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For category leaders—and those who aspire to lead—MiresBall provides trusted creative expertise drawn from 30+ years of work with global brands.

With a balance of passion and pragmatism, we give organizations the confidence to aim higher and achieve more.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
1985
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San Diego, CA
headquarters
  • 2605 State Street
    San Diego, CA 92103
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  1. Global Tech Company 20+ year relationship with Fortune 50 technology leader
  2. Shure 10+ year partnership with audio icon
  3. Best Western Hotels Rebrand encompassing 4000+ properties worldwide
  4. Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits Rebrand set the stage for $1B acquisition
  5. AirFuel Name and identity development for global wireless charging standard

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Branding for Real Estate Development Firm

"I default to MiresBall when I want a partner that’s intimately involved with brand strategy."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. - May 2018
Project summary: 

MiresBall developed a brand strategy for a real estate firm by creating a logo, brand style guide, and a website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Jim Stuart
Partner, Matter Real Estate Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new branding has received positive feedback from key stakeholders. MiresBall’s expert team inspired confidence throughout the project by communicating clearly from the start. Their quality deliverables and can-do attitude contribute to the expansion of their role.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there. 

I’m the partner of Matter Real Estate Group, which is a real estate development and investment firm based in San Diego.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MiresBall? 

We needed help creating a brand name, as well as all the supporting brand aesthetics and strategy.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Starting with interviews about our company and our intentions, MiresBall used that research to develop what became the Matter brand from scratch. They did brand exploration and brand identity work in order to create the brand voice and position.

They developed the digital expression of the brand by designing our website. They also created a logo, supporting collateral materials, and a brand style guide. 

What is the team composition?

The team was anywhere from 1–5 principals and third party vendors. 

How did you come to work with MiresBall? 

I came across the company years ago as being listed one of the best creative agencies in Southern California. I previously used them on another project prior to joining Matter. 

How much have you invested with them?

We probably spent $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

We started working together in early 2018 and they concluded the brand work five months later. We still use MiresBall for a variety of work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I know good work when I see it. I also know good people and they’re the kind of people I like to work with. I’m very happy with the essence of who they are. Their work product speaks for itself. 

How did MiresBall perform from a project management standpoint? 

Their team is excellent. I've had the chance to work with large global companies and small boutique firms. I default to MiresBall when I want a partner that’s intimately involved with brand strategy. 

What did you find most impressive about them? 

The team at the interview and the leaders of the company are the same people that take part in the collaboration and the workshops. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, I enjoy my relationship with MiresBall. The evidence is that I continue to hire them for new jobs. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Invest in time up front to make sure that they understand your personality, values, and interests. Then let them loose to do their work. I've had to learn to defer to their judgment over my own opinions because more times than not they’ve been absolutely right.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Brand Identity & Logo Design for CPA Firm

“They’re very responsive and well-organized. … It feels like we’re just as much of a priority as their larger clients.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

MiresBall oversaw rebranding and logo design for a CPA firm. They performed market research in order to refresh the logo, text, and style of major documents and trade show materials.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
California
Christy White
Owner, Christy White Associates
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team from MiresBall was diligent and met their deadlines efficiently. Personalized attention from the owner and consistent willingness to accommodate schedule demands made the collaboration run smoothly.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of Christy White Associates. We’re a certified public accounting firm that handles auditing for colleges and school districts in California.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MiresBall?

We hired them to update our branding.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They worked with us to design a new logo, which subsequently led into updating the branding across all of our materials. They’ve created new images, text, and style guidelines that refreshed the company’s look and feel. Design updates included business cards, letterhead, proposal documents, and all of the images we use on our trade show backdrop.

When it came to developing the branding strategy, they researched our competitors and companies similar to ours. They also conducted interviews with our staff in order to get a sense of the business and what we were looking for.

What is the team composition?

We primarily worked with our account manager and with the owner. They’d also pull in designers or other creative team members as needed.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2018 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re still wrapping up the work, but we expect to have a stronger presence in our industry based on how we present ourselves in these new materials. They’ve been great about communicating with us throughout the process so that we know we’re on track.

How did MiresBall perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very responsive and well-organized. They also stuck to our timelines well and were willing to meet with us whenever we needed. We also appreciated the fact that their owner took the time to participate in every discussion we made during the rebranding process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They had a great reputation and some major clients, so it meant a lot to us that they not only took us on, but also gave us personal attention. The head of the organization works closely on our account and it feels like we’re just as much of a priority as their larger clients.

Are there any areas they could improve?

None that I can think of.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Let them know what you’re looking for and set your expectations clearly.

