Top 35 Web Design Companies

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Every year, digital influencers come up with their own top lists of agencies specializing in web design or website and mobile application development. Such ratings showcase the most popular tendencies in the industry. Companies who get shortlisted or even top the rating have a great opportunity to promote their services effectively. The “Best Choice of the Day/Month/Year” sign posted on the agency’s website immediately makes it more attractive in the eyes of potential clients, even though they may have never heard about the rating.

The following questions are often asked:

  • How many web design companies are in the US?
  • How can web design companies gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace?
  • What services do web design companies offer?
  • How to handle companies that are price shopping web design services?
  • How to start your own web design company?

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The main advantage of making such rating lists is seeing the best in the industry and getting inspired by their values. Furthermore, by studying the best practices and rises and falls of those ahead of the pack, a company can pave its own way into the world of web design and grasp popular tendencies. In essence, that’s what the ratings are for.

The Best Web-Design Agencies

The renowned website Awwwards has chosen its favorites among web design agencies. In addition to this list, we have selected our own TOP 5 companies from the USA and New York, in particular, which set trends in the world of web design.

The First The Last

The First The Last

Company office location: Kyiv (Ukraine)

Specializes in: Design, web development

In their projects, The First The Last rely on the fashionable “magazine” design trend. The designers feel nostalgic about the old-day print media and are not afraid to express this feeling in their projects. In addition, the company’s websites make use of stylish typography, occasionally enhancing its artistic flair with bright fashion photos. All these contribute to the “glossy magazine” feel most website visitors enjoy so much.

These Ukrainians have proved that their desire to meet the high standards set for their work is not just an urge to tilt at windmills but rather a healthy ambition. They believe that the road to success is not easy to navigate, but they are ready to demonstrate their mastery and creativity in their works and their own corporate website design. The Awwwards nomination for the “Best Studio of 2018” shows that they are on the right track.

Adoratorio

Adoratorio

Company office location: Brescia (Italy)

Specializes in: Web development, Design, SEO

In their works, designers from Adoratorio use their genuinely Italian feel for style and beauty. They artfully employ people’s natural striving for harmony and tactile aesthetics. Their works embody the Danish concept of hygge but with an Italian accent, including sophistication and love for intricate detail.

Unusual design techniques imitating textures and bright images used by Adoratorio in their website designs make you want to feel the screen with your fingers. “We touch the digital world with handcrafted amaziness,” claim the developers in line with their works.

Bonhomme

Bonhomme

Company office location: Paris (France)

Specializes in: Design, web development

In 2013, detailed textures gave way to minimalistic and flat design tendencies. Websites started to resemble each other in a certain way. In that very year, the independent studio Bonhomme was founded, emphasizing harmony and natural-looking designs. The sophistication of simplicity is the main belief Bonhomme upholds.

Since its inception, the studio has collaborated with many renowned clients. Google, Audi, Volkswagen, Renault, Festival De Cannes, Coca-Cola, and others have chosen “harmony of simplicity” for their products.

“The success of the project lies in the quality of collaboration,” claim Bonhomme specialists.

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Rotate

Rotate

Company office location: London (the UK)

Specializes in: Design, development, and eCommerce marketing

“We help brands sell online” is the motto of this London-based studio. In their projects, Rotate designers target the world of the business living by the “time is money” principle. Rotate preaches minimalism and getting the maximum efficiency of each pixel – nothing should distract the client from making a purchase. The WOW effect is achieved by putting the functional elements against the crisp and clear background and adding subtle animation. This way, the design remains dynamic but strict and elegant enough to look good on a smartphone screen.

Burocratik

Burocratik

Company office location: Coimbra (Portugal), Porto (Portugal)

Specializes in: design, web-development, company style.

Burocratik designers employ a spectacular presentation screen with ambient photos and videos to create the traditional WOW effect. The design projects evoke the users’ feeling of presence and product involvement as if they were holding the product in their hands.

