SOURCE: Artefact

December 17, 2009 13:46 ET

Artefact Celebrates Strong Growth in Revenue, Employees and Profitability in 2009

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2009) - Artefact, a Seattle-based digital product design consultancy, today announced its most profitable year yet despite a volatile business and economic climate. Even during a challenging year, Artefact secured and retained clients such as Microsoft, HTC, Intel, Lenovo, Panasonic, Maxis, NC Soft, H&R Block and John L. Scott which illustrates the growing demand for Artefact's user experience design expertise and an increasing number of companies looking for innovative design solutions.

Artefact's client base grew through its work on over 45 client projects throughout the year in the mobile, web, computer software and consumer electronics spaces.

Specifically, the company celebrated a number of key accomplishments in 2009 including:

-- Won four design industry awards such as the "365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 30," I.D. Magazine's "Annual Design Review" and the "International Design Excellence Awards" (IDEAs). Artefact was recognized for a variety of its noteworthy projects including a touch-enabled retail prototype titled "The Wall" and the Live Mesh Travel Application which provides a new way for travelers to access their most current travel information.

-- Developed design recommendations for Panasonic on the future of in-flight entertainment systems.

-- Conducted user research in 11 different countries from Spain to China and numerous US locations.

-- Helped Microsoft research and understand its target market for OneApp, a new mobile application for emerging markets. Artefact provided informed design recommendations by holding contextual interviews with teenagers in South Africa to study their mobile phone use.

-- Created new sustainable design elements and concepts for smart grid-enabled appliances through its strategic partnership with Carbon Design.

-- Added software development expertise to Artefact's offering, building its expertise in Microsoft's .NET development platform. Artefact also worked closely with Microsoft on new Silverlight products for Microsoft's 2009 Professional Developers Conference keynote address.

"While 2009 was a particularly challenging year for many businesses, we focused our efforts on showing the true value that Artefact's 'design thinking' can have on the success of a company's new product or service," said Rob Girling, principal designer at Artefact. "Even during this year's challenging business environment, we found that companies continue to place a high value on innovation in order to stay competitive which has been a key to our success in 2009."

Additionally, with the growing demand for Artefact's user experience expertise, the company grew its workforce, which further enhanced its knowledge base in the automotive, emerging markets and media industries. Key hires in 2009 included Masuma Henry as user experience research lead, Joon Jang as user experience designer, Issara Willenskomer as creative director, Charlie Stabb as design director, Chris Gale as director of business development and Kateryna Sitner as user experience designer.

Also, because of Artefact's clientele and staff growth in the last year, the company will be moving to a new larger office space in 2010. The company will be moving to the new Terry Thomas office building located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, which was recently named 'Green Building of the Year' one of the nation's top sustainable projects in 2009, according to the American Institute of Architects Committee.

About Artefact

Artefact ( is a design consultancy that works with a variety of clients to research user needs, design and develop breakthrough digital products, services and experiences.

Since 2006, Artefact has partnered with major industry players like Microsoft, Intel, Panasonic, Apple, SONOS and John L. Scott Real Estate to deliver innovation to mobile systems, gaming and entertainment systems (xBox 360, SONOS Multi-Room Music Player), in-flight entertainment systems, natural user interfaces (Microsoft Surface), client applications (Microsoft WorldWide Telescope), and productivity solutions (Office Live), just to name a few. Artefact has also earned industry recognition winning awards from AIGA and I.D. Magazine in their annual design competitions in 2008 and 2009. Artefact is a young company, but with rapid growth, it is becoming a prominent player in digital product design.