Functional brand design with an eye for strategy.

We’re a collective of designers, strategists, and developers committed to charming digital experiences and captivating brands. Our experience ranges from early-stage startups to global, industry-leading corporations.

We believe that design-driven solutions help businesses solve their increasingly complex communication challenges. Whether it’s building a brand, designing a social campaign, or developing a website, our approach emphasises clarity and exceptional aesthetic quality.

We see the role of designers as communicators and facilitators. We’re here to help you get messages across with proactive, well-researched solutions. You'll find no project or account managers to slow down our collaboration—the person doing the work is the same one you talk to, because each of us has a direct stake in making sure things turn out great. We want to see projects through, together.

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$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2017
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Berlin, Germany
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Oracle, the global tech giant. Solvemate, a cutting-edge early-stage startup. EyeEm, a visual platform for 20 million creators. The Estate, a premium property management bureau.

Lipis Advisors ~ Branding + Web Design Image

Lipis Advisors ~ Branding + Web Design

When companies grow too quickly, sometimes the brand gets left behind. We brought this fast-growing payments consultancy up to speed with an updated brand, a new website, and custom photography.

Creathor ~ Branding + Web Design Image

Creathor ~ Branding + Web Design

We redesigned Creathor's visual language from scratch, positioning them as a premium investor with an attractive modern appearance and website. Their new visual language scales from photography to offline materials.
marrow ~ Design + Content Image

marrow ~ Design + Content

We designed and wrote a small indie magazine from scratch.

Born and bred in the East Berlin urban magazine scene, marrow/ is an editorial project that aims to tell the street-level stories of grime and dust of people that don’t have much but still stand tall.

The Estate ~ Branding + Web Design Image

The Estate ~ Branding + Web Design

We completely rebranded and redesigned a property management firm, bringing it up to its target's expectations and placing it firmly within the premium market segment.

Oracle ~ Branding + Content Image

Oracle ~ Branding + Content

As a global corporation that has recently started moving towards a design-focused mentality, Oracle was looking to upgrade their visual communications across social channels.

We provided key design consultancy and strategy across a variety of deliverables, scaling the visual capacity for the entire EMEA region.

Solvemate ~ Branding + Website Image

Solvemate ~ Branding + Website

How do you communicate innovation? To help them revolutionize customer support, we gave Solvemate an identity as smart as their product.

Solvemate uses cutting-edge machine learning to automate customer support. We helped them build a complete brand identity including name, logo, voice, and narrative.

ConnectPay ~ UI Design Image

ConnectPay ~ UI Design

We created the interface for an online payments service and supervised the development of the dashboard. The work included design of the product's user flow and interaction patterns.
EyeEm ~ Branding + Content Image

EyeEm ~ Branding + Content

Berlin-based photography startup EyeEm was looking to expand its brand presence in the digital medium so it could keep up with its scaling business and communication initiatives.

From project branding to landing pages and graphic reports, EyeEm was provided with a richer outlet and design for its marketing and content efforts.

Sir Ludovic ~ Branding + Website Image

Sir Ludovic ~ Branding + Website

We developed a new tone of voice and digital design system that enabled the brand to reflect its luxury positioning and shine through the screen.

Despite boasting a showroom in the capital’s premiere 5-star hotel and working with the tailor to the royal family, Sir Ludovic was struggling to transition their prestige to their online presence and communications—and that’s where we came in.

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Rebrand & Web Design for Digestive Health Platform

“They’ll push your brand to the next level.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - July 2020
Project summary: 

studio~humm led branding workshops and delivered a brand identity, design system, logo, comms plan, and copywriting guide. They designed a pitch deck presentation for investors and redesigned a website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Director of Content, Cara Care
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

studio~humm executed top-quality, brand-elevating designs and operated with integrity. They remained receptive to feedback and offered forward-thinking design insights. The sharp and agile team effectively understood the client’s needs, working quickly and facilitating an effortless collaboration.

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 director of content at Cara Care, a digital platform that helps people with digestive health issues.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with studio~humm?

