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Ultimate List of Web Designers in Minneapolis

By Tim Brown
Updated March 1, 2018
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Minneapolis Web Designers
Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the owner of Hook Agency, an SEO and Web Design company focused primarily on driving traffic and leads for small businesses, roofers and construction companies.

Well – here it is. The list I’ve often wanted but didn’t have. A giant list of Minneapolis web designers.

I’ve split them up into groups of Small Team, Freelance/Individual, Medium Digital Agencies that handle web design, and larger agencies. I hope this list is useful to you – I know it will be to me just to reference later on. If you are on this list and want me to change your ‘key differentiating feature’/description, or if you are a Minneapolis /Twin Cities Web Designer and want to be added to this list – email me at tim@hookagency.com.

Minneapolis Web Designers

Before We Get Started – here are places to connect with Minneapolis Web Designers!

As a Minneapolis web designer myself, I’m often asked to help someone find a good designer or developer when I’m unavailable. As a helpful resource, I’ve put together this list to help you find the right resource, and have even built a fledgling Minneapolis Web Designer Directory! Check out some of the people I’ve already added to it, and add yourself via the form if you’re available for freelance work.

After checking out this list – check out my Q & A with 5 Minneapolis Freelancers about how they’d suggest finding Minneapolis Web Developers and Designers.

1. Minneapolis Web Design Meetup and Minneapolis WordPress Meetup

Both of these meetups attract a wide array of people, including business owners, designers, developers and people just interested in becoming involved in the Minneapolis Web Design Community.

The Minneapolis Web Design Meetup on Meetup.org

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2. A good old fashion Google search – 5 Good ones to get the type of talent you want

Perhaps you need a great web designer, but don’t feel comfortable with or can’t afford an agency just yet. Here are some great searches to narrow down the scope of what you need and still find some great talent:

Minneapolis Web Design Freelancer

Freelance Web Developer Minneapolis

WordPress Web Design Minneapolis

Minneapolis WordPress Developer

Freelance Minneapolis Designer

If all of that doesn’t dig up a candidate, you can search on Craigslist, Thumbtack or even LinkedIn Search for ‘Freelance Web Designer Minneapolis.’

3. Searching on Dribbble and Behance.

Did you know you can search Behance for a location, and even provide a specific school if you’d like to take a more granular approach. Try searching ‘Minneapolis web design‘ or using the school search and searching Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), University of Minnesota, or The Art Institutes International Minnesota.

4. For employers looking for fresh talent – Speaking at schools, and attending portfolio shows

If your company really needs to up your digital marketing and design talent, have you ever thought about making stronger ties with some teachers who are incredibly aware of who’s who in their student body? How about reaching out and see if they need someone to speak on a topic you’re knowledgeable in?

Not sure where to start? Here’s the U of M design faculty – Copy and paste names for things you’re interested in, into twitter and start searching and tweeting!

 

5. The Minneapolis Web Designer Directory – Now accepting submissions

I’ve creating a resource for people looking for Minneapolis Web Designers, called the Minneapolis Web Designer Directory, and you can add yourself to it on the form at the top if you’re looking to share your work with the community and have freelance ability. This is my soft launch! Feel free to send me a note if you have any ideas for improvement, or to better provide visibility around Minneapolis Web Developers and Designers.


The tribe of web designers in Minneapolis and their many get togethers

Do you get lonely? Me too. Fortunately if you are looking for the company of code-heads and adobe suite geeks they are getting together in droves on a weekly basis. You could search on the old google machine for all of the meetups that exist for graphic and web designers in Minneapolis, or you could bookmark this page, or each of the pages below.

Minneapolis Internet and Search Marketing Authority   – Website

Third Tuesdays of the Month at 6PM – Kip’s Irish Pub in St. Louis Park – Map it

Minnesota Web Design Community – Website

Days Vary. Check Group Site for Upcoming Dates – MCTC Design Department at 6 PM Map it

Mpls & St. Paul WordPress Meetup – Website

Last Thursday of the Month. The Nerdery at 6 PM Map it

Lean UX Meetup – Website

Occasionally Meetups on Third Tuesday – Svnth Sin – 6PM Map it

Internet Marketing Geekery – Website

First Thursday of the Month – Joe’s Crab Shack, Roseville – 6PM – Map it

Content Strategy – Minneapolis, St. Paul – Website

3rd Tues. Days Vary, Visit Website – Seward Inc. Minneapolis – 6:15 PM – Map it

Small Team Minneapolis Web Designers (2-10 Employees)

