As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
-Gospels of diverse faiths

As a team, our goal is to make you successful

With more than a decade of collective experience in creative development, we've had the privilege to work on demanding and intensive projects for organizations ranging from the federal government and Fortune 500 companies to flagship charities and small businesses of all types. While our projects have given us the opportunity to build great and awesome things, our sense of accomplishment is never greater than when our clients are successful, and we pride ourselves on the lasting relationships that success brings. From building businesses and charting brand strategy to cutting-edge technology development, high-impact photography and public relations, we combine our talents and work together as a team to maximize your success in a wide array of sectors and help you take your next step as an organization.

We believe that teamwork is paramount, and as a team, we're familiar with the nuances of each other's expertise so that we may tailor our individual services to provide the best possible deliverables to suit your needs. For this reason, we make it a point to get to know you at a deeper level to understand your obstacles, concerns and future goals so that we can help you navigate the waters of creative and business development. It's also why we remain available for the long term to serve as a trusted ally whenever you need to call us. We're story people, and your story deserves to be told. The above tabs provide more information on our specific services in greater detail. Please feel free to review them to learn more. Think talk is cheap? So do we, so also consider checking out our portfolio of case studies or our trusted partners to see what we've done, how we've done it, and how our services are applicable to you. And as always, don't hesitate to drop us a line if you'd like to say hello! We look forward to talking with you soon.

Cameron and Megan.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
-Aristotle

The drive for building powerful and beautiful things runs in our collective nature, and technology -- specifically web technology -- is our canvas of choice. Our development team has been building and supporting web presences that are tailored to suit individual needs and meet unique requirements for the better part of a decade; and for clients ranging from mom-and-pop shops to government agencies, industry leaders, and global philanthropy organizations, we have done so with enthusiasm, pride and the sense of purpose that comes from building a valuable, lasting investment. It is for this reason that all of our web presences are built to order from the ground up, using industry-leading system management, security, and usability features so that clients may define themselves and their organizations exactly to their visions.

As a full-service creative agency, we take the time to get to know you, your story and your goals so that we can develop cutting-edge technology to help you reach them, integrating our development skills with our other services so that your website is just one of several platforms for your success.

  • eCommerce
  • CRM
  • Advanced visual query searching (isolating information from complex datasets)
  • Conditional/access-based user experiences in secure environments
  • Platform specific rendering (responsive design/separate mobile themes)
  • Integration with social media services and third party applications

All of our websites and web applications are visually themed by our design resources, who utilize years of graphic design / UX experience to put a beautiful face to the functional components of your web presence, ensuring that it meets your brand goals and future brand strategies. Our process integrates them immediately from project start, allowing you to work with them to determine how your deliverables will look and feel beforehand, giving you the confidence that your new systems will come alive exactly as you have envisioned. We hold the belief that this helps ensure that your organization, and all stakeholders therein, receive the best possible product at the best possible value.

Before starting Tripod Creative, we've worked as technical consultants in various industries with specific requirements in intensive environments, including
financial institutions, industry-leading entertainment and media companies, the Department of Defense, international governments and NGOs, and the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Working as both consultant and support resources, we've created strategies to optimize web installations for high traffic loads to ensure maximum performance, share databases in a multisite environment, protect sensitive data through customized security mechanisms, set up ideal version control for seamless interaction with development teams and external support resources, as well as directly maintained and supported all of the above.

Tripod Creative integrates this experience into technical consulting and support services, allowing us to analyze your unique requirements and provide actionable recommendations based on best practices and your individual market position. Additionally, with extensive experience in various web development strategies, we are happy to investigate and support existing systems that we did not construct ourselves to help keep your organization in good technical standing as you consider approaches to advance your position with the latest technology.

One of the most rewarding aspects of web and technology development is the opportunity to teach people the skills of the trade, as we recognize that at one point we were young padawans ourselves (of course we went there). For this reason, a core component of our technology development service is teaching others what we do and how we do it, allowing you to configure and extend the systems we deliver for you, and perhaps one day build your own.

We offer educational services in standard web technologies (PHP, HTML, CSS, jQuery) as well as the internal working components of LAMP-powered CMS's (Drupal and Wordpress), in addition to most areas of IT (building/repairing computers, wired/wireless network installation and configuration (as well as building your own cables), information security methodology and implementation, IT and Audio/Visual integration, and pretty much whatever else is on your mind. Our experience in these sectors are extensive, and as it has served us well, we'd love the opportunity for it to do the same for you.

Before we decided to go full-steam ahead in web and technology development, we cut our teeth on general IT, building/repairing/configuring computers, networks and other systems. While not our primary sector today, we still maintain a strong command of information technologies, and if you're local to Colorado's Front Range, we'd be happy to help you out with whatever you need. We can help you set up networks, troubleshooting problematic hardware, making purchasing recommendations and configuring new systems to work in an ideal capacity, and make sure everything runs smoothly and securely.

