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We are a branding and design agency based in Manchester. Our focus is on brand strategy, identity design and brand management.

The core of any notable brand is the story behind it. Just like a piece of fine art, the value behind the brand can only ever be as strong as the story it tells.

Your story defines who you are, why you exist, and why anyone should pay attention.

Brand strategy is the road map to design. Without a clear understanding of the brand, it is not possible to create a visual identity that can effectively communicate your story and message.

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Brand Identity & UX for Yachting Recruitment Platform

“They have the talent to become a top agency in the future.”

Willing to refer: 
The Project
$10,000 to $49,999
Feb. 2018 - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Stand Out provided branding and design services, developing the concept, logo, tagline, and style guidelines for a startup. They also contributed to the UI for the product.

The Reviewer
1-10 Employees
Manchester, England
Chay Hodgson
Founder & Managing Director, Crew Board Limited
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The brand developed by Stand Out provides an excellent framework from which to launch the company, with good UI and an effective color palette. The team offered detailed proposals, communicated well, and ensured that they met all deadlines.

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


Introduce your business and what you do there.

Crew Board is a recruitment platform for the superyacht industry. We’re effectively a startup at the moment, and I’m the founder and managing director.


What challenge were you trying to address with Stand Out?

I engaged them from the very start, mainly to create the brand.


What was the scope of their involvement?

We engaged them to develop a new brand and name generation. They’ve helped us create a concept, logo, tagline, and brand guidelines. We also hired them for some UI work for our product, for which they’ve done a couple of iterations.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with a couple of interns, as well as mainly with George (Creative Director, Stand Out).

How did you come to work with Stand Out?

We’re both based in the same building, in Manchester, U.K., so we’d met socially. I looked at their portfolio, liked it, and decided to give them a try. They created the brand of our previous company, J4crew, and we were very happy with the results, so decided to engage them again.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent £8,000 (approximately $10,600 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between February–December 2018. Occasionally, they still work on templates and other design jobs.


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

It’s hard to say since we haven’t launched yet. I feel confident knowing we have a strong brand to start with. Everything else has fallen in line too, in terms of the UI and color palette.

How did Stand Out perform from a project management standpoint?

We received deliverables every week, and they kept on top of the schedule. We got a breakdown of what would be done each week, using a mixture of Asana and Slack as the main communication tools, depending on the work. We also used email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re communicative, and they provided us very detailed proposals. We knew where we stood in terms of cost and deliverables, which made it a good experience overall. They have the talent to become a top agency in the future. Their design pedigree is good, and not something we see often.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’re very strong in terms of branding, but our project was a new domain for them, so it wasn’t always smooth sailing. It’s a case of getting more experience in these areas.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I can’t think of anything.

Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They still have some work to do to get to the top level, but they’re very good.