We hired them to handle our rebrand project. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

studio~humm implemented a new brand identity for us. They did some branding workshops and created a design system and new logo. The team put together a communications plan and strategy and a copywriting guide. They also redesigned our website. They designed some presentations for us, including a pitch deck for investors. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with three people from studio~humm, including Dan (Co-Founder & Principal Designer), Lars (Content Strategist), who was really pivotal in designing the content, copy strategy, and copy for the website, and Adrian (Co-Founder & Brand Designer), who was the main designer on the project. 

How did you come to work with studio~humm?

I actually didn’t hire them; I joined my company early on in the project, so I can’t speak to that. I came in to manage the web redesign and some of the copy and communications work.

How much have you invested with them?

I’d say roughly $30,000–$35,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I began working with studio~humm in March 2020. The project formally closed in July, but we’re still working with them to implement little fixes and tweaks.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were really happy with the quality of service. They were fast, responsive and receptive to feedback, and forward-thinking on design. They knew when to challenge us on decisions that possibly affect the integrity of the work. I appreciated that as the project's lead; I like working with agencies that know when to really protect the integrity of their work, but also are really receptive to feedback. 

How did studio~humm perform from a project management standpoint?

We had a really great, transparent product timeline document that they created and updated each week on Google Docs. We got a weekly update on progress and where we were from Lars, who managed the project. In general, I was really happy with the project management. 

We communicated through Slack, email for larger updates, Google Docs, and Google Meet for conferencing. They used the design mockup tool Red Pen.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I think that the team is really sharp and agile. Because they’re a smaller team, they work really quickly. They are very communicative and clear. They could easily distill what needed to be communicated and do it quickly, and I really appreciated that about working with them. 
Additionally, their design work was top-notch and really elevated our brand.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It became a little bit challenging when COVID-19 hit and we had to do some of the creative work remotely, but that wasn’t something that was under their control. Honestly, I don’t have a ton of major complaints; we had little things here and there that were just miscommunications. Overall, we were really happy with the project.

Any advice for potential customers?

Definitely do it. They are really quick on their feet and forward-thinking, and they’ll push your brand to the next level. That sounds a little bit cliché, but I really think that it’s worth it to work with a really smart, small agency that just gets it. studio~humm just got it. It was really good working with them. 

I've worked with larger agencies, and I’ve found that there are often too many cooks in the kitchen. With humm, they were always aligned. We always knew exactly what we were going to get from them, and it was really easy to communicate and collaborate. We’re really happy with the outcome.

5.0
Overall Score It was the easiest collaboration I’ve had with an agency.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality was excellent.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

Website Design for Quarterly Magazine

“The quality of their work was excellent.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

studio~humm designed and implemented a Kirby website from scratch for a magazine. They completed the site and provide ongoing services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Magazine
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is pleased with the excellent quality of studio~humm’s work. After setting up a timeline, they met all of the deadlines and fluidly worked through the various stages of the project. Customers can expect an affable partner.

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 editor-in-chief of a magazine. We act as a platform for emerging writers and artists, working in advertising, sponsorships, and a number of ancillary industries to promote their work, not only in print but other media.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with studio~humm?

We hired them to design our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

studio~humm designed a Kirby website from scratch.

What is the team composition?

We worked with three of their team members. studio~humm contracted someone who isn’t officially part of their team, but they worked closely.

How did you come to work with studio~humm?

Someone brought them to my attention, and we went through a number of phone calls with them. Before we made anything official, we outlined what we needed and wanted, and how that would look long-term.

How much have you invested with them?

Pre-vat (valued-added tax), it was €18,000–€19,000 (approximately $21,300–$22,500 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work together began in early-February. They have completed the project, but it remains an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality of their work was excellent; I thought it was really fantastic.

How did studio~humm perform from a project management standpoint?

We set up a timeline, and then all of the stages happened fluidly. The coders worked alongside design to iterate a final product. There was never a single late deadline.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very affable guys. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Any advice for potential customers?

Do it.

