Where ideas change lives for the better

We're a creative agency working to better the foundation of communities through startups and new products.

 
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    Chicago, IL 60608
    United States

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Zeyo | Naming, Branding, Website Design, and Marketing Image

Zeyo | Naming, Branding, Website Design, and Marketing

Zeyo is a startup that takes what is usually a complex, unknown to most, analog system and puts it all online. With Zeyo, we simplified the process to file a lawsuit and engage with other people to resolve it. 

 

View the case study on our website at www.startstage.co/zeyo-case-study

Crimescape - Predictive Policing | Product Design Image

Crimescape - Predictive Policing | Product Design

To predict risk, Civicscape strictly uses unbiased historical and live data from police departments, with other sources such as weather, to run through it's proprietary deep-learning algorithm. To prove the unbiased nature of the platform, Civicscape posts all code to the public on Github. Through machine learning, Civicscape predicts 72 hours in the future where crime is most likely to occur.

When we began working with

Civicscape, the web application was a shell with a few toggles for users to interact with the algorithm.

View the full case study at www.startstage.co/crimescape-case-study

Ekistic Venture | Website Design Image

Ekistic Venture | Website Design

Ekistic Ventures invests in innovative startups that make cities more efficient and equitable. See how we developed and designed their website for a portfolio of startup companies.

View the case study at www.startstage.co/ekistic-ventures-startstage-startup-design-development

Secure Community Network Annual Report & Budget Outlook Image

Secure Community Network Annual Report & Budget Outlook

Our friends at the non-profit Secure Community Network were making big plans for the rest of the current fiscal year and the next fiscal year. To reflect those, we teamed up to create a budget book that give a line-by-line item look at how things would change. They were growing at a speed that was similar to many of the other companies we work with — startups. 

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Report Design for Global Security Think Tank

"The report’s influence on policymakers, the media, and security practitioners is vast but impossible to measure." 

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

Startstage developed a design scheme for a report to be shared with members of the media, security professionals, and academics. They also delivered graphics including graphs and charts.  

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Meredith Stricker
Executive Director, The Soufan Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Collaborative and responsive, Startstage delivered a report that has had a significant impact on its target audience. Readers have been especially impressed by Startstage’s graphics. Customers can expect an affordable partner with a focus on setting appropriate expectations.  

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the executive director of The Soufan Center. We’re a think tank focusing on global security and human rights. I head up all research and programs at The Center.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Startstage?

We needed someone to design the layout and graphics for our most popular report.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create an easy-to-read report layout with graphics—maps, charts, and other pictorial representations—that would help readers digest the material.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of their other clients recommended them to us.

Describe the project in detail.

They designed our report and the graphics it contained to be easily understood by an audience of policymakers, academics, and practitioners from the security community.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The report became our most widely read and sourced report. Startstage’s graphics have been widely shared. The report’s influence on policymakers, the media, and security practitioners is vast but impossible to measure.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our cooperation was extremely effective.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Startstage was responsive and offered a fair rate. They managed our expectations well and delivered on time.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I saw. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work and professionalism were exemplary.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design and Branding for Online Claims Resource

"Everyone was happy with the results."

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

Startstage did web design and UI/UX as part of a branding partnership. Deliverables included a branding guide based on internal consultation.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Liam Stanton
CEO, Zeyo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team beat deadlines to deliver web solutions and branding materials that exceeded client expectations. This accommodating partner can incorporate feedback during the design process to ensure satisfaction with the final products.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of Zeyo, an online alternative to small claims court.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Startstage?

We needed website design, including UI/UX, and an entire branding guide for our company.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create an approachable brand and an intuitive web interface.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Colin (Founder and CEO, Startstage) within our network.

Describe the project in detail.

They factored in our input and guided us with a consultative approach. They designed our branding from the ground up, along with UI/UX design for our website.

What was the team composition?

Colin communicated clearly and directed with six members of our in-house team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have a fully designed web app, website, and branding package. They accomplished and exceeded our goals and we are very pleased with the results.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They communicated openly, and they were glad to communicate through our preferred channels, Slack and Trello. They accomplished all milestones ahead of schedule and were extremely nimble.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They took a vague set of concepts and ideas and turned them into tangible deliverables at an impressive speed. They took our feedback and factored it into their work, and everyone was happy with the results.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, we’re very happy with them.

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
    I refer Startstage frequently to friends.