Client and Team Testimonials
I've had the privilege of working with some great clients and team members. Many of them have said some great things about me, so I thought I'd share. Here's a collection of my favorite testimonials and recommendations.
Matthew Gillette
Community Organizer and Co-Founder, Restore Alexandria

Ralston has been very professional and easy to work with. Not only did I end up with a great brand identity, I came away with a lot of knowledge about brand design. 
I appreciate Ralston's thoughtful questions and how he walked us through the design process. I would highly recommend him.
John G Durden IV
President and Lead Strategist, Red One Corporation

The job that I hired Ralston and his brand consultancy, Thinkory, to perform was supposed to be simple. I had an idea for a brand for my business. I didn’t have the technical know-how to create the mark fully, so I consulted Ralston.

He was supposed to not only create the mark, but also define several of my brand’s attributes. So we sat and talked for a bit about my business before he got started. I shared many things – about the company, the product, the target market, the ideal user, what I wanted this tool to accomplish for them. We parted, and he was confident that he understood what I needed.

What he delivered was not what was expected. At all. Before we met, he warned me, “It’s not what we talked about, but I feel that it was the right thing to do.” Admittedly, that comment made me a little nervous. But I hoped for the best.

We met. He began his presentation, which was, in and of itself, a work of art. He carried me through the things that we’d spoken about – the traits, the characteristics that the Clothier Connect brand should embody, as well as a few other details. Then there was the mark. I must say – he gave me so much more than I imagined!

His “understanding” of what I needed and wanted is a serious understatement. What he delivered seemed like it was born of an examination of my subconscious mind. He incorporated things into that mark that I had no idea I wanted. What I requested of him was shallow in comparison to all of the depth, full body, and meaning that he epitomized through my brand. It reflects elements that are core to my heart and soul, to who I am as a person. It was, in a word, perfection.

Every time I now look at the mark that he created, I am invigorated by it. It enlivens passion and excitement for the product that I’m creating and all the good that it will do for my clients. It is, in a sense, a beacon of inspiration for everything that I hope to accomplish.

But isn’t that what a brand is supposed to be?
Andy Pisciotti
Lead Creative, National Community Church

Ralston is a pleasure to work with! He is friendly, professional, and most importantly, humble. He listens well and cares about the end product, because after all, it's his product too. I'd definitely recommend him, and look forward to working with him again.
Jamillah Rahmaad, MPA
Founder, Soukle and JR PR

After in-depth conversations, a name, a brandmark, key messaging and a formula for the future was built for my company. 
Ralston and Thinkory did an excellent job of guiding me through the brand crafting process and pushing out my brightest ideas. The vision we captured for my brand was cohesively aligned within every brand expression we designed for my company. Everything was perfect and just made sense. I highly recommend working with Ralston and Thinkory!
Zaina Ajakie 
Chief Project Manager, Red Tree Labs

I have the pleasure of working with Ralston through Thinkory regularly. Ralston has been invaluable as a resource, not only for UI/UX design but for the creativity he brings to the table in understanding a client’s needs. While he is an excellent Web designer, his strongest suit is seeing opportunity for improvement or creation of brand strategy and identity management. 

Ralston is a humble, yet confident, designer. He leaves his ego at the door and delves into the work completely from the client’s perspective. It is quite something to watch him work his magic in eliciting what the wants and needs are and presenting a product that is often great from the first go round. He takes feedback well, understanding where the client is coming from and integrates that feedback in a way that best serves their needs and self-identity. 

Ralston sees every challenge as an opportunity and sets about tackling it with thought and care. While he looks to satisfy the client’s desires, he is also expert at guiding the client in best practices and interacts with them in a positive, uncritical manner. 

He has a talent for satisfying the most demanding client and yet is able to maintain a cheerful attitude that help build solid relationships and even connections. As such, he is a joy to work with. 
Clayton Curtis
SEO Manager, Cox Media Group

I worked with Ralston Vaz at Instawares and can't recommend him highly enough. He was a creative guy with an especially large skill set in regards to design. He helped me with the front-end design/coding of your buying guides and was instrumental in helping us meet our deadline. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to hire Ralston for design work.
Carlos Preston
Co-Founder, Soul Athletics

Ralston was and still remains to be an intricate part of my ministry, Soul Athletics, Inc. We are a non profit ministry designed to teach and illustrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through recreational fitness and games for elementary and middle school aged children. 
The quality that I remember most about Ralston was the fact that he took time out to get to know what we were all about. Our mission and vision is important to him and used this valuable information to create our brand identity—which we love and has benefited our ministry tremendously. 
Through countless meetings we were able to establish a relationship that helped the business side of things seem second nature. He is responsible for the success we have had as a ministry in our community by his philosophy of getting an in-depth analysis of exactly of what our ministry is all about. 
Beyond the initial establishment of our brand identity, we still seek Ralston's advisement for the advancement of Soul Athletics, Inc. in the future. Needless to say I highly recommend Ralston for any company, small business startup, or anyone needing to establish and advance their brand.
Jon Rueckner
Lead UX Designer (Contractor), NTSB.gov

I worked along side Ralston at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and it was a true pleasure. He is excellent at researching and discovering opportunities to make complicated experiences simple. 
Ralston has a strong design aesthetic and a good eye for detail. He has a desire to stay current with technology, market trends and patterns. As a team player, Ralston is a great addition, but also thrives in solo environments. 
Overall, I am highly impressed by Ralston's dedication in all disciplines and his communication abilities. I would love another chance to work together with him in the future.
Vince McDonough
PR Manager, AT&T

I worked with Ralston from 2007 to 2012 when we were employed by AT&T Yellow Pages. I wrote articles for our intranet site, Interconnections, and he did all of the related postings and design work. In fact, he worked closely with IT to launch the site itself, which was not an easy task: The site had to serve all of our employees, including many who worked behind different firewalls at companies we had acquired. As the two primary Interconnections managers, we averaged 25 combined stories, briefs, photos and captions per week -- always on tight deadline. The articles and artwork engaged readers with the latest company/industry news, sales success stories, personal achievements and community involvement. The site also invited employee comments, which we addressed promptly.

Today, if I owned a business and wanted to launch or change a brand and/or website, I would welcome Ralston's design ideas from the start. When we'd first meet to discuss the project, I'd know to build in several hours because he would want full details on what I offered, how I was doing it now and what I wanted to achieve, short- and long-term. He'd ask question after question. He'd then take my raw information, give it considerable branding and marketing thought and make sure I had an equal amount of time for him to present his work in full. I know his concepts would address my business needs and include creativity that was completely off my radar of possibilities. The cornerstone of his design recommendations would be the long-term branding crucial for my success. Whether a single logo or a multipage website, it would reflect Ralston's deep passion for his work and his belief that communication and design should always express, not just inform. 

When we worked together, Ralston's skills also enabled him to be incredibly fast and efficient to support our deadline-oriented news site. However, despite the frequent "need for speed," especially on our Thursday publication day -- when we also issued a newsletter of links to that week's articles -- Ralston often went above and beyond with website designs and treatments that drew kudos from our boss and top executives inside and outside of our Yellow Pages department. His work simply stood out and made each Interconnections component pop.

Again, if I were a business owner in need of top branding/website brainstorming, ideas and concepts, I'd make sure my bids/quotes included one from Ralston.