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

Comprehensive Branding Project for Retail Consultancy

"The designers have a dedicated thought process that informs every decision they make and how it relates to our company."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

A retail consultancy hired studio~humm to help guide them through the process of rebranding. The project involved website redesign, an overhaul of content and messaging, and other new materials.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Maria Pepine
Communications Manager, Marketing Pioneers GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The recent launch of the site has been received with positive feedback both internally and externally. Along the way, studio~humm was extremely insightful and professional, making an effort to understand the company’s goals and values. Customers can expect a reliable, talented design partner.

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 communications manager for Marketing Pioneers GmbH, a creative agency for retail transformation. Our services include retail design, brand activation and communication, branded spaces, and anything else related to retail. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with studio~humm?

Our corporate identity, website, and, and content strategy all needed makeovers. After four years in business, we felt the copy, branding, and user experience we were offering weren’t in line with the direction our company had grown in.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The team at studio~humm supported us throughout the entire process. We had an initial workshop to introduce our company and discuss our goals and expectations. Then, they developed mock-ups and a wireframe for us, and we moved forward with the project. 

Together, we came up with a copywriting guide to determine the direction of our content. After landing on a brand identity, studio~humm designed business cards and envelopes, our email signature, and presentation templates. They also helped us implement aesthetic consistency throughout our social media platforms.

What is the team composition?

We worked with three people from studio~humm. There was a project manager, who is the lead designer, a web developer, and a content strategist.

How did you come to work with studio~humm?

I know one of their team members personally, and was confident studio~humm would be able to accomplish all of our goals.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent €27,000 (approximately $29,000 USD) on the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2019, and we launched in January 2020. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched the website very recently, so we don’t have any specific metrics that speak to its quality. However, we’ve received very positive feedback both internally and externally on the upgrade, and we’re very pleased with all of the design outcomes.

The team was very flexible and insightful. They were able to come up to speed quickly on our industry, which they hadn’t previously had experience with. 

The designers have a dedicated thought process that informs every decision they make and how it relates to our company.

How did studio~humm perform from a project management standpoint?

We had regular phone and video calls, as well as meetings whenever necessary. We also communicated over email, Google Docs, Slack, and Whereby. 

The team was always available to answer questions or concerns. Everything was delivered on time, and they were patient with us when we had delays on our side. Overall, it was a very smooth process. 

Every member of the team had knowledge of what the others were working on, so they could individually provide support even if the dedicated point person wasn’t available, which was a really impressive aspect of their work. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

From the beginning, it was clear studio~humm understood our organization and goals. The team is friendly, helpful, and supportive, and they bring a valuable level of professionalism. 

Going into the project, I never expected that every decision studio~humm made would be the product of such a degree of thoughtfulness.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This was a mistake I made on my end, but I think the project could’ve been improved with more streamlined communication. We had too many channels, and it became confusing towards the end of the engagement. Apart from that, I’m really happy with our relationship with studio~humm.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t hide anything. Be honest about your organization’s values, strengths, weaknesses, and goals, so they can really understand you and provide the best solutions.

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

Website Redesign & Brand Identity for Payment Strategy Firm

"They understood the importance of a personal touch within a brand and were invested in our success."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

studio-humm redesigned a website and all accompanying materials, such as templates and business cards. They also created a brand guide and supported other efforts with podcast and photography assistance.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Sabrina Small
Managing Consultant, Lipis Advisors
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though there are no hard metrics yet, there has been plenty of positive, rewarding internal feedback regarding the new company image. The skilled studio-humm team was committed to producing a modern, attractive brand through the redesigned site, updated materials, and overall support.

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 a management consultant for a small payment consulting firm in Berlin.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with?

Our website was outdated and we were looking to rebrand our company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

studio-humm redesigned our website, templates, and presentation assets, such as business cards. They produced a brand guide based on the new style they created. From there, they helped us form and launch a social media strategy. We also implemented several electronic tools to manage the posts every month.

Outside of the main design and branding work, they also supported our other efforts to improve our presence. This included guiding us toward what equipment to purchase for our podcast efforts, editing and publishing the first few episodes, etc. They also took professional photographs of our staff to include on the website as part of the rebranding.

What is the team composition?

