“We are a close family of talented and driven people that strive to deliver quality and honesty.”Bill Kenney, Co-Founder
Who we are
Focus Lab is a close team of creative professionals based out of Savannah, Ga. We are parents, musicians, gamers, runners, gardeners, friends, jokesters, and more. We are passionate about partnering with good people and organizations to produce exceptional work that betters the world around us.
What we do
Our skills are specific and fine-tuned. We are specialists, not generalists. We create visual branding systems that enable organizations to put their best face forward to their audience. This includes everything from the logo, typography, and iconography to website design, app design, and website development.
Why we do it
That’s simple. We exist to create things that promote growth and enrich lives in organizations and communities. It isn’t enough to make something that looks good. We endeavor toward work that drives action, generates results, and makes for change.
People over Profits
It ain’t about the Benjamins.
Relationships are our gold standard. We want to work with awesome people. Because, for us, success is measured by positive experiences, not the bottom line. As such, we strive to surround ourselves with both smart and passionate team members and clients, those who will grow our minds and hearts and not just our wallets.
Keep it Simple
Because it is simple.
Our practices and solutions are simple, because simple = clear = understandable and executable. We apply this concept to every aspect of the business, from our office space to the services we offer. We also subscribe to the strength of simplicity when we design and write code.
Quality over Quantity
Less is more.
Mental energy is a depletable bandwidth, so we concentrate our time and talent on fewer projects/clients. A greater investment on our part, but we’re not running a creative services puppy mill. Plus, prioritizing quality over quantity supports our other core values.
Ask more questions
Demand better answers.
We believe that pushing the envelope helps to solidify and defend thoughts/concepts, and reshapes thinking. A strong idea or concept will withstand the stress test or will be better at the finish line for having undergone the scrutiny.
Make it Better
There’s always room for improvement.
This value remains continuous in our thoughts, a defined intention across all touchpoints of our organization. The carrot that drives our decision-making and, ultimately, our end product, this objective also waxes personal, stoking our internal flames. Because each one of us accepted the open-ended challenge to keep climbing the ladder to greatness.
Keep it Real
People are people.
And that’s how we treat them, regardless of rank or association. Everyone deserves respect, transparency, and honesty - the three pillars of our every interaction with colleagues and clients. Bonus: work, and life in general, will become easier and more productive.
Never Stop Learning
As children, we were force-fed education, but as we age, our academic interactions are less frequent. Unless you seek them out. We encourage our team to learn: to pursue their passions, listen to one another, and access new knowledge at conferences, the library, on blogs, and via other hands-on means. Oh, and to ask more questions.
Work to Live
Life comes first.
Work is only one piece in the personal pie chart of life, and we aim to keep it that way. Since we are only as strong as our people, we encourage them to work hard, play hard, and rest hard. Whenever possible, we help cultivate their passions. And we consider their interests and strengths when we take on jobs. After all, if you love what you do it’s never really work.
Our work space represents our company values and aesthetic. Open, bright, and minimalistic, we designed it to foster collaboration and creativity on every level. Our furniture is on wheels and we can write on the walls (well, some of them) so the space evolves as our brainstorming dictates.
Erik Reagan Co-Founder, Operations Director
Chances are, if you’ve spoken to Erik Reagan for any length of time, you’ve heard him talk about his family. His beautiful wife and kids are his world and it does not take long to discover that. He is a huge proponent of being intentional with time and keeping work at work. (His wife thinks that’s pretty cool.) By day, Erik steers the Focus Lab ship and claims it’s pretty easy to steer due to the amazing people on board. By night, well you’ll just have to read the bio for that part of the story.
Bill Kenney Co-Founder, Brand Director
Bill Kenney’s unyielding passion for design began at a young age but has developed and honed over his decade in the industry. As a business owner, Bill has developed both the design acumen and business knowledge necessary for success. A natural, lively, and charismatic people person, Bill also focuses on the value of surrounding himself with great people, be it mentoring his team, or facilitating collaboration with awesome clientele.
