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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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Robyn Windham a month ago
Gecko recently launched a new website for my organization (Headwaters Foundation) and they knocked it out of the park! They were receptive to our wants and needs and very responsive throughout the process. We enjoyed working with their team; they really have begun to feel like my 'communications coworkers down the hall.' I am looking forward to working with them on more projects.
D'Shane Barnett 2 months ago
Gecko was selected through a competitive process to assist Missoula Public Health in our modernization and brand redesign campaign. Their staff have been immensely helpful. They've helped guide our process toward results that are stellar. We presented our updated branding to our board and they loved it--comments were "two thumbs way up", "this is exactly what we needed", and "love it!" We will definitely look forward to working with them in the future.
ITdept MRFD 3 months ago
Gecko Designs quickly identified and efficiently fixed a problem we were having with our website AND pointed out some other items that needed attention. Very professional and congenial. I highly recommend them.
Markki Johnston a year 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!
Ryan Barba 8 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.