[Owasp-board] References/recommendations for The Design Foundry

Tom Brennan tomb at owasp.org
Wed Jun 27 13:43:06 UTC 2012

FYI - I have reviewed all of the proposals and support this choice and investment too.

The RFP document is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13v1Jw9dNCi1Ev9wbkv95aOEOSWaJRAsUD69eNCJ8vRA/edit

The folder with the 4 proposals we received/reviewed are here: https://docs.google.com/a/owasp.org/folder/d/0B5Z9zE0hx0LNam5YckFXMjZMaUU/edit

On Jun 27, 2012, at 9:38 AM, Sarah Baso wrote:

> All -
> Based on the conversations during the connections committee call and via email for the conferences committee, we agreed on 2 action items before moving forward with the Design Foundry for our marketing and graphic design work.
> Kate was working on follow up with the committee chairs, so she can weigh in on that piece.
> I followed up with the 3 references provided by Patrick Calder of the Design Foundry as well as Dave Sachdev (the volunteer from AppSec DC who received the RFP and forwarded it on to Patrick).  Everyone I spoke with called me back immediately and had great things to say about Patrick, his ability to collaborate with others (and take constructive critisism), and meet deadlines.
> Dave Sachdev
> AppSec DC Volunteer
> "[Patrick] has had the Design Foundry for a number of year and does a lot of print and web work, including for large clients such as The World Bank.  One of the reasons that I forwarded on the proposal to Patrick was I remember that we discussed that the budget did not allow for Nguyet to submit a bid given her rate, and Patrick has been really great and turning around both short term and long term projects with much tighter budgets.  In fact, he recently did a rush job (less then 24 hours notice from requirements to delivery) on a website for a client on small budget."
> Jon Gann
> DC Shorts Film Festival
> 10+ year relationship with Patrick, including working with Patrick on 6 websites
> Patrick does well with a schedule, deadlines, and deliverables.  
> Patrick does not always come off as "carefree and cheerful" as he is an introvert with a serious demeanor.  Nevertheless, he has a great work ethic and passion for his projects.
> Patrick is open to critisism/feedback on his work and will discuss and modify until you are satisfied with the outcome.
> Katherine Giacalone, Giacalone and Associates
> "Patrick is a consummate professional who is calm under pressure and welcomes feedback on his work. I can't say enough about him, I have known him for over 10 years now.  He is tremendously responsive and I have never had a problem with him meeting a deadline.  I have always been pleased with his work. Overall, he is a good person, conscientious, and very creative."
> Yolanda Flemming, National Medical Association
> Has worked with Patrick and The Design Foundry for 5-6 years, and keeps going back to them for projects based on the quality of the work as well as Patrick's ability to meet the needs of "a difficult client." 
> Yolanda considers her self quite critical and having his expectations. Patrick is always open to suggestion/critical and will give his honest opinion on something, but then leave the decision on the direction of the work up to the client.  
> Earlier this year he did the all the layout and assembly of a 500-600 page book (physician education project), which they have been very happy with.
> He has also been instrumental in coming up with a plan and materials (handouts/flyers) for their community out reach initiative.
> Patrick meets deadlines and able to follow a project plan.
> I would like to get things rolling with Patrick by the end of the week so he can start putting a flyer together for us to hand out at BlackHat.  Please respond asap with any comments or objections to moving forward with setting up a contract with Patrick.  
> Also, as noted before, I will work with Patrick on drafting a contract outlining out expectations (as well as his), which will include ownership of all original artwork so it can be edited/modified as needed for other templates as well as regional modifications (including translation of any text).  I will ensure the draft of this contract goes to this group for review before finalizing.
> Best,
> Sarah
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