Client testimonials

Here at Bad Dinosaur we’ve had the pleasure of working with a wide range of innovative people with great ideas. Here are some of the things they’ve got to say about working with us.

All edits to testimonials made solely for the sake of clarity and coherence.

Bad Dinosaur took the time to understand our mission upfront and translated that into a technical design that could help us test our hypothesis with real customers quickly. At the first co-design meeting, it was great to see the service taking shape at this milestone and it was a good opportunity to reassess the direction and priority of work still to be done with the time we had left. In the co-design process it could be frustrating at times not to be involved with all the discussions that take place when building a product like this, as ordinarily I'd be very close to the team and technical/UX discussions - that way you understand the trade-offs. Saying that, I know that in such a short space of time the 'doing' is the most important thing, and I've had to sit on my hands a little bit for fear of becoming a hinderance. As a perfectionist I've been reminded that it's better to go out and learn from customers than it is to perfect something they don't want, so it's been a lesson for me in process and product management which I don't have much experience in. Without our digital service we couldn't start to help businesses and customers work together to create better off-line experiences. Bad Dinosaur have helped us deliver the first piece of that puzzle which is incredibly exciting. I would recommend Bad Dinosaur to others - I think they are a great partner for startups looking to go out and prove a business model.

Tom Harries,, Founder, Vocal

Haelo now has a software MVP which can be taken to market which instantly sets the business apart from most other consultancy companies. I found the MVP service good value for money as my expectations were exceeded. I am already engaged in project number two, and intend for Bad Dinosaur to be my partner of choice for all future software development.

Mick O'Connor, Founder, Haelo Consulting

The word I would use to describe my overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur would be “inspiring”. We thought we knew exactly what we wanted, and they helped us understand what we needed and how to achieve it. Russ and Kyle took the time to understand our business, its ethos and aims first, and working with them has helped us realise our ambitions.

Susan Scurlock, Founder, One Dot All

The word I would use to describe my overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur would be 'inspiring'. We thought we knew exactly what we wanted, and they helped us understand what we needed and how to achieve it.

Susan Scurlock MBE, Founder and CEO, One Dot All

The thing that in my mind sets Bad Dinosaur apart from other companies is their use of MVPs and rapid prototyping. Most web agencies, freelancers and small software houses will get a brief and build a full product with a huge number of features and functionality that is not needed. Bad Dinosaur took the time to digest my ideas, thoughts, wireframes and deliver an MVP that added value to the client and my business. I believe Bad Dinosaur are tackling a problem I've experienced on 100's of web-based projects over my 11-year digital career. The team also helped me win my first paying customer by building the prototype and delivering an excellent live product demo to two stakeholders who were equally impressed. You could say that Bad Dinosaur helped me start a commercial business. On the surface it looks expensive paying for a freelance developer, but I feel I got good value for my money.

Ryan Falconer, Founder and Director, Skillstep

Working with Bad Dinosaur was great! They were a dynamic team with big ideas. They were always happy to help us with the digital development of Archiheads and were a great help in our grant application processes. Our first meeting was great, as we were able to map out lots of ambitious ideas. This helped us define some of the overall and future prospects of the project. Bad Dinosaur has a team that is small and friendly, and extremely well-rehearsed in their respective fields. This made the development process easy, fast and a delight.

Costa Cambanos, Co-Founder, Archiheads

What sets Bad Dinosaur apart from other companies is that they listen, ask questions, understand, stay focused and put things plain English. Bad Dinosaur have built my baby and have breathed life into my idea, so I now have something to show the world.

Deborah Labi, Founder, Have You Got

Bad Dinosaur were responsive to our needs. The team were quick to respond and come up with ideas and suggestions for finding the smoothest path through our project at the least cost and time.

Stuart Smith, Director, Cheetah Advanced Technologies

I was an absolute novice when it came to building an app over a year ago. I found Bad Dinosaur and instantly fell in love with the name. Once I had used their services and met the team, it was not long before I fell in love with the company too. There has always been someone on hand to explain the more technical things and importantly, the team has a very design-led approach which was extremely important to me as I was designing an app that needed to be cheerful and happy as well as functional. Today we have the trundl app and we are very proud of what Bad Dinosaur as our developers have helped us achieve for our members.

Hilary Mines, Founder, Trundl Ltd

Bad Dinosaur gave us the confidence that this project would be a partnership where we would create something together that is valuable and helpful for Muirfield Riding Therapy.

Michelle Sutton, Chair of the Board of Directors, Muirfield Riding Therapy

What makes the team at Bad Dinosaur special is the flexibility to adapt to the ever changing needs of our business, their capability to understand our challenges so that every conversation with the team feels like an extension of our team and as simple as it sounds how hard working and nice they are to work with

Ian Martin, Co-Founder, Pourit

I was close to going with a big gym software company but my unique business model didn’t fit with the software, there were so many things I had to bend on in the end I decided it was easier to keep doing everything myself. Then Bad Dinosaur built me Fitbizzle and it has changed my life. Simplified everything and saved me so much admin time. Would highly recommend to any small business.