Projects centered on realistic design brought the studio to the Awwwards shortlist in 2018. Each project is presented on the company’s Vimeo channel, which is regularly updated.

Monogrid

Monogrid

Company office location: Florence (Italy)

Specializes in: Design for Digital and VR

This Italian web design studio taps into another passion shared by most people – the hunger for beauty and innovativeness. The company specializes in VR design projects, which is still a new and unexplored field for many.  A unique experience at the boundary of virtual reality and the analog world is what the developers promise to demonstrate in their works. The studio’s website itself oozes uniqueness and innovativeness, with its hypnotic animation lures visitors into the new reality.

“We are a bunch of talented people always looking for something new and challenging, and we work hard to successfully merge beauty and technology together and push our boundaries,” say Monogrid team members. As we can see from the company’s portfolio – nothing can hold these guys back!

Build in Amsterdam

Build in Amsterdam

Company office location: Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Specializes in: strategy, branding, and eCommerce

Deeply immersed in strategic planning yet passionate about beauty, Build in Amsterdam specialists rely on a precise understanding of their client’s business objectives as the main key to success.  “We work with brands we believe in,” says the team. Therefore, the developers see their main role in helping their clients get all the necessary tools for development and free growth, giving brands a reliable background to withstand any difficulties they may encounter on the market.

The works of Build in Amsterdam studio have been highly appreciated by clients from Adidas, Openwear, Nike, Frans Hals Museum, and many others.

Locomotive

Locomotive

Company office location: Montreal (Canada)

Specializes in: web development, branding, web design, graphic design, media

Within its ten-year history, Locomotive has often topped the lists of the best design studios in the market, so it quite naturally earned its “Best Studio of 2018” Awwwards nomination.

Locomotive developers want to make each brand and trademark stand out, ensuring that the products they work with meet the market demands and the customers’ needs.

The company relies on technological innovation as its main strategy since such an approach guarantees that the products and services offered by Locomotive will be on point in future.

AQuest

AQuest

Company office location: Verona (Italy)

Specializes in: web development, web design

Creative minds from the most romantic Italian city, Verona, have infused their projects with their famous artistic flair. Request designers aim to make products that can inspire their users with the beautiful world they create. According to the developers – the use of innovative technology is the surest way to achieve this goal.

“The best decisions are made in your heart,” claim AQuest specialists. In their works, they employ creativity that borders on surrealism. With their passion for technology and out-of-the-box thinking, AQuest impart their unusual perception of trivial things to the rest of the world, making their works stand out from the rest.

MediaMonks

MediaMonks

Company office location: Hilversum (the Netherlands), London (the UK), Stockholm (Sweden), Dubai (the UAE), New York, San Francisco (the USA), Mexico (Mexico), São Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Shanghai (China), Singapore

Specializes in: branding, video, mobile applications, games, animation, VR

The company operates on the principle that quality work translates to success, while a significant quantity of quality work translates to global success.

Founded in 2001 as a creative agency, MediaMonks studio has conquered new fields, continuously exploring state-of-the-art technology. As a result, the studio can boast of projects in strategic development and SEO, filmmaking, animation, visual effects creation, development of mobile applications and VR & AR technologies, and even charity.

The company realizes all of its ambitions, opening offices and hiring talents all over the world, far beyond the US and Europe. New offices have been opened in Brazil, Argentina, China, and Singapore, with the new expansion plans stretching to India.

Immersive Garden

Immersive Garden

Company office location: Paris (France)

Specializes in: design, interactive installations, and web development

In 2017, the company was nominated by Awwwards and CSS Design Awards as “Studio of the Year,” In 2018, it received the “Website of the Year” award.

The projects of this studio rely on realistic images and high-quality graphics that create the effect of “immersion” in the alternative reality.

“Our vision is focused on crafting meaningful concepts and stories thanks to digital experiences,” claim Immersive Garden developers.

In addition to web development, the company creates interactive installations, applications, and all types of media content. The team of Immersive Garden aims to create a powerful presentation for each new brand they work with to make it recognizable and familiar to the target audience.

