July 2021

Top Web Design Companies in San Francisco

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Web design is the process of creating the visual feel, layout, and flow of web pages on a website. It involves UX design, graphic design, and overall knowledge of the best spacing, fonts, shapes, and colors to use to create a user-friendly experience. Good web design solidifies your company's credibility regardless of industry or field. Having a one-of-a-kind design for your website can make all the difference in today's web-based world.

Web designers work with UX designers and web developers to take a wireframe and design and transform it into a product. They outline visual updates to pages on your website or create an entirely new concept for a redesign. If you're on the fence about hiring a web design company, remember that we spend most of our time online, so being found online is key to boosting business.

Luckily, San Francisco has some of the best web designers to hire. Use our list to find and connect with web designers 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 Web Designers 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:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Recognizable brands worldwide have employed Embacy to bring their web design needs to the next level. Based in Moscow, Embacy was founded with a focus on helping brands evolve into their best, most user-friendly selves.

    When their client needed a more impactful and effective strategy for reaching goals nationwide, Embacy provided them with focused service that continues to this day. Their strategy involved refining their client’s distinct voice as well as their visual profile to become more effective in a crowded digital space.

    SERVICES
    • 65% Web Design
    • 35% Branding
    DeFi Alliance, USA

    DeFi Alliance, USA

    DeFi Alliance is a North American startup accelerator. We have developed a new brand identity, that has terraforming as its conceptual basis. We show how DeFi makes this brand new world habitable. Behance...
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    Neural Concept, Switzerland

    Neural Concept, Switzerland

    Neural Concept provides deep-learning software that helps with enhanced engineering, real-time simulation, and interactive design optimization. The branding is confident, precise, and to the point. For engineers, by...
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    Galactic Energy, South Africa

    Galactic Energy, South Africa

    Galactic Energy is a South African green energy company. For them, we made a brand new website. The website needed to be assertive, serious, but not too much so. The cut and dry black and white color scheme provided a...
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    CMA, Sweden

    CMA, Sweden

    Embacy shared brand identity and web design for CMA, a market-leading provider of systems solutions to companies operating in financial markets. They have offices in Sweden and Russia, while their market activities focus...
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Jose, CA

    With over 500 completed websites and recognition from 10 Best Design, EIGHT25MEDIA offers web design services that typically increase conversions by 200%. They work with a wide range of clients from emerging startups to Fortune 500 companies across industries.

    As an example, they built a comprehensive website for Avondale that consolidated three different brands under the umbrella of one brand. The new website features a bold visual design that emphasizes user experience.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Web Design
    • 30% Web Development
    • 10% UX/UI Design
    • 10% Other
    Samsung

    Samsung

    Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices across the United States and Canada, SRA is engaged in researching emerging technology to create new businesses and developing core technology to enhance the competitiveness...
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    WeWork

    WeWork

    WeWork is an American commercial real estate company that provides shared workspaces for technology startups and services for other enterprises spread across 86 cities in 32 countriesEIGHT25MEDIA was hired to design and...
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    NTT Docomo

    NTT Docomo

    Docomo Digital helps telcos and merchants solve the challenges of scale, regulation, and complexity worldwide. They are the foremost integrator of App Stores with over $3 Billion in mobile commerce-enabled and 300+...
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    Hyundai

    Hyundai

    Hyundai Translead is the leading manufacturer of dry and refrigerated van trailers, flatbeds, chassis and dollies in North America. EIGHT25MEDIA was hired to redesign, and build their new website which would focus on...
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Oakland, CA

    A web design and development agency, State Creative develops and maintains high-impact websites on WordPress and Drupal for clients like UC Berkeley. They mainly partner with B2B, B2C, and nonprofit organizations, creating multiplatform online and offline experiences.

    They built an award-winning, adaptive website for Zuli. The website includes interactive design features and custom CSS implementations. The Smartplug website displays content based on screen resolution and features auto-play video, text and filter overlays, Shopify e-commerce, Stripe payment gateway, and Zendesk integrations.

