Agencies in the US usually charge $150-200/hour, or even more, depending on their location. They are not incentivized to complete work quickly under hourly contracts. When it comes to project-based contracts, it’s important to keep in mind that the estimates provided by design agencies are not final costs and often exceed the original estimate by over 200%. In addition to their high billing rates, design agencies have overhead expenses that clients need to bear. The discovery session alone can cost several times more than UX Mesh’s monthly subscription. UX Mesh delivers the entire project, making it a more cost-effective option.

Traditional creative agencies can be expensive, slow, and inflexible, which can complicate and delay project timelines. They often prioritize graphic design and web development over UX design and UX research, as they lack experience and academic training in UX specialties. When hiring an agency involves RFIs/RFPs, discussing project scope, multiple meetings, and negotiating costs back and forth, which is time-consuming. This may lead to not only wasting time but also resulting in missed opportunities, which could be valuable.

At UX Mesh, our prices are transparent, and you can scale up or down as needed based on your project pipeline. We specialize in strategic UX design based on an in-depth understanding of target users through UX research.