Hazen Creative, Inc.
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I am not exaggerating when I say that three times now, across three separate jobs I've had, Shawn has saved the day. I first met him on the design team at Apple when he struck me as just this amazingly nice guy who was happy to share his enthusiasm and ideas with others. When he left to start his own firm in Chicago I knew he would do big things.
When I left shortly after and had a "oh no, we need a pro!" moment at A Company That Shall Not Be Named Who Is Currently Under FDA Investigation™, Shawn did a perfect job on some really boring work. Later when another company needed a logo, he began one of the most professional explorations of logo I've ever seen. Very thoughtful and thorough. And surprisingly affordable.
But best of all, Smith would not look like this without him. He has given life to an aesthetic we had in our heads but were unable to execute. He is still the same nice guy I worked with 10 years ago, only even more talented!
Also don't hire him because we need all his time. Thanks in advance for not doing that. But when this is all done you can.
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When it came time to design the website for my novel, All Falls Down, I was referred to Hazen Creative by a peer. My team had put a lot of time and effort into creating the assets for what we were terming the All Falls Down Experience, a much more dynamic and out-of-the box approach to marketing a work of fiction. That said, I was intent upon finding a designer who could take what we had done on the print and collateral side of things and translate it onto the web while also broadening the scope of the narrative we were telling. Not only did Hazen Creative meet my expectations, but Shawn Hazen proved as dynamic a thinker as anyone I worked with. He brought ideas to the table that enhanced the AFD Experience and opened up pathways to additional creative outlets. It’s an extremely good feeling when someone you are working with is clearly excited about your product. Shawn’s expertise showed itself in the look of the finished site as well as in the user-interface, which allows visitors to dive as deep as they want into the AFD Experience while keeping their journey simple and relatable. Since launching the site we’ve gotten nothing but rave reviews about our online presence. I couldn’t be happier with the work Hazen Creative has done for us and the end result of our partnership.
I have had the pleasure of working with Shawn on many projects, and he approaches each one with great enthusiasm and focus. Shawn really understands how to translate business objectives into smart design, and his work consistently exceeds expectations. He is also extremely receptive to critique, and always willing to push his work in new directions. Shawn’s creative thinking adds value to the process beyond great design, and his pleasant, professional demeanor make working with him a breeze!
A friend referred me to Hazen Creative. I was considering two other companies at the time, but as soon as I saw Shawn’s portfolio on his site, I knew he was our guy. He has been our only designer for almost a year now, and I can’t imagine being able to (or wanting to) do my job without him. Not only is he patient with a great sense of humor, but students, faculty, staff and audience members actually seek me out to ask who does our graphic design and request that I convey their compliments to him on his work. Without sacrificing creativity or the ability to create designs that are tailored to the individual feel of each production, Hazen Creative has started us down the path toward an actual “branding” for our overall marketing concept. I look forward to working with him for many more seasons to come!