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

Corporate Logo Design for Consultancy Firm

"John and his team display outstanding character in terms of customer focus and overall integrity."

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

MiresBall designed and iterated a new corporate logo for an executive coaching and strategic planning consultancy.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Northbook, IL
Stephen Kohler, MBA, CPCC
Founder & CEO, Audira Labs LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal and external feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The MiresBall team not only expedited completion and enhanced the project creatively, but also demonstrated a vested interest in long-term outcomes and customer business needs.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m founder & CEO of Audira Labs LLC, a leading executive coaching, leadership development, and strategic planning consultancy. We focus on helping leaders, teams, and organizations live their mission and achieve their vision in accordance with their values.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire MiresBall?

We needed help to design and create our corporate logo.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a logo that is impactful, evokes the focus of the brand (listening, learning, leading), and translates visually across multiple platforms.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I worked with MiresBall extensively while at another company. I knew they were the best choice for this project because I trust them implicitly. They’re outstanding partners as they are highly client-focused and able to produce powerful designs.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

MiresBall met with us to discuss, review, and synthesize our brand positioning. They also focused on associated elements such as target segments, key services & benefits, and brand differentiators. Then they translated that brand positioning into our desired visual design. They executed it for ease of implementation across multiple platforms (print, social media, web, etc.).

What was the team composition?

We worked with John (principal, MiresBall) and Meghan (account lead, MiresBall).

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We’re extremely pleased with the design itself as well as the external feedback. Our clients describe the new logo as impactful and engaging. The colors help to differentiate it from the competition, and the overall design translates well across multiple platforms.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Their workflow was seamless and the communication was excellent. They held several planning calls to identify objectives, scope, and milestones. We had several rounds of drafts to review. MiresBall asked outstanding questions to ensure we got what we wanted. They also kept us accountable to the timeline.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

John and his team display outstanding character in terms of customer focus and overall integrity. They have the ability to listen and identify what the client wants. The overall execution and account management was outstanding.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I’d like to see them keep growing.

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

Branding and Packaging for Vape Company

"They were personable and smart. John was the creative force behind the team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2017 - July 2018
Project summary: 

MiresBall updated branding to reflect industry changes. The team conducted on-site research and designed the visual identity. Deliverables included logo design, packaging, colorways, and a general style guide.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Jonathan Forstot
CMO, Jetty Extracts
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s business acumen and strong design skills maximized results. They kept the project on schedule by efficiently updating designs to comply with fast-changing industry practices. MiresBall went above and beyond to provide expert advice and assist with an external production process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CMO of Jetty Extracts. We are a cannabis vape company here in California.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MiresBall?

Since we began our business in 2013, the cannabis market has evolved considerably. Our industry became a recreational adult use consumer market rather than medical only. Consequently, we needed to refresh our logo, packaging, and overall identity. We also had to accommodate that new identity and packaging to new regulations in the cannabis market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For packaging, we already had the form factor with a child-resistant mechanism, so MiresBall focused on our identity and overall design. The team provided a range of designs; we considered a variety of identities—from revolutionary to evolutionary. Next, they visited our dispensaries to conduct research to supplement our emerging market’s minimal user data. Ultimately, MiresBall delivered a logo, packaging, colorways, and a general style guide.

What is the team composition?

There were three people on the core team. We worked with John (Principal & Creative Director, MiresBall) on the creative direction side and Shawn (Designer, MiresBall) on the art direction side. They onboarded illustrators and designers as needed.

How did you come to work with MiresBall?

I had worked previously with MiresBall and knew their team and capabilities well. We interviewed them along with a couple of other agencies. They were the strongest and best choice.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from December 2017–July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The new packaging launch resulted in significant growth. Currently, we continue to expand while several competitors have either gone away or now hold a diminished presence in the market.

How did MiresBall perform from a project management standpoint?

The project was difficult because government agencies changed regulations in real time. Consequently, we had to react by adding warning information and moving things around. To compound the challenge, we ended up working with a new vendor on packaging production. MiresBall did a great job because they kept us on track as we navigated these hurdles.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their creatives’ execution of designs accurately reflected the briefs. The team doesn’t do design for design’s sake; they understand the value of design and its needed function from a business standpoint. Holly (Managing Director, MiresBall), who runs the account, had considerable business experience. She went well beyond project management and severed as a business advisor as well, which was very valuable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Everything is always urgent in our industry, and MiresBall certainly felt that. Turnarounds could have been quicker at times, but we also demanded timelines that most vendors are not used to. Having said that, timing was never a real issue. They got everything done on schedule.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Create a solid brief and ensure that everyone is committed to it. Once they have that, MiresBall will be in good shape to deliver in adherence with scope specifications.

