What was the scope of their involvement?
In the first project, they made different layouts based on existing design elements that could be used at various break points over a four-month period. They also did some animation work using those existing designs, which was incorporated into an online "barometer" that displayed different moods based on user feedback. They formatted the designs for web use as well as for a live shop-window installation. They also added their own touches and additional animations to the design as we went along, which was great.
Our second project was for a major end client who wanted us to design a series of dashboards they could display at an in-person exhibition stand in order to attract patrons. They wanted the dashboards to display aspects of their technologies in a very simple and visual way, so we gave Outline2Design a set of several items, like coffee, that the client would be handing out at their exhibition, and then a list of item data the dashboards needed to track and display. The design team came up with visual symbols to represent each parameter and created animations to signal each time the data updated from the back end. They did an excellent job with it—the Norwegian prime minister attended an event where these dashboards were on display and found the animations so convincing that she thought the dashboards were updating in real time. They weren't, of course; we had an algorithm programmed, but that just shows you how convincing and realistic the animation job was. They were good, eye-catching visuals.
What is the team composition?
After making an initial request online, we had a business manager who checked over our brief and gave the design team any information they needed to return a price quote. Once we made our payment, I primarily worked with the design project manager, although I could also get in touch with the individual designers and animators if necessary.
How did you come to work with Outline2Design?
I'd hired PSD2HTML, one of their sister companies, for web development, so when I heard about their design agency I was interested in trying it out. It was appealing to get the design and the development from the same place because it's saved me an incredible amount of time coordinating between the designers and developers.
In the past, I've had to book designers far in advance, but Outline2Design could put someone on the job within a couple of days. We were also looking for something cost-effective, since we're based in Norway and the going rate for designers is 1,000 kroner ($125 USD), and their prices were very good.
How much have you invested with them?
The first project was around $3,000 for the design and animation, and the second project was about $5,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked with them on our main project from September–November 2017, and then in December, we had a smaller project that they turned around very quickly.