July 2021

Best Design Agencies in San Francisco

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Hiring the right design agency can help a business succeed. The biggest benefits strong design provides businesses include increasing the value of your business, having more aesthetically pleasing business materials, maintaining a brand image that is consistent, recognizable, and reliable, attracting the right audience, and accessing strong project management.

The cost of a design firm depends on the type of design being performed. In general, businesses should expect to pay between $150 and $500 as a start for any design service.

We compiled and vetted a list of design agency in San Francisco to help you find a design companies. Each company has a portfolio of work and is ranked based on client reviews, market leadership, and work experience. Hire the design companies that aligns with your business goals, project management style, budget, and timeline.

List of the Top Design Companies in The Bay Area

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $100,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    A website design and development firm, Kanopi Studios is praised for their uncanny ability to understand business needs, flexibility, and expertise. Offering Drupal and WordPress design and development services, they work with clients of all sizes.

    As an example, they partnered with Orange Silicon Valley to build a WordPress website, helping increase the visibility of the French telecom company’s Silicon Valley office. The new website helped extend the brand, introducing the telecom giant to the Bay Area as they engaged with the startup ecosystem.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Web Development
    • 35% Web Design
    • 25% UX/UI Design
    COIT Cleaning Services

    COIT Cleaning Services

    COIT offers cleaning services as well as 24/7 emergency restoration. Their 100+ locations serve over 12 million homes & businesses across the US and Canada. But their site was a mess with a dated design and poor...
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    Institute at Golden Gate

    Institute at Golden Gate

    The Institute at Golden Gate (instituteatgoldengate.org) is at the intersection of park lands and social good. Kanopi created a Drupal 8 site that supported the need for park leaders to help solve complex social...
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    International Association of...

    International Association of...

    The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) serves professionals in business communication with educational opportunities, certifications, a resource library, an annual conference, and more. Kanopi...
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    Golden Gate National Parks...

    Golden Gate National Parks...

    Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy cares for trails, facilities, and natural ecosystems in area parks while providing education and community programs. Kanopi created a responsive Drupal site with a unified content...
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    EMERGE guarantees high-value digital experiences for their dedicated clientele, which includes big names like The Home Depot and Nike. The agency works with primarily large businesses in the consumer products and financial services industry.

    In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EMERGE built a comprehensive web platform and mobile application that features profiles of the top technology experts from around the globe. The profiles list the experts’ past experiences, which allows a company to define which partner works best for any project.

    SERVICES
    • 90% UX/UI Design
    • 10% Product Design
    Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare...

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare...

    Everyday in the United States, someone is faced with the task of planning for their healthcare needs later in life or helping a loved one make these decisions. The overwhelming process often causes stress and confusion...
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    Wacom Product Launch Website...

    Wacom Product Launch Website...

    For more than 30 years, Wacom’s products have been used by loyal customers to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and product designs. They have also played a significant role...
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    Aruba Customer Experience Center...

    Aruba Customer Experience Center...

    To demonstrate their innovative networking solutions in their new Customer Experience Center part of their brand new all wireless, LEED certified headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard...
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    Nike, Inc. Corporate Responsibility

    Nike, Inc. Corporate Responsibility

    Working with Nike gave us the opportunity to create a game-changing experience that took Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting to a whole new level. We did this by creating responsive desktop, tablet, and...
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Renowned brands like Google, Adobe, and Cisco trust Camp Creative to create digital solutions that cultivate meaningful connections with their audiences. A digital marketing and branding agency, they work with clients of all sizes and industries.

    For DGA Security, they created a new, custom website, including content creation, messaging, animation, UX discovery and research, SEO and more. The website is now poised to generate and convert leads to help meet business goals while strengthening brand awareness and user engagement.

    SERVICES
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 20% Graphic Design
    • 40% Other
    DGA Security

    DGA Security

    We designed and developed a new, custom marketing website for DGA Security that included content creation, messaging, animation, UX discovery and research, SEO and more. The website is now more poised than...
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    Title Nine

    Title Nine

    Tasked with devising comprehensive social media and mobile-ready advertising for a specific line of Title Nine products, we celebrated women who #wearthe pants with a campaign that included animated Facebook ads...
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    IoTium

    IoTium

    For IoTium, Camp Creative accelerated the creation of an internal messaging playbook, a sales playbook, a customer-facing sales deck, and three product brochures. We interviewed key company stakeholders for technical...
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    Tetherow Resort

    Tetherow Resort

    We re-designed Tetherow's website to better reflect their expanding physical footprint and modern, upscale, yet accessible brand appeal. In addition, we greatly improved the various...
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Oakland, CA

    When a brand like Moveworks needs brand development work, there’s one agency they call—Emotive Brand. Founded in California and featuring some of the greatest branding professionals in the market, Emotive Brand helps brands create their voice with expert brand strategies and execution.

