"We aren't a made-to-order agency. When 5ivehat serves you a website or mobile app, we take the time to get to know you and understand your needs and objectives." - Randy Ellis

  • Bring clarity to the surface.

    The best projects perform better when everyone is on the same page.

    Want to get started on the right path to project success?

  • UX

    The reason you have a favorite store is not because of the low prices or convenient location; you go there for the overall experience. We take that same approach with the apps and websites we create. We focus on overall usability, ease of use, and the interaction between the user and product. The result is engagement, social interaction, and sales.


    Branding is one of the most important ingredients in the success of any business. It tells customers who you are and distinguishes you from your competitors. We strategically pour your identity into the final product in a way that produces unique imaging concepts. These concepts will resonate with your target audience and make you stand out among even the largest crowd.


    Tap into our innovative digital marketing strategies. Like Apple, we think different when it comes to inventing strategies to meet our clients' objectives–whether marketing a new mobile application or social network, helping a small business grow, or expanding the market share of a well-known brand. Our digital marketing strategies are unique like the name 5iveHat. And we always produce results.


    From a sketch on a napkin to a full-blown app, we can bring your mobile app idea to life. 5iveHat has proven experience in the world of app design, app development, and testing. Our staff includes seasoned Apple and Android developers that work closely with our award-winning visual designers and usability experts.


    Stand out from the crowd. Work with 5iveHat that specializes in brand development, creative strategy, and cutting edge technology. See our services.

  • Capabilities

    We engage with complex methodologies

    that will have your customers wanting more.


    Brand Positioning

    Brand Voice


    Direct Response


    Identity Design

    Interactive Design

    Visual Design

    UX/UI Design


    Mobile Apps
    Web Apps
    Wearable Tech


    Public Speaking

    Workshop Curriculum

    Personal Branding

    Data Analytics

  • Need a BOLD eCommerce Experience?

    Increase your revenue, impress your customers, and provide an

    awesome experience from signup to checkout with our custom marketplace solutions.

  • Our Team is Small. But Packs a BIG Punch.

    Founded by a 15 year design veteran, 5iveHat is a digital studio based in beautiful River North Chicago, IL. Solving problems with clarity, simplicity & honesty, we combine digital craftsmanship with innovative thinking to deliver beautifully built solutions on a global scale. Whether we're crafting a new brand identity or developing a new digital platform, we explore a wide range of possible outcomes in order to make the correct decisions. With all digital projects, we'll scrutinize the functionality to the finest detail.

    Randy Ellis

    Founder/Chief UX Guy

    Full-Stack Designer

    User Experience Strategist

    Trey King

    Director of Sales

    Customer Success


    Enrique Soler

    Frontend Developer

    Web Designer

    UX Designer

    Michael Tanji


    Cyber Security

    Angel Investor

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  • An agency with flexibility and growth in mind.

    Need more resources? Not a problem for us. Being a small firm allows us to rapidly engage and deploy solutions. But as your business grows we make plans at first handshake to grow with your needs. Our cross-agency domestic and international teams provide limitless bandwidth when you need it most.

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  • Ready to work? Hire us.

    Our team is here to walk you through your most challenging projects.

  • Did you know?

    Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) funded customer experience over advertising 100:0 in the first year and continues to invest heavily in optimizing the website user experience.

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