If you have any other questions of what we can do for you and how we can do it, we'd love to talk more! Please feel free to contact us and we'll get right back to you.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet.
-Damon Runyon

How did your business develop? Think about it. That’s right; sit down for moment (you’re probably already sitting), and think about your business at its infancy. Did you have a business plan? Were you funded? Did you create a brand guide from the start?

Are you laughing right now? Good. Laughing is good for you. But if you are, chances are you grew “organically.” Little-to-no outside funding and an awful lot of “fake it till you make it.” Well, you’ve made it. Congratulations! Now it’s time to stop faking it.

If you think we ask a lot of questions on our website, just wait till our first meeting. We’re a curious bunch, and we can’t wait to get to know you. The most important question is deceptively simple: “What’s your story?” We’ll help you flesh out the details, and then plan for your next chapter. No undefined business-model jargon, no short-vs.-long tails… just you, where you are now, where you’re going, and how you’ll get there.

For a chuckle and a list of phrases we promise you’ll never hear from us, check this out. (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekij45gdh/most-annoying-business-jargon/)

But no promises on whiteboards. They’re fun.

As it happens, one of our members has a background in journalism. It’s scientific fact that journalists make friends with other journalists (or at least we've found it anecdotally true!). Public relations is all about, well, relations. But for once, it’s not all about who you know, but what you know. We already know what makes journalists tick: a good story. Your story. And there are better ways to tell it than with a mere press release.

As with everything in business, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for public relations. That doesn't mean you get to not have a strategy. We'll work with you to create a tailored one for your people (sometimes known as “target client segment,” but we hate that) in your community (sometimes known as “demographics”). And as a welcome gift, we'll even give you a calendar. You're going to need it.

Typically speaking, most of our clients initially fit into one of two personality types regarding their approaches to social media:

1.) You social butterfly, you. You're all over the place – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Reddit, and of course your blog is always updated… nobody can keep up with you!

2.) You're more of an introvert. You might have a Facebook page with your business information, but that’s about the extent of it. If people want to find you, they will.

Does either scenario sound a little familiar? There’s a happy medium to be found here. Not to get all yogi-ish on you (although, to be fair, Megan also maintains an integral yoga practice), but business, like life, is about balance. We'll help you identify which platforms are going to be most effective for you and your business, and then we'll create some guidelines to ensure you're well liked, but not so involved in cyberspace that you're forgetting about your bottom line (after all, a “like” on Facebook doesn't immediately translate to added cash flow!).

We've heard advertising called a "necessary evil" more times than we care to remember. And we don't get it. Advertising is a platform, so climb on it and sing your heart out! You've already invested so much in your baby, and your baby is growing. You have a lot to be proud of, so go on... brag a little. People will want to find out what all the fuss is about. And here's the real secret to successful advertising: advertise when you're busiest. That's right. Momentum only yields more momentum -- that's what makes it so great!

But it can also be overwhelming. After all, there are so many options. Direct mail? Print? Online? Radio? And even if you choose "all of the above," to which neighborhoods should you mail your piece? In which publications should you advertise and why? You get the idea. Imagine if you had someone doing all that research for you on your behalf. You could skip all the sales pitches and high-pressure phone calls and just focus on running your business. Well, now you can. And Megan WAS one of those advertising salespeople in a past life, so she knows all the ropes.

Success is very rarely an accident, and never so in business. So let's plan your success. We fancy ourselves artists, in a way, and we specialize in mosaics. Through luscious, fun conversation and day-dreaming, we help arrange all the various scenarios that will comprise your big picture. And then we'll put together a devilishly simple plan to implement all those details. But we're in it for the long haul -- unlike so many other agencies out there, we don't just draft up a plan and then leave you. If you ever need any help along the way, in the words of Bill Withers, Lean On Me. (Admit it, now it's going to be stuck in your head all day. You're welcome.)

You know who your most avid brand ambassadors are going to be? Your employees. (Because you're going to be the kind of company that people will love working for, after all!) So make sure they know your brand strategy, too. From social media to internal marketing (the most important of all the marketing arenas, after all) to how to speak to the press, we can teach it. And we'll provide snacks.

You don't take a photograph, you make it.
-Ansel Adams

Admit it: everyone likes to skimp on photography. After all, your budget is limited! It can only cover so much! We get it, which is why we're here to save you from yourself, all within budget. You've invested in every aspect of your business: your staff, your product or service, your location. They deserve better than stock images or low-res, unfocused shots someone snapped with a cell phone. Entire social-media platforms exist just for photo sharing, so put something out there worth sharing! We ensure stunning images you can showcase anywhere, from your website to your social media to your marketing materials. When it comes to photography, our mantra is simple: color, style, story. The resulting product is anything but simple; it's powerful!

Want to see for yourself the difference professional photography can make? Check out a few of our galleries here. From product shots so tantalizing your mouth waters to event coverage that lasts long after cleanup, our pictures are definitely worth 1,000 words and then some.