Creative Services

The University at Buffalo is pleased to announce our partnership with a select group of vendors to provide the university with creative design services. Contracting with a group of agencies to provide a range of creative services is part of the operational excellence project University Communications (UC) began in fall 2017, sponsored by the vice president for communications. This is a universitywide contract created with input from senior-level unit communicators. The purpose is to provide units with a selection of high-quality vendors, rigorously scrutinized during the RFP process, in order to create efficiencies in the purchasing and processing of creative requests. These efficiencies will benefit units as well as UB’s central procurement office as they pertain to contract review, negotiations and execution. The contract will also decrease the university’s risk while standardizing processes and procedures to ensure ethical and sustainable business practices as well as consistency in institutional branding.

Services Offered

The contracted vendors will provide creative services to academic and administrative units in support of their communications needs while maintaining consistent execution of the university brand. The university will benefit through increased brand compliance, elevated quality assurance, cost savings and administrative efficiency. Units will be able to select from the pool of eight vendors at their discretion. The vendors are as follows:

Please visit the vendor information page for contractual information including approved rates and contact details. You will need to use your UBIT login to access this page. 

The selected vendors will collaborate with university units to develop and create communications materials that adhere to brand standards; their role will include conceptual development, art direction and comprehensive graphic design support. Specific examples of communications materials that may be developed include but are not limited to:

  • Brochures, booklets, reports and manuals
  • Direct mail flyers, postcards and specialty print pieces
  • Event materials (e.g., invitations, programs, award certificates)
  • Posters, banners and vehicle wraps
  • Print, web-based, social media and outdoor advertisements
  • Emails, web graphics and other e-marketing materials
  • Tabletop displays and conference, open-house, and trade show exhibits
  • Graphs, charts and other individual graphics and illustrations
  • Short-form video, animated GIFs and other motion visuals

Editorial Support

Some projects may also require editorial support such as writing, copyediting and/or proofreading. If your unit is in need of these services, the selected vendor may provide them at an additional fee. However, there is no requirement to use these vendors as an editorial resource.