    SERVICES
    • 45% Web Design
    • 45% Web Development
    • 10% E-Commerce Development
    Integrated Healthcare Association

    Integrated Healthcare Association

    A really great looking site that renders beautifully on desktop and mobile. IHA style elements throughout the site enforce the brand. It features elegant fonts and an exciting color palette. Pages load very fast and...
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    Sakura of America

    Sakura of America

    We combined content from multiple web properties by streamlining the architecture and creating a high-impact, mobile optimized site that focuses on products and inspires their use. Now it's easy to discover...
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    Alluma

    Alluma

    The new site is a blazing fast, responsive website built on Drupal. Visually rich pages compel visitors to explore and interact. Case studies and a blog give them the tools to publish rich posts through a premium...
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    Financial Connections

    Financial Connections

    A responsive WordPress website that reduces friction between visitors and the firm. It’s easy for visitors to get in touch, book appointments and read news with custom page templates and call-to-action buttons. The...
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Recognizable brands worldwide have employed EnlightWorks to bring their web design needs to the next level. Based in California, EnlightWorks was founded with a focus on helping brands evolve into their best, most user-friendly selves.

    When their client needed a more impactful and effective strategy for reaching goals nationwide, EnlightWorks provided them with focused service that continues to this day. Their strategy involved refining their client’s distinct voice as well as their visual profile to become more effective in a crowded digital space.

    SERVICES
    • 100% Web Design
    New Website & Logo for Mattress...

    New Website & Logo for Mattress...

    EnlightWorks developed and designed a new website, and logo for mattress pickup and recycler The Mattress Guy. We also implemented an online booking and payment processing solution for the website. We are currently...
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    New Website for RIX Industries

    New Website for RIX Industries

    EnlightWorks partnered with the RIX Industries Marketing team to upgrade its 10-year-old website so it reflected the companies rebrand. The goal of the website was also to improve the usability of it for internal and...
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    New Website for CG Moneta

    New Website for CG Moneta

    Helped Business Cost Reduction firm CG Moneta with upgrading its new website. The client was on a WIX website that was not properly setup or optimized for SEO. We rebuilt the site to reflect the new branding for CG...
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    Boat School Ventures New Website

    Boat School Ventures New Website

    EnlightWorks worked with Boat School Ventures out of Maryland on building a new website.  Website: https://www.boatschoolventures.com/
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  • 6
    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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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Avalaunch Media is a 360 digital marketing agency based in Salt Lake City, producing remarkable results for their clients. As one of Utah’s rapidly growing agency, Avalauch Media has been serving a broad range of organizations from startups to Fortune 500. While the agency covers all aspects of digital marketing, SEO, video and motion graphics, marketing automation, and content marketing are their prime expertise. 

    Avalaunch Media worked with GoPro to create a system that could make it easy for their internal team to understand the impact of their efforts on Youtube engagement. The Avalaunch team designed an infographic that showcased the increase in engagement visually. 

    SERVICES
    • 30% Content Marketing
    • 30% Pay Per Click
    • 30% Search Engine Optimization
    • 10% Other
    Why Avalaunch?

    Why Avalaunch?

    Learn more about us. 
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    Avalaunch Media Sizzle Reel

    Avalaunch Media Sizzle Reel

    Check out our work! 
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Powerful marketing, clear messaging, and human-centric user-experience are at the core of Revolution Creatives’ work. they are a full-service branding, UI/UX, and digital design agency.

    As an example, they partnered with Bavarian Nordic to create a modern digital presence to align with their new location in Silicon Valley. They began with the cancer immunotherapy division and created a fresh and innovative website that showcased the biotech company’s cutting-edge work in science and research.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Web Design
    • 25% Branding
    • 25% Web Development
    Duka Shope

    Duka Shope

    Website and brand creation for this boutique clothing e-commerce shop.
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    JetStream Branding

    JetStream Branding

    Created a complete branding system for a leading Cloud Server Security firm.
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    Activz Nutrition

    Activz Nutrition

    Created branding, packaging, and website overhaul for this Natural Foods and Supplement company.
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    Bicyclette Patisserie

    Bicyclette Patisserie

    Website design and development for a small start-up bakery in San Francisco.
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  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Dublin, CA

    With a team of passionate and seasoned experts, Amasta Media consistently delivers web and mobile solutions that are praised by their clients like MLC Interiors and Priority One Jets. They are a boutique web, mobile design, and development agency that serves clients in the US, Canada, and Europe.

