Web & Software Development

SNP specialize in web development of any degree of difficulty, from promo-sites to high-load startups and services. 

We are looking for the projects with award-winning potential and exciting or socially important startups. We are ready to invest our best in such projects to make them perfect. In addition, we can offer a nice discount for them. Also, we have a strong experience in applications for bank sector.

Technologies we use:

- Ruby on Rails, Node.js

- React with Redux, Backbone, SASS and PostCSS, ES2015 and CoffeeScript, Gulp, Webpack

- Unity, WebGL and Canvas

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
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Tver, Russia
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

MING Labs, Deasign, Traffic Isobar, Yota, Neebo

Our studio's new and shiny website that won Awwward's Site Of The Day and Developer awards and also CSS Design's Special Kudos.

Walters Homes

We had partnered with NYC based design agency Fantasy to develop and launch a site for Walters Homes. This company builds custom homes along the New Jersey shore and holds such awards as Builder of the Year, ENERGY STAR® Market Leader, and many others.

It's been a pleasure working with Fantasy team. From the animatics, their designers

prepared, to the close contact we built despite the time difference. All the details connected with site architecture and mechanics were discussed directly between our developers and Fantasy designers, which helped to greatly speed up the development process. 

We paid big attention to how this site feels. Scrolling of long screens, switching among pages, animations, images — all the UI details were carefully implemented and optimized.

For this website, we have built a straightforward and user-friendly custom CMS by significantly customizing the Active Admin. Now the Walters Homes team can change all the content on the site. 

Advantics

A new website for a German technology and business consulting company was developed with a German agency MING Labs and has received a “Site of a Day” at CSS Awards.

It was designed to stand out from the crowd, have an expert touch and evoke users’ interest in company services & job openings.

In this project, our developers worked closely with the designer to create

laconic and technological animations throughout the pages.

 

Neebo Monitor

The webpage was built as a part of a pre-order campaign for Daatrics Ltd, a healthcare startup founded in London, introducing their innovative product - next-generation baby monitor.

The web page was meant to be dynamic and visually attractive. So we developed a 3D product demo and a navigation which added a personal touch to the site.

Another awesome thing about the

project is the custom referral system we have developed. It is a smart flexible discount system which analyses different parameters and actions of the user in real time and calculates his unique discount for the Neebo device.

Doslovno

We were engaged in the creation of a multifunctional web portal to help people get in touch with a doctor online for free, receive a paid consultation from foreign doctors or a second medical opinion.

First of all, we moved the big data from the previous site and adapted it to a new structure with no losses.

To answer patients’ questions it was required to have several roles: a general practice doctor, a

specialist, and a corrector. To align these roles, we have developed multi-role CRM.

Our team actively participated in shaping the final product look on this project. We did product management, proposed & implemented several features which allowed to make the interface more user-friendly. To improve the KPIs of the project, we analyzed user behavior and made adjustments to increase SEO effectiveness.

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Website Development for Digital Studio

"The results matched our initial vision."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Based on existing designs, Salt & Pepper developed a website and CMS that hosted animations and video. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Antwerp, Belgium
Miet Lust
Co-Founder, grove lust
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Clients loved the website's sleek design and functional layout. Salt & Pepper distinguished themselves through their efficient communication, flexible workflow, and commitment to continuous improvement. The team seamlessly blended design skill with technical expertise. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We're a creative digital studio that focuses on web design, interactive experiences, and motion design. I'm a co-founder and responsible for accounts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Salt & Pepper?

Since we focus on creative design, we're always looking for production partners with the same vision and values. For this project, we needed a partner who could develop a high-performance website with a big focus on animation and video.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed to build a responsive, pixel-perfect website and CMS with smooth animations and a lot of videos.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Salt & Pepper because their creative website was featured on Awwwards.com. This convinced us to reach out to them. During our first introduction call, they explained their vision and methodology. They also made a specific proposal for this project and explained which coding languages, platforms, and other technical tools they planned to use. We felt a connection and decided to team up.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We made a website for a production company. During the first part of the project, we completed the project scope, the budget, and the designs. We checked every new proposal with Salt & Pepper, and they gave constructive feedback, searched for solutions, and brainstormed with us. We had no specific technical requirements, so Salt & Pepper proposed the best specs.

After the design phase, we set up a development timeline. We delivered all the creative assets and animations, which they adapted for other pages. Salt & Pepper handled the whole production phase. At each milestone, we reviewed the work and sent feedback. When both parties were happy with the result, we presented it to the client.

What was the team composition?

