September 2022

Top Creative Agencies in San Francisco

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Creative agencies produce all the content and visual elements of a brand. Creative agencies provide companies the branding materials necessary to engage with potential and existing customers. Creative agencies help their clients because they handle challenging, time-consuming work. In particular, creative agencies can usually design logos, banners, and color schemes. Also, many creative agencies offer services such as copywriting, video production, and email newsletter creation. Recently, some creative agencies began to offer services typically associated with digital marketing, such as social media and web design.

Luckily, San Francisco has some of the best creative company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with creative company in The Bay Area. Evaluate their case studies, project types, and client reviews to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Creative Companies in The Bay Area

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $75,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With an impressive roster of clients like Apple, Adobe, Walmart, and more, Traction’s talent, expertise, and processes are proven. They are an award-winning creative agency, working mainly with large enterprises and mid-sized clients.

    They partnered with Lenovo to create a marketing campaign for ThinkPad™ Yoga 12 all-in-one laptop and tablet. In a series of videos and a collection of four tongue-in-cheek illustrated “Survival Guides”, they appealed to a marketing-averse IT audience, making it the most viewed and downloaded asset ever produced. The result —a 400% lift in engagement.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 30% Web Design
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 20% Other
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $100,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Why is Brawny experiencing record sales? They’ve turned to Cutwater for branding expertise. This US-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Twitter launched a platform targeting their unique users, Cutwater analyzed the entirety of their approach to create key features and design a strategy that would bring together all elements of the client’s brand. The result was a huge success, and continues to drive progress for the brand today.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 30% Other
  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    For 15 years, Sköna has created major growth for their clients by creating brands that their customers love. They’re a full-service agency specializing in creative services like web design and video production as well as media buying and digital strategy. 

     

    One of their recent projects was creating a new corporate identity for AI company Figure Eight. Sköna created a system as sleek and powerful as the technology itself that gave new life to the brand’s web and mobile experiences. 

    SERVICES
    • 30% Web Design
    • 30% Advertising
    • 25% Branding
    • 15% Other
    Radical simplicity for LiveRamp

    Radical simplicity for LiveRamp

    LiveRamp built a data enablement platform that allows companies and their partners to better connect, control, and activate data, so they can transform customer experiences and generate more valuable business outcomes....
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    Out-of-Home Billboard - TechB2B...

    Out-of-Home Billboard - TechB2B...

    Winner of Forbes Highway 101 Billboard Award! Our goal was to build momentum leading up to Snowflake's Data Sharing announcement by pulling off a memorable Out of Home launch. Our unique creative copy plays on the current...
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    Rebranding & Web identity (AI...

    Rebranding & Web identity (AI...

    Figure Eight, formerly Crowd Flower, a fledging AI brand, was looking to rebrand their corporate identity, and partnered with Skona to bring their new brand to life online. The result: a slick new website and mobile web...
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    Rebrand, Redesign, Campaigns &...

    Rebrand, Redesign, Campaigns &...

    We live in one of the richest cities in the world. Yet one out of four of our residents suffer from food insecurity. Say what?! Yes, that means they actually do not know where their next meal will be coming from. Three...
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, MOST LIKELY TO has provided branding work for clients like HBO. Based in San Francisco, MOST LIKELY TO brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When FX was just a growing network looking to make an impact, MOST LIKELY TO crafted the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by MOST LIKELY TO designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 15% Media Planning & Buying
    • 35% Other
    Milliman Brand Campaign

    Milliman Brand Campaign

    Milliman is a $1B global consulting firm with a long track record of impressive innovation. Yet the firm was perceived among their c-suite target audience as reliable and trustworthy, not innovative. To resolve this, we...
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    Milliman Hippo Case Study

    Milliman Hippo Case Study

    To demonstrate Milliman thought leadership, reach an elusive c-suite audience, and reposition the brand as innovative, we produced an ongoing series of short films that hilghight Milliman's visionary work. These films run...
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    Goldminer Sourdough Brand Campaign

    Goldminer Sourdough Brand Campaign

    The ask: introduce an unknown sourdough brand to grocery store shoppers in a state hardly known for sourdough. To gain the interest of shoppers—and stretch every dollar of a snug media budget—we developed a unique...
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    Real Foodies Compost

    Real Foodies Compost

    The challenge was to convince Millennials to compost. Research told us the overlap between Millennials and foodies was more than 80%. Our strategy was to capitalize on this by asking foodies to obsess about not just where...
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like NetGear, but Theory SF is a branding agency that hasn’t lost its focus on innovation or creativity. This San Francisco-based firm helps organizations around the world focus their strategy for greater success.

