CI Designs, LLC

Grand Blanc, MI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

The services provided my CI Designs, LLC focus solely on the value for our client. There are so many choices when it comes to web, graphic, logo, and illustrative design. Sitting down and and establishing the value and what each client looks to do with the design they seek is critical, especially with so many companies who look to simply complete the job and move on to the next one. Very often, clients seek a design, get that design completed, and because that value has not been established, it becomes a waste of time and money, which no individual, business, or company can afford.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The personal touch that I'm able to give my client throughout our entire process. It's one thing to just do something for someone, or complete a business transaction, it's another to actually get to know your client on a personal level. This is not to say that I delve deep into the personal lives of my clients, but what this does mean is simply this: you can truly get to know an individual through the ideas that they have about their company or themselves.

Location

Grand Blanc, MI 48439

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Sam L. Aug 2, 2016
    Web Design
    Verified Review
    Oliver was very easy and professional to work with -- creative, timely and responsive. We worked together throughout the entire process with Oliver providing his design knowledge when he thought it would be helpful but he didn't push his ideas on me. I also greatly appreciate that the relationships didn't end with the launch of the site and that I can call on him for changes and help throughout our contract.
  • Brian B. Sep 21, 2015
    Absolutely thrilled with the work. On time, professional and intuitive. I love the way they take our ideas and then improve them significantly. We consider CI Designs and integral part of our creative team.
  • Kim J. Sep 15, 2015
    After I explained to the web designer what I wanted and needed, he put it together and gave me exactly what I wanted. Very pleased with his performance!
  • Jennifer D. Sep 8, 2015
    They did an outstanding job creating our organization's logo in under 24 hours. We will continue to work with them for all of our design needs.
  • Abdallah B. Dec 30, 2014
    Web Design
    Verified Review
    Oliver Newell worked with me on the day and time we could meet which was really helpful. Oliver listened carefully to my comments and got to work the same day. He sent me emails of numerous templates and designs I could chose from that same night. He did an outstanding job in a short period of time. Additionally, he agreed to keep posting subsequent material for a very small monthly fee. I highly recommend Oliver Newell for anyone who wants a great website!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system is not complicated, but it is calculated. I look to give my clients the best product, with the most knowledge associated with it. I do not design frivolously and without true focus. I sit down with my client and get all the necessary details, the look, feel, and exactly what it is my client wishes to convey.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My typical process is actually quite simple. When meeting with my client, I listen attentively to what they are looking for in their design project (taking plenty of good notes in the meantime). Most clients, if not all, have some type of plan for what they are trying to convey. Sometimes, a great deal of my input is requested, other times, not so much. And finally, if all goes well (and it usually does), a deposit is taken, and we begin the project.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
There is always some type of knowledge to be gained in any field. I try to take at least one or two classes a year, be they online, or at an actual college to stay up on what is current. And then there is always a wonderful search engine called google, at my fingertips, which has been a great help in just learning and keying in on industry changes.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started web design in the mid 90's under the guise of a mentor who was deep in the web design field. I had a natural artistic talent, and wanted to pursue animation in college as a major. After trying it for a year, I found it wasn't really what I wanted to do, but graphic design, the ability to use a computer to produce works of art struck me as one of the best things since sliced bread. So I claimed animation as my minor, as I still have an aptitude for illustration, painting, and drawing, and graduated with a Studio Arts degree, emphasis Graphic Design.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do everything from logo design, photo touch-ups, logo recreation, banner, and of course web design.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Well, unfortunately, I haven't had just ONE project that I'm very fond of. Design, for me, is very exciting, and I love what I do. Being able to channel my talents, and do what I love is always a wonderful thing, so in essence, every project that I've worked on, I'm fond of. Now the times have varied though. I've had some sites and design projects, I've been able to knock out in a matter of days. I've also had a couple that have taken me a couple of months because of the detail, changes, or specifics of my clients.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
It's okay to not know exactly what you want in your website, but having a general idea of the look you're seeking to have is very, very helpful. Even if it's just browsing the web and getting ideas from other websites that are out there, having a jumping off point is more often than not the true key to having a successful site that captures the very essence of you, or your business.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
This profession is not as easy as one may think. While there are all types of "do it yourself" website designs, often times they are indeed set with parameters already, and the templates are pre-created. I have run across so many people who cannot fit the exact idea of what they are trying to convey in one of the template designs.