Origin Eight Named Leader for Minnesota Web Design!

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Releasing their annual report of the best design, branding, and UX agencies in the United States, research and reviews agency, Clutch, has placed our team 14th amongst web designers in Minnesota! It’s an honor to be named a leader alongside such worthy competition. While any company can get listed on Clutch for free, only the best of the best are granted leadership by means of verified client reviews and an in-depth ranking methodology. This recognition did not go unnoticed either, as Clutch’s sister site, The Manifest, named our team one of the best digital agencies in Minneapolis.

As many of our readers know, Clutch is a B2B platform covering thousands of companies across hundreds of industry verticals, from web designers to call centers. What makes Clutch different is their approach to reviews, primarily gathering client feedback from 10-15 minute phone interviews which are then turned into case studies. This in-depth and honest evaluation of a company is how they’re able to identify the firms that deliver from those that do not; making the distinction of being a leader all the more noteworthy.

 

We’d like to thank our clients, especially those who took the time to leave such thoughtful feedback on our profile. It serves as a nice gateway in receiving feedback that enables our team to grow and feel good about the work we do. Here’s a preview of some things they’ve had to say about us on our profile:

 

“Origin Eight’s development met all requirements. We’ve had a positive experience working with their team. They demonstrate in-depth knowledge and a vested interest in our goals and success.”

 

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“Origin Eight takes a proactive approach to customer service; they reach out immediately to address potential issues and keep the site running smoothly.”

 

“We first engaged Origin Eight to redesign our corporate website’s look and feel. They’ve since played a critical role in expanding, refining, and maintaining our site.”

 

To learn more about why we’re a leader for web designers in Minneapolis, keep up-to-date with our Clutch profile and feel free to reach out to our team for a conversation!

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Origin Eight a Minneapolis Leader Across Seven Categories on Clutch!

Origin Eight Top Web Developers Minneapolis 2018

We are pleased to announce our inclusion in Clutch’s annual feature of the top creative, advertising, development, and IT services companies in Minneapolis! Not only that, but our team has been highlighted as a leader in seven categories, including branding, creative agencies, UX designers, digital design, PHP dev, Ruby on Rails dev, and web developers in Minneapolis. Featured alongside some worthy competition, its worthy to note that while any company may be listed on Clutch, only the most well-performing and evaluated are selected as leaders. 

Clutch is a ratings and reviews platform dedicated to covering over 7,000 companies across 500+ industry verticals ranging from web developers to UX designers to answering services. The core of their assessment lie in client interviews, in which Clutch speaks to a company’s references on the challenges, solutions, and results of their time working together. Additionally, Clutch takes into account their multi-faceted scoring methodology, considering factors like industry recognition, market presence, and clientele. They are then able to formulate a Leaders Matrix for a particular industry, identifying the firms that deliver from those that do not.

Evaluating our expertise across a number of services, it’s an honor to be listed by Clutch as one of Minneapolis’ finest. For that reason, we want to look back on the projects and relationships that have helped propel us this far. Here are some of the things they’ve had to say about working with us:

“I can tell you when we just had them switch to their hosting platform, which was about two weeks ago, that our site operates much faster than it ever did before. We haven’t had any crashes, downtimes, or anything that we were having terrible trouble with before we transitioned,” mentioned the Interactive Media Specialist for an American craftsmanship nonprofit.

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Another client, a Systems Analyst for the University of Minnesota, explained what made our team particularly unique:

“They’ve been more flexible than a lot of vendors I’ve had to work with during the past in the sense that they’ve been able to deal with all of the challenges and limitations we’ve thrown their way.”

To learn more about our clients’ experiences and how we’re a Minneapolis leader, check out our Clutch profile here! And contact us about your next project here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clutch.co Rates Origin Eight As A Leading Service Provider

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Independent research firm, Clutch, rates Origin Eight as a firm that delivers. The Washington, D.C. based company evaluates digital agencies to identify the best of the best. Their research is based on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative factors that explore services provided, companies served, and—most importantly—independently conducted client reviews.

Origin Eight has been helping client partners succeed since 2010, and we’ve proven ourselves as experts in open source development, including Drupal and WordPress. We are a full-service, integrated solutions provider for web, app and mobile development with top-level experience in higher education, government, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

Favorable client testimonials gathered by Clutch identify Origin Eight as a leading service provider that is easy to work with, flexible, and with expert knowledge:

A state university said, “They’ve been able to deal with all of the challenges and limitations we’ve thrown their way. They’ve been completely open and willing to work within our constraints.”

A world-renowned educational/arts academy described the working partnership as, “… a very intuitive and consultative relationship.”