1. Hook Agency – Our specialty is where visual design and SEO combine.

2. Wooly Mammoth Web Design – Husband wife team, affordable

3. Wizzy Wig – Creative, quick quote, quick to get started

4. Iceberg Web Design – Website hosting and custom responsive web design

5. Plaudit Web Design – Custom website design and development.

6. Internet Exposure – Tech obsessed Digital Partner.

7. Jettison Agency – Clean Design – Squarespace agency.

10. Kaj Design – Web Design & App Development

11. ProWeb 365 – Web Design and IT Support

12. Spark Logix – Digital Marketing and WordPress

13. Thermo Dynamo – 14 years of experience and hundreds of completed projects.

14. FirstScribe – Maximum R.O.I. Focused

15. Mind*Spark Creative
Mind*Spark Creative is a strategic partner to help grow your business in unexpected ways. Whether you are just starting a business, or need to completely rebrand your business, Mind*Spark Creative is prepared to help in more ways than one. We are designers. We are strategic marketers.

16. Oxsome Web Services – With Oxsome, you don’t pay a large up front fee. You pay a modest monthly fee and we handle everything for you.

17. Gruen Agency – Gruen Digital Marketing is a Minnesota-based marketing agency specializing in search engine marketing, social media, online directories, display advertising, PYP, and more.

18. FeedbackWrench Web Design, SEO and Marketing – FeedbackWrench is all about uncovering your blindspots in order to become a better leader.

19. Fine Line Web Design – Fine Line Web Design, LLC creates websites with custom graphics for their customers. Custom graphics lets you stand out from all the cookie cutter websites on the Internet. Although websites are the main focus, we offer custom graphics for print as well.

20. Quantum Point Strategies – Systematic Marketing for Small Business. Marketing Solutions designed to bring out the best in your business.

21. Marketing Systems By Design – Grow your cleaning business by leveraging our 30 years of marketing experience in the janitorial and cleaning industry.

22. 3five – 3five is a Minneapolis web development firm, providing clients in the Twin Cities and beyond with a broad array of marketing services.

23. Creative Arc – From its office in Minneapolis, Creative Arc delivers a broad variety of web design and digital marketing services to clients in St. Paul and other nearby cities.

24. DigitalParc – DigitalParc, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a web design firm that focuses on providing its clients with affordable and accessible services.

25. One Wheel Marketing – One Wheel Marketing is a website design firm that doubles as a consulting group for startups.

26. Small Business Mavericks – Small Business Mavericks is a website design and digital marketing firm in Wayzata that specializes in working with small business clients.

27. ThinkSEM Consulting, LLC – ThinkSEM Consulting, LLC, headquartered in Roseville, is a small web design and development firm, specializing in search engine optimization and pay-per-click marketing.

28. Room 34 Creative Services – Room 34 is a small Minneapolis web development studio that has been creating engaging online experiences since 1996.

29. Melodic Art Website Design Minneapolis – Melodic Art is a full service digital and graphic design studio catering primarily to the entertainment industry. In addition, we also serve a wide range of independent and corporate clients.

30. Midwest Web Design Inc – Professional Web Design experience for over 20 years. Midwest Web Design is your Complete Website Solution! Professional web design for businesses since 1998.

31. Electric Citizen – Electric Citizen LLC is a Minneapolis-based digital agency, specializing in strategic consulting, UX design, and custom web development.

32. e10 – A strategic brand marketing company. We deliver #intelligentengagement.

33. Nativ3 – Nativ3 was formed by digitally indigenous people, well-equipped to help businesses navigate their land. We are a Minneapolis Digital Marketing firm.

34. TheSiteEdge SEO – TheSiteEdge is a web design and SEO company that places a high value on producing results and providing exceptional customer service.

35. Sheepish Design – Your website represents your church online. It reflects the beauty of your buildings; the passion of your members; and the traditions of your church.

36. Space2Burn New Media – Done with DIY? We built ignitr to answer the calls of small businesses around the globe.

37. One Town Creative – We create beautifully designed websites and strategically crafted visual identities to share our client’s story.

38. Support Unlimited, Inc. – Support Unlimited, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is more than a website development company—we’re your internet support specialists.

39. Anami Designs – Anami Designs with the idea of creating high quality websites for small to medium-sized businesses.

40. Grand Web Designers – We have many years experience as both WordPress and HTML front-end developer, creating responsive websites of a high quality.

41. Jalen Enterprises – Design a website for your new business.

42. Nissi Design Group – At Nissi Design we specialize in small business sites.

43. Comfy Chair Consulting Inc. – We build smarter websites and mobile applications. Being smarter means we value people over profits, creativity over convention.

44. InterActive Circle – InterActive Circle is a digital marketing and lead-generation agency located in Minneapolis and Dallas that specializes in growing companies through SEO, SEM/PPC and web design.