    Emotive Brand brings clients exactly the brand design results they need in a timely and affordable manner. That’s why they’ve become a go-to name in branding that continues to make waves across a range of industries and client specialties.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Branding
    • 25% Logo
    • 25% Marketing Strategy
    The New Standard for Data Privacy

    The New Standard for Data Privacy

    All of us as consumers trust our data with companies to buy medicine, fly on airplanes, pay our salaries, and much more. So, who’s going to build the platform to ensure that all this data is secure and used and...
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    Unifying Two Fintech Products...

    Unifying Two Fintech Products...

    When the company approached us, TopstepTrader was actually two separate products. The first, TopstepTrader, enabled online traders to prove their trading competence and earn the right to become a Funded Trader—trading...
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    Positioning a Technology...

    Positioning a Technology...

    Snow Software is a SaaS-based Technology Intelligence platform that gives IT and Software Asset Managers the tools they need to gain a full and up-to-date perspective on their entire technology ecosystem.   While the...
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    Launching a Different Kind of AI...

    Launching a Different Kind of AI...

    To Moveworks, gone were the days of inefficient, frustrating IT—where even the simplest IT problems (changing a password, adding an admin) sat unsolved for days, gathering dust.    After three years in stealth mode...
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Menlo Park, CA

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like Facebook, but Studio Red is a product design agency that hasn’t lost its focus on innovation or creativity. This California-based firm helps organizations around the world focus their strategy for greater success.

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

    SERVICES
    • 65% Product Design
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 10% Web Design
    • 5% Other
    Promega Spectrum

    Promega Spectrum

    Promega came to StudioRed with their new Spectrum CE robotic sampling system. StudioRed supported them by taking their new conceptual look forward ensuring it signaled a fresh design while it still respected Promega's...
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    Facebook Open Cellular

    Facebook Open Cellular

    StudioRed helped Facebook's program to connect the 3rd world to the internet through the Open Cellular project. This device is a "cell tower in a box" allowing thousands of phones to conenct to it within a 10 kilometer...
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $100,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With over 400 completed applications, ArcTouch is praised for their ability to deliver practical and captivating software-based experiences. The team focuses largely on mobile app development for large enterprises within the media, entertainment, and consumer products industries.

    In an engagement with Travelocity, ArcTouch built an iPad app to help the vacation agency surpass their competition with a forward-thinking UX design. With a clear operative flow, users can book accommodations, manage travel details, and receive alerts with just a few taps.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Mobile App Development
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 20% Web Development
    • 10% Other
    Portfolio Video

    Portfolio Video

    Since 2009, we've helped hundreds of companies forge meaningful connections with their customers through exceptional apps and other digital experiences. While other app developers try to just build a "minimum viable...
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    Hawaiian Airlines

    Hawaiian Airlines

    ArcTouch helped Hawaiian Airlines enhance their guest experience through a new mobile app, kiosk and web site. Highlights: UX/UI design User testing App development Web site development Kiosk development IFE (Inflight...
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    3M

    3M

    ArcTouch helped 3M create a Bluetooth-connected smart air filter for people to manage their indoor air quality. Highlights: UX/UI design App development Web site development Alexa skill development BLE...
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    Audi

    Audi

    ArcTouch helped Audi create multiple app and web-based experiences for their customers and employees. Highlights: UX/UI design App development Web site development Back-end services development VIN scanning and...
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Mateo, CA

    With a client roster that includes Capital Bank and Walmart, Momentum Design Lab is regarded as a top experience design firm. They specialize in UI and UX design for enterprise and mid-market clients in the financial and business service industries. 

    Momentum Design Lab partnered with GoLance to create the design of their online freelance marketplace. Their solution made both the website and the application more user-friendly by optimizing the whole system for the needs of employers and employees like tracking hours and getting paid. 

    SERVICES
    • 90% UX/UI Design
    • 10% Digital Strategy
    Reel 2020

    Reel 2020

    Momentum Product Design Reel - 2020
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    COST MANAGEMENT FOR CLOUD...

    COST MANAGEMENT FOR CLOUD...

    We worked with a large SaaS cloud management platform (CMP) company that provided cost and resource performance in multi-cloud environments. The main challenges they faced were anomalies and usability issues in the...
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    BLOCKCHAIN BASED ON-DEMAND...