Another client; a national non-profit organization, recognized that “… they have a very deep knowledge base of all things related to Drupal.”

As a company Origin Eight is on a mission to provide world-class service to all the organizations we work with. We are based in Minneapolis, but we serve clients across the country and overseas. Currently, we are expanding into New York with offices in Ithaca and the Hudson River Valley where we are proud be able to offer the services of award-winning caliber staff.

Interested in learning more about the services we provide? We invite you to visit our Clutch profile, then give us a call to see how we might help you with your next project.

Contact us for a free consultation at 612-276-5880.

Press Release: Origin Eight Merges with Singlebrook CMS Division to Create Top Digital Agency

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Origin Eight
1010 W Lake St. Suite 100-116
Minneapolis, MN 55408
[email protected]
origineight.net

New Alliance Consolidates Experience, Expertise & Resources, and Positions Company for Growth

Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 1, 2016 – Origin Eight, a Minneapolis-based digital development and design agency, is excited to introduce O8SB, a new East Coast division incorporating the Content Management Systems division of Singlebrook, a web and application development firm. With additional offices now in Ithaca and the Hudson River Valley in New York, Origin Eight will channel its unified strengths to better serve existing and new client partners.

“This newly created division will dramatically increase Origin Eight’s revenues for 2016 and at the same time augment design and strategic service offerings for Singlebrook clients. This is a big step forward for us and we are embracing these positive changes,” said Seth Viebrock, founder and CEO at Origin Eight.

About ORIGIN EIGHT

Origin Eight is a world-class digital agency specializing in web, application and mobile development and design, with CMS expertise, including Drupal and WordPress. An impressive portfolio of clients includes the University of Minnesota, The Juilliard School, Estee Lauder, the Walker Arts Center and others.

For more information visit origineight.net or call +1-612-276-5880

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Virtual Team Advantages

The Advantages Of The Virtual Team

Origin Eight was included with 75 other virtual companies in a forward-thinking article entitled “FlexJobs Highlights 76 Virtual Companies That Embrace Remote Work.” It is true; Origin Eight is a 100% flexible and collaborative workplace.

The article states that, “there is a small but exciting trend of companies that embrace remote work as a fundamental part of their business model.” At Origin Eight we offer flexibility to our remote team members and for good reason; it is the number one reason creative people choose one workplace over another. That translates to high quality and innovation as well as a contagiously invigorating working environment. We seek to elevate the best talent and give individuals the freedom to work in a way that provides them with more choice.

So, by having a distributed team we can focus on bringing together the best talent, regardless of where they are located, and we believe this gives us a significant advantage and provides great benefits to our clients. Work is increasingly viewed as something people do, rather than a place they necessarily go, and with our distributed team we stress open communication, clarity and collaboration. 

Virtual team advantages:

•    Work/home balance
•    Flexible work hours
•    More personal time
•    Less stressful environment 
•    No long commutes 
•    Less distractions and more focused workflow

Benefits for organizations:

•    Opens up a world of independent and motivated talent
•    More productivity from team members
•    Cost savings that can be passed on to clients
•    Extends services and support across time zones
•    Greater focus on project goals, less on timekeeping

One reason Origin Eight succeeds as a virtual company is that we go the extra mile to make our work environment truly productive. We document *everything*. All of our processes and all of our work is accessible to each and every team member and client. This allows us to build redundancy and scale more quickly. For any given project; project notes, design direction, and individual tasks and milestones are well documented. A developer can transition into an existing project with minimal effort because all our work is easily accessed and consistent from project X to project Y to project Z. 

Distributed workplace = Optimal Productivity

We believe that the best way to increase job satisfaction, decrease burnout, and increase loyalty is with a distributed working environment. We are committed to it because our work atmosphere is invigorating, and our clients receive the highest quality services and products from people who love their work. This is the way of the future and we are proud to be in the list of innovators.

You can read the original article here:
http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/76-virtual-companies-and-distributed-teams

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

We are thrilled to be one of six consultants selected for a University-wide Drupal contract at the University of Minnesota. We're already engaged in several initiatives, small to large. One of our first projects is an assessment engine tool for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). We expect total usage of the tool to be greater than 50,000 students across the world. Another project will track and display technology adoption progress at the University using a technically complex and highly social Drupal back-end implementation paired (via a REST API) with a front-end visualization -- see the site in action at http://hypecycle.umn.edu. In addition, we are developing web sites for various departments across the University. 

Thus far we've provided deep technical knowledge-sharing and general Drupal consulting, wireframing and visual prototyping, user experience (UX) and interaction design (IxD), graphic design, Drupal development, Drupal-side and server-side caching/performance/scalability implementation and recommendations, server and hosting architecture recommendations, and our talented, friendly team. So far everyone seems really happy; we aim to keep it that way!

