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Elefint Designs

Premium care for a studio that designs for good

Starting in 2016, Xfive continues to address the development needs of Elefint, a San Francisco-based studio working to create a more kind and connected world through thoughtful and exceptional design.

Client

Formed and led by studio founder and creative director, Gopika Setlur, Elefint studio produces exceptional design to address pressing social issues.

Elefint specializes in branding and identity, UX & web design, data visualization, motion graphics, videos and print.

Since 2010, Elefint has worked with 300+ social impact organizations to target multiple audiences with projects that increase awareness and change behavior.

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Brief

In 2016, Elefint studio was on the hunt for a great development partner who would be able to convert their designs from Sketch. Having a reliable dev partner was crucial for Elefint so they could focus on creative challenges of their projects.

With 10 years of experience serving companies like Elefint we were confident that Elefint’s search was over when they reached us to test the grounds with a simple email template project.

Ever since then, we have focused on providing Elefint with custom-tailored, premium care.

Solution

Cooperation Model
Cooperation Model

Elefint uses hours packages to flexibly allocate development time for their projects. They also spend some of these hours on the existing projects’ maintenance.

Team
Team
  • Dedicated Project Manager
  • Front-end Developers
  • WordPress Developers
  • Quality Controller
Methodology
Methodology

Projects are estimated in advance and mostly produced using a waterfall or incremental model

Tools
Tools
  • Skype
  • Slack
  • Basecamp
  • GitLab
Technologies
Technologies
  • Chisel
  • ECMAScript
  • ITCSS
  • Sketch
  • WordPress
Timeframe
Timeframe

Ongoing cooperation since 2016

Results

Key achievements

  • Dedicated Project Manager – Gosia, a dedicated Project Manager for Elefint since the beginning, ensures that we maintain a high standard of our cooperation
  • Dedicated development team – we can offer the same development team to the client in the majority of projects, which makes our cooperation more effective
  • Scope flexibility – when a project has a limited budget we consult with Elefint and discuss how to adjust the scope to meet the budget expectation
  • Flexible working hours – despite a time difference between San Francisco and Poland, there is enough overlap for necessary consultations because our team often works during the evenings. During SF nighttime we can proceed with features implementation or focus on critical tasks like deployments
  • Transparent time reports – a live preview of time reports for the ongoing projects is available for the client in Toggl
  • Transparent billing – at the end of the month we summarize the amount of hours we spent on each project and send an invoice for each project separately so Elefint can invoice their clients.

Selected Projects

Check out some selected projects from almost 20 projects we have worked on for Elefint so far:

Gopika Setlur

Xfive is an extremely reliable and professional development partner. They have helped us improve our process and offerings. We really appreciate their flexibility, quality, and attention to detail.

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