“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.
Working with clients in…
Although we’re located in little ol’ Savannah, Georgia, our work spans the globe. Conference calls with clients in faraway places are part of a normal day at the shop.
Erik Reagan Co-Founder, Technical Director
If you’ve spoken to Erik Reagan for any length of time, you’ve heard him talk about his family. His beautiful wife and children are his world and he is a huge proponent of keeping business hours and leaving work at work. (His wife thinks that’s pretty cool.) Erik’s professional focus is centered around the architecture and planning of web projects. He leads the development team at Focus Lab and is an integral part of the ExpressionEngine community.
Bill Kenney Co-Founder, Art Director
Bill Kenney’s unyielding passion for design was revealed at a young age, and moved to the forefront during his BFA studies in Graphic Design at the University of Tampa. While a full-time student, Bill led large freelance projects which convinced him of the viability of a design career. Now, more than a decade of professional experience, many as a business owner, Bill has developed both the design acumen and business knowledge necessary for success.
Matt Yow Lead Brand Designer, Typographer
Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Matt Yow grew up on Ninja Turtles, pizza, and rock and roll. Matt is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. He joined Focus Lab in the summer of 2011. Out of the office, Matt is constantly exploring the reaches of design and processes. Typeface design and typography are among Matt’s primary interests. Matt is the resident coffee master at Focus Lab; slaving over quality and consistency.
Jonathan McGaha Web Developer
An early bloomer, Jonathan McGaha has been developing websites since middle school. In high school, he was hired to do a website for a local TV station and realized development may be his career path. When Ryan Irelan released the Learning ExpressionEngine videos, everything finally clicked for Jonathan; he has used ExpressionEngine as his main CMS since. These days, he’s branching out more, learning other CMS's - like Pixel & Tonic's Craft - and learning from Erik how to write CMS add-ons.
Alicja Colon Project Manager, Photographer
Alicja Colon was immersed in design and business from an early age, owed to growing up in her father's vinyl sign shop. After earning a BFA in graphic design, she landed a job at a non-profit organization that initially allowed her to design to her heart’s content. But like most jobs, her responsibilities increased, and she soon found herself managing an abundance of timelines, print jobs, and department expectations. It was here where Alicja discovered her love of calendars, organization, and management.
Charlie Waite Lead UI Designer, Creative Director
Charlie Waite is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played baseball and learned the ins & outs of design, he now specializes in Web and UI/UX design. After his professional baseball career ended, Charlie started his own company. He focused on helping small businesses with branding and web design needs, as well as the branding needs of athletes in the action sports world. In 2012, Charlie joined Focus Lab as the lead designer.
Sam Stratton Brand & UI Designer
The self-proclaimed “young gun” of the office, Sam Stratton is a fixie bike wielding, skinny jean-wearing, brand and web designer. He moonlights as a graphic and motion design student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), finishing out his BFA in Graphic Design. Sam enjoys tactile design supported with meaning and substance.
Rocky Roark Brand Designer, Illustrator
Born and raised in Southeastern Georgia, Rocky Roark has been working in illustration and design since high school. He has worked on projects for a variety of clientele, ranging from a gaming company to the Democratic Party. He completed his BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia Southern University in 2013 during a meanwhile frenzied time in his freelance career. Shortly after, he joined the Focus Lab team.
Summer Teal Simpson Brand Strategist, Copywriter/Editor
Southern native Summer Teal Simpson cut her eyeteeth on copy in 2006 while moonlighting after her 9-5 as a journalist for local publications. This gig eventually led to a sole focus on freelance journalism and copywriting. Her appetite whet for a creative career trajectory, she joined the team at Focus Lab in 2013.
Myles Kedrowski UI Designer
Coming ‘atcha from Minneapolis, Minnesota is Myles Kedrowski. Myles believes that content is king and that simplicity breeds beautiful design. He recognizes that the web is unnecessarily cluttered, that portraying content to the user can be achieved just as well - if not more effectively - through cleanliness and simple color reinforcement.
Kellie Groover Office Manager
Savannah native Kellie Groover joined the Focus Lab team in January of 2014. She started her college career at the Savannah College of Art and Design with a focus on 2D animation, but eventually obtained her BA in Communications with a Drawing minor from Georgia Southern University.
Jonathan Howell Brand Designer
Jonathan was born and raised in small, sunny Naples, Florida, just fifteen minutes from the Florida Everglades. Despite his warm-weather upbringing, he played five years of college ice and roller hockey for Florida Gulf Coast University; he graduated with a BS degree in marketing and advertising.
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