In the beginning, we all spoke with the directors of the company to discuss our options. Once the project started, a project manager handled day-to-day communication and led the project internally. A few developers worked on the project and held internal reviews with the department director to maintain quality.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Since the project just launched, we don't have any metrics. However, we've had a lot of positive reactions to the design, build, and animations. It's a strong asset to our portfolio. The results matched our initial vision, so we're pleased.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management was efficient. We maintained direct contact with one project manager. She was accessible through email, but we also used Skype for fast, direct updates. We didn't experience any issues because of the distance.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

It's not easy to find a development company with a strong eye for design. Most development companies only focus on the technical aspects, but we wanted a partner who strove for excellence in both performance and aesthetics. That's what Salt & Pepper stands for.

They were also invested in the project, even when we encountered unexpected changes or difficulties. They stayed motivated until the end of the project. Even after finishing, they kept searching for improvements.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We evaluated the project after its launch to talk about possible improvements or modifications. Both sides were happy with our first collaboration. We discussed which tools we could use to work even more efficiently.

5.0
Overall Score I was happy with the quality of the work, the way we worked together, and their vision and values. They were a perfect fit for us.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They had clear plans and timelines. They met deadlines and showed great flexibility after unexpected changes.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their quality-to-cost ratio was on point.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered what we asked for, and the production represented what we envisioned.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm very likely to refer others to them.

Web Dev & UI/UX Design for Digital Design Company

"They’re always willing to put in the extra effort."

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

Salt & Pepper works as web developers, coding custom backend work. They also act as consultants to guide web design development. Additionally, they augment the agency’s resources and provide project management.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Edmonton, Canada
Josh Posty and Brandon Levesque
Directors, Novus Design
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Salt & Pepper’s work exceeds expectations, impressing third-party customers and winning awards. They deliver exactly what is intended due to their especially high attention to detail. Collaboration with this team’s expertise and innovation expands the capabilities of what websites can do.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Josh Posty: I’m the creative director of Novus Design Group, and Brandon Levesque is our art director. We’re a design agency, primarily working on digital design but also offering branding and advertising services.

Brandon Levesque: We’re an all-encompassing agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Salt & Pepper?

JP: We use them as web developers. We design the sites from a UI/UX perspective and Salt & Pepper codes them.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

JP: It’s all web-based material. We’ve had a few projects recently that required extra attention. While we typically build projects using CMS's, we needed a custom backend for this one.

We use them to develop the code for the sites but also as consultants on the limits of web design. We’re trying to push what a website can be and what experiences we can give users. They’ve been phenomenal in that sense.

BL: We also use them because we’re a small team of only two people, and some of these projects are quite large-scale. Sometimes, we rely on them for project management assistance as well.

What is the team composition?

JP: It depends on the project. We typically work with one of their two founders. Most recently, we worked with a project manager.

BL: He was our point person for day-to-day things.

How did you come to work with Salt & Pepper?

JP: We had a project that required custom development on the backend CMS. We saw some of their work on the Awwwards site and really liked it, so we reached out to them. 

BL: We liked the attention to detail their work showed. With Salt & Pepper, when we send them something, the final product is exactly what we intended to build. There’s not a lot of back and forth.

How much have you invested with them?

JP: We’ve spent $40,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

BL: We started working with Salt & Pepper in late-January or February 2018, and it’s an ongoing process.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

BL: Work with them has been great. Previously, we always had to use existing CMSs. Working with Salt & Pepper has elevated our work above and beyond, especially in the market we’re in, which has a lot of digital agencies. It allowed us to stand out, especially in terms of Salt & Pepper’s work on animations and custom backends. They’ve made an impact for us and allowed us to grow and take larger-scale projects, having a reliable team to work with.

JP: All the clients we’ve worked with in partnership with Salt & Pepper have been more than impressed with the work. We’ve surpassed expectations on all the projects, and we’ve won awards for the work. We’ll continue to work with them for a long time.

How did Salt & Pepper perform from a project management standpoint?

JP: We have a nine-hour time difference, but, in several instances, they stayed up late to accommodate that time difference. Connecting with them over Slack has been excellent. They respond quickly. We’ve had a few difficult clients who demanded lots of changes and revisions, but Salt & Pepper has been understanding and professional overall.

BL: We send them lists of changes for sites over Slack, and they do checklists every single time. There’s rarely been an instance where something was missed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

JP: It’s the attention to detail. We send them static design files and references for the animations and page transitions. If there’s ever a discrepancy with the design of the logic or the flow of information, they address that issue with us and provide possible solutions for how we could modify the design to achieve the same effect but also make it work in a functional sense.

We have a collaborative relationship with them, and we like that they bring additional ideas to the table. If there’s a way to elevate something beyond what it currently is, they’ll always provide it. They’re always willing to go above and beyond what the budget allows to make sure we deliver something impactful. This is why we’ve continued to work with them. They’re always willing to put in the extra effort.

Are there any areas they could improve?

