The studio of Jarrod Drysdale,
designer, writer, & consultant.

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Grow your business with design

Interested in working together? The first step is to complete your project planner. It only takes 2 minutes. After I learn more about you and your business, we'll set up a call and talk details.

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Or, read more about how I can help you achieve your goals and make a profit with smart and beautiful design. (And about why I work a little differently than you might be used to.)

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Jarrod is the only person I've worked with who actually delivers his work on time, when he says he will. Props to him for taking all the requests we threw at him and making something awesome out of it.

Anthony James, Founder and CEO of Linux Academy

It's been great working with Jarrod. He's experienced, professional, and knows how to write about technology and the creative industry. I'd recommend him to anyone who needs help with copywriting, marketing, or web design.

Jorn van Djik, Founder at Framer, previously product design at Facebook and Sofa

I will help you get off the design not-so-merry-go-round

You decide you need a new design, then go shopping for designers to find a style you like.

You hop on the merry-go-round by hiring a designer, and launch a shiny new design.

And then you do it again a year or two later, when you realize the design isn't working very well or feels too old.

The design merry-go-round has brought you right back to where you started. It was merry fun at first, but you made no progress.

This time, let's do it differently.

You don't need a new design.

You need a partner to apply design strategy to aspects of your business, measure what happens, and recommend how to get the most return and growth from your investment over the long term.

Because, creating design is not like picking out a sweater to wear on a Monday morning. It's not like picking a color of paint for your kitchen walls.

Design is a means to an end.

I'm Jarrod Drysdale. I've been a designer for over a decade. I've worked with clients like Scottrade, Fidelity, Bloomberg, State Farm, McDonald's, New Line Cinema, and many tech startups and online businesses of all sizes.

I'm different from other designers you've met, namely, because I teach other designers. In fact, over 18,000 designers read my advice every week. My work has been featured in most of the major design blogs and publications. I wrote the book on design. Really.

I want to help your business grow using design. Here's more about how I work.


Design can grow profits and achieve other business goals

My first question to every client is:

What do you want to happen in your business?

Your answer informs everything about the project—from what we decide to design together right down to every tiny decision about fonts, colors, and layout.

I will never sell you a coat of paint in digital form. I create designs with intent that achieve measurable results. They look nice, too.


Design is for your customers

Your design should represent you, but it's more important that the design appeals to your customers. And not just in a general sense. Design works best when it's targeted to specific people. Marketing to everyone doesn't work for most businesses.

In order to make design that performs well, I will help you identify and/or research your intended audience and current customers.

We'll use this knowledge to create a design that appeals and connects to them, which in turn will persuade them to take action, such as purchasing, subscribing, etc.


Design should pay for itself

Design is an asset, not an expense. I will advise you about how you can pay for your new design by increasing profit. And, I will also tell you if I think you shouldn't hire me.

I do this because I understand that it can be worrisome to invest into something that seems so unpredictable.

The truth is that design is predictable and measurable. I use experience and proven techniques to help you make informed decisions about the best use of your investment.

In turn, this requires that you are willing to share financial data and metrics so that we can judge together the success of our projects. I keep the strictest confidentiality and will happily sign an NDA.


You can only get the full value of your design by optimizing over the long term

While I do accept single projects, I look for with clients who I can partner with over the long term. And no, it's not so I can send more invoices and charge more money.

Design requires long-term analysis and adjustment to deliver the best results. Every design holds potential that we can unlock through testing and optimization. Paying for a new design and never measuring or adjusting is a terrible waste. A few small optimizations over the course of a year are much less expensive than buying a new design after a year.

Because of that, I will advise you after your new design launches, as part of the original fee. I'll send you a report about how the design is working, so that you understand how your investment is working out.

Clients who optimize and adopt long-term design strategy extend the shelf life of their investments and see better results. I'll advise you in good faith about the best use of your budget and whether continued investment is worthwhile.


I'm a one stop shop

While I am a designer, I am also an experienced web developer, copywriter, and marketer.

This means that for most projects, you won't need to hire anyone else. I'll take care of the whole thing. No coordinating other freelancers. No shopping around to find other experts to hire. In most cases, I can do it all. That saves you time and money.

(And, if we do need to bring in extra help to complete a project, such as recruiting a back-end developer, I'll find and manage them for you. So, all you'll need to do is look at proposals and help us decide what to build.)


Services

  • Product Design
  • Web, Branding, & Graphic Design
  • Custom Wordpress Themes
  • Web App UI Design
  • Living Style Guides
  • Design prototyping
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Copywriting & CRO
  • Front End Programming

Recent Work

Websites change, so here are links to the versions I designed, rather than the live sites:


Availability

Available for new projects beginning in Feb, 2017.
Last updated: Nov 30, 2016


Great design awaits

Let's partner to make incredible design that achieves your goals.

The first step is filling out your project planner. It includes 5 quick questions to help me understand your business and plans.

After you complete it, I'll email you with example project fees and work samples, and we can schedule a call.

Start your project planner

Before I met Jarrod, my concept was disorganized and unfocused. He has helped me by cleaning up our value proposition, organizing our product offering, and refining our sales funnel. I couldn't be happier with the work.

Jarrod's best attributes are his thoughtfulness, patience, and careful consideration. His design acumen has been integral in developing our product offering. I have grown to respect his input greatly.

Jarrod has been a partner over time in every sense of the word. He has consistently been hard working and dedicated and also respectful of timeline and budget. Even better, he continues to apply his design and development expertise without compromising our sincerest intentions.

Joshua Renken, Founder of PracticeWater