Anyone interested in our work thus far, please reach out to us so that we can connect you to references at the UMN, if applicable, or fill you in more on what we're up to and what we're capable of.

We ♥ Nonprofits

We ♥ Nonprofits

Minnesota nonprofits, you do amazing work and we’re so proud to support you! Last week’s Technology & Communications Conference was a great opportunity to meet with movers and shakers in Minnesota’s nonprofit sector. Origin Eight founder Seth Viebrock had some productive conversations on the exhibition floor, and we’re ready to support you as you think about improving your web presence using the Drupal content management system.

We applaud the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for bringing together so many thought leaders of the nonprofit world and we congratulate the Dot.Org Award winners CaringBridge, Oak Meadows, Minnesota Literacy Council, and Minnesota Historical Society for their innovative solutions.

From our beginning, Origin Eight has put support for the nonprofit sector firmly at the core of our mission. If you’d like to learn how you can join other successful nonprofits on the Drupal platform, we’re ready to help: www.o8.agency/contact

If you also attended this year’s conference, what was your favorite session? If you missed out this year, we look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Drupal Superheroes

Drupal Superheroes

Who We Are

  • A best-in-class team. We will swoop in and make amazing, superhuman things happen!
  • Drupal experts at the core, with an agency built on top. 
  • A  development team when you have creativity under control. 

What We Do

  • Provide excellent online collaboration for busy, remote clients - but always a phone call away.
  • Integrate into in-person meetings near any of our locations across the United States.
  • Provide a pool of skills and knowledge that no one person ever has individually.
  • Develop infrastructure and industry best-practices for our clients.
  • Create top-quality, original solutions.
  • Strategic partners. We will go above and beyond to see you succeed!
  • Supplement and collaborate with existing client teams.
  • Scale with short notice as scope grows and project deadlines surface.

Wait, What Is Drupal?

Drupal is a way of building sites that you can update and grow, while being flexible and extensible enough to solve complex business problems. In this day and age, you should not need to pay someone else to make content-based and structural updates to your web site, nor should you spend your valuable time making aesthetic edits and painful revisions to your site structure. You don't need to be creating "web pages" in HTML anymore, using tools like Dreamweaver and text editors. Be empowered — use Drupal! 

Drupal is a highly successful and popular Content Management Framework (CMF). This entails wonderful advantages such as the following:

  • Content Management System (CMS) - You have a user login that gives you access to manage and administer your site, akin to traditional Content Management System (CMS) solutions. From individuals to enterprises, anyone can easily create, edit, delete, approve and moderate content right on the live site. Want to write an article? Easy. Upload a photo to a gallery? Even easier. Preview it, publish it, or even moderate submissions from other users on the site.
  • Usability and WYSIWYG - Drupal comes with many highly-usable features right out of the box, and can be customized with many What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) features. There is a dashboard and a friendly user-interface that practically anyone can operate, with a low barrier to entry. Want to add a staff member to an organizational listing and click-and-drag to arrange the order in which they are displayed? Not a problem. 
  • Framework - Drupal is not just a CMS, it is a framework, implying that it has a structure for being customized and extended to solve an array of complex business needs. Drupal is ready for mobile, it is ready to integrate into various 3rd party services and APIs, it is ready to serve as a Facebook application or allow logins from social networks, and it is ready to follow most any creative vision or direction that you or we may follow.
  • Distributions - Want a starting point based on your needs, rather than starting from scratch? Browse the many available Drupal Distributions -- these are pre-built versions of Drupal that already exhibit complex functionality, have defined layouts, and serve specific purposes. For example, take a look at Open Atrium -- it is "an Intranet in a box", and it's built with Drupal so that we can easily customize and extend it to your needs! If you don't want to use Open Atrium, but still desire and intranet, the great thing is that Open Atrium is built with community-shared code and principles that we can still leverage for whatever type of intranet you would like to build.

Interested? Browse our services or contact us today!

The Origins Of Origin Eight

The Origins Of Origin Eight

Origin Eight is a technology development and innovation group comprised of experts in various sub-specialties in web development. We emphasize we are experts, because we are a first-rate company that focuses on infrastructure, meaning that anyone who works for the company is expected to be among the most talented, motivated, and innovative in their field. Our infrastructure is not only made up of talent, but also the latest and greatest tools for delivering your project in a collaborative, budgeted, well-managed manner. 

We specialize in several areas of web technology so as to not limit ourselves to one solution, but keep a strong core competency in Drupal. 

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