    For Agora Media Solutions, they created a compelling brand identity and a responsive website. The modern and user-friendly website allows the media solutions company to make necessary updates through the back-end.

    SERVICES
    • 70% Web Design
    • 20% Web Development
    • 10% Logo
    MLC Interiors

    MLC Interiors

    MLC Interiors is a high-end interior design company located in New Jersey that specializes in enhancing the interior design. The client needed to create a brand identity and the website. Our talented designers created...
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    Website for Agora Media Solutions

    Website for Agora Media Solutions

    AGORA creates film, video, digital assets, still photography and design for use in everything from conventional TV ads to point of sale, out of home, mobile applications, in-store displays and print. The client needed...
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    Brighter Babies - Award Winning...

    Brighter Babies - Award Winning...

    Long Island City’s Premier Early Development Center that values uniqueness of each child they serve. Their mission is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment, which fosters a child’s...
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    Next Great Player

    Next Great Player

    The Next Great Player is a social media amateur sports concept website that gives kids and young athletes an opportunity to display their talents to the world. Next Great Player (NGP) is dedicated to helping kids and...
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    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
    • 35% Advertising
    • 35% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 10% Other
    Keen Quarantine

    Keen Quarantine

    When the pandemic hit, we shelved the brand launch we had been planning for KEEN and took to Zoom. Like everyone else, video conferencing became our lifeline. Unlike everyone else, it became our production studio, as well...
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    SF MOMA- See Them Both Campaign

    SF MOMA- See Them Both Campaign

    Francisco teams up with the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the country? Our new campaign for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art pairs iconic destinations around the city with iconic works from the...
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    Lively HSA

    Lively HSA

    The majority of people don’t know what health savings accounts are. So it stands to reason that the majority of people don’t know who Lively is, even though they’re a leader in health savings accounts. This campaign...
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    PagerDuty - Solutions before...

    PagerDuty - Solutions before...

    The Solutions Before Problems campaign launched in September to increase brand awareness and drive trial amongst developers and c-suite executives. PagerDuty is used by half of the Fortune 500 companies. It’s time more...
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  • 11
    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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  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Jose, CA

    Focused on conversions, return on investment, and growth, Direction targets ideal customers online through results-driven digital marketing and web design. They mainly work with small and mid-sized clients across a wide range of industries.

    They partnered with Beaufort Air Conditioning to a new, lightning fast website optimized for user experience and search engine visibility. The new site features targeted content and a blog with resourceful information about heating and air equipment and maintenance to better reflect the company’s position in the market and earn new leads and sales online.

    SERVICES
    • 80% Search Engine Optimization
    • 20% Web Design
    Sloan School of Music Web Design...

    Sloan School of Music Web Design...

    Check out this website we designed and developed for a local, quickly-expanding music school based out of Maryland: Sloan School of Music! We also continue to power their business with Direction Local and our SEO services.
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    OFW Law Website Design &...

    OFW Law Website Design &...

    Check out this website we designed and developed for a prestigous law firm in Washington, DC!
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    ERC Today Website Design &...

    ERC Today Website Design &...

    ERC Today reached out to see if we could build them a new website within a month. We accepted that challenge and crushed it, launching it in under 2 weeks. Check out their website at https://erctoday.com/!
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    A&S Home Interiors Website...

    A&S Home Interiors Website...

    Check it out! https://ashomeinteriors.com/
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  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Jose, CA

    Nika creates engaging user experiences for clients of all sizes, receiving notable recognition for their work from Interactive Media and A’Design. The branding, digital, and marketing agency specializes in projects within the information technology, business services, and manufacturing industries.

    For example, they revamped the online presence of PathWater. The new website, while aligned with the brand voice and messaging, refreshed the look-and-feel to emphasize simplicity, sustainability, and health, representing the youthful and eco-sensitive nature of the consumer packaged goods brand.

