The Bureau Of Small Projects

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Big Brand and Fortune 500 experience put to work for Small Businesses, Startups and Nonprofits.The Smartest People In The World Work With The Bureau Of Small Projects.Literally rocket scientists and brain surgeons: Bill Nye, The Science Guy (CEO of the Planetary Society), Stanford University, Blackrock Neurotech (who have implanted 28 brain computer interfaces in humans Elon Musk is still doing monkeys), Switzerland (yes, the actual country), AmyriAD (who is bringing a revolutionary Alzheimers treatment to market) and many, many moreEveryone on our team is a specialist. We leverage their branding, web development and marketing experience – with Fortune 500 Companies and Iconic Brands – to help Small to Midsized Businesses, Nonprofits and Startups stand out, look better and exponentially increase revenue.

$150 - $199/hr
10 - 49
2010
Locations
United States
609 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 200, Los Angeles, California 90274
(800) 674-3616

Focus Areas

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  • Web Development
  • Web Designing (UI/UX)
  • Digital Marketing
  • E-commerce Development

Client Focus

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  • Medium Business
  • Small Business
  • Large Business

Industry Focus

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  • Art, Entertainment & Music
  • Business Services
  • Education

The Bureau Of Small Projects Executive Interview

David Gaz
David Gaz
CEO
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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
I am the founder and CEO of the Bureau of Small Projects. We leverage our experience with Fortune 500 companies and Major Brands using all the little tricks that we have developed over the years; to help small businesses, start-ups and non-profits make a big impact. Everyone on our team has Fortune 500 and Big Brand experience.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
Interesting, you should ask. I used to be a partner in a firm that built and marketed massive e-commerce websites for Fortune 500 companies and Big Brands.

As a side project, I directed the feature-length documentary, “Kindness Is Contagious”, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of the book (and film), “Pay It Forward”, and it changed my life. While filming, my team and I worked with many non-profits, start-ups, and small businesses that were making a difference in the world; and I realized that I wanted to make a difference in the world too. Then it hit me. The way I could do this was to repurpose the sophisticated marketing tools that my company had been developing for Fortune 500 companies and major brands, to make them insane amounts of money and use them instead to help non-profits increase donations, start-ups get funding, and small businesses be more successful.

So I created The Bureau Of Small Projects as an incubator within my old company. The name was a way to differentiate our work from that of these multi-million dollar projects we had been developing. I enjoyed it so much that in the spring of 2014, I spun The Bureau Of Small Projects off into its own company so I could do this full time.

Kindness is central to our brand values and our vision.
What are your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
Everything is done in house. As our clients come to us because they like the way our website looks, it was critical that we have design-oriented engineers. This, I found, was surprisingly tricky to find. I think because most engineers/developers see the world like the raining symbols in Matrix and not through the eyes of a designer. So, I realized early on to get the level of quality our clients expect that I would need to build and train this team myself.
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
We seem to fill a very interesting niche. In my experience, there are lots of organizations that build templated inexpensive websites. There are also lots of agencies that build expensive, highly customized websites. But the middle ground so far is wide open. We fell into this by accident, but I don’t see many firms that build gorgeous custom websites at a middle price point. It seems to be either expensive or cheap.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive? If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?
We don’t cater to a specific industry. I like to explain it like this. Our customers come to us because they are looking for something different. But we do cater to a certain “type” of clients. I always lead with our origin-story because kindness is at the core of our brand values. We only work with clients that share these values. That said we do have a certain expertise in the AI/Machine Learning sector. A few years back, we did marketing for a company that was bought by Cisco. All of the founders became gazillionaires and started referring their friends to us. As a result, we have developed a certain expertise in a highly specialized niche. Out clients tend to be very repetitive and stick with us for a long time. We are a branding agency that does web development and marketing, so we serve the entire digital lifecycle. I’m also very proud to stay that CoachArt, our very first client, is still with us.
Mention the parameters which are most important for you in developing an web design.
Conversion and Performance. People come to us because our websites look great, but they stay with us because they perform. The strategy is at the heart of everything we do.
What key aspects do you keep in mind while developing a web design in order to enhance its usability?
Very good question. The #1 most important thing is to have a strong value proposition. To clearly communicate what your organization does differently and – more importantly – Better than your competition. I think this is where 90% of websites fall short.

The next most important thing is to have a big beautiful image or illustration at the top of the homepage. We build hundreds of websites a year and what this means is we have a lot of data about what works and what doesn’t. And what this data shows is that people process imagery way faster than they process text. So it is critical that you get their attention first and then once you have their attention, they will read whatever you put in front of them as long as it’s useful and relevant.

