Thinker

Naveed Usman

Naveed Usman is a managing partner at Solid Digital and founder of the Usman Group, a boutique consultancy in Chicago

My business philosophy is simple... the creative process is a collaboration, where each idea has value and every client is unique and exceptional.

Since 1999, I have helped hundreds of businesses and organizations build their online presence, visibility, and reach by creating elegant, accessible websites that meet the unique needs and goals of each of our clients and their audiences. Over the past decade, the Usman Group has been recognized as one of Chicago’s top professional services firms. Our clients range from manufacturers to consumer and business services firms to universities, nonprofits, and major media outlets, including the National Safety Council, Priceline.com, Robert W. Baird & Company, Chicago Sun-Times, and the University of Chicago.

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I am originally from Miami Florida, where growing up I was obsessed with Legos and video games, fueling a life-long interest in logic, design, and the human-computer interaction. I learned valuable skills in how to build trust and keep the customer happy while putting myself through the University of Central Florida as a salesman of car tires and batteries to stranded motorists. Majoring in Communications, Digital Media, and Sociology, I honed my ability for building and managing creative teams early on by leading a collaborative of student programmers, artists, and musicians on assignments for large entertainment companies like Universal Studios.

I’ve been a guest speaker at major universities, trade group events, and other venues on topics ranging from the logical to the emotional, like search engine optimization and positivity. I have also written articles and been quoted and interviewed about creativity, leadership, entrepreneurship, online marketing trends, and sales effectiveness for the Wall Street Journal, Direct Marketing News, and other publications.

I’m always open to interesting opportunities to collaborate and discovering what makes your organization truly exceptional. Let’s start a conversation.

Naveed Usman