Amanda Brindley, President, Fitbump

My ideas were quickly turned into a practical set of costed development milestones which were delivered on time. I'd recommend Bad Dinosaur to anyone who needs to build an application that can be scaled easily once the business concept is proven.

Graham Watson, Managing Director, Advanced Engagement

My overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur has been very positive - it has brought a huge amount to the project and has never added any stress. Our meetings and co-design sessions are always enjoyable and productive. I enjoy the co-design aspect of Bad Dinosaur and really value it. As a manager it is great to have such a good handle on the product and an understanding of the technical obstacles to your project goals. Working through the technicalities of the software together helps both parties flag any potential problems, which usually means very little has to be changed after the initial build. It feels like a very holistic approach. I think there are two unique factors to what sets Bad Dinosaur apart from other companies. Number one is the honesty. I have worked with other developers that do not communicate well and say 'there is no need for compromise' but then produce a product that doesn't meet the agreed objectives. Bad Dinosaur are upfront and clear, and are not afraid to tell you when something won't work as you have imagined it which means we always make the most of our funding. The second factor is their personal investment in the projects they work on. Bad Dinosaur care about the product we are creating with them and feel very much like a part of the team. They don't just produce what you ask for but help shape it and contribute their own ideas so it is better than first imagined. Working with Bad Dinosaur has allowed us to take a step back and evaluate what we really need from our software and allowed us to achieve what we wanted to rather than what we thought we could afford. This has opened up the project to a lot of new opportunities to bring in revenue. We've never missed a deadline and the quality of work has always been as expected. All in all, Bad Dinosaur offers a high quality service at a very reasonable cost.

Jennifer Scurlock, Programme Director, One Dot All

Our overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur has been amazing - painless, professional, creative and cost-effective. We were blown away by the progress made by the first co-design meeting - the MVP approach really allows you to concentrate on the final product and not the process. The user interface session with Lindsay was the most helpful part of the co-design process, because it allowed me to imagine the journey for the typical user. Working with Bad Dinosaur is allowing us to properly penetrate the market with confidence, and we are 100% satisfied with the speed and quality of their cost-effective service. I would absolutely recommend Bad Dinosaur to others. Russ and the team have a rare ability to see the issues and opportunities that may escape others.

Anthony Horrigan, Director, Staffmetrix

The workshop for me was absolutely amazing. I have always been a supplier, so I have rarely been a client of anyone for anything, but I found this process truly amazing. We sat down, the four of us, for a few hours and talked through the various paths and ideas for the project. Everything was always transparent, consistent, and I could see immediately that their approach was exactly how I like to work.

Caroline England, Founder, Featherbed Tales Ltd

It's been great to see myTOT evolve from a concept to a functioning platform. With the support of Bad Dinosaur, we were able to quickly convey, mobilise and build a functioning Marketplace whilst building strong relationships with the Bad Dinosaur team. Having been warmly received by the market, we look forward to the next phase of work with Bad Dinosaur as we strive to build our users a unique shopping community.

Kirsten Bell, Co-Founder, myTOT

Working with Bad Dinosaur is always a pleasure. The team are professional and approachable and always willing to go the extra mile. Bad Dinosaur is unique in that it offers a personal service tailored to your needs. The booking system we had developed for us reduced everyone's workload and allows us to spend more time doing what we do best - delivering programmes and courses. It also helps keep everything together, reducing the risk of human error. This is really important in our business of working with young people where we cannot afford to make mistakes.

Chris Moonie, Director, Mackenzie School of English

Bad Dinosaur shared good advice and guidance with us throughout the process, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bad Dinosaur to others looking to build an app.

Katie Moorman, Radiographer, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

A great company that I would highly recommend. The team make it an easy journey and they delivered our project beyond our expectations.

Elliott Smith, Co-founder, Love Your Employees

Bad Dinosaur provided an excellent, friendly and professional service. The team went above and beyond of what was required for our project.

Pawel Jancz, Director, NUMBERTELLING

We liked how Bad Dinosaur worked through the initial quote with the brainstorming session, it was very useful to clarify what we actually wanted and needed, and understanding what was possible. The proposal and quote was laid out well, and clear to understand. The regular progress and feedback meetings were very useful and the team were generally quick to respond to queries.

Katie Moorman, Radiographer, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

A particular high was when Mikey and I had put some of our savings into a clickable prototype, and that was probably our second best moment, as Bad Dinosaur had taken everything we had in our heads and put it into something we could use, and that was a serious wow moment. But this was quickly followed by deciding we needed to make the first full version of Fanbase the best it could be, and that was, well, a very different kind of wow moment.

Alasdair Crawley, Co-Founder, Fanbase

Our overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur has been very positive. The team have been flexible, fast to respond and keen to work together to develop solutions to make Tutlings meet our requirements. Bad Dinosaur's flexibility in doing further work on the software has been really helpful, and the team have often been able to suggest sensible solutions to our problems that have worked well for us and for the software. Using [Tutlings for Universities] dramatically reduced staff time dealing with the logistics of our department's tuition offering. Our no show count saw a huge reduction and the extensive reporting features have allowed us to identify hotspot areas where students are needing the most help. We highly recommend it for any institutions looking to save time and money!

Eilidh Harris, Student Developer, University of St Andrews

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