Next would be the hierarchy of information. Make sure that everything is constructed in a way that tells the visitor how to read the information. Headlines big, subheadings smaller, body text smaller. A big mistake we often see is people try to cram everything above the fold. Or they highlight everything. Some text in caps, some in italics, some text in red, some bold, etc.; what this creates is texture, and the result is that if Everything is important, people see Nothing.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right framework for web design?
The most important parameter would be the use of the website. A magazine needs a different framework than e-commerce which needs a different framework than an SAAS application. Budget is also a factor, but I think the mistake people make is that they put budget ahead of purpose and fail. Doing a cheap website on the wrong framework is basically throwing your money away. But that said when in doubt, go with WordPress. It is insanely versatile.
Which framework do you suggest your clients to go for when they approach you with an idea?
The framework that is best suited for that idea. A magazine needs a different framework than e-commerce which needs a different framework than an SAAS application. Why? Doing a cheap website on the wrong framework is basically throwing your money away.
What are your recommendations when it comes to developing a web design? Which framework do you suggest on working with?
Again, choose the framework that best suits the idea. For pure design, we use photoshop. Tools that let you build fast, interactive mock-ups, and have a selection of menus, buttons, etc., to choose from, are great for novices who don’t understand web design. But by giving you a selection of premade buttons and layouts to choose from, they steer you in a templated direction, where if you start with a blank canvas, you let the idea guide you rather than the tools.
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of a website design?
• What framework best suits the need
• Content
• What the client can afford
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
All 3. Pay by deliverable. We charge for strategy, design, page count, and coding. Fixed cost, the only time the costs change is if the scope changes, then we spread this out in milestones for when the payments are due.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
The budget is not a factor. We work with a lot of start-ups and no profits. If our clients have a limited budget, we try to find a Quality solution that works with their budget. But we would rather turn away a project if they do not have the budget to build what they are asking us for. Better to let another firm to the shoddy work.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2018?
The price range of the projects that we catered in 2018 ranged from $5,000 to $150,000.

The Bureau Of Small Projects Clients & Portfolios

Key Clients

  • Stanford University
  • The Planetary Society
  • The Upright Citizens Brigade

Stanford Seed
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$50001 to $100000
16 weeks
Education

Stanford Seed partners with entrepreneurs from across Africa and South Asia to help them build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

The Seed Transformation Program (STP) combines in-person and online sessions in a deeply concentrated learning experience for established companies. The STP is designed for business owners and up to five members of their senior management team and is led by Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty and supported by Stanford-trained advisors and experts.

It’s about more than sharpening your skills; Stanford’s world-renowned experts work with you and your team over an 11-month period (and beyond) to transform and elevate essential aspects of your business.

Because our target audience is in Africa and Southeast Asia, we have to optimize for mobile devices first.  “Mobile first”, as the name suggests, means that we start the product design from the mobile end which has more restrictions, then expand its features to create a tablet or desktop version.

With restrictions like bandwidth, screen size and so on, designers will naturally seize the key points of a product, head for a lean & neat product with prioritized features. When the platform is expanded to a tablet or PC, designers are able to take advantages of the unique features of these advanced ends to strengthen the product step by step. This might be the main reason that “Mobile first” strategy is becoming more and more widely used.

The Planetary Society
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The Planetary Society
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$10001 to $50000
24 weeks
NGOs

Find Your Place In Space.

The Planetary Society worked with The Bureau of Small Projects to update their logo and brand strategy. The original logo was drawn on the back of a napkin by Bill Nye and they were looking for a more legible and modern logo – keeping the P that is formed by the rings of Saturn – and clear strategy to grow membership and increase engagement as the world reaches out to the stars like never before.

The Planetary Society was co-founded by Carl Sagan and are led today by Bill Nye. The Planetary Society exists to empower and connect the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration and some of the brightest stars in history are part of their legacy.

There’s space for you! The Planetary Society is the largest space interest group in the world, and anyone can join. Their members are an international network of advocates with enthusiasm for space and interest in asking the existential questions that unite us. Where did we come from? Are we alone?

The Planetary Society is independently funded and powered by members like you. So, you can take an active role in supporting space exploration, the search for life on other worlds, and protecting our planet from asteroid impact. Ask the big questions, seek answers through science & exploration, and join now.

The Upright Citizens Brigade
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The Upright Citizens Brigade
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$10001 to $50000
12 weeks
NGOs

Home for all things comedy.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre was founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh in 1999 in New York City and has since expanded to Los Angeles. And one of the truly cool things is when people who you love and admire become clients. As such we were absolutely delighted when they reached out to The Bureau of Small Projects to help expand their already significant online presence.

Many agencies make their case studies to be about themselves, but the reality is: you cannot do great work without great clients and we are very blessed to have such wonderful ones. Because when you work with such delightful and magical people the results come organically.

McHale Design
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McHale Design
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$10001 to $50000
12 weeks
Media

Prioritizing hierarchy of messages while maintaining big picture clarity

Having been trusted by the largest companies in the world including Mattel and Walmart and working with the most recognizable brands such as The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Disney’s Princesses, the McHale Design team are specialists who bring over 30 years of experience and success.