Superhero Cheesecake

Superhero Cheesecake

Company office location: Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Specializes in: web development, marketing

The developers of this Amsterdam-based studio are ambitious enough to wear web design superhero capes.

These creativity giants from Amsterdam do not mind sharing a project with some other agency at a certain stage. Effective collaboration – whether with the client or some other contractor – is the key to success.

Flexibility in communication, ability to compromise, and the best decision is the strengths shared by all Superhero Cheesecake members. This approach successfully tapped into the needs of such well-known clients like Puma, G-Star, and Heineken.

Your Majesty

Your Majesty

Company office location: New York (the USA)

Specializes in: mobile and web development, design, and branding

“Our company is home to a constantly growing set of powerful ideas to move the human experience forward” – that’s the way this design studio presents itself. The company has offices in New York and Amsterdam though it traces its roots to Sweden. In addition to a regular appearance on the Awwwards rating lists, the studio has received numerous awards, such as Cannes Lions, the Webby Awards, and Creativity Awards.

The ideas and experience of the company attracted such technological giants as Apple: the Apple.com landing page was designed by Your Majesty team. Apart from that, the studio has collaborated with such renowned clients as Netflix, Samsung, Adidas, BMW, and Bentley.

EPIC Agency

EPIC Agency

Company office location: Liege (Belgium)

Specializes in: web-development, brand strategy.

“Every pixel counts,” said the Belgian designers, and they really mean it. As a result, the studio’s works are easily recognizable by intricate details and sweet drawings that subtly guide the website user from page to page without being overwhelming.

EPIC Agency projects are a perfect combo of excellent visuals and content. Following the typography and colors, the user gets all the necessary information about the offered products or services.

Helping clients achieve their business goals in a way that tastes exquisite like Belgian chocolate – through a person’s natural desire for beauty – is the whole secret of EPIC Agency’s success.

ueno.

ueno.

Company office location: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles (the USA), Reykjavik (Iceland)
Specializes in: marketing, branding, eCommerce, design, mobile application and web development

Strategy, design, content, and technology – these are the four pillars of Ueno’s success. The company has four offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Reykjavik.

Giants like Google, Reuters, RedBull, Airbnb, Lonely Planet, Cisco, Dropbox, and Uber will find giants among Ueno’s clients. According to the customers’ feedback, the studio is a reliable partner, which will take any product it works on to a higher level.

The company is renowned for its skill to look at a product from a different angle and come up with new ideas on its application and development.  .

Deux Huit Huit

Deux Huit Huit

Company office location: Montreal (Canada)

Specializes in: interactive technologies and graphic design

The designers from this Montreal-based studio with a beautiful French name show us how to achieve success by aptly using shades of white and clean, almost monochrome mockups. Many renowned clients, including Google, have greatly appreciated their ideas.

Deux Huit Huit agency was founded in 2011, and it has been nominated for many web design awards and topped rating lists ever since. This proved the relevance of the team’s ideas and motivated them for further achievements. The company’s specialists concentrate on a strategic approach to product development enhanced by sound technical skills, demonstrating that profound knowledge is the key to success.

Stupid Studio

Stupid Studio

Company office location: Copenhagen (Denmark)

Specializes in: design, branding

This agency is concerned with the design and branding products and services in the social and cultural domain. Stupid Studio aims to develop new sustainable ways to measure success, which would make the world a safer and friendlier place to be. The team sees its main purpose in inspiring the business world to pay more attention to social issues and commercial ones.

The noble objectives of this Copenhagen agency have tapped into emotions of Awwwards voters, who have brought Stupid Studio to its place on the list of the best design agencies of 2018.

Rezo Zero

Rezo Zero

Company office location: Lyon (France)

Specializes in: design, development

The developer’s team from Lyon, France, believes in perfection by design, which makes the product successful. Striking the right balance between creativity and technical efficiency is the main strategy upheld by the company’s specialists.