45. Borealis Enterprises Inc – Borealis Enterprises was initially founded in 1999 and formally incorporated under the State Statutes of Minnesota in 2001.

46. Minnesota Creative – Minnesota Creative is an MN BASED full service website design and Development Company. We strive to your online presence successful by having responsive on-trend web designs, SEO, and exceptional customer service.

47. Affordable Web Design – Affordable Web Design is a full service website business with offices in California, Minnesota, and Ohio and has been in business since 2003. Affordable Web Design is a division of Hammerweb Holdings, LLC.

48. Kindem Design – Working on your project is a higher priority than my own website.

49. MJ Kretsinger – MJ Kretsinger is a premium, full service digital agency that specializes in delivering strategic, robust, and aesthetically pleasing responsive websites and web applications for mid-size and fortune 1,000 companies.

50. Terry Barth Design – I’m all about doing things smarter and simpler. Website development is no different. I gravitate towards tools and automation that streamline website development, maintenance and updates. These days, content management systems are crucial to managing a modern, effective website. Every site I build features a powerful, yet easy to use, content management system.

51. CatsAway Graphic Design, Inc – An experienced, multi-disciplined designer who brings creativity, productivity and collaboration to you, your team and your projects.

52. Site Revamp – Site Revamp, based in Minneapolis, is a top national search engine optimization company. Since the beginning of the internet, we have helped our clients build more competitive businesses.

53. Peach Creative Co. – Organizations grow and change direction. As you transform, you need a brand that reflects who you are and where you’re going – not a time capsule of the early days! Peach Creative Co. is a small creative studio with a big passion for rebuilding brands with clean, modern design.

54. Thin Gorilla – Thin Gorilla puts your business goals before anything else. With a combination of working smarter, listening better and planning ahead, you and I will take your project to the next level.

55. Woulds Design – Woulds Design is full service design studio located in NE Minneapolis. It’s run by creative director Aaron Woods with the help of a collaborative network of professionals.

56. Be That Design LLC – We work to earn your trust and to exceed your expectations for each and every project. Our egos never burn the midnight oil, but our eyes will light up when we’ve hit the mark for your branded communications.

57. Design Office of Kevin Dane O’Callaghan – My career as an art director/designer spans projects from small start-ups to multi-national brands. I have experience in broadcast, print and digital, and have worked with multi-national agencies and client brands.

58. Cohlab Digital Marketing – Co-founders Cliff and Heather Robbins were frustrated as they saw a family member’s business struggle with website costs and communication with hosting providers while also muddling through digital marketing strategies.

59. Malley Design – Design is the marriage of art and purpose. The audience, medium and scope of the project may vary, but the fact remains that design exists to communicate purpose to a target market through quality creative.

60. Twin Cities Search Engine Marketing – On the internet today, effective web development and design cannot exist independently of SEO knowledge. We focus on a range of issues integral not only to increased traffic flow and better usability, but also to your website’s Dynamic Branding Strategy and purpose—this holistic approach results in conversion.

61. Byte Technology – At Byte Technology, we speak the language of nonprofits. Each and every member of our team has a passion for charitable support and community activism.

62. SocialNicole Social Media Marketing Agency – SocialNicole was founded by me Nicole Harrison – but it’s cool if you just call me SocialNicole everyone else does.

63. Mediapolis LLC – t Mediapolis we believe that every company has a story to tell. That’s why we help companies tell their stories through video production, photography and website design.

64. Curb Crowser – Curb Crowser is a Minneapolis-based independently owned business, brand and design agency. For over 23 years, we’ve partnered alongside leaders and their teams to build meaningful brands that succeed at market.

65. First Web Group – A website is the most crucial platform you need to help sell your idea or product, especially one that is mobile friendly. Let us to help you with that!

66. 5 by 5 Design – We believe it’s possible to change the world by posing the right questions, discovering unexpected answers, and following the path that emerges.

67. Constant Rank, LLC – Constant Rank is a Minneapolis search engine optimization (SEO) and Internet marketing company providing integrated internet marketing solutions for small to large sized businesses from Minneapolis to Milwaukee.

68. Thomas Unise – I design, test and optimize data-driven digital marketing strategies that can grow your business consistently and predictably.

69. Net Anchor IT Svc – Net Anchor, Inc. is an IT Services Company that is focused on providing Small to Medium size Organizations the IT Solutions that they require to make business operations efficient, reliable, and with minimized down-time while lowering cost. We deliver ”Big IT for Less”.

70. Esultants Web Services – Esultants is a web services company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with a remote office in Fergus Falls.