We feel honored that they trust us top bring their vision to life. The Bureau Of Small Projects handles the development for a number of top design firms that demand the very best.

XAV
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XAV
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$10001 to $50000
8 weeks
Information Technology

A place for creative brands

Project X/AV is a New Wave Entertainment brand. New Wave Entertainment is a diversified media company that consists of 4 major brands that cover everything from production, distribution, theatrical and television marketing, digital marketing and strategy, post-production and talent management. Project X/AV is an entertainment marketing team that specializes in motion picture, television and video games. With seasoned veterans leading the way, we create bold campaigns that inspire and captivate audiences across the world.

Happy Monkey
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Happy Monkey
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$10001 to $50000
6 weeks
Art, Entertainment & Music

The most advanced, sustainable, cruelty-free, vegan skin care available anywhere.

Combining science with nature, we’ve created a skin care line that enhances, nurtures and protects your skin like no other.

Our relentless pursuit of the purest ingredients combined with our ethical mission Is a powerful path to healthy skin and a healthier planet. Get a dose of happiness too as every product includes a funny or inspirational message from Laura.

We’re in this together, so won’t you join us on our journey?

Happy Monkey — Backed by science, inspired by nature.

LA Dodgers
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LA Dodgers
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$10001 to $50000
8 weeks
Media

Nice Guys Finish First

The Dodgers have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. Eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the Dodgers, winning a total of twelve Cy Young Awards. The team has also produced 12 Rookie of the Year Award winners, including four consecutive from 1979 to 1982 and five consecutive from 1992 to 1996.

But in 2011 a beating at Dodger Stadium left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow brain damaged and disabled.

The Bureau Of Small Projects was engaged to bolster the damaged image of the LA Dodgers and show people what the team was all about. Exploring the long standing rivalry between the Giants and the Dodgers, we decided to create a spot all about sportsmanship. Leo Durocher, the irascible former coach for the Dodgers coach coined the phrase “Nice Guys Finish Last” we decided to riff off of that and get to the heart of what it means to be a top competitor, what the Dodgers are really like and why “Nice Guys” actually finish first.

The spot was so well received that we decided to include it in the feature film Kindness Is Contagious. A film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice.

The documentary format, is much more cost effective than the traditional 30-second television spot and defies audiences’ short attention spans with content they’ll keep watching. With competition for consumer attention at an all-time high, story is what makes ads that people feel compelled to share. According to research, 92 per cent of consumers trust “earned” media – such as word-of-mouth messages or recommendations from friends and family – more than all other types of advertising.

Everyone Matters
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Everyone Matters
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$0 to $10000
6 weeks
NGOs

Being a loving, respectful human being is the most important thing we can be – but unfortunately it’s not prioritized in today’s social interactions, media discourses or school curriculum. In our accelerating, desensitized, digitally-driven, winning-is-all world, there’s an epidemic of casual disrespect, bullying, incivility, and rudeness.

We are trying to change that with year-round school programs, community engagements, a global online community – and our annual flagship “Everyone Matters Day” which celebrates EVERYONE’S uniqueness as contributing to what makes their city or community vibrant.

The Bureau Of Small Projects Reviews

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Laura Lucia

Outstanding experience

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I have worked with TBOSP since June 2019. I honestly can’t say enough about how positive my experience has been with them. I have founded several companies and over those processes, I have worked with several providers, from big firms to freelancers.
Working with TBOSP, however, was a different kind of experience. You can expect to have the personalized experience that you have with smaller firms, but the results and level of services/products that you have with the bigger firms. The difference? They will charge you a fraction of what those big firms will invoice you.
Over these months, I have worked with several members of the company, and without exception, they went the extra mile every time. They focus on making your business successful, not just on delivering whatever you contracted them for. They are business minded, and small businesses owners themselves so they understand your situation and needs from day one.
On the other hand, their previous experience at big firms become evident when you see what they are capable to do. I contracted them for several services, being one the building of a website. The results were beyond everything that I expected. You can visit the website to see it by yourself here: www.thehxsgroup.com.
I definitely recommend them for businesses that are serious about succeeding.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Development, Web Designing (UI/UX), Digital Marketing