    If you want to see how Theory SF helps brands communicate with their audiences in a unique and crowded space, look no further than their work for Riverbed Technology. Theory SF helped them define a strategy for their audience to improve their reach.

    SERVICES
    • 60% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 10% Digital Strategy
    • 10% Other
    Outdoor Billboards

    Outdoor Billboards

    Our outdoor boards build awareness of the activities and unmatched beauty of the area
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    website

    website

    We developed a beautiful site that helps visitors dream and visit!
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Sausalito, CA

    What do The New York Yankees and KingPins Bowling have in common? They’ve both turned to Watson Creative for branding expertise. This Portland-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Kaiser Permanente launched a platform targeting their unique users, Watson Creative analyzed the entirety of their approach to create key features and design a strategy that would bring together all elements of the client’s brand. The result was a huge success, and continues to drive progress for the brand today.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 15% Digital Strategy
    • 15% Web Design
    • 50% Other
    Chown Hardware

    Chown Hardware

    How do you rebrand a 140 year old family business?  Carefully. We approached this project with a clear vision and one priority: don’t mess it up. The Chown family has been around since Portland was an upstart new city...
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    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

    https://vimeo.com/96239285
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    Oregon State University

    Oregon State University

    https://vimeo.com/137252705
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    Upright brewing

    Upright brewing

    https://watsoncreative.com/portfolio-items/upright-brewing/ https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/395839480  
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Sausalito, CA

    Division of Labor is a California-based agency focused on helping brands highlight their distinctive qualities with branding services. With clients that include SFMOMA and a long list of successful work in a range of industries, Division of Labor has already made a name for itself as a go-to source for expert branding.

    When Kelly Services was searching for a way to improve their brand identity, Division of Labor leveraged their industry expertise to deliver a targeted brand development strategy that would meet their clients KPIs and boost their bottom line along the way. The result was stellar client feedback and a successful engagement that led to future work.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 30% Other
    Live Nation

    Live Nation

    Rodents on Turntables for Live Nation was a Vimeo Staff Pick with millions of views around the world.
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    Project with Groupon

    Project with Groupon

    For Groupon, we wanted to talk to merchants and let them know that Groupon not only works, but that “80 percent of the people that do a Groupon want to do another.” So, we told the story of a tire shop that embraced...
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Emeryville, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, FARINELLA has provided branding work for clients like Libratone. Based in California, FARINELLA brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When Akamai was just a new brand looking to make an impact, FARINELLA crafted the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by FARINELLA designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Branding
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Web Design
    • 30% Other
  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Oakland, CA

    What do Red Bull and Montage Health have in common? They’ve both turned to School of Thought for video production expertise. This San Francisco-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Cisco launched a platform targeting their unique users, School of Thought analyzed the entirety of their approach to create key features and design a strategy that would bring together all elements of the client’s brand. The result was a huge success, and continues to drive progress for the brand today.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Video Production
    • 20% Advertising
    • 40% Other
  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Wind River and SunPower count JUMBOshrimp as their dependable branding experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With over 17 years of branding experience, this San Francisco-based agency is certainly here to stay.

    Ericcson is a globally recognized leader in telecommunications, and JUMBOshrimp has provided focused and wide-reaching branding services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes logo design, iconography, overall brand voice and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 20% Video Production
    • 40% Other
    Wind River "WHEN IT MATTERS IT...

    Wind River "WHEN IT MATTERS IT...

    Westinghouse :60 Brand TV Ad

    Westinghouse :60 Brand TV Ad

    Ericsson TV Ad - "When I grow up"

    Ericsson TV Ad - "When I grow up"

    CBSSports.com - Bobby Valentine...

    CBSSports.com - Bobby Valentine...

  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Oakland, CA

    Rainfactory is a marketing agency based in the U.S. whose past clients include Pakt and many more significant brands across multiple markets. What sets them apart is their ability to deliver strategy, design, and advertising for mobile applications and e-commerce companies that gets results. In fact, Rainfactory has run 5 of the 15 most-funded crowdfunding campaigns in the history of Indiegogo

    One of Rainfactory’s most recent successes comes from their work for Flic, who sought them out in need of a fundraising campaign that would help them enable the future of their company. Rainfactory gave them the resources and expertise to confidently improve their brand presentation, resulting in over $350,000 in just two months.

