About Graticle Design

I started Graticle Design in 2009 out of Ridgefield, Washington. I had built websites and designed flyers throughout high school and college. During college, I had my first paying customer (a previous employer and friend) and realized that I could actually get paid doing what I was already doing for free.

After graduating college (California State University, Fresno – Go Dogs!), my first order of business was to email everyone I knew, from past employers to family, to friends. After a few months of this, I was now in business full-time creating websites and designing.

During the first year, I learned about the amount of “web design companies” out there. I had many customers that came to me simply to start a project over because their current “web design company” had either stopped answering their phone calls or were extremely difficult to work with (among other complaints). This brought about my second order of business: do not make the mistakes these “companies” were making, instead, take my business seriously, work hard, and provide the absolute best service and value to my customers.

And it worked.

The next thing I knew, I had more customers. The best part: my customer’s businesses were growing, they were going out of their way to compliment my work and communication and they were also referring my services to others.

That brings us to today.

Like all businesses that do well, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all yourself. Graticle is now incorporated and I have many people who help me provide the same excellent services I’ve been providing since 2009. Actually, we’ve improved tremendously in service, since those I’ve hired have more experience. Our systems and processes have also improved tremendously which has also allowed us to deliver much faster than before.

Graticle is currently working on extremely fun and exciting projects and I love what I do more than ever. I’ve learned a lot and have absolutely amazing customers.

I’m presently living in the beautiful northwest (Longview, Washington) with my wonderful wife, our two children, and our two cats.

Shawn Hooghkirk

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I highly recommend Shawn and Graticle Design!!! I reached out to Shawn after I read a review of Graticle that basically stated what I will reiterate here – Shawn actually delivers! If you have grown weary of trying to find a knowledgeable web designer who listens to your needs, and follows through on promises to build according to your vision, look no further! I searched the internet to find web design help, and only seemed to find disappointment. The first designer I contacted charged me $100 for an hour-long chat, and then fell completely out of communication. The second designer I spoke with was always too busy to get started on my project. Then, I went through a string of references from well-meaning friends, you know, the “I have a coworker whose nephew knows how to build websites” sorts.

Shawn listens patiently to understand what you want, and he is conscientious about keeping in communication. His rates are very reasonable, especially when one understands that Graticle operates in a highly dependable manner (hint: do your research, and set a budget so that you know what you can afford).

I feel extremely fortunate to have found Graticle Design, and will gladly repeat its praises to anyone who will listen.

Shirley Schofield

Washington State

Shawn was great to work with as we worked through coming up with a logo that we loved.

Ross Horn

Owner

Horn Brothers Farms

Fresno, California