Alicja Colon Photographer
Alicja joined the Focus Lab team in 2012 as project manager extraordinaire. An integral member of the design team, her photography eye identified key areas for creative growth. She was able to be involved in several projects from behind the lens of a camera. Until 2014, when she made the official switch from Focus Lab project manager to Focus Lab photographer.
Summer Teal Simpson Brand Strategist, Copywriter/Editor
Summer provides support and leadership to the branding team. She is the first point of contact on all branding projects and she works closely with clients to interpret their needs, identify design challenges, and recommend scope of work and design approach for the production phases of a project. She serves as a resource to the client, the designers, and the creative director throughout the branding process.
Kellie Groover Office Manager / Den Mother
As Office Manager, Kellie assists with the day-to-day hustle by wearing many hats. She is part HR, event planner, travel agent, accounts payable, social media, den mother, and whatever else she can be to help keep the Focus Lab machine running smoothly.
Andy Fought Developer
Andy Fought is a self taught front end developer going on 13 years in the field. He has a passion for developing sites with clean, beautiful code. Professionally, Andy has had the pleasure of working on small-town small business websites, all the way up to a responsive redesign for a globally recognized news organization.
Will Kesling Videographer
Will’s time with Focus Lab has enhanced his collaborative approach to filmmaking, as well as finding those genuine moments between the tightly-knit team that go mostly unseen by broader audiences. He’s inspired daily by the Focus Lab energy and his surrounding environment.
Joshua Krohn Brand & UI Designer
Joshua Krohn took the scenic route to becoming a designer. After a short stint studying music education, he spent a decade in the lighting industry–half of that in marketing communications. During that time he found his true passion and moonlighted for five years as a (mostly) self-taught designer.
Alex Sailer Brand & UI Designer
Alex has designed for the web for the better part of a decade. He’s a digital designer by trade but his passion for design keeps his eyes open to all things. As any designer should be, he’s opinionated, observant, genuine, and somewhat obsessive.
Charisse Bennett Project Manager
Charisse Bennett has provided management oversight for the planning, marketing, and logistical control for dozens of public and private events in Savannah, GA over the past several years. Key attributes include budget development and management, negotiating skills, and a keen ability to connect with various audiences.
Will Straughn New Business
Will Straughn joined the team in early 2015, after ten years working in the music industry. With a strong background and passion for sales, Will is excited to bring a new perspective to the team at Focus Lab and is honored to be a part of such a talented and inspiring company.
Chase Turberville Brand Designer
Chase worked as an in-house design team member for a camouflage company, a letterpress intern at Hatch Show Print, designer at Cooking Light Magazine, and an agency art director. He joined Focus Lab as a brand designer in July 2015.
Steven Scarborough UI Designer
Steven Scarborough first learned to appreciate the importance of empathy and collaboration in the creative process through writing music with his friends. He continues to follow these lessons from a UX perspective when he approaches Focus Lab projects and firmly believes that the best products are the simplest to use.
Lauren Davis Production Assistant
Savannah native Lauren Davis joined the Focus Lab team in late 2015. Her title is Production Assistant, an ambiguously-named role that includes design production, research, project support, documentation, and concept and analysis collaboration. She is a graphic design student at Armstrong State University.
John Oates Brand Designer
John began his design career at an agency in Downtown Orlando as an intern doing web and digital design. He eventually became the Lead Designer where, in his time in Orlando, rather than visiting good ol’ Mickey Mouse, he spent most of his time pursuing the craft of lettering.
Aaron Lax Technical Director
Tech pro Aaron Lax knows many different programming languages and systems, and has the necessary skills to manage technology from conception to production to distribution. He's also run his own company and assisted in the growth and operations of many others on the road to join Focus Lab in 2016.
Passionate about design experiences? Good at what you do? Work well with others? Want to work where people come before profits? Good news, we’re hiring. And if you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, you should definitely apply.
“Focus Lab have the rare ability to translate complex ideas into simple and elegant designs, which constantly amaze us and our clients.”Scott Burgess, CreateOne