    BLOCKCHAIN BASED ON-DEMAND...

    Our client had a mission to help the independent movie makers break free from the traditional studio model. They are building a distribution platform that doubles as a new marketing vehicule. The core vision revolves...
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    DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT REDEFINED

    DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT REDEFINED

    The challenge presented to Momentum was to create a seamless and intuitive flow for the user throughout their new beta global creative supply chain product. To quickly grasp the intricacies of the workstreams, displaying...
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Neuron clients include Ford Models, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to UX design for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Neuron was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

    When Aeolus Robotics needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Neuron. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 90% UX/UI Design
    • 10% Product Design
    Cards for Causes

    Cards for Causes

    Each year businesses send hundreds of cards to clients and employees as a way of saying thanks. Cards for Causes is a custom greeting card company with a twist, donating a portion of all sales to a charity of the...
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    You Rip

    You Rip

    You Rip empowers action sports athletes from around the world to connect by sharing and consuming video content, and competing in virtual or in-person challenges that are judged by other users.Available on mobile, tablet...
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    Ayadi

    Ayadi

    Ayadi Health is an online therapy platform that connects users with licensed mental health professionals. They brought in our team to improve the UX/UI of their mobile app. Serving the Middle Eastern market, a region with...
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    Flo

    Flo

    Flo is a reproductive health app for women with more than 33 million monthly users. When they needed a strategic design partner to help increase capacity and offer a new perspective on increasing the perceived value of...
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  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Santa Clara, CA

    Offering a unique blend of strategy and creative, Studio 22 creates thoughtful and engaging digital experiences for clients like NASA and Stanford University. They work with organizations at all stages of growth—from newly formed start-ups to mature leaders.

    They are Google’s long-standing partner. For nearly a decade, they have collaborated with Google on a wide variety of projects, developing everything from booklets to invitations, badges, and wayfinding systems.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Web Design
    • 15% UX/UI Design
    • 15% Branding
    • 20% Other
    BitLeague Brand and UI/UX

    BitLeague Brand and UI/UX

    Branding UI/UX design for new crypto service.
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    Logo Work

    Logo Work

    A snapshot of our branding and logo work.
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    CosmiQWorks Web Design

    CosmiQWorks Web Design

    Webdesign for AI-based geospatial tech org
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    Naming & Logo design for...

    Naming & Logo design for...

    Career development platform
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Jose, CA

    From Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, Lollypop Design Studio creates strategic plans that generate top quality design. Their agency specializes in UI and UX design across all platforms like mobile, websites, and online tools and software.

    Working with renowned realty brand PS Group, Lollypop Design Studio created a new website to reduce the high bounce rate they were experiencing. They solved the problem by increasing the micro-interactions on the site and making pages image heavy to make the whole experience more active, engaging, and interesting. 

    SERVICES
    • 85% UX/UI Design
    • 5% Mobile App Development
    • 5% Product Design
    • 5% Other
    Burger King India

    Burger King India

    One of the world's largest quick service restaurant, Burger King wanted to expand its digital footprints in India. With more than 300 outlets and millions of orders every day, they aimed at developing a futuristic app for...
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    myVI App

    myVI App

    Two of the world's largest telecom companies Vodafone & Idea merged to cater to the needs of 1 billion telecom users in India. This led to the evolution of a new brand VI, with a commitment to uplift & transform...
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    Flashhouse | Online House Selling...

    Flashhouse | Online House Selling...

    Flashhouse is an online home selling platform that targets to deliver a seamless digital experience to the house sellers while eliminating all the bottlenecks. They are on a mission to simplify home selling and relieve...
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    Runadam | A Sports platform that...

    Runadam | A Sports platform that...

    RunAdam is a 360-degree sports technology platform, to help and empower aspiring sportspersons all over the world. It aims to bring together all the sports stakeholders under one platform. By integrating data, creating...
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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Sausalito, CA

    Good Stuff Partners counts impressive brands among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this California-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted branding work.

    One example of their web development success comes from a globally recognized brand. Good Stuff Partners helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Branding
    • 15% Web Design
    • 10% Graphic Design
    • 25% Other
    DESTIGMATIZING MENTAL HEALTH.

    DESTIGMATIZING MENTAL HEALTH.

    VIBRANT EMOTIONAL HEALTHThe future of mental health looks bright.We always feel really privileged when we partner with people who are making a critical difference to people’s lives. The Mental Health Association of New...
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    A FORCE FOR SOCIAL GOOD

    A FORCE FOR SOCIAL GOOD

    TIDES FOUNDATIONBranding a force for social good.Tides is a powerful alleyway for change that believes a quality education, access to healthcare, a clean environment and being treated equally are basic human rights. They...
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    CHAMPIONS FOR GENDER EQUALITY.