71. Birdhouse Websites & Designs – At Birdhouse Websites & Designs, it’s our goal to take the pain out of planning, designing, building, and deploying your next website.

72. Hatchplan.io – At Hatchplan, we design and develop deeply engaging yet simple conversational experiences. Our work defines who we are. We don’t take short cuts and we aim to bring a smile to everyone who uses our product.

73. Design Tech Consulting Inc – Established in 1996, Design Tech offers many years of design, marketing and programming experience in collaborating with business owners and non-profit associations who outsource their programming and Web services including email marketing.

74. Bufflehead Web Design – Bufflehead Internet Technology is a full-service web site design and development studio located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

75. Mighty Media – This is true whether we are producing stunning covers for our university press clients, dynamic designs and content for school library publishers, or charming and timely picture books for our own trade publishing entity, Mighty Media Press.

76. Incarnet Design Inc. – Making your website mobile ready isn’t for the faint of heart. INCARNET works to keep your site relevant in a functional and contextual way.

77. Webitality – Webitality is a Minneapolis-based web site design and hosting company. Our services including graphic design, programming in WordPress and ColdFusion and website upkeep.

78. Griffins Designs – Minnesota-based Front-end Web Developer

79. Nighthawk Marketing – Minneapolis Web Design Company and Digital Marketing Agency in Minnesota

80. Sweor, LLC – We believe a website is a living, breathing, ever-evolving tool for business.

81. Bicycle Theory, Inc. – Bicycle Theory builds great websites. Design, development, integration, and improvements. The goal is to make your website provide you smooth-rolling freedom, like riding a bicycle.

82. Us Creative Works – Interactive design for the common good.

83. Wilderness Web Designs – Wilderness Web Designs is a full service website design company based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We operate our business primarily online, but for clients seeking a one on one interaction we will often meet up in the Twin Cities area.

84. Caprio Group Inc – The Caprio Group is dedicated to ‘chaos management and dream building’™. We believe that the mission and dream of your organization are important, and should be the focus of your efforts. Let us build the infrastructure you need to realize your vision and ‘set your dream in motion™.’

85. Big Red Dog Solutions – Our mission is to build long lasting relationships with clients through outstanding work that is delivered with value. Our experience ranges from completely customized web development solutions, online marketing, search engine optimization(SEO), and much more.

86. Rossi Websites – Specializing in small businesses, start-ups and other organizations.

87. Dragonfly Designs Web – Dragonfly Designs Web will create an affordable opportunity for your business, service organization or neighborhood group to get their message published on the Internet!


Freelance Minneapolis Web Designers (Single Individual)

1. John Bracket – WordPress web designer

2. Noteworthy Web Design – Solid, SEO-friendly websites from Tony Notermann

3. Amanda Johnson – Part Designer, Part Developer

4. Jesse Sutherland – One of the best Freelance Web Designers in Minneapolis, Solid Developer

5. Pepperwild – Sarah Haley (Girard)’s work is fun and down to earth.

6. Keller John – Has been serving the Minneapolis community for many years.

7. Ryan Kirtz – Works as a freelancer on the side of web design agency, so has worked for large clients.

8. John K Vang – Developer who has worked for Rocket 55 and Fasthorse, and has a solid design sense.

9. Josh Mayorga – Developer, design, SEO and Hosting.

10. Dan Moriarty – Has been around for a long time.

11. Hayford Oleary – Low-cost, specializing in WordPress and Drupal

12. Allie Marie Design – White space, modern color, print and web.

13. Dustin Marson – Print designer turned web designer.

14. Minneapolis Website Designers – We build websites that help businesses grow and thrive.

15. VIP Web Design Minneapolis – My VIP Web Design approaches Web Design in a very unique way.

16. Rainbo Design – Rainbo Design offers affordable website design and marketing services for small business with complete packages at affordable prices.

17. Lytton Web Design – I operate a web design business in Minneapolis, Minnesota specializing in websites for small businesses and organizations.

18. Stylefish – Stylefish began twelve years ago as a one-man organization operating out of a tiny Maine apartment, and has since evolved to… two people. Working out of a slightly larger South Minneapolis house.

