Azulan Design

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

As the Chief Aesthetic Officer here at Azulan Design, I've been creating beautiful, effective work for clients for over 10 years. My clients consistently tell me that I'm extremely easy and enjoyable to work with, that I always meet project deadlines and, most importantly, that I create work of exceptional quality that has a huge impact on their businesses and projects. My clients have also reported over and over again that the work I create for their businesses or brands has made a noticeably significant impact on how many customers they attract and the overall success of their companies. I'd be honored to work with you and talk about how we can partner to take your business, brand or product to the next level. P.S. I'm also a proud winner of the Thumbtack BEST OF 2015 and the BEST OF 2016 awards for Graphic Arts. Thanks, Thumbtack and all of my satisfied clients!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to create work that is inspired by the vision of my clients. And I love the sense of contributing my creativity to the success of somebody else and their business.
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Location

Portland, OR 97213

Background check

Complete

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

16

Reviews

16 Reviews
  • Robert G. Feb 24, 2017
    Best designer we've ever used!
    Sacha created a beautiful manual that we use in our training programs. I had been through 3 other designers before finding Sacha, and had spent lots of money for unsatisfactory results. Sacha is the perfect combination of attention to detail, problem-solving, great communication and a really strong aesthetic talent. I will absolutely work with him again and was even hesitant to write this review, as I don't want him to get too busy!
  • Mauro T. Nov 9, 2016
    A Great Professional and a Great Person.
    Sacha was very helpful in designing the graphics for our product. He was fast, responsive, and easy to work with. He responds well to our feedback when we asked for a few changes, and was always professional- even under stressful situation. I highly recommend Sacha, and would definitely work with him again in the future.
  • Stephen T. Nov 2, 2016
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    Consummate professional, great design skill, top quality
    We have worked with Azulan on a few projects, but, most recently, on a large scale, annual event for our company. Azulan was instumental in helping us pull together an overall aestetic for our meeting and creating all relevant designs for the event including: brand guidelines, agenda booklet, banners, signage, powerpoint template, etc. Everything was extremely well thought out, high quality, and delivered on time. Sacha is an absolute joy to work with. He takes the time to understand your project and your company's specific needs and desires. He is highly attentive, and super detail orientated. In our experience, he ALWAYS went the extra mile to deliver quality materials, despite time pressure or challenges along the high. Absolute highest possible recommendation.
  • Keenan H. May 28, 2016
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    Cool to work with. Provides input. Meets deadlines and provides quality work to your liking. I'd recommend to anyone looking for any type/form graphics artwork
  • Cassidy H. May 12, 2016
    Print Design
    Verified Review
    Sacha did a wonderful job on our postcard! He is timely, and needed little direction from me. Thank you!
  • Loren P. May 11, 2016
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    Great work & super easy to deal with. I wasn't sure if my project depth & Sacha worked with me on modifying his quote to fit my needs. Trustworthy fella!
  • Mary B. Nov 8, 2015
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    I hired Sacha 8 months ago to design my on line retail skin care brand logo and package graphics. He exceeded my expectations in many ways. When I was evaluating his abilities compared to other designers by asking each designer to submit one logo, he submitted three. He was the only one who gave me choices. He intuitively connected with my design goals. It only took him one round to sucessfully translate the logo I chose into a full packaging graphic design. He was responsive and patient with all my edits making helpful suggestions along the way. He is open to suggestions as well working with you to ensure your vision is realized. When you hire Sacha, you truly get the most design value for your money.
  • Kirill V. Apr 13, 2015
    Logo Design
    Verified Review
  • Mary A. Apr 12, 2015
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    Talented, smart, professional!
  • Nick O. Apr 10, 2015
    Logo Design
    Verified Review
    Sacha did a great job designing a logo for me! He was responsive, communicative and timely. I'd definitely work with him again!
  • Esak G. Mar 18, 2015
    Sacha does excellent work for me. He is quick and easy going. Most importantly the quality of the designs he makes are so much superior and creative then anyone else I have worked with. He makes event posters and web design for me.
  • Kyle A. Feb 26, 2015
    We are a small, Portland based company that needed to take our website (www.shayzeus.com) up a notch. Sacha was quick to understand our vision. He was fast, accurate, and super easy to work with. His final product was a home run in our books. I would highly recommend him to any person or business looking to improve their web presence.
  • Liz M. Jan 26, 2015
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    Sacha is a great communicator, which makes him easy to work with. He was very responsive and delivered a great design product on time for us. Not only were we happy with the design product, but also how he responded to our feedback in a round of edits. We will definitely call on Sacha on other projects in the future.
  • Andra W. Jan 18, 2015
    Sacha was absolutely amazing to work with! He created a beautiful website for our unique construction company http://www.shelterwise.com in Portland, OR. We were extremely impressed with his professionalism, creativity, attention to detail, thoroughness, artistic direction, phenomenal skills, efficiency, craftsmanship and great communication skills. He made a daunting project seem easy and took all of the guesswork out of making a smooth-operating website while making sure it represented our company, our passion and our style. I would HIGHLY recommend others to contact Sacha for their website, photography or other design needs. We will definitely be using him again!
  • Simon N. Jan 7, 2015
    Working with Sacha was great. I needed to get the site for our company up and running but didn't really know where to start. He listened to my needs and translated them into a design that was even better than what I had imagined. He’s creative, easy to work with, and good at what he does. The fast turnaround was nice, too. I will definitely use him again for future projects.
  • Alisdair L. Jan 5, 2015
