What is Gridwork?

It’s a tiny web design studio in Seattle. Our name is a made up word meant to imply a sense of discipline and structure.

We grew up wanting to make cartoons, magazines, dance routines, and music videos. There was no internet. We just wanted to be artists. This is about more than websites, it’s our art, our life.

Our clients are social change makers, education visionaries, health care providers, housing advocates, innovative publishers, and friends. We listen to them, learn from them, and create for them.

2005

Founded company in a little house on an island.

notable projects In These Times, Global Explorers

2006

Moved to Tacoma, WA. Started making jam.

notable projects In These Times, Shelterforce, Center for Social Media

2007

Opened coworking space in Tacoma, first SXSW.

notable projects In These Times, Chicago Public Schools, mStoner

2008

Obama! Hope! Change! Started making pickles.

notable projects Global Explorers, 1000 Kites, Small Screen Network

2009

Second SXSW, began building early mobile sites.

notable projects Ecology Project International, Good Job DC, Quilts for Kids

2010

Moved to Seattle. Refocused on design, personal development. Discovered trampoline gyms.

notable projects Appalshop, Genesis Financial

2011

No more print. Exclusive focus on web & mobile design.

notable projects Cognitive Edge, American School of Classical Studies

2012

Developed deeper ecommerce expertise. Last SXSW. Moved accounting online. More Obama!

notable projects Market Leader, Clarasmom, ShopSeptember, Nation Inside, Peas + Popcorn

2013

Added project manager. Focus on agency partnerships & local clients. More content strategy.

notable projects Ten Gun, if/then, Tenants Union

2014

Added SASS/workflow automation, version control.

notable projects Windermere, Cedar Grove

2015

Changed from waterfall to agile process. Switched default CMS to Craft. Built a standing desk.

notable projects Kellogg Insight, Small Screen Network, States of Matter, Julian

2016

Back to coworking. Started Craft meetup. More focus on site speed, rapid iterations, marketing.

notable projects Windermere, Wyoming Medical Center, Kellogg Insight, Cedar Grove

Seamus Holman is lead designer & developer at Gridwork. He brings 15 years of experience creating unique websites, obsessing over fonts, content management systems, taking pictures, listening to podcasts.

Liz Stanton does project management & business development. She ensures that we submit timely estimates, adhere to schedules, meet budgets, and stay focused.

Per project collaborators include the client team, other independent developers, agencies, writers, photographers, and artists with domain expertise to do what needs to get done.

Five core values

Be real.

It’s easy to follow industry leaders and call it inspiration. To be bland & generic in a feeble attempt to fake professionalism. To create designs that float in the “sea of sameness” plaguing modern web design. We will do our best to remain authentic and distinctive.

Improvise.

Creativity must be stoked like a fire. We learn on the fly — combining past experiences with new ideas to come up with solutions. If you ask us, “Is this possible?”, the answer is almost always “Yes, and …”. We are proud to be scrappy and resourceful. To bring levity and good humor to our work whenever we can.

Be grateful.

We live in a world of abundance and are deeply grateful for the experiences, friends, family, ancestors, and dumb luck that allows Gridwork to exist. Popular music, airport signage, street photography, encounters with wildlife, elaborately cooked dinners, and the world beyond our computer is what keeps our minds open and free.

Persist.

This business sustains our family. We go to work every day to hustle and make work we can be proud of. It is a journey of ebbs and flows, so we will use lean times for learning and writing. And when it’s time to work, WORK HARD. Our soul is in every detail, bug fix, consultation. The hours of research and thinking. All to see another day.

Activate.

Media is uniquely influential in affecting popular opinion, holding the powerful accountable, and seeking justice. Today, our medium is websites — in the past it might have been an independent magazine, or pamphlet, or pirate radio. It is our responsibility to do what we can to uplift the people that need it most.

Work with us.

If you want a better website tomorrow, contact us today. Schedule an initial call right now, or send a quick note and we’ll talk soon.

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