19. The Mighty Mo! Design Co. – We partner with agencies and freelancers to build websites that get results.


Medium Digital Agencies who specialize in Minneapolis Web Design (11-100 Employees)

1. Clockwork – Everything including enterprise clients.

2. Fellow – Branding focused, delightfully hipster.

3. FRWD – A focus on paid ads, works with medium to large companies.

4. WindMill Design – Everything from print to websites

5. Mankato Web Design – Lots of law office clients, and a solid team.

6. Rocket 55 – Full service digital marketing.

7. Olive & Company – Brand focused high end design.

8. Fast Horse – Integrated Creative Agency

9. Stone Arch Creative – Health and Medical Marketing

10. Little & Co – High-end branding focused.

11. Nina Hale – Results focused, drives traffic and conversion.

12. Ackmann & Dickenson – Web Development and Applications

13. Snap Agency – Social, PPC, SEO and Web Design

14. Creative Arc – Interactive Design and Development Studio

15. Thrive Internet Marketing Agency – Thrive is a digital marketing agency in Minneapolis

16. Triton Commerce – Triton Commerce is a full service, inbound marketing company, providing web design, digital marketing, and social media services.

17. 405 Media Group – At 405 Media Group we understand web marketing.

18. Tragens System LLC – Tragens is dedicated to providing enterprises and individuals an array of services and solutions, ranging from mobile application development to website development, from managed IT services to digital marketing solutions.

19. Sprocketwire – Sprocketwire started in 2000 primarily designing web sites, Flash animations and interactive CD-ROMs.

20. August Ash – We design, build, market, and support websites to help organizations grow.

21. BizzyWeb – BizzyWeb is a Champlin-based social media marketing and web design company.

22. Brandography – Brandography, in Minneapolis, is a web development and marketing firm that helps companies in and around the Twin Cities Metro area.

22. Downtown Website Design & SEO Solutions – Downtown Website Design & SEO Solutions is a web design business located in Anoka, with clients throughout the Twin Cities Metro area and beyond.

23. Media Junction – Media Junction is a Saint Paul web design firm serving companies in and around the Twin Cities.

24. Dks Systems – Our team is comprised of designers, developers, project managers, SEO specialists, and a very dependable coffee machine.

25. Origin Eight – Origin Eight is a Minneapolis-based web design firm with additional offices in the NYC Metro, helping its clients with content strategy, SEO, and marketing, and creating online experiences that are intuitive and responsive.

26. Webbizideas – Businesses want their products promoted – Influencers want to talk about the next big thing – Tomoson is the solution.

27. Irish Titan – We design and develop eCommerce platforms, and complicated Websites, surrounded by Online Marketing and Strategy. For the brave and bold-minded.

28. Cameron Payne
Understanding your business is our business. And with a wide range of design, marketing and advertising solutions, we make sure consumers do too.

29. ArcStone – ArcStone is a full-service digital agency.

30. AWS Media Company, LLC – AWS Media Co. is a full service web development and design agency located in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.

31. The Modern Firm, LLC – The Modern Firm is a website design and online marketing company that works specifically with small law firms.

32. MG Web Partners – MG Web Partners is a web design and development company based in Minneapolis, MN.

33. Aware Web Solutions Inc – Aware is a full service digital agency and system integration partner. Through our strong partnerships, Aware taps the power of the best-in-breed technology platforms to strengthen brands, enable marketing strategies and build technology for engaging digital experiences.

34. Artropolis, Inc. – We’ve Been Providing Website Solutions Since 1994. As we’re sure you’ve discovered—there are web designers and web programmers… and then there are the true E-Commerce & Online Marketing Specialists like Artropolis.

35. PromoTech Marketing Inc. – We service the Minneapolis / St Paul Twin Cities Metro area.

36. Radiate – Radiate is a Minneapolis SEO (search engine optimization) and internet marketing agency based in the southwest Twin Cities metro area.

37. MVP Marketing + Design – From our base in Minneapolis, MN, our website design and creative agency has been helping clients and flagship brands throughout North America connect with B2B and B2C customers for over 30 years.

38. Clear Interactive – Website designer in Minneapolis

39. Web Foundry – Web Foundry was started with one goal in mind: Help people get their websites to show up on Google and other major search engines. Specializing in SEO.

40. Larsen Design & Interactive – Looking for strategic creative? Big ideas to advance your brand? And the right team to pull it all together?Larsen has helped launch start-up ventures and reposition Fortune 500 companies.

41. PageCrafter – Founded in 2011, PageCrafter was created for one purpose: to create great websites for great businesses. Since that time we have helped hundreds of businesses achieve their online goals based on the premise that attractive, clean, easy-to-use websites will help drive business.

42. Agency Jet – Agency Jet develops effective online marketing strategies for forward-thinking companies looking to grow their business.

43. DS6 by Digital Solutions – Through a leadership team of dedicated experts, a passion for serving our clients and doing what we do well, and maintaining the nimble nature of a small Minneapolis

44. Concerto Designs LLC – A nationally-based company with offices in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN) and Boston, MA, Concerto Designs offers affordable website design and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) services for small- to medium-sized businesses, churches, and other non-profit organizations in Minnesota.

