What was the scope of their involvement?
We contracted Sayenko Design to build the WordPress website from scratch and to do some design work such as updating the logo, letterheads, business cards, and flyers. I initially filled out a questionnaire regarding what our needs were as well as our existing resources. Then, we had an on-premises meeting where Mike, the owner and chief designer, went through a presentation—half of it was a sales pitch and the other half was regarding the technology they would use and how the site would look.
The contract was broken up into three stages including the website, marketing, and design components. During the first stage, they created a skeleton of the website and showed me the general structure of how it would look. The same applied to logos and other design work. They required additional input from me in terms of filling in the content to be used on the website. The second stage was the actual development work and the third stage was for final touches.
In terms of the logo design and other marketing materials, the primary language is Russian and I contacted Mike specifically because he speaks a little bit of Russian, so there would be no language barrier. They did some copywriting work on the English version of the site where they came up with slogans, but I decided not to use any of them as it is a challenge to do this correctly with Russian being the native language. All the slogans ended up sounding too cheesy and a little too templated, so we decided to do this ourselves instead. The work was essentially more about the functionality of being able to translate, as opposed translating the content specifically.
The project wasn’t an end-to-end development—we asked them to create a structured template and the front pages, totaling five pages in total. It was up to us to fill in all the content, including blogs, contact information, our PayPal page, and translating certain pages into English and Italian, which we’re still working on.
The site is up and running, however, the official launch will be next year after we test everything out.
What is the team dynamic?
I worked with three people: Mike, who took care of the design work; Kyle [Web Developer, Sayenko Design], who took care of the technical aspect; and another team member who started to work on search engine optimization and copy but we decided to stop those efforts.
How did you come to work with Sayenko Design?
I was searching for a local firm in the Seattle area because I wanted to be able to personally contact them. As it is a site for a Russian company, I needed someone who had a basic comprehension of Russian so that they could read the existing site and see its structure. After I started looking for firms with those two criteria, I came across Sayenko Design.
How much have you invested in them?
We invested approximately $12,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in May 2017 and the work was completed in late July or August of the same year. If I ever need their help in the future, it will be more on a consultation basis.