5.0
Overall Score They were personable and smart. John was the creative force behind the team.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Overall, they did a good job.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They aren’t the least expensive, but they deliver a lot for what they bill.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They worked hard to deliver above and beyond our initial ask. They weren’t afraid to chase a variety of creative directions as needed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them whenever I can.

Product Launch Support for Global Electronics Company

“They understood that business objectives might shift and stuck with us to find solutions.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2015 - May 2017
Project summary: 

MiresBall provided design and messaging support for product launches, which involved POS collateral, web design, and social media content. Their assets contributed to branding playbooks for regional use.

The Reviewer
 
10,001 + Employees
 
San Diego, California
Caroline Walker
Former Global Marketing & Communications Lead, Samsung
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customers and sales reps alike praised MiresBall’s promotional materials for their clarity. Even with changes in direction, the team remained nimble, transforming feedback into innovative solutions. Their flexibility, tenacity, and customer-centric approach helped make them critical partners.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the former global marketing and communications lead for Samsung. We're a global electronics company based in Korea.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MiresBall?

At the time, we were getting ready to launch one of our products: an external SSD, which was uncommon at the time. We were one of the first companies to launch and commercialize this. As such, we had to explain the everything from scratch. We needed to make sure that our potential customers understood the product’s functions, either visually or through text and headlines. I reached out to MiresBall to help us with some of our brand works, ranging from POS to positioning within our markets. We wanted to figure out how to message our products and what it would take to make us stand out to the customer.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In general, their team helped us prioritize new product launches (including the external SSD), making sure that we had all the necessary information in the POS materials to educate our target markets. They provided a broad scope of services but mostly worked on design and messaging.

They also helped us extensively with our website design and social media. Before we launched a product, we would develop a playbook with assets that we could pass on to different regions around the world. They developed our social media content, which involved online posts, images, and videos as well as some of the copy and headlines.

What is the team composition?

I had one main point of contact, but there was a team of people working behind the scene. At one point, I had a conference call with about five of their members, but I’m not sure if there were more people working on our projects.

How did you come to work with MiresBall?

I’ve known them for over a decade, now, having worked with them at numerous companies in a variety of capacities. I’ve always enjoyed collaborating with them, so I reached out when I moved to Asia.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work lasted from January­ 2015–May 2017, though I left the company around that time. We hired them based on our project needs, so I’m not sure if they’re currently working on anything with Samsung.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Because we provided MiresBall with a very specific direction, I’m not sure how much of our success was necessarily driven by their efforts. However, in terms of sales, all of our metrics trended upward. Both our customers and sales reps gave positive feedback about their materials and what they accomplished: whether the customer clearly understood the product or what the customer liked about our collateral. Additionally, they knew how to get the most out of our assets by reusing them in different applications beyond their original context.

How did MiresBall perform from a project management standpoint?

I enjoyed working with them, and, to a certain degree, I viewed them as an extension of my team. I always had a point of contact who informed me about the project status, and they consistently delivered on time and under budget. Despite changes to the branding direction, they accommodated our needs and produced successful results. They were flexible using the available resources to find creative solutions within our time lines.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It was phenomenal working with them, and I considered them a guiding partner throughout the projects. Beyond taking the time to understand our product lines and goals, they were flexible and listened actively. They understood that business objectives might shift and stuck with us to find solutions. Compared to other agencies, they were extremely receptive to feedback, working to incorporate them into better end products. I knew that the team would stick with me until they got it right, which was worth its weight in gold.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be transparent about what you want to achieve early on. The more insight that the client can offer, the better the work will be. MiresBall is more than happy to work with their clients to ensure that they’re happy at the end of the day.

5.0
Overall Score Wherever I work with them, they become a trusted partner within that organization.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve never missed a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They worked with us until we were happy with the final product, and the quality of their work was always top-notch.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Advertising Agency of Record for Global Tech Company

"They were open, honest, and direct ... Working with them was always a really good experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000,000+
 
2000 - 2016
Project summary: 

MiresBall helped with global advertising, a branded website build, digital & print media, out-of-home B2B collateral, & content creation for target audiences to learn about, sell, & purchase product offerings.