Four teammates were working on our project from studio-humm, but I primarily worked with two of them on a regular basis. Within their team, they provided a designer, a content manager, and a few teammates who worked on our coding and backend needs.

How did you come to work with studio-humm?

I searched for the best web designers in Berlin and chose them based on my research.

How much have you invested with them?

Overall, we spent roughly €20,000 (approximately $22,300 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from December 2018–March 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have any metrics yet because we only recently launched the new brand, but we expect to see positive results soon. Internally, we’re all thrilled with the work studio-humm did for us and the engagement was a success.

How did studio-humm perform from a project management standpoint?

They were an incredibly professional team to work with. We used Slack to communicate and they were responsive throughout the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They understood the importance of a personal touch within a brand and were invested in our success. Flexible in their approach, they showed a genuine interest in meeting our goals. Their team was also warm whenever we interacted, and we felt comfortable trusting them. They ensured my company had a better image than we did before starting the engagement.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They were great—there’s nothing to be improved.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Just because they’re a small team doesn’t mean they don’t have the ability to successfully complete your project. Trust that they can handle a larger workload.

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 and Branding for Clothing Firm

"The project went very smoothly and remained on track with our requirements."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2016 – Feb. 2017
Project summary: 

studio~humm did visual redesign for a website as part of a branding campaign. Services including A/B testing. The improved site and the rebrand have launched.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Bucharest, Romania
Augustin Ladar
Partner, Sir Ludovic
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s commitment to planning and guidance ensured the solution’s launch before deadline. Internal stakeholders have commented favorably on the rebrand, which has improved consumer trust. Customers can expect a knowledgeable partner who communicates expectations and progress clearly.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a partner and head of marketing and business development, for a luxury clothing and accessories firm. I’m in charge of all revenue-generating activities, including marketing and branding.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire studio~humm?

We needed to improve our branding and online presence. Our challenge with studio~humm was to update all visual elements in order to reflect our product line and our position in the market.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a new visual identity and website ready by the planned re-launch date.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We heard pitches from several agencies and design studios. We chose studio~humm as they had the deepest understanding of our needs.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

After our initial briefing, we established the project’s scope and requirements. We remained in constant communication and they gave us guidance and insights on development. After they completed the design stage, we collaborated on testing and moved toward a seamless launch.

What was the team composition?

The team included Adrian and Dan (Co-founders, studio~humm), who contacted me for feedback.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched our newly redesigned brand and website on time. The impact was visible over the following six months, as our brand reflected our quality and helped us gain consumer trust.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Dan was the de facto project manager. He and Adrian worked independently most of the time and contacted me to get feedback on the project’s direction. The project went very smoothly and remained on track with our requirements.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team easily came to a deep understanding of our brand requirements. They worked without requiring unnecessary involvement or focus from my end.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They could use improvement in their A/B testing offering. They had a smaller team at the time, and they did most of the testing, but I did some myself.

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 Dev & Redesign for Venture Capital Firm

"We're happy with the results and have received positive feedback after the relaunch."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. - Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

studio~humm updated an old website, building it in Webflow and incorporating minimal content on the pages. They collaborated with the in-house team to discuss goals and recently delivered the final product.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Germany
Thomas Dreiling
Communications Manager, Creathor Ventures
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

studio~humm had good project management and maintained clear communcation. They're experts in their field and provide high-quality products. The documentation could've been better, but they consistently sought feedback to provide the best service possible.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the communications manager for Creathor Ventures, an experienced venture capital firm that invests in early-stage tech and healthcare start-ups across Europe.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire studio~humm?

Our website was outdated, so we needed a new site that better represented our goal to invest in technological pioneers.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a modern and visually-appealing website that would give visitors (especially founders and potential fund investors) a good first impression of who we are and what we're doing, without overloading the pages with too much content. Technically, we needed a CMS that would allow us to easily implement future changes ourselves.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of our porfolio companies recommended studio~humm. We had quotes from 5–6 other agencies, but their price/performance ratio and the general first impression made us choose them.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

After an initial kick-off workshop to discuss our goals and expectations in detail and give them a better understanding of our company, they developed a styleboard and created simple wireframes we agreed upon. At the same time, we jointly worked on the photographic imagery and video content. We had feedback calls at least once a week while they developed the website with Webflow. They finished the partnership with a workshop to teach us how to work with the Webflow CMS.