    SERVICES
    • 27% Social Media Marketing
    • 13% Pay Per Click
    • 10% Branding
    • 50% Other
  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, Across the Pond has provided video prodoction work for clients like Google. Based in UK, Across the Pond brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When Rosewood was just a new brand looking to make an impact, Across the Pond created not only their recognizable video strategy but the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by Across the Pond designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Advertising
    • 25% Branding
    • 25% Video Production
    • 25% Other
    Lily's Gift - Lilysilk

    Lily's Gift - Lilysilk

    How do you create cut-through at Christmas, undoubtedly the most cluttered time of year for advertising, on a shoestring budget? That was our challenge when working with Lily Silk, a silkwear brand looking to make its...
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    Convenient & Enjoyable...

    Convenient & Enjoyable...

      Scoop is a dramatically improved commute experience, giving co-workers and neighbors a convenient and enjoyable way to carpool.
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    Stand Up For Fit, Triumph

    Stand Up For Fit, Triumph

    Discover your perfect fit at www.triumph.com/fit Calling all ladies! Join us on on our mission to help women all around the country find their perfect fit. #StandUpForFit.
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    Hello, we are Across the Pond

    Hello, we are Across the Pond

  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Creative:MINT clients include Axiom Hotel, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to advertising and marketing strategy for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Creative:MINT was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

    When Fidelity Investments needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Creative:MINT. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 15% Media Planning & Buying
    • 40% Other
    Nuix

    Nuix

    Nuix is a leading technology for solving complex real-world data challenges including investigation, cybersecurity, insider threats, intelligence, litigation, regulation, privacy and risk management. Through the patented...
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    Fidelity Investments

    Fidelity Investments

    Fidelity Investments is the largest private custodian in the world, with $3 Trillion of assets under management throughout the greater Fidelity organization. Relationships with a vast array of independent investment firms...
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    Axiom Hotel

    Axiom Hotel

    The Axiom Hotel is where history meets the digital revolution. Located at the nexus of San Francisco’s historic Union Square and innovative Mid-Market Technology hub, this boutique hotel welcomes those who desire a...
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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Novato, CA

    A brand strategy firm, Kreativz’s passionate team brings brands to life with brand development and marketing, and media communications solutions. They mainly work with small and mid-sized clients in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.

    They led a full brand evolution for an elite, members-only organization, Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI). They developed PPI’s story and helped communicate it through language and visuals, establishing the appropriate voice and tone and a consistent design style for use across print and digital channels.

    SERVICES
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Web Design
    • 10% Search Engine Optimization
    • 70% Other
    Novato Chamber of Commerce

    Novato Chamber of Commerce

    Recently, Kreativz helped the Chamber build a strategic vision for the next 5 years and reinvent its brand to remain relevant for businesses of today. The new logo is partly inspired by the red of the ribbon cutting...
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    MCC Rebrand

    MCC Rebrand

    Kreativz led a full brand evolution for the third-largest healthcare provider in Marin County– Marin Community Clinics. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that is a vital part of the healthcare network of our...
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    Electronic Arts (EA) Careers

    Electronic Arts (EA) Careers

    Advised final creative direction and developed the powerful, new Electronic Arts, Inc.’s jobs site, 150+ pages, Drupal-based, multilingual-ready corporate website with millions of site visitors per year. Designed and...
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    Pacific Pension & Investment...

    Pacific Pension & Investment...

    Kreativz led a full brand evolution for an elite, members-only organization – Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI). We began with the Kreativz stakeholder engagement process for board, staff and membership...
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  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Palo Alto, CA

    Another Circus aims to build bold brands through meaningful campaigns that inspire and transform their clients in the modern era. They specialize in advertising, branding, and UX/UI design for small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of gambling, financial services, and gaming.

    As an example of their work, Another Circus partnered with Waiz. Waiz is an account aggregator app that helps users manage their financial data from various bank accounts in one place.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 30% UX/UI Design
    • 30% Branding
    • 10% Other
    Feel - Mental Health Advisor

    Feel - Mental Health Advisor

    Feel is the World's First Emotion Sensor & Mental Health Advisor. It helps people build better and lasting emotional health with real-time, evidence-based advice and support 24/7. For Feel we created the logo and...
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    WeWork - Sales Tool UX / UI

    WeWork - Sales Tool UX / UI

    Producing cutting edge UX/UI for the leading real estate company worldwide.  We had a long term collaboration with wework, designing their internal tools (Brand Identity/UX/UI). Collaborating directly with NY product...
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    Betano - Night Run

    Betano - Night Run

    Betano is Stoiximan’s expansion in Europe. As Stoiximan does not mean anything in English, a new name was needed along with a new brand, with cultural relevance for different markets. First stop for Betano was Romania...
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    Betano - The Sports Brand

    Betano - The Sports Brand

    Betano is Stoiximan’s expansion in Europe. As Stoiximan does not mean anything in English, a new name was needed along with a new brand, with cultural relevance for different markets. First stop for Betano was Romania...
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