So, who are these guys?
We’ve never been big fans of “about us” pages, but this one feels a little different. We are passionate about this company. We love what we do. We have a handful of employees that run circles around the big agencies. We don’t throw parties for ourselves. We don’t go on weird retreats. We like to fly under the radar. Every project we take on is gained through referral. We have implicit trust in our colleagues and we hustle every single day. We work hard at work worth doing.
Norm Clark – Owner
Carey Clark – Project Manager
Damian Clark – Client Specialist
Rodney Miller – Development & IT
Jonathan Coulter – Web & Print Design
Here’s how we put it together.
From 2001 to 2006, Norm worked for two printers and a computer shop that wanted to design websites. He always says he made more in knowledge than he did in cash. Way more. He always knew he could do it better than they did. He knew he could communicate better with clients, he knew they communicated better with him. He could easily relate to the people he talked to. He spent all day at work dreaming of what he would do differently. Haunted by this idea, he just didn’t have the guts to do it. The wife, the kids, the house. There was just too much to lose.
In March of 2006, he was terminated from his job at a local print shop, after a glowing yearly review.
“You can only make someone look foolish so many times before they fire you."
Write that down.
Turns out, getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to him. The leash was cut, and he started to hunt. Graydian officially launched on April 1st, 2006. Yep, April Fools Day.
2 months later he brought in Rodney Miller, a guy that just knew enough (he knows it all now) about everything, to start a company around. Ask any client we work with, this guy is scary smart.
Jon joined in 2008, having spent 5 years at a print shop. He’s grown his knowledge of frontend design ever since. He works side-by-side with our clients to produce beautifully functional, responsive web designs, and bold, impactful print designs.
Carey, Norm’s wife, has been with us since the beginning. In addition to being a dedicated wife and mother, she helps us with the kinds of things designers don’t want to think about. We call those things “taxes" and “payroll" or, more generally, “business stuff". She is also the project manager for our largest client.
Since 2008, we haven’t looked back. Everyday we work hard and long hours. We’ve landed just about every client we’ve sat down with. They like our energy, and they love our attitude. So here we are. We have fun. We never settle. And at this point, we believe anything is possible. You dream it. We build it. It’s that simple.
What does Graydian mean?
Good question. We get asked this a lot. When Norm and Carey started the business they had two sons: Grayden and Damian. Norm was looking for a unique name to be assured of a good domain. Grayden + Damian = Graydian. And there you have it. By the way, they now have 3 sons: Grayden, Damian and Hudson.
So, that’s our story. What’s yours?
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