    SERVICES
    • 50% Branding
    • 30% Web Design
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    PathWater

    PathWater

    PathWater is a California-based producer of refillable aluminum water bottles sold directly to retail consumers.  PathWater’s mission is to provide ultra-purified, high-quality water while reducing over 80% of...
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    Electric Imp

    Electric Imp

    Electric Imp is an industry-leading internet of things (IoT) company that provides a platform to securely manage and scale connected products and services to millions of users. The challenge was to create a clear and...
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    Persian Women in Tech

    Persian Women in Tech

    Persian Women in Tech is a global non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting women on the cutting-edge of the technology landscape.  The challenge for Nika was to create an iconic and...
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    Share A Radio Mobile App

    Share A Radio Mobile App

    The Share A Radio mobile app was designed for creating and sharing mix tapes.  Nikalabs designed original branding elements and the UI/IX.
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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Walnut Creek, CA

    A design and development agency, Mint Design Agency strives to create memorable first impressions and the perfect products for clients. With their web and app expertise, digital marketing efforts, and branding services, the team mainly works with small businesses like Bellevue Bridal and Naya Clinics.

    For example, Anna Ipsen, a registered dietitian, wanted a website that reflected her personality and outlook on life. Using food-inspired imagery, Mint designed and created a colorful, professional platform for her growing business.

    SERVICES
    • 60% Web Design
    • 20% Search Engine Optimization
    • 10% E-Commerce Development
    • 10% Other
    Ascend SP M&A

    Ascend SP M&A

    Mergers & acquisitions make positive acquisition with custom WordPress site redesign, significantly upgraded SEO and IT consulting services.
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    Walker and Wade

    Walker and Wade

    Fashion designers finds new clients line up at their new storefront as they try on a new online look for their brand.
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    BISOUS

    BISOUS

    Even classy yet humorous sunglasses tastemaker and manufacturer can’t block the shine of new customers after major Shopify site upgrade and accompanying professional photography glowing results.
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    Gliderskirt

    Gliderskirt

    What started as a safety fix quickly changed when they saw the installed for the first time.  Mint created a beautiful e-commerce platform for the Gliderskirt to be showcased.
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    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
    250% Increase in Leads

    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

    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...
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What Are the Most Popular Web Design Trends?

There are 4 most popular web design trends:

  1. A company website is the most popular digital marketing strategy for small businesses.
  2. Millennials and baby boomers visit social media websites like Facebook and YouTube the most. This makes social media websites the most popular type of website.
  3. Complex animations: Animations that move through the screen, making you feel almost like you are interacting with a movie, is a growing trend this year. These animations aren't easy to do, but when pulled off properly, they create a very impressive site.
  4. Parallax: When we see things in real life, objects that are closer seem to move faster than objects that are further. Forward-thinking designers are integrating this concept into websites. It's a surprisingly easy way to provide an attention-grabbing, surreal effect.
  5. Realistic elements: Typical elements on screens, like boxes, icons, and graphs, historically have been 2D and flat. Now, realistic elements that seem to jump off of a page are becoming more popular.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website for a Small Business?

The cost of building a website for your small business can vary dramatically depending on a number of factors. If you build your site yourself using a basic platform, you may be able to do it with only $100-$200 or less. If you pay a skilled designer to build your website, it will likely cost at least $1,000 for the basic pages that you need. If you want more from your website, like a blog to help attract traffic, you may spend more than $10,000 to design your small business website.

What Are the Best Sources of Web Design Inspiration?

Most of us spend a lot of our time looking at websites, but recognizing what about the design works and how to replicate it isn't always easy. Here are a few places you can go to be inspired:

  1. Behance: Behance is a creative community that’s part of the Adobe umbrella. You can search for specific designs by location, subject, and level of success.
  2. SS Nectar: If you want to see only the best of the best in website design, this is the place to go. Teams of reviewers consider submissions to make sure that only the best web designs make it the platform.
  3. siteInspire: If you want to filter websites by specific tags such as website type, subject, style, or platform, this might be the source of inspiration for you.