Founded in Paris in 2005, Rezo Zero has been an independent developer in graphic and web design.

The designers draw their inspiration from modern art and 1990s architecture.

The company’s new project – The Hope Gallery platform is aimed at financing the endeavors of modern artists.

Huncwot

Huncwot

Company office location: Warsaw (Poland)

Specializes in: design, branding, development, UI/UX Design

The Polish design agency specializing in interactive installations and intellectual technologies development was founded in Warsaw in 2007. Since then, the company has accumulated impressive experience and collaborated with Cheetos, Dell, IKEA, PayPal, Pepsico, Samsung, and others. In addition, huncwot projects brought the company such prestigious awards as Cannes Golden Lion and European Design Award Gold. At the same time, the works presented at Awwwards have received 22 awards and got the company nominated for the “Best Web Agency of 2018.”

Red Collar

Red Collar

Company office location: Voronezh (the Russian Federation)

Specializes in: design, branding, development, UI/UX Design

This agency has developed the Awwwards conference website. Moreover, it was nominated for “Agency of the Year” by CSS Design Awards-2017 and twice for “Best Studio of 2018” by Awwwards. To cap it all, it has got twelve “Website of the Day” Awwwards nominations. The company develops impressive innovative solutions, which will linger in your memory.

Every company has its own philosophy. Red Collar’s main philosophical principle is to help its clients make their dreams come true. The agency strives to always stay ahead of the game in marketing, design, and technology.

The clients commend the agency’s team for high professionalism, creativity, and great collaboration skills.

Gladeye

Gladeye

Company office location: Oakland (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia)

Specializes in: design, branding, eCommerce, interactive technology, development, VR&AR

Since 2006, the company has been developing solutions helping to establish an emotional connection between products and their consumers. But, according to Gladeye, what’s well begun is half done. Success begins with finding a place in the market and exploring its needs. When that is done, the product development cycle starts. Next, the designers take a creative look at the product’s opportunities, design solutions, and innovative technologies applied in the process.

“What if we were dreaming of your website?” ask Gladeye developers.

Welikesmall

Welikesmall

Company office location: Salt Lake City (the USA)

Specializes in: mobile application and web development, web design

This company based in Salt Lake City gets inspired by seeing a story behind each product. Then, like small signals, we use state-of-the-art technology, design, and marketing tools to tell that story to potential product users.

Among the company’s clients are Starbucks, Adobe, Reebok, Specialized – a great selection for an agency that does not have an office in New York or Paris.  Apparently, the idea of seeing the world as if it were “small” is appealing to many.

Akufen

Akufen

Company office location: Montreal (Canada)

Specializes in: mobile and web development, design, and marketing strategies

Montreal is home to many top-rated design agencies. Along with Locomotive, the year’s agency, one more company named Akufen assumed its place among the nominees. In 2018, the studio was shortlisted by CSS Design Awards, FWA, and Awwwards in the “Website of the Day” nomination.

Akufen attributes its success to its excellent graphic artists team, branding professionals, and creatively minded developers, who make use of any technological innovations appearing in the industry.

Hinderling Volkart AG

Hinderling Volkart AG

Company office location: Zurich, Bern (Switzerland)

Specializes in: design, corporate platforms, digital development

One more Awwwards nominee for “Studio of the Year” is a well-renowned agency developing modern solutions for web and mobile technologies. The best digital studio in Switzerland, Hinderling Volkart AG, has been pursuing its success and public recognition since 2007. During the years of its existence, a small design and development agency has grown into a big company, a self-sustained ecosystem raising professionals in design, branding, and IT spheres. Hinderling Volkart AG is not just an office but a coworking where they gladly host independent professionals. Many of those stay with the company. Among the clients of Hinderling Volkart AG are such well-known brands as Swiss, Lufthansa, Ferrari. In addition, the agency has its blog, where it posts news about its achievements in the IT sphere.