Helen Colley

Superb web design

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We are Sahara Atlas Tours, a small company offering high-class private guided tours of Morocco, and we feel really lucky to have found David and his team at the Bureau of Small Projects at the moment when we needed to expand our business. The new website they have designed for us is bringing in so much work we can hardly keep up! We are now appearing high up in Google searches, and we are looking for a new member of staff to cope with all the new enquiries, we are also looking to buy another vehicle ourselves and employ more freelance driver-guides. We have also been contacted by new partners (overseas travel agencies and luxury hotels in Morocco) because the website has impressed them with its professional and high-class vision. From the very beginning when we were choosing a web designer, David was asking us questions that really helped us to understand what our business needed, and at the same time it was clear that BOSP would offer us a lot of support throughout the project - they were very patient with our lack of knowledge about web design, and we learned an enormous amount. The price for the work included 3 training sessions, and David advised us about work that we could do ourselves, with the training, that would save costs. Above all, we loved the fact that David and the whole team there seemed really keen to empower us to control and manage the website ourselves once it was up and running. Communications could not have been better - often by messaging, but also through Zoom calls where David or one of the other team members could take control of our screen and actually walk us through processes. We have now subscribed to their monthly update service whereby they ensure that any regular software update conflicts are dealt with and SEO is carried out. We recommend BOSP very highly indeed.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Designing (UI/UX)

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

The Bureau of Small Projects has superb expertise, is highly professional, and is also very supportive of small businesses. They ask all the right questions to really understand your business and your vision for it. They also offer great value for money, and has transformed our business.

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

We can't think of anything they could improve.

Alexandra Willis

Can't recommend enough

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We can’t say enough good things about David and the whole Bureau of Small Projects team. From our preliminary calls to our finishing touches, they made sure every detail was exactly to our liking and did not rest until our site was absolutely perfect. They were incredibly enthusiastic throughout the entire process and incredibly patient with our timelines and busy schedules and worked with us to best suit our needs. They completely transformed the overall look and feel of our website and provided other great insights that we never even considered to enhance our overall site and experience. If you are looking for anything from a small website refresh to a total brand overhaul, I can’t recommend them enough.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Development, Web Designing (UI/UX), E-commerce Development

Gent Stone

Excellent Website Design - They Get Us!

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$0 to $10000

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David and his team at The Bureau of Small Projects really took the time to get us. As a small non-profit we were a unique project and David really took the time to understand who we are and what we do and then created a beautiful website for us.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Development, Web Designing (UI/UX)

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

David and his team really care and they took the time to get to know us and our needs.

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

As not everyone can do everything, having a network of people with other skills to pull from would be helpful.

Jon Thorp

Complete Branding Development

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$10001 to $50000

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The team at The Bureau of Small Projects is an amazing group of individuals. Not only are they awesome at what they do (which seems to be just about everything), but they are a blast to work with. Their creativity is boundless and their enthusiasm is contagious!

We used this great bunch to do a complete branding rework: company naming, logo design, web development, and they even helped fine tune the value proposition! Talk about bang for your buck! We would use these guys again in a heartbeat and highly recommend them.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Designing (UI/UX), Web Development

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

Creativity, cohesion, these guys think outside the box.

Lindsay Mitnick

Clairemont Rentals Website Overhaul

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Our experience with the Bureau of Small Projects was amazing. They listened to what we wanted and delivered a shiny beautiful website that is extremely easy for our customers to navigate and use. I cant believe we didn’t get this done sooner!

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Development

Michael Carrillo

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My company got connected with David Gaz and his company The Bureau of Small Projects about 4 years ago. We needed updating on our current platform. That was the beginning of a wonderful business partnership. David and his team took the necessary time to get to know my business needs, but even more importantly they got to know me. My personality, my quirks and my vision for the company. At the time I had very limited funds and could not do everything that was needed. David and I worked on a band aid approach to get things working and we outlined the steps necessary for a complete rebranding of the site. That is what you see today. David and his people care about you and your vision and will work with the funds you have to make your next steps as painless and productive as possible. We have now expanded using David's services for ongoing site maintenance, SEO and now marketing services. I am happy to refer The Bureau Of Small Projects, David and his team to anyone that can use his services.
Michael Carrillo
Co-Founder/President
CPGjobs

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Web Development

Jonathan Terry, DO, ABIHM, IFMCP

Outstanding website design and maintenance for our medical staffing group

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Widely receiving positive feedback, the new site is easy to use, engaging, and helpful to the user, including embedded videos and interesting graphics. The team was able to meet the tight deadline for the launch and communicated well throughout the project.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Digital Marketing, Web Development

Hans Peter Bech

Excellent service

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$10001 to $50000

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I have been working with The Bureau for some years now and enjoy the quality and responsiveness they provide.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Designing (UI/UX)

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

Very practical people

Greg Harrell-Edge

Hard-working fun geniuses!

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David and the team at Bureau of Small Projects are incredibly good at their jobs and a delight to work with -- highly recommend!

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Designing (UI/UX), Web Development

Colin Hough

Long History with this Great Business

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We've been working with BoSP for years and have had a wonderful experience throughout. They're knowledgeable, attentive and professional. Our contact there treats us like family and always ensures our requests are taken care of!

What service was provided as part of the project?

Web Designing (UI/UX), Web Development