45. Bust Out Solutions, Inc. – Our team is made up of designers who write code, and programmers who craft user experiences. A cross-discipline team leads to higher-quality products. Wireframes and visual designs are created with a deep understanding of the implementation, so we never design in a technical vacuum.

46. Brave New Media – Brave New Media is a 360 digital agency, founded in 1998. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Los Angeles and Cyprus. We offer a holistic approach to give clients a smarter, better solution. If you have the courage to tell your story, we’ll find a brave way to do it.

47. Studio Delphianblue, LLC – Studio Delphianblue, LLC is a Full Service Photography, Graphic Design, Web Design and Front-End Development company located in Minneapolis, MN. Studio Delphianblue, LLC was formed in 2012 by Danielle Albrecht.

48. Strother Communications Group – SCG is an Integrated Marketing + PR agency that has been helping a wide variety of brands Spark, Simplify and Soar for 25 years.

49. Uproer – We’re a digital marketing agency serving the Minneapolis / St Paul area. Offering creative solutions to digital problems, we engineer plans that contribute to your brand’s bottom line.

50. Digital Age Internet Marketing Group – We’ve helped thousands of law firms and cosmetic surgeons achieve first page placement on search engines, bringing their website the traffic needed to increase conversions from potential online customers.

51. Ascension Development Group – We are your behind-the-scenes experts that help with everything from building a website, press release management, SEO/SEM, social media management and so much more, exclusively for non-profits.

52. Website For Growth
Welcome to our WebSolution. We have an employee resource base with extensive experience in business, marketing, social media, e-mail marketing and e-commerce.

53. Kemteck Inc – Kemteck Inc has been providing web design and marketing services for over 16 years. Kemteck is located in historic and hip Lowertown – Downtown St Paul, Minnesota, Downtown Lindstrom Minnesota and recently in Minneapolis Minnesota.

53. Ecreative Works Inc
We’ve specialized in industrial website solutions for companies nationwide. Industrial business-to-business clients have been our niche market since our inception, with a focus on industrial website design, search engine optimization, and industrial website marketing.


Large Agencies who offer Minneapolis Web Design among other services

1. Olson – Has joined conglomerate ICF, serves large brands.

2. Ovative – Site optimization, rather than design.

3. Preston Kelley – Focused on iconic ideas.

4. Carmichael Lynch – Larger ad agency, handles web design as well.

5. Periscope – Serves the Twins and other big names.

6. MorseKode – Clean design, high-end services

7. Peterson Milla Hooks – Ad agency

8. SixSpeed– Integrated Creative Agency

9. Space150 – rebuilds their website every 150 days, and believes in constant re-invention.

10. Solve – Clients from Porsche to Bentley

11. Mono – Team of committed creatives.

12. Bolin – Creative Brand Experience Agency

13. Multimedia Graphics – We have over we have over 19 years of experience in logo design & corporate branding, business card design, brochure design, flyer design, packaging design, web ads, ticket design, poster design, door hangers, website design, word press design, SEO Services, and more.

14. Echo Innovate IT – We create robust Android and iPhone apps for our enterprise and start-up clients. We are your design and development partner with the highly qualified team to deliver quality IT solutions.

15. Mirum Minneapolis – Mirum is a borderless agency of over 2,400 digital savants, storytellers, makers and relentlessly curious minds united by an uncommon drive to make what’s next.

16. Implex.Net – Founded in 1991, Implex is a ‘technology service provider’ based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

17. Ratchet – Founded in 2006, RBA is an award-winning national digital and technology consultancy based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

18. Siteimprove Inc – Siteimprove transforms the way you manage and deliver your digital presence. Unlock new insights to gain complete visibility across your content quality, performance, and visitor behavior.

19. The Nerdery – We create digital products and services that better people’s lives and drive business outcomes.
Freelance Web Designer Minneapolis

So many great designers, developers and professionals of all types are becoming their own boss, and striking out on their own. Many web designers do some freelance, and also work for an agency. Web Designers are in high demand these days. When contacting them you’ll want to pique their interest with your project, telling them why it might be good for their portfolio, or why it might be a good after seeing what they have worked on before. The web design freelancer who’s not in demand and busy, may not be the web design freelancer you want to be working on your project. You can always get better work out of someone when you both set clear expectations at the outset of a project, and not try to get them to work with a crazy quick timeline.

I’ve asked some Minneapolis web design freelancers to answer some telling questions about the freelance web design market. And answer those questions that might be on the minds of people looking for a web design freelancer.


 

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What are some ways to find a freelance web designer who might be a good fit for your project?