OUI WILL

OUI WILL

Company office location: Paris (France), San Diego (the USA)

Specializes in: digital, web design, branding

The company’s goal is to build brands its clients would be proud of. More so, they strive to exceed all expectations by using the most innovative technology and the rich experience of its professionals. The company has offices in San Diego (the USA) and Paris (France). The team unites many international professionals from the US, France, Germany, and Norway.   Regardless of the country they come from; all team members pursue the common objective – to help their clients achieve their goals and set new ones. Among the clients of Oui Will are Audi, Lincoln, Ralph Lauren, Watch, and Burton.

Wonderland

Wonderland

Company office location: Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Specializes in: digital, web design, strategy

This Amsterdam-based studio values originality and creativity. Within the five years of its existence, the studio received more than 40 awards in international contests and ratings in design and development.

The diverse team of Wonderland strives to live up to the studio’s name and will tolerate no round-of-the-mill templates. Pushing the boundaries of modern design and putting all their mastery into creating the sense of magic – that’s the secret key to success Wonderland developers use to create their award-winning projects, which brought the company “Website of the Day” and “Best Developer Studio” nominations. The studio’s unique approach has appealed to such clients as Disney, Nike, Tesla, and Le Cafe Noir.

Basilico

Basilico

Company office location: Rezzato (Italy)

Specializes in: mobile and web development, web design

Thriving on high-quality websites and mobile applications that help the users achieve their goals, the team of professionals from this studio based in a small Italian city is good enough to compete with big companies from New York and Paris. Furthermore, atmospheric projects embodying the classical Italian understanding of beauty have got many fans among the Awwwards voters. Though this studio can hardly brag about collaboration with renowned brands, the lack of big names on its client list did not prevent Basilico from being nominated for the best studio of the year. Obviously, talented professionals have a great potential to win the race in the nearest future.

The Best Design Studios of the USA

The USA is a mecca of designers and creative people with ambitions. The designers and developers arriving in this country strive to work for the local studios to gather experience from their colleagues. Some of them are ready to go through numerous interviews and contests to get a contract from one of the American companies.

However, there is a tendency for many European design studios to open their offices in the US, which is a more prolific way to win the competitive edge in the American market. For this reason, many of the US design agencies on our TOP list originate from Europe.

Watson Design Group, Inc.

Watson Design Group, Inc.

Company office location: Los Angeles, the USA

Specializes in: branding, design, mobile, VR and web development

Watson DG preaches profound immersion into the details of the project before getting down to it. The professionals study everything: user behavior, market tendencies, data, and analytics. The result of this close-up study becomes the base for the new project. The team does not promise any magic – only profound work and research.  Thus, it manages to match the diverse and often contradictory expectations of the target audience with the product’s properties in the most efficient way.

Profound approach to work and immense experience have helped Watson DG to attract such clients as Sony, Amazon, Paramount studios, Riot Games, Disney, Universal, Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight, and Warner Bros.

ZeroStudios

ZeroStudios

Company office location: New York, the USA

Specializes in: branding, marketing, and design

The professionals from this New York studio strive to create brands that would potentially change the users’ lives. For the better, of course. Bright and fashionable colors of the company’s flat and material designs subtly influence the consumers’ perception of the product and help to present it in the best light.

This know-how  allows the company to effectively bring new brands to the market as well as carry out successful rebranding and repositioning campaigns. The professionals claim to derive pleasure from working with startups and noncommercial products but are also proud to have collaborated with Google, Foursquare, Versace, and Hillary for America.

Hello Monday

Hello Monday

Company office location: New York, the USA

Specializes in: branding, marketing, design, and development

The professionals at Hello Monday are “on the mission to turn the worst day of the week into the best one!” While working on their projects, they use their great sense of humor and share their good vibes with the product users and clients. “Work and life should be fun. On Mondays, that’s particularly important,” claim the designers.

The studio was born in 2006 in Aarhus, Denmark. The team’s vibrant ideas appealed to the public, encouraging them to open two more offices in New York and Copenhagen.

