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, my son, and our two cats.

Shawn Hooghkirk

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I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California

Shawn at Graticle is a great person to work with. He created a fantastic new interactive website for the Academy Theater which is easy for us to maintain. He’s always available for support and to make larger changes if we need them. I highly recommend him for your custom website.

Dannon Dripps

Manager

Academy Theater

www.AcademyTheaterPDX.com

Portland, Oregon