JP: No. We’ve been overly happy with everything.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

JP: Clients should keep an open dialogue and make themselves open for communication. One of Salt & Pepper’s priorities is to be as open and transparent as possible. As long as the client has the same mentality, they’ll be pleased with the results.

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

Web Design and Dev and Content Creation for Education Partner

"They hit every milestone and also suggested and executed cool interactions and animations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Salt & Pepper did web design and frontend dev and created content for a website. They also integrated a CMS using Webflow and created organic shape animations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Matthew Cowen
Partner, Heco Partners, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The success of the development and content partnership has led to the extension of further project offers. Positive customer feedback has focused on the team’s creative skills and their technical and design expertise, which they’ve leveraged to suggest animation improvements.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a partner and creative director at Heco, a Chicago-based design studio focused on branding and interactive design.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Salt & Pepper?

We needed frontend web development in Webflow for a small-to-medium-sized education website.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to see lead generation for our internal client.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We chose them based on the quality of their portfolio and a responsive, thoughtful string of introductory emails.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They did web design, created content, and executed frontend web development for a 12-page website. They also integrated a CMS through Webflow and created excellent organic shape animations across the site.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a project manager and a lead developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We’re always looking for talented creative partners whom we can rely on to tackle larger projects. They’ve proven themselves to be a skilled and trustworthy web development partner, and that’s helped us to take on larger and more complex development projects.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Throughout the project, we had excellent communication and we reviewed the work regularly. They hit every milestone and also suggested and executed cool interactions and animations that improved our designs.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their responsiveness and flexibility proved important as they could adapt as needed.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, we’re completely satisfied.

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

Web & Mobile App Dev for Entrepreneur and Investor Group

“We have a good feeling about the value we’re getting.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Salt & Pepper has contributed to development of three separate but connected software modules: one for image collection, one for image uploading, and another that connects car dealerships to image libraries.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Jochen Heine
Managing Director, yoozoo GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software is providing complete transparency in a once-inefficient and unreliable system. Salt & Pepper’s project management is proactive and accommodating to requests, all while approaching development in a clear and structured manner. Their professionalism and objectivity are exceptional.

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 COO of yoozoo, a network of entrepreneurs and investors who focus on and provide funding for IT-based projects.

We entered the image retouching business a couple of years ago. The internet is full of images, and each one needs to be retouched. We came to use all the platforms on the market because we did a lot of outsourcing work—mainly around programming—and had both good and bad experiences.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Salt & Pepper?

Someone approached me looking for an image retouching solution for their company. They asked us to find a solution since we had outsourcing experience.

I realized that the business was not about retouching in itself, but about moving thousands or even millions of images in a controlled way while knowing where each image is at every stage. The main goal is to have a clear history and to give total transparency to customers.

What was a heavily-manual thing turned into a big IT project. We were working with all kinds of images. I was always thinking about creating an IT process but was never able to use the same channel for most of them given that every customer had their own needs.

We eventually entered the automotive retouching business where it was more or less the same. If a car dealership wants to sell a car, they will take 10 photos of it and send them to India for retouching.

We realized that the process could be streamlined, which is how we ended up working with Salt & Pepper.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The system we’re currently building is called Octopus. It collects image files from all over the world and from every module imaginable. It then dispends the needed assets, ensures that shadows and other elements are added, goes through QA, and delivers to the end-client in the form they need.

We have another module called Orca that allows users to upload images. It’s Apple-inspired (i.e., minimalistic) with basic validations that ensure we don’t receive incorrect content.

The next step was to build Piranha. We’re working on it now in collaboration with Salt & Pepper as they develop the backend. Another Russian company is involved for the app part. Car dealerships can use the app in order to connect their systems to Octopus, which can then give an overview of the cars currently in stock and ones that need pictures.

We also plan to create a functionality by which the platform will tell customers where a certain car is parked in order for them to go to that location and shoot pictures. We will also implement a VIN scanner so that they no longer have to type the number manually.

The app will be able to tell users the size of the image pack they booked. Packages can be set to include back views, front views, interiors, and whatever else the customer wants. The images are sent in real-time to Octopus for processing.

One of the big resellers we’re working with has photographers going on-site to car dealerships. In the past, they would upload the photos from their homes, which meant that they would sometimes forget to do it in time. It could take up to six days until the customer received the images.

We have a 48-hour delivery time, and the system has a single syncing point at the same time every day. One of the biggest values is that car dealers get their images quickly without having to worry about how to upload the images from their cameras onto the computer.

What is the team composition?

We used one frontend and two backend developers in the beginning, along with a contact person. We didn’t have a QA tester in the beginning, but they assigned someone within a week of me asking about it.

How did you come to work with Salt & Pepper?

A partner mentioned his experience with Salt & Pepper where they built apps for some large companies. This is how we established contact.

How much have you invested with them?

