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Opening Gecko’s Doors…Welcome, Matt & Andrew!

July 13, 2021 Gabriel Office Culture, News

Doors have opened at Gecko Designs – literally and figuratively.

We closed the doors at our office when the world went into lockdown in March of 2020. Staff retreated to their basements, home offices, and kitchen tables while continuing to work hