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Our Team

  • We build great websites. It’s feedback we get from our clients.
  • We start from a premise that a website should be an engaging visual representation of your brand. Visitors should not have to guess who you are, what you do or how you can help them.
  • We understand SEO (search engine optimization) and how people use the Internet and search for your product or service.
  • Our websites are designed and written to be quickly found by Google, Bing and other search engines.
  • We’re honest.
    If we feel that something you’d like is not workable – like a page that’s too busy or cluttered or difficult to read — we’ll say so. You’re hiring us for our expertise, so we won’t agree with anything we think will impede your site’s success.
  • We work as a team… with you.
    When we work together, you’re in the loop from beginning to end. No surprises. You see the site develop as we build it.
  • We don’t disappear once your site is completed. We’re around to answer questions.
  • Our team members have solid marketing backgrounds.
    It’s what sets us apart from other web design and development firms. It also enables us to focus on and interpret your vision.

About Us

We’re a team of three who’ve worked together for six years. Each of us has a different area of expertise. Steve is a skilled coder. He can build just about anything we ask for. Iris is a talented graphic designer with a firm grasp of marketing.  Rickey is a gifted writer and marketing strategist. For areas that aren’t our specialty, we bring in expert colleagues.

We share a deep love of our city (especially in the summer!) and a common work ethic — be honest, be fair, make clients happy. We also really love working together.

Our mantra: build compelling, marketing-driven, custom websites — on time and within budget — to meet each client’s specific need, whether that’s getting phones to ring or simply increasing visibility.

A little about each of us…

Iris Marreck designer and creative director

With over thirty years of design and marketing experience, Iris’ expertise is in all elements of print design and digital marketing. She’s skilled at creating branding and design that reflects each client’s vision and enhances their image.

She has a keen understanding of each client’s target market and the ability to create a compelling visual translation. Iris has worked with a wide variety of businesses and non-profits to greatly improve their Internet presence and the usability of their websites.

A vocal advocate for small business, she sits on the Advocacy Committee of  Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) and the board SBAC Women In Business and is actively involved in the organization’s communication program. She is also an active committee member of EPWNG.

Steve Stern chief technology expert and website developer

Steve is an Information Technology senior management professional with years of experience in association management, higher education, commercial education, and commercial real estate industries.

He’s an expert in Mac and Linux environments as well as a wide variety of software and systems and is very active in the WordPress support community.

Trained as a research scientist, Steve’s highly organized methodology meshes well with his ability to find creative opportunities and solutions. A natural problem solver who loves a challenge, if there’s something special you want your website to do, he’ll figure out how to make it happen.

Steve serves on the Board of Directors of South Lakeview Neighbors, a Chicago neighborhood association.

Rickey Gold marketing strategist and copywriter

Rickey is a marketing communications strategist and content development pro with twenty-seven years of experience.

Her specialty is clear and compelling copy. Each word is there for a reason – to entice, excite, enhance or explain to prospective clients how your company or organization can help them. She’s adept at positioning and messaging designed to engage your target market and drive sales of your product or service.

Rickey is a member of the SBAC and sits on the board of SBAC Women In Business. She was previously on the board of the Lincoln Park Chamber for six years and was their Small Business of the Year in 2007.