January 2020

Top Creative Agencies in San Francisco

A business will profit by working with a team of creative strategists and visual tacticians. A good creative agency will provide advice, coaching, and strategy along the way. Luckily, San Francisco has a plethora of creative agencies to choose from.

Discover and connect with creative agencies in San Francisco to learn more about their case studies, success stories, and client reviews. Take a look at their customer feedback, notable projects, and previous clients of these companies to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Creative Agencies in San Francisco

  • 1

    Division of Labor

    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
    • 50% Advertising
    • 40% Branding
    • 10% Web Design
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    Ford

    How come gas is the only product in the world that never goes on sale? That was the question we asked Ford. Then we build a campaign around a simple notion: The only way to pay less for gas, is to pay for gas, less. 
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    Kelly Services Times Square

    Kelly's video billboard ran on the seven story Nasdaq tower billboard in Times Square.
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    Live Nation

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

    Launch spot for Opendoor.
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    DDW

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Sausalito, CA

    Where do companies turn when their current brand design isn’t making the grade and they need a fast course-correction? Brands like Amazon turn to DDW, a California-based agency that delivers brand development to organizations and companies that need results.

    Blue Point Brewing is an alcoholic beverage company that needed to improve their brand identity. They employed DDW, who were quickly able to analyze their existing branding design, then develop and execute a more effective approach that led to a measurable increase in KPIs.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Branding
    • 20% Packaging Design
    • 15% Advertising
    • 25% Other
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    Blue Point Brewing - Keeping It Salty

    Blue Point is a no-bullshit coastal brewing company in Patchogue, Long Island.Known for their New York attitude, their salty dockside humor, and their tasty assortment of amazing hometown-inspired craft beers, Blue Point...
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    Decathlon - The World's Sporting Goods Store

    France-based Decathlon wanted to open their first USA superstore in Emeryville, CA, just across the bridge from San Francisco. Surprisingly, although Decathlon is the largest sporting goods retailer in the world (with...
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    Perfect Day - Dairy Made Perfect

    Perfect Day, a top Bay Area food tech startup, is setting out to revolutionize the world of dairy. They found a way to create dairy proteins that are nutritionally identical to those that come from a cow, but are...
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    Layla Sleep Brand Refresh

    Of course, millennials love purchasing their mattresses online. Simple experiences. Lower prices. No pushy sales people. Free delivery. Easy returns.That’s why the category has exploded – with over 300 brands hawking...
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    Traction

    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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    250% Increase in Leads

    Lenovo is the biggest laptop vendor in the world. Many of those laptops are sold to businesses, and with the launch of their ThinkPad™ Yoga 12 all-in-one laptop and tablet, Lenovo hoped to broaden their exposure to a...
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    Doubling CPG Retail Velocity

    Healthy Pet came to us with the best challenge ever: Launch a new consumer packaged goods product in a crowded, stale, and unimaginative category. How stale and unimaginative? Try cat litter. Starting with the universal...
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    Gold Front

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Many enterprise clients count Gold Front as their dependable video production experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With years of experience in their industry, this San Francisco-based agency is certainly here to make an impact.

    One Gold Front client is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and Gold Front has provided focused and wide-reaching services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes UX design, UI, overall brand presence and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 40% Other
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    Plume - Inner Voices

    Plume partnered with Gold Front to launch a comedic spot that takes viewers into the minds of so-called smart devices.
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    Keap - Quiet the Doubters

    Designed to help small business owners run their businesses better, Keap offers a comprehensive suite of tools to create order and turn new leads into lasting customers. We crafted a campaign around a hero video that...
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    Sköna

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    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
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Media Planning & Buying
    • 40% Other
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    Rebrand & New Website Assets (Consultancy B2B)

    We partnered with Mercuri International to rebrand their identity in order to better position them in their growing, global landscape. The brand urgently needed to reposition itself as a modern, attractive, and...
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    Rebrand, Redesign, Campaigns & Website Development

    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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    Rebranding & Web identity (AI Tech B2B)

    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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    Out-of-Home Billboard - TechB2B Brand

    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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    Viewstream

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Viewstream counts impressive brands with recognizable names among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this America-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted video production and digital strategy work.

    One example of their web development success comes from their work for a corporate account with a globally recognized brand. Viewstream helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 20% Video Production
    • 10% Branding
    • 40% Other
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    UPS - Where Business Takes Shape

    Motion Graphics, Green Screen, On-Site production to capture executive testimonial in front of a green scree, warehouse operations and stand up employee meeting.
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    AT&T - “Welcome to IoT”

    AT&T - “Welcome to IoT”
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    Coca-Cola Freestyle

    Coca-Cola Freestyle
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    Microsoft - IoT Solutions

    Microsoft - IoT Solutions
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    Farinella LLC

    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
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    Everi ~ Identity Suite

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    Everi ~ Business Cards

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    Everi ~ Website

    Farinella worked with Everi to launch an end-to-end branding campaign. Everi needed a solid brand identity and a new streamlined look. Through extensive market research and interviews, Farinella helped Everi define an...
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    Libratone ~ Rise & Shine Video Ad

    Here is one of the ads in an ongoing Facebook awareness campaign for Libratone, highlighting the company's "turn any space into a SoundSpace" promise.
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    Moburst

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Renowned brands like Google, eBay, and Uber trust Moburst for cost-effective, creative, and innovative mobile marketing campaigns. They are a full-service mobile marketing agency working with clients of all sizes and industries.