“There are likely a handful local freelance directories out there, but none that really stand out. On the other hand, sites like dribbble.com showcase some of the best designers in the business, but require a paid account to search for designers by location.Google may still be the best place to start. Be prepared to look through several pages of results. As tedious as that sounds (at least compared to how I often find myself searching), within a short amount of time, you can gather a handful of potential freelancers to reach out to. The important thing to do is ask for referrals if needed. I’ve had to decline projects simply because the timelines wouldn’t work with my current workload, but I’m always happy to provide several referrals that might be a good fit.”
“The connections you have are always the best way to go. I find that the best working relationships happen with those connections that you already have. If you yourself don’t have a connection already always ask around and see if someone you know has a connection who they can refer. That said, I have gotten several projects through LinkedIn and through my website, but I don’t find that is the primary way to find new freelancers, those tools better serve to validate that the freelancer is an expert at what they do.”
“The best way is to ask around. Chances are you know someone who has hired a designer or personally knows a designer”

 

Do you know of any meetups or ways to rub elbows with freelance web designers?

“I work at CoCo Coworking space a few times a week. They have three different locations, its a good way to get out and meet more people. In particular there is a group of WordPress users and developers who get together and work at CoCo every Wednesday. There is also a regular Meetup that happens for WordPress users every month. I also recently joined a networking group. There are many regional groups like this. The thing that makes them unique is that they only allow a single person in each group to have the same profession. So there is only a single lawyer, real estate agent, web designer. I found found it a great way to meet people and get referrals.”

Why do you like being a freelance designer?

It gives me the freedom to work remotely if I want to. Also believe that the service I can provide can be a ‘win-win’ and can help the client in the long run.
“I’m not much of an outside in the cold guy, so for a good portion of the year, I actually like being able to sit in my home office and do freelance work. I’ve heard a theory that there is so much good design work that comes out of the Twin Cities because it’s dark at 5pm, so there’s no excuse not to hunker down and make sure everything is done right down to the last detail.The other interesting thing about that is probably 80% or more of the freelance work I’ve done in the last 3 years is with clients who are out of state. They often used to live and work here, and I think know how much talent there is in this market, so they seek out design help here rather than in their new locales.”
“The community is great, you just have to get out there and put your name out there. People are friendly, easy to work with, and want to help you out.”
“Minneapolis is a great market with an active tech community, but it’s also a relatively small city. It’s not hard to make and maintain connections or keep tabs on what agencies are in town. I also grew up in Southwest Minneapolis, so that certainly helps (not to say that I was networking when I was 8 years old).The beauty of freelancing – specifically web design and development – is that has become surprisingly easy to be location independent. Over the past year, I’ve lived in Bozeman, MT and Santa Fe, NM while continuing to work for many of the same Minnesota clients.”

What do you think clients like about working with a freelancer vs. working with an agency?

“I think that sometimes agencies have a tendency to shield the client from the actual people doing the work. Your first contact is a sales person, who doesn’t actually do anything on the project. Then you’re dealing with account managers and project managers. This gives you very little time to establish a rapport with the people that are actually making your site. Not all agencies, but some.”
“I think the obvious answer is cost. Agencies charge higher rates because they have to. Many freelancers have worked at agencies or local design firms before going solo, so it’s safe to say they offer a similar quality of work.”
The personal brand and overall price. In my experience web agencies do cost more than a typical individual freelancer.
“I think they like working directly with the subject matter expert. Often with an agency the client has to work through layers of account managers and project managers. With a freelancer they can have more immediate feedback from the designer and talk through ideas more openly.”
“For many of my clients, I think it has a lot to do with budget. I’m a guy with a laptop working out of my house, so I’m probably less expensive than most agencies because I don’t have the overhead costs. I also don’t have limits to how small projects are that I take on, which can be a benefit for companies that don’t have a big marketing/design budget set aside.However, since I do have a day job, I need my clients to understand if they have a really hot project, I probably can’t turn something around as quickly as an agency because the only days that I’m doing freelance work before 7pm are weekends. And I don’t have an account person, so if they call or email me during the day, it’s most likely I’m not going to get back to them until that evening. So there are definite pros and cons.”

What’s a reasonable timeframe for a simple marketing site freelance web design project? A more complex marketing site? A range for bigger sites?