What was the team composition?

The project team consisted of a project manager, web developer, imagery specialist, and a few other developers, as needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're happy with the results and have received positive feedback after the relaunch. The site is exactly what we had in mind when looking for an agency.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Their project management was good; they never caused any major delays. We used appear.in for regular video calls, and emails and Google Docs for status updates and task lists.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were Webflow experts and had a clear idea on where to take the website, design-wise. They requested structured feedback after the completion of the project to further improve collaboration in the future.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Documentation could've improved. We agreed that short written summaries of next steps after our calls would've helped. Apart from that, there wasn't much need for improvement.

4.5
Overall Score The team is competent and nice.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They delivered with very few scheduling issues.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They have a fair cost/performance ratio.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I'm very satisfied with the results.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Branding & Design for Financial Services Provider

“The studio~humm team’s work helped strengthen brand awareness.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After planning the project, studio~humm developed a brand identity and corresponding UX/UI design elements for a financial services website, improving the onboarding process and online banking interface.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Bucharest, Romania
Head of Operations, Dalberry Technologies
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The work was completed on time, so the website was ready by the planned business launch. The studio~humm team’s branding strategies increased brand visibility and market recognition. Overall, their team was responsive and communicative, laying the foundation for smooth collaboration.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the head of technologies at a financial technology company. We work with a financial services provider for rapidly growing online businesses that are under-served by mainstream banks. We worked with studio~humm on that company's website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire studio~humm?

We needed to design and implement a new brand, then incorporate it into a website.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to have a defined visual representation of the brand and a corresponding website ready by the planned launch date.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We considered several companies but ultimately chose studio~humm following an internal recommendation.

Describe the project in detail.

After we established project timelines, we had an initial briefing to discuss the ideas, goals, and values we wanted in the website. We used mood boards to create a cohesive look and feel. Then, studio~humm submitted a proposal for the homepage. We requested a few adjustments, and they made the changes. Once both sides were happy with the style, their team built the rest of the pages.

The studio~humm team redefined the sites UX/UI with their design strategies, improving the digital client onboarding process and the online banking interface. Their branding elements were also incorporated in company presentations, marketing collateral, and event materials. We continue to work with studio~humm to maintain these efforts.

What was the team composition?

We had a main point of contact.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to launch the website and the business at the same time. The site gained traction in the market and helped new customers learn about the company and their service offerings. The studio~humm team’s work helped strengthen brand awareness.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Their team is responsive and communicative at all times. They manage a smooth process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were transparent, patient, and thoughtful, which really helped us define our values and strategies.

Are there any areas for improvement?

When we have urgent projects, there’s sometimes a delay because they have other clients. It’s important for us to agree on timelines.

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

Visual Branding & Digital Identity for IT Firm

“studio~humm delivers quality for less budget than outsourcing to other agencies.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2017 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

studio~humm provides ongoing visual branding support on both a consulting basis, providing artistic direction and guidance, and on a project-delivery basis executing against visual brand guidelines.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Reading, United Kingdom
Samuel Hall
EMEA Corporate Communications Director, IT Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

studio~humm has applied strong visual and brand representation technical knowledge to achieve successful social campaigns. Focused on relationship building, studio~humm works proactively and collaboratively with the in-house team.

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 Director of Communications across the Middle East and Africa for a cloud-based technology company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with studio~humm?

We needed adaptation and localization of key visual content. It needed to be locally relevant across a range of countries based on our brand guidelines and completed on quick turnaround times. We had also expanded our communication channels to include digital and social, of which visual is a key part. We didn’t have those competencies within the team and we needed it done on a realistic budget.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We work with studio~humm on a retainer basis for both consultancy and project delivery. They function as part of our internal team allowing us to integrate their brand, creative, and visual capabilities into the team. They will often serve as a sounding board or even like an artistic director. They also create content and execute, applying our brand guidelines to internally-facing projects like stakeholder presentations or materials and externally-facing projects like regional social channels. We’ve completed five or six projects with them at this point.