    Because Sacha Webley overhauled my website and business cards, I have finally transitioned into life as a full time independent music producer for independent artists. Before, I was picking up occasional recording gigs and working a day job. Sacha Webley created a powerful business card and a captivating website for me. I started handing my card out all the time because it looks so great, and this drives people to my website, and the site is WORKING - I'm getting more new clients than I thought possible, and I'm finally making a living as an artistic freelancer! Sacha Webley is a truly talented pro. On his own he is an extremely talented painter and fine artist, and there's definitely some magic in his on-line/graphic design work. In my website, he captured my artistic visions perfectly, and made my site super functional. Since doing my website, I've asked him for slight changes here and there - and he responds to feedback and change requests in a timely, professional manner. Because he really cares about my success. It's so hard to find a web designer who takes pride in creating your site, and who can really understand what you're trying to do. If your'e looking for a real designer who knows his stuff and really cares about his clients, pick this one. Bravo Sacha Webley! Thanks for the big increase in my business, and helping me reach my dream as a music producer. You rock!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Good question. Over the years, I've developed a pretty comprehensive approach to streamlining and making this initial phase of the process easy and effective. The first thing I typically do is have an initial, free-of-charge phone or in-person consultation with a new client. This is just to get a further sense of what they and their business are looking for and for the client to get a further sense of me and how I work. Then, after we've chatted, I'll email 2 documents: 1. A pretty extensive Branding Questionnaire. This is a document with a bunch of questions that will help you think about and articulate what you're looking for in terms of your project- both its aesthetics and its functionality. I find that having this really speeds the design process along (saving you money and me time) by quickly giving me a deeper insight into what your vision is. 2. My standard Quote/Agreement which just goes over and formalizes the rates and hours we talked about in the initial consult as well as laying out all the necessary legalese. Once that's all squared away, I get to work. When I have the first draft of your project completed, I'll send it your way for you to go over and give me your feedback, edits, changes, etc. It does happen, though it's relatively rare that I get it exactly right the first time. So getting feedback after drafts from the client is a necessary (and usually fun) step. After that, I'll rework the design as necessary to get it to exactly where you want it. As I'm working, I'm always doing so with a focus on getting things done as efficiently as possible in order to ensure that you get optimum value for your investment.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a degree in Art & Design from Stanford University. There, I studied the principles and practices of aesthetics and solid, classical design. Since then, I've continued my studies with extensive online coursework and tutorials to keep me abreast of the latest software and the best design practices.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I start with an initial phone or email consultation where I'm able to hear the specifics of what a client is looking for. I then craft a unique quotes based on their needs. Typically, I offer a few different options and price points in the quote so my clients have a range to pick from, depending on what exactly they want. This system has worked well for me over the years and provides a lot of flexibility and choice to new clients.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was in 4th grade, I became obsessed with Frank Lloyd Wright and the period of early and mid-century architecture and design. I copied building plans and old design manuals and fell in love with drawing, laying things visually out and the organizational aspects of aesthetics. There have been many steps between that age and my current career but that was indeed the beginning.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with customers across a wide spectrum of industries: from hospitality to medicine to politics to architecture to construction to finance to music to non-profits to athletics. And many more. I love the challenge of learning about a client's business and their specific needs and adapting my work to fit their particular industry.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently, one of my major clients- HM CLAUSE, an international seed conglomerate based in Davis, California, asked me to design the "brand book" for their G100 annual event. This event would take place in a number of locations around the world and bring together their entire management team to assess their last year and create new visions for the next year. It was a big task. The brand book itself consisted of designing the color palette, fonts and overall aesthetic of the event. Additionally, they asked me to design 15 different products that would be associated with the event. These ranged from 25 foot long banners that hung beside the speaker's podium in the auditorium to the event invitations to the name badges themselves. All of these products had to be visually related and in line with both the event aesthetics and the overall brand of the company, HM Clause, itself. Moreover, we were on a very tight schedule. But, after weeks of work, a few all-nighters and 100s of back-and-forth emails between me and the marketing team at HM Clause, I finished it up. And, at the end of it all, it was a huge success. The team loved all of the work I created and reported that the event was great success and that the work I did for it was a huge part of that. Here's the testimonial that Stephen, the marketing manager at HM Clause, wrote for me: "We have worked with Azulan on a few projects, but, most recently, on a large scale, annual event for our company. Azulan was instumental in helping us pull together an overall aestetic for our meeting and creating all relevant designs for the event including: brand guidelines, agenda booklet, banners, signage, powerpoint template, etc. Everything was extremely well thought out, high quality, and delivered on time. Sacha is an absolute joy to work with. He takes the time to understand your project and your company's specific needs and desires. He is highly attentive, and super detail orientated. In our experience, he ALWAYS went the extra mile to deliver quality materials, despite time pressure or challenges along the high. Absolute highest possible recommendation."
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would say just really carefully look over a designers' portfolio and their website. You can get a good idea of a designer's skill by looking at what they've done and the container they've made to showcase their own company.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is the purpose of this project? What customers or other people are you wanting to engage with this design? Who is going to see the design? What kind of designs do you like? What's your aesthetic? Sometimes the easiest way to answer this is to just look at designs that attract you online or in your local area. What kind of design product would best boost your business? I ask this because, sometimes, a client will think they need a website in order to attract customers but after talking to them, we figure out that a series of posters would be much more helpful to meeting their goals at that time than a website. Or a client will initially feel like they just need a logo but after talking to them, we determine that what would really make a difference in their business is a full website. Etc., etc. So I would say just really think through where your business is at right now and what it really needs. What's your budget? What's your timeline?