    They partnered with Samsung to increase downloads, retention, and revenue from the Galaxy App Store. Using a variety of media channels, they identified segments which apply to different target audiences and initiated campaigns relevant for each segment. Micro segmenting personalized ads increased downloads by 79%, revenue by 36%, and Facebook followers by 1400%.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Mobile & App Marketing
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% UX/UI Design
    • 30% Other
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    Your Mobile Marketing Agency

    A short 80 seconds video of why we will be your ultimate growth partner
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    Terrano X

    Terrano X video production
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    Samsung Galaxy Apps

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    New York Fashion Week

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    Theory SF

    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
    • 20% Branding
    • 15% Marketing Strategy
    • 15% Web Design
    • 50% Other
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    New brand in the extended auto warranty space

    We named and developed the brand and creative for this beautiful new brand in the extended auto warranty category. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch.
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    New brand for tech startup

    We developed a new brand for a revolutionary internet platform built for content creators. The USP? By using Holonis, your content will be found.
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    Outdoor Billboards

    Our outdoor boards build awareness of the activities and unmatched beauty of the area
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    How to Mendo Videos

    We developed an integrated set of 10 videos that teach our guests How to Mendocino. Our on camera talent is an up and coming stand up comic mom that really struck a chord with our audiences. 
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    JUMBOshrimp

    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% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 40% Other
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    Dexcom - Live Uninterrupted

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    Ericsson - Are you my televisionary?

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    Wind River - The Intelligence in the internet of things

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    Wind River - Agents of Change Brand Video

  • 11

    CSTMR

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    What do Goji and Nav have in common? They’ve both turned to CSTMR Fintech Marketing & Design for content marketing expertise. This Austin-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Bank of Marin launched a platform targeting their unique users, CSTMR Fintech Marketing & Design 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% Advertising
    • 10% Branding
    • 10% Content Marketing
    • 60% Other
    company

    A new website and digital strategy

    Helping banks launch and manage SBA loan programs, this SBA lender service provider needed our help to redesign and rebuild their existing website and breathe new life into their brand.
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    New SEO and acquisition strategy

    A new acquisition & SEO-based marketing strategy was created to reach Blueleaf’s target audience. We audited existing processes, build the new strategy, and provided full implementation and support.
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    Re-envisioning LendingTree's product strategy

    Re-envisioning product strategy and ux design is helping the LendingTree business loans team optimize their acquisition experience.
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    Transforming a community bank

    Transforming Clarkston State Bank from a small, local bank to a legit regional and national player required a makeover to their positioning, messaging, design, email and SEO.
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    Across the Pond

    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
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    Vicky & Martin - Alzheimer's Research UK

    Contrary to common thought, Alzheimer’s isn’t an incurable disease. But a cure will only be found if there’s more funding. To tackle misconceptions and to enable people to empathise with those living with the...
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    The Invitation

    The Invitation YouTube Social Impact came to us with a special ask — to tell an engaging and empowering story about Indian women in STEM for International Women’s Day. We saw it as an opportunity to help change the...
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    Driving change with Rolling Study Halls

    Rolling Study Halls is a Google for Education initiative to provide wifi devices and onboard educators on school bus routes across rural America. This allows children to maximise their school day and get their homework...
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    Box Fort - Google DataStudio

    Google Data Studio helps marketers create rich, interactive data reports by pulling from live data sources. So reports that would typically take days to create can now be designed and published in a fraction of the time...
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    Creative:MINT

    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
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    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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    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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    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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    School of Thought

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, 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% Advertising
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Social Media Marketing
    • 40% Other
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    Milliman

    Milliman was the billion-dollar consulting company you had never heard of. Their exceptional consultants have been transforming business with math and statistics for decades.Find out more https://www.schoolofthought...
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    Red Bull

    On par with GQ and Wallpaper, the Red Bulletin magazine was struggling. Sure, they had amazing content and a powerhouse parent brand, but awareness of this digital publication was anemic.Find more of our work at...
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    Blend

    Blend’s mission is to build an online system that makes the lending application process seamless and intuitive. Blend also helps companies to grow, streamline workflows, and close loans faster.Check out our YouTube...
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    Cisco

    Our guerilla effort generated over 100k engagements, 3 million impressions, and thousands of smiles (and installs) in record time. Mobile World Congress and CeBit are two of the world’s largest tradeshows. The Cisco...
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    Photon Creative

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Photon Creative counts impressive brands around the planet among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this America-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted video production work.

    One example of their web development success comes from their largest enterprise client, a globally recognized brand. Photon Creative helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Video Production
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Graphic Design
    • 20% Other
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    Demo Reel

    http://vimeo.com/190180457
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    Design In Mind

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Jose, CA

    Design In Mind has provided branding solutions for huge names like LinkedIn as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This San Jose-based agency was founded on a will to be great and has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Salesforce needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to Design In Mind. Design In Mind completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 40% Other
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    LinkedIn - Ready to Disrupt Sales Kit

    LinkedIn recently launched a new applicant tracking system called Talent Hub that integrates with other LinkedIn products to help companies better source, manage, and hire candidates on one single platform. Our challenge...
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    Automation Anywhere - Imagine 2019 London

    Automation Anywhere is at the forefront of robotic automation software that studies a companies workflow to discover mundane tasks that can be easily automated, saving employees time and energy for more strategic...
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    San Jose Spotlight - Website Design

    San Jose Spotlight is the South Bay’s first nonprofit, community-supported digital news organization. They aim to change the face of journalism by providing a source for independent, ethical and unbiased political news...
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    City of San Jose - Parks & Recreation Department Branding

    Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is one of San Jose’s most active departments. It provides outreach services to all members of the community—children, adults, families, and seniors alike. To increase their...
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