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Happy Holidays From Gecko Designs!

December 20, 2021 Marshall Office Culture, News

This fall, we flew our two remote team members, Andrew and Matt, up to Montana to join us for our first ever Gecko Designs retreat! After much planning and deliberation, it was decided that we would spend our time together about 2½ hours north of our home office in Missoula at a beautiful house in Whitefish. Located at the base of Whitefish Mountain, the gargantuan house overlooked a smattering of conifers, many of which were in transition to winter and glowed a bright golden yellow. Just beyond and nestled in the trees rested the always gorgeous Whitefish Lake. To say it was picturesque would be a gross understatement.

It was the first time the entire team has had the pleasure of physically being together. And we took full advantage of it. We kicked things off here at the office – popped some champagne, cranked the music, and got to work on our M&M masterpiece – all hands on deck.

Let’s back up a little here. To be clear, we’ve had a vision for a paperless Holiday announcement for quite a while. We came up with some concepts early on, iterating on the design and how we would deliver it. After ordering custom M&M’s for a client’s trade show booth display, we were like, “wait… you can customize M&M’s? They have a whole library of colors to choose from? Hold my beer!” We immediately got to work on a large “paint-by-numbers” wintery Santa Gecko scene design onto which we would place our custom colored M&M’s when the team was all together. More hands make lighter work, right? With all 20 of our hands free to help out (minus those holding champagne glasses) we dove in and built the giant 5-foot by 4 ½-foot Gecko winter scene, one M&M at a time. 

Accompanied by laughter, conversation, loud music, and a little alcohol, we all got to know each other better – in-person – over thousands of M&M’s and a few days of work and play in Northwestern Montana. It was truly one for the books.

We would like to wish you the happiest of holidays from our team at Gecko Designs! Here’s to more collaboration, more creation, more team-building, and more partnership opportunities in 2022!

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Markki Johnston 9 months ago
We worked with Gecko Designs to completely revamp our website for Northern Rockies Orthopaedics. It took us over 2 years to get everything how we wanted it and all ideas for our physicians incorporated. Grace and the team at Gecko were so accommodating and patient with us. Highly recommend using them for all web design needs!
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Ryan Barba 4 months ago
We just had a project completed by Gecko Designs. We thought they were professional from the start to the end. We are extremely satisfied with our end product and would highly recommend their services.
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Avigail Bass a year ago
We redesigned a very very old website with Gecko and began the process during coronavirus. Despite those challenges, the team at Gecko was very helpful and flexible. They built us a beautiful website, taking into account all our needs. The project manager Grace, was a pleasure to work with, always available to answer questions, great with communication, and very organized. They went above and beyond to make sure the end product was perfect, even if it meant putting in extra hours, or extending the project longer than anticipated. We really appreciated all they did for us and could not be happier with the results!
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Avi Kolko a year ago
Gecko built us a new Unity Hospice website from the ground up, as well as designing new brochures and other collateral material. Working with them has been a pleasure - they are professional, organized, responsive, aim to please, and are easy to work with. Their design work is beautiful, and they really took pains to understand the look we were going for. Highly recommended!
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Emily Hemingway 12 months ago
I feel so lucky that we had Gecko Designs as our partner in redesigning our website. They were incredibly responsive to every question and idea, and everything they did was thoughtful, thorough, and quick. It was a pleasure to work with them!