea to market for another couple of years, but they helped us get ready in a matter of weeks.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their costs are fair compared to the other companies I’ve seen.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve outperformed everyone.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.