The last invoice we paid was $7,500. We currently have a limited budget for building the Android and iOS apps. I would double the spend if I could.

We were paying $12,000–$15,000 per month before. We paid $10,000 in the beginning while working full speed, after which we switched to a fixed-price construct. We initially paid an estimate for each sprint. This proved difficult in my case because I have high demands. We agreed on 40% late penalties as well as bonuses for speed in order to alleviate some of the stress of sticking to the plan.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in June 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re processing a lot of images for a particular client. They’re still sticking to their photographers but also starting to understand that this approach will die shortly, and people will only use apps to transmit photos.

The client is using traditional means of transmitting photos (e.g., FTP, Dropbox) without any process for checking files. The images are forwarded to their own customers or service providers, and we only find out that some of the images are missing when the end-clients mention it. This is not a process I could have full confidence in.

This has completely changed now—we have total transparency with Orca and Octopus. We will finish Piranha at the and of this month and start selling it. It’s been a success story.

How did Salt & Pepper perform from a project management standpoint?

We gather requirements and they give us time estimates which we approve or reject. I can contact their team members directly without going through a project manager.

In terms of project management, they do more than I expect. They send me a summary every Friday. We usually work over Trello and also have a Skype chat room for every project. On the biggest one, there are 10 people present, including some from the management. As soon as something is decided on Skype, we enter it into Trello. I’ve worked with a lot of project trackers over time, including Jira, but the current one is working nicely. We also have regular Skype calls.

We didn’t use any QA testers from their team initially, but this was a necessary part of the project. I mentioned it to their CTO and he took care of it. I’ve come to be very good friends with him. He’s a clever person who I can rely on 100% to accept the feedback I provide.

The lead backend developer left the company. This can be a project killer from my experience, especially when just starting. Every new programmer who comes in will look at the code and decide that we have to start from zero. I was a bit worried about it, but we only experienced a two-day delay.

Realistically, the new backend coder was a bit slower for the first two weeks, but he worked day and night and provided the perfect mixture between a traditional relationship and a startup flair. It’s important for people to really understand what they’re building, and that’s what happened here.

We’re currently working based on a fixed monthly retainer. We have a good feeling about the value we’re getting, which has never been the case with other companies. Across the relationship, I’ve only opened the time-tracking sheet once. It feels like having in-house IT.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciate their clear and structured mentality. They take ownership of mistakes even when they don’t have to. If something happens, Salt & Pepper’s team will look into it, fix it, analyze what happened, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. I appreciate the professionalism and objectivity.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have no comments.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I don’t know what projects other clients would be interested in. Ours is a bit out of the ordinary.

If there are no workflow or project management tools in-house, you should jump on what the developer has and follow their processes. It all depends on what kind of company someone is running. The process may be different for an IT company with existing structures, while a traditional company starting its online business may find Salt & Pepper to be a valuable partner.

I’ve never worked with them on a limited, project basis. Their CTO was interested in our idea and facilitated an entry into the Russian market for us. This was a big value for us that made us feel like family.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I was unsatisfied about testing in the beginning, but they corrected the issue fast.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Building this in Germany would have been prohibitive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I’ve never given this rating until now.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We typically don’t recommend good people on Upwork for fear of them becoming too busy.

Communication Portal for Audi

“They always gave 100%—their endurance was phenomenal.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - June 2016
Project summary: 

Outsourced developers from Salt & Pepper built a sophisticated communication platform that was integrated with an existing CMS.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Germany
CEO, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The product received positive feedback from the end client, which is attributed to Salt & Pepper’s work. Despite some mismatched expectations, they were highly efficient and showed dedication to the project.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the founder and CEO of a software company that serves the automotive industry. We specialize in building web and mobile applications that support marketing or communication departments.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Salt & Pepper?

We hired them to do full-stack web application development with mobile optimization.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to build a first-class product within a short amount of time.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found them on a Slack channel that is dedicated to startups. We engaged them after they posted information about their company.

Describe the project in detail.

The company provided full support, consulting, and the architecture for a complex press communication portal with a unique CMS. Initially, they got the source codes of our in-house CMS, while our lead developer introduced them to the environment. After that, they extended the functionality of the CMS and built a complex and fancy frontend around it.

What was the team composition?

A project manager, a lead developer, and a backend developer were involved in our project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What outcomes or results can you share that demonstrate progress and/or success?

We received highly positive feedback from the customer. As it was a new platform, there were no numbers to increase. Given the short amount of time, everything worked as we expected.

How effective was the project management?

We effectively managed a Trello board with our team. Aside from that, we used Skype calls and a Slack channel to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They always gave 100%—their endurance was phenomenal. We appreciated having access to the project manager and the lead developer.

What tips or recommendations do you have?

The only thing I could mention is their expectation management. We had some minor issues about exactly how and when things should be done.

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