What is the team composition?

We work with two of the founding partners.

How did you come to work with studio~humm?

I was previously at Oracle where I worked with one of the partners as a self-employed contractor before he founded studio~humm. I wanted to establish the same model of support as I had had at Oracle.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2017 and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s hard to put a price on visual brand. I think about it as the cost of not having done it. Within our corporate communications team, if we didn’t have studio~humm, we wouldn’t have that competency in-house. A lot of things we do wouldn’t happen. For example, we can all look at third-party data about how social campaigns require compelling, optimized, and bespoke images. Without this relationship with studio~humm, we wouldn’t have that.

Another way to look at it is that, if I didn’t have studio~humm—and I had to build the capacity in-house—it would be significantly more expensive. It would likewise cost more if I had to use our existing brand or marketing agencies, who have incredibly high markups and aren’t interested in that type of quick turnaround work. studio~humm delivers quality for less budget than outsourcing to other agencies.

How did studio~humm perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack and Trello. We run everything through an agile framework with two-week sprints.

We’re a small internal team working hard across a large number of projects. They’re responsive in terms of being part of internal team calls. They communicate if they’re not getting what they need. If something is holding them up, they’re open about the impact that’s having on their delivery. They’re very proactive.
 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Because you’re dealing with the owners, the people you’re dealing with have a strong interest in the client relationship. The person I’ve given the brief to is the person that will primarily work on it. At the same time, you’re dealing with the people who do strategy as well as execution. Their speed of delivery is impressive. They understand visual frameworks and identifies. Their body of knowledge around brand representation is solid.

They also understand the internal guidelines that you sometimes have to work within. The first idea might be more creatively exciting but the second idea is more feasible. They understand the approval processes and internal demands placed upon us to choose the second idea over the first.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We use them in a very defined way. They may, though, need to consider as they grow their business to take on significantly larger projects. They’ll need to scale to meet demand while maintaining strong personal relationships with clients.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clearly defined brief and allow studio~humm to give you feedback on that brief. Unless you’re a graphic design visual expert, they know more than you. Treat them as the experts that they are.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It depends on the size of the project. I’m not sure they could scale to undertake a multi-million-pound brand restructure.

Logo & Branding for Machine-Learning Firm

“They’re honest, transparent, and it was great to work with them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2017 – Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

studio~humm leads the rebranding of a firm’s entire web presence. They redesigned a website, developed a new company name, and created a unique logo. They also helped develop new sales presentations.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Christian Blomberg
CRO, Solvemate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

studio~humm delivered an aesthetically-pleasing website that entices customers and drives sales. The logo and name they developed accurately reflect the brand’s key messaging. Executive-level engagement yields a creative process that’s structured to provide excellent deliverables.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

At Solvemate, we provide a solution that automates companies’ customer support systems. Our virtual agents are easy to integrate and deliver around-the-clock service. As the chief revenue officer, I’m responsible for the commercial side of the business by predominantly focusing on sales, partnerships, and overseeing customer accessibility.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with studio~humm?

We had a low-quality website that needed to be revamped. It had horrible illustrations and I never wanted to show it to enterprise prospects. Even our logo was just an icon found on another site. We had to continually credit its designer. Additionally, our company name was unprofessional and misrepresented what we do. I reached out to studio~humm so they could refresh our web presence, create a new company name, and design a new logo.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We couldn’t sell our enterprise software without a professional-looking platform, so our first priority was for studio~humm to redesign our website. To do this, they interviewed our executive staff to establish our brand essence, define the mission we wanted to accomplish, and identify how we differentiate ourselves from competitors. Then, we went through a series of interactive workshops. They produced summaries of the sessions and submitted design suggestions for additional feedback. They essentially built a proposal around our company’s messaging and brand voice before moving into the website work. This approach was necessary to create a coherent brand design.