Such big-name clients have shared the humor and love for life of the Hello Monday team as Warner Bros., National Geographic, Google, and Nasa.

Dogstudio

Dogstudio

Company office location: Chicago, the USA

Specializes in: mobile and web development

The projects of this web development studio based in Chicago stand out from the rest of the flock owing to their originality and sophistication. With their innate Belgian modesty, the company positions itself as a “medium-sized” one. Its first office was opened in Belgium years ago when the studio started working with small shops and boutiques.

The second Dog studio office was opened in Chicago closer to San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

In 2018, two Dogstudio projects were nominated for the “Website of the Year” category, and the show is still going on.

The Best Design Studios of New York

B-Reel

B-Reel

Company office location: New York, Los Angeles (the USA), Stockholm (Sweden), London (the UK), Barcelona (Spain)

Specializes in: marketing, mobile, VR & AR and web development, product-design

With offices in various countries and a head office in New York, this studio has become a branding and web development trendsetter. B-Reel even has its own filmmaking company, specializing in commercials. More than 100 designers, developers, content writers, marketing specialists, and producers are following the latest trends in design and IT to find the best suitable solutions for each of its projects.

The latest news from the hi-tech world is published weekly in the studio’s blog.

B-Reel particularly likes cooperating  with fashion brands such as Moschino and H&M. Such impressive companies as Nike, Netflix, Google, Spotify and MTV have also appreciated the studio’s help in managing and presenting their brands.

Huge

Huge

Company office location: New York (the USA)

Specializes in: branding, development, design, marketing

During the entire product development process – from a concept to its physical realization – the professionals at Huge are concerned with the same question: “Will the end product be useful to the consumer?”

Within the 10 years of its existence, the studio has worked with Google and Eurosport and opened a range of subsidiaries, including offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, London, Toronto, Singapore, and other big cities.

Huge raises its future professionals in its own training centre,  publishes its own journal dedicated to IT news. With its NC-projects centre, cafe, photo- and filmmaking studio, as well as its own business education centre, the Huge empire showcases a fundamental approach to work. Such a profound attitude could impress even Elon Musk.

Stink Studios

Stink Studios

Company office location: New York  (the USA)

Specializes in: marketing, branding, VR & AR and web development, design

Sound business planning, creativity, and innovation are the combo of values upheld by Stink Studios from New York. The studio was founded in 2001. Since then, the developers, designers, and marketing specialists have collaborated with Adidas, Spotify, Strava, and Google.

The company’s offices are located in the six largest cities of the world, where fashion trends are set: New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Shanghai, Berlin, and London. In addition, stink Studios has opened its own filmmaking studio, Stink Films, which has prompted the team to launch its own service Rita, which allows its users to make quality HD videos on any device, even an average smartphone.

DOMANI Studios

DOMANI Studios

Company office location: New York (the USA)

Specializes in: marketing, branding, development, and design

The studio was founded in 2001 as a design agency. The developers attribute their success to their creativity, apt use of technology, and the ability to put themselves in the client’s shoes.

These skills help DOMANI Studios build big and small projects which let the world know about new brands and products. “If you feel safe, it means no one needs you,” claim DOMANI Studios professionals and accept the challenges posed by complicated tasks and demands to provide something new and non-trivial. The studio’s decisive approach has granted it awards and nominations in the best developers rating by Awwwards: it has got 15 “Website of the Day” nominations and one prize for the best website of the year.

Conclusions

  • New York, as the world hub of fashion trends, now has to compete with Montreal, Amsterdam, and Paris. In particular, Locomotive studio from Montreal is one of those who topped the list.
  • Several studios from Eastern Europe are catching up with their Western counterparts:  The First The Last from Kyiv (Ukraine), and Red Collar from Voronezh (the Russian Federation);
  • It is no longer acceptable to publish feedback from clients: most design studios prefer to mention their renowned clients in the “Projects” section.
  • The main focus is placed on project demonstration. This gives the potential client a chance to see whose ideas and style suit the product better.
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