“For me, two months is the most aggressive timeline I will commit to and it goes up from there depending on complexity.I find that sites always take longer than expected for the simple fact that clients usually underestimate the time commitment it takes from them to complete the project. Meetings with the designer, internal meetings, feedback, review, etc… it all takes time and any delay extends the timeline. Even more so if the client is providing content or other assets. I have seen so many clients come in to a project with a very aggressive timeline and see it quickly melt away once work began. For this reason, I try to set expectations with the client right away that it will take longer than they expect and try to set a more realistic timeline. With that said, I appreciate a client with an aggressive timeline because it shows me a client is committed. “
Tough question. This is very dependent on the requirements, other ongoing projects and particularly client involvement. Content, decisions and approvals are all part of the client’s responsibilities to keep things on track. If things go smoothly, a small marketing site can be turned around in less than a week. On the other hand, I’ve done development projects on medium-sized sites that extended over the course of several months, simply due to the nature of these projects and the indecisiveness of humans.

 

What is the bottom range of price I should expect to pay for an average marketing website?

 

$3,000-$5,000. Each client is different and the freelancer is charging for the service they’re providing. Just a simple landing page site could only cost $500-$1,000. In my experience I’ve done sites anywhere from $500-$9,000. But it really all depends on the service you’re providing.

What are some really important terms to set before working with a freelance designer?

 

Timeline and budget expectations are the most important. The first thing I always want to know is “when does this need to be done?” Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours and I need to turn down work because I’m not staying up until 4am to make it happen. I’m sure there are plenty of full-time freelancers out there that would be more than happy to take on a big, fast project, so I leave those jobs for them.And you always need to talk about the money up front. No one wants to get an invoice for 3x what they were planning on spending, so whether I’m working hourly or on a project fee, I make sure we agree on at least a rough range of what I think it will take to get the job done.Lastly, a clearly defined scope of work. On my estimates, I cover specifically what a client can expect to see from me on a given project, including number of initial concepts, and capping the hours I have built in to each round of revision. If I’m going to exceed that for any reason, I make sure to let them know before I spend the time so there aren’t any surprises.
“What exactly is going to be delivered, and what is not. What are the expectations?”
“First, make sure there is a contract. Run away from anyone that wants to skip this step. A contract protects both parties.Make sure the contract outlines what happens if things go badly. Set a timeline and what happens if that isn’t met (remember: a delayed timeline can be the fault of either party.) Also, make sure you know what happens after the project is completed. Do you need the designer to help you with hosting? Do you need ongoing support?Lastly, figure out if you need some level of SEO and if the designer is capable of providing that or willing to work with an SEO professional on the project. SEO is especially important on website redesigns, I have encountered far too many website redesigns that saw their rankings tank after launch. “

How do you set expectations for projects your working on as a freelancer so everyone has the right idea about the project and no-one is surprised?

 

“Starts with phone calls or meetings to learn about the client’s needs, crafting a solid proposal that includes as much clarity as possible, and then being really open and honest about questions that come up after that.”
I think one of the most important aspects of a ‘successful’ project is meeting with the client face to face at least once, if possible. This allows the freelancer to get a better idea of what exactly the client is looking for. After the meeting I would sketch out a project proposal that provides the client the service I’m providing, the allotted hours for each service, and the project timeline. The project proposal would also include the budget for the project. If anything sounds unclear I would contact the client before the project starts and make sure we’re both on the same page.
Transparency and open communication are key. Scope changes, revisions or unexpected challenges during development are not uncommon during the course of a project. The important thing is discussing theses before they become surprises.

Connect with these freelancers who do design work for clients:

 

Jesse Sutherland - Web Designer MinneapolisJesse SutherlandJesse Sutherland is a Minneapolis based freelance web designer, ux designer, and web developer working in the interactive industry for more than 10 years. Armed with a double major in design and advertising from the UW – Eau Claire, and 8 years of being the Interactive Art Director at a modern ad agency, he has helped hundreds of clients navigate the interactive space.Connect with Jesse Sutherland
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Matt TravailleMatt Travaille:Matt Travaille is a Minneapolis-based graphic designer. For over a decade, he has been creating award-winning work for a diverse client base. Work has been recognized by Print, HOW, and AIGA, among others.Connect with Matt Travaille
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Eric W. Mobley - Freelance Web Designer MplsEric Mobley:I began making websites 6 years ago when I walked into a computer programming class that I was taking as an elective. I changed my area of study immediately and the rest is history. I believe that real design happens when problems are solved and business objectives are met.Connect with Eric Mobley
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Simon Gondeck - Minneapolis Freelance Web DeveloperSimon Gondeck:Simon is a jr. web developer from Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Dev Bootcamp in the summer of 2014 and is currently contracted at Snap Agency in Minneapolis, MN. He also is studying accounting at the University of St. Thomas.Connect with Simon GondeckWebsite
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Nik Rowel - Minneapolis Freelance Web DesignerNik Rowell:Nik Rowell is a hybrid web designer and developer specializing in HTML5, JavaScript, PHP and custom WordPress themes.Connect with Nik RowellWebsite
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