The Reviewer
 
10,001 + Employees
 
Bellevue, Washington
Former Marketing Program Manager, Global Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Good listening skills and thoughtful, inquisitive responses fueled a 16-year relationship. Miresball set realistic timelines and expectations and never went over budget. Their quality of work, attention to detail, and strategy were especially notable.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.
I was a creative producer for a global tech company. We were working on global advertising, producing digital and print content as well as out-of-home collateral for the B2B side of the house.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MiresBall?
I engaged with them on several occasions to help create the content and programs we needed and educate our field and target audience on our product offerings. We wanted to create compelling content that would empower and engage our internal or external target audience, and then prompt them to take action. From an internal perspective, we wanted users to take the content, learn from it, and be able to use it to be able to sell servers, laptops, or desktops. From an external perspective, we wanted to educate users to want to learn more so that they would buy a server, laptop, or desktop.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?
One of the last projects I worked on with MiresBall was a brand site. They created the materials for the website and also executed its build. I had them develop a brand site for an internal audience where we housed all our brand assets and where our global agency partners could log in and access the logos, messaging documents, and visuals specific to our B2B branding campaigns. This would allow them to create creative assets from that content. MiresBall was instrumental in making sure it was branded with our corporate identity but from a specific B2B perspective. They were able to manage the login and password. We would get new assets that we would need to upload, and they would upload those. Sometimes they would be one of the agencies that needed to leverage some of the content to be able to create content.

Besides the branding site and all of the assets, MiresBall might work on something for a larger event such as the consumer electronics show. They might create all of the visuals for the booth space as well as kiosk demo content, sales collateral, and content displayed on a monitor or through the demo. It was a fully integrated brand experience. Around that event, we might have them do something out-of-home, for example, a takeover of the side of a building for which they would help develop and implement the creative elements.

We had a very collaborative relationship. We’d look to them for strategy development for how we might develop and promote the branding. Because they were an end user of the branding as well, they also helped strategize the functionality.

How did you come to work with MiresBall?
When I started working for the company in 2000, they were already an approved vendor. I learned of them through my manager who had been using them. She recommended that I use them for a specific project. We engaged, and it was a great experience.

How much have you invested with MiresBall?
We spent $10M over the course of 16 years.

What is the status of this engagement?
I started working with them in 2000, and I left the company in 2016. I don’t know if they continue to work with the company.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement? 
The one thing I really enjoyed about them was that they were never in a rush when thinking about a project. They were always very logical and analytical, thinking and asking the right questions. It was a great two-way conversation. They would go off and strategize and come back with a solid plan and options. What they came back with was always what you asked for along with 2 or 3 more options that were even better. They listened, and the relationship was collaborative.

Their work was well received by our internal team. They did a lot of the main creative for the development forum and would then hand off the creative to another agency to implement. For example, Jack Morton would be the agency to bring it to life, but MiresBall would create the design guidelines around it. I was not focused on consumer marketing but on B2B, which is not the same. B2B companies like their bite-sized chunks of information, statistics, and direct fluff-free content. MiresBall understood that about our target and was able to deliver strong, compelling content that an IT decision maker would really believe.

How did MiresBall perform from a project management standpoint?
Their project management was always customer focused. There was never a time I didn’t get what I asked for. There were always options for how to do it better. One thing I appreciated was that if I sent a project their way, and they couldn’t do it in the time allotted, they would let me know right away. I’d have to find someone else to do it, but I’d always go back to MiresBall because they were honest with me.

What did you find most impressive about MiresBall?
John Ball [partner/creative director, MiresBall] was always a good listener. He asked really great questions. The only way he could do that was by hearing what we were saying. He knew our target, our product, and our company brand so well. He listed to me, thought about what I said, and then answered me. His comments were always thoughtful, and the strategy side was always on target.

I don’t like to work with agencies that engage in “terrorist billing,” which is when they get the whole project done and then tell you that you went over budget. That never happened with MiresBall. They were always good with billing.

Are there any areas MiresBall could improve?
There’s always room for improvement, but I can’t think of anything negative about MiresBall.

5.0
Overall Score Their quality of work, attention to detail, and strategy are great. You can’t go wrong when you have a solid strategy.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They set realistic expectations up front. They would always give me a reason why a project was going to take longer than expected.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    As a Southern California agency and compared to rates in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, the value was worth the standard rates.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They always gave me what I asked for and then went above and beyond.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They were open, honest, and direct and had great strategy and strong creative to back it up. Working with them was always a really good experience.
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VERIFIED
Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
California
ID
C1536318
Date of Formation
Jul 3, 1986
Source
California Secretary of State
Last Updated
Dec 22, 2018
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Dec 22, 2018
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
6
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
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LAST UPDATED
January 30, 2019