They implemented the new site design and assigned a copywriter to produce some of our web content. Once that was complete, they began working on the company name and logo. Studio~humm built on the information they had already gathered and engaged in a regimented process to create the branding materials we required. Additionally, they designed our sales collateral and helped revise our client presentations.

What is the team composition?

Dan (Co-founder, studio~humm) was our primary point of contact. We also worked directly with their copywriter.

How did you come to work with studio~humm?

They were recommended to me by a colleague who worked with Dan in the past.

How much have you invested with them?

We probably spent around €15,000–€20,000 ($17,700–$23,600 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from August 2017­–January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They provided design-centric work, so identifying qualitative metrics is difficult. Unlike the previous iteration, the new website generates leads. We’ve also received a lot of quotable feedback that indicates that the brand name and website design resonate with people. Other agencies we’ve worked have complimented the redesign and were impressed by the sales presentations that studio~humm helped us create. Their materials look clean, professional, and distinct.

How did studio~humm perform from a project management standpoint?

We came to them with an outcome in mind and Dan guided us through the project. This was especially appreciated during the creative processes that took place to complete the rebrand. Our team is made up of pragmatic individuals who are solution-oriented, so the brainstorming sessions were a significant challenge for us. Luckily, studio~humm’s extremely structured approach made us confident that we were always heading in the right direction. However, we experienced a setback when we couldn’t get the domain name we wanted. Dan took command of the situation and initiated another workshop to come up with a modified version of the brand name we’d previously decided on. We communicated via a shared Slack channel and Trello board.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We never felt overcharged for the work they performed. They’re honest, transparent, and it was great to work with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have no complaints regarding their performance on the website redesign or the branding effort. However, I’d like to see a quicker response and execution from them when working with us on ad hoc tasks. That being said, I understand that they have more clients at this time and can’t jump on everything we give them at a moment’s notice.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We were quick to share our company’s information and let them lead the way. Considering the results we received, I’d say that was the right approach.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We never had a problem.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re quite affordable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Digital Branding & Design for Berlin Startup

“I think they did a fantastic job and highlighted exactly what we had envisioned.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
April 2017 – July 2017
Project summary: 

Studio~humm provided front and backend web development and design, wireframing and content marketing for a third party.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Jacky Chou
Founder, Indexsy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In just three months, the new web presence generated over 50 qualified leads and landed on the front page of reddit. Incredibly fast response times, coupled with fantastic project management, made for an ultimately well-designed final product.

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 founder of Indexsy and we’re based in Vancouver, Berlin and London.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with studio~humm?

We worked together on a project for a mutual client; our main goal was to generate leads, design the landing page and push traffic for our client.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We all started working together from the very beginning, coming up with ideas and bringing them to execution. We described, in layman’s terms, thoughts for the wireframing and studio~humm provided that, content marketing, website design and development. They did everything from giving feedback on the content to designing every single page. There were several iterations of our providing feedback—based off of trends in 2017—and their designing accordingly.

What is the team composition?

I worked directly with Dan Baciu (Co-founder and Principal Designer, studio~humm)

How did you come to work with studio~humm?

We received a referral from someone in the client company.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested around $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in April 2017 and was completed by July of that same year, three months before final deadline.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We ran a VR campaign that helped drive over 50 qualified leads. A front page spot on reddit was also a huge accomplishment. The client was happy with how it turned out and, overall, said it was very well-designed. I think they did a fantastic job and highlighted exactly what we had envisioned.

How did studio~humm perform from a project management standpoint?

I have a direct line with Dan and he managed the project fantastically.  We used Asana.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The turnaround was quick; every time I had a question or comment during the workday, they tended to respond within 30 minutes.

Are there any areas they could improve?

A lot of times the client wanted Dan to figure out what they wanted, which was probably too much for them to ask. In the future, I might suggest that studio~humm provide more design-focused direction and push the client to help them move in the right direction.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Know exactly what you are looking for, especially with requirements and deliverables.

5.0
Overall Score They quickly picked up on exactly what we needed.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    30 minute turnarounds are definitely great.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are pricey, but it was definitely worth it for the four months of work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They achieved everything we wanted and beyond that.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have; we've had a great experience with them.