    CHAMPIONS FOR GENDER EQUALITY.

    GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN.Champions for gender equality.Global Fund for Women hired us to help raise awareness about the organization and help answer the often complicated question about what are women’s human rights? As...
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    AMERICA'S FIRST VEGAN DOG FOOD...

    AMERICA'S FIRST VEGAN DOG FOOD...

    V-DOGAmerica's first vegan dog food company.V-dog needed a major overhaul to catch up to the sophisticated tastes of health & planet conscious pet guardians. They had an amazing product, loved by dog owners, but...
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  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    250 - 999
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like Mercedes-Benz, but Projekt202 is a software development agency that hasn’t lost its focus on innovation or creativity. This Texas based firm helps organizations around the world focus their strategy for greater success.

    If you want to see how Projekt202 helps brands communicate with their audiences in a unique and crowded space, look no further than their work for Capital One. Projekt202 helped them define a strategy for their audience to improve their reach.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Custom Software Development
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 20% Mobile App Development
    • 30% Other
    App Development for Major US...

    App Development for Major US...

    Projekt202 was tasked with transforming an idea to connect with clients into a platform. The client is a home improvement retail company that needed new applications built. Based on the desired consumer experience...
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    Web Design for Major CEO Network

    Web Design for Major CEO Network

    Projekt202 was approached by a global CEO platform for a visual redesign. After redesigning the coding and incorporating a variety of consumer tools, the platform’s usability has satisfied the non-profit. With increased...
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    App Creation for Industry Innovator

    App Creation for Industry Innovator

    A client approached projekt202 to design an app for a flexible driver service with specified drop off and pick up times. Implementing consumer research data, projekt202 incorporated the most successful features. Overall...
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  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With an impressively robust client list that includes names like Tile, Noise 13 empowers brands with branding. Founded on design-first principles, this San Francisco-based firm offers an emphasis on helping brands drive change.

    One example of Noise 13’s experience is their work for Pacific Catch, one of the world’s respected brands. Noise 13 helped them target their audience of customers with a complete reevaluation of their strategy. This resulted in powerful engagement and an increase in perceived authority for them.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Branding
    • 10% UX/UI Design
    • 10% Graphic Design
    • 30% Other
    A Fork Full of Earth

    A Fork Full of Earth

    A Fork Full of Earth is an organic catering company based in Marin County, California. Since 2015, they have crafted fresh, seasonal menus for important milestones and casual gatherings alike, partnering closely with...
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    Mobiliti

    Mobiliti

    Mobiliti is a vehicle subscription service that offers drivers choices and flexibility. Not ready to purchase or lease? No problem. You can pay one monthly fee and drive until you’re ready to decide. The creative...
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    Sysdig

    Sysdig

    Sysdig, an open source company that provides monitoring and security for data containers, has rapidly evolved from a startup to an established company with a growing suite of enterprise products. With this expansion, they...
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    Instacart

    Instacart

    Instacart is a North American leader in online grocery and one of the fastest-growing companies in e-commerce. Instacart's same-day delivery and pickup services bring fresh groceries and everyday essentials to busy people...
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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    smallnormous counts impressive brands among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this California-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted branding work.

    One example of their web development success comes from a globally recognized brand. smallnormous 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% Branding
    • 35% Web Design
    • 20% Logo
    • 5% Other
    Paul Osincup — Digital Strategy,...

    Paul Osincup — Digital Strategy,...

    In-demand funnyman/leadership and keynote speaker Paul Osincup needed a new website and a brand that both communicated his humor and appealed to his target market: high-level decision makers seeking a dynamic presenter...
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    Award-Winning Wine Cube Tours...

    Award-Winning Wine Cube Tours...

    Raymond Rolander, owner and host of Wine Cube Tours, is an expert guide for everything there is to enjoy in Wine Country, but his old website didn’t help him stand out. Combined with the region’s slow business climate...
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    Estela Salon Branding & Web...

    Estela Salon Branding & Web...

    As a new business, estela salon lacked a brand, a website, and a social presence—all important ways to stand out and grow a client base in a crowded space. We were inspired and excited to create a unique brand...
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    The Association of Applied and...

    The Association of Applied and...

    The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH), an international nonprofit dedicated to using humor to enhance health and human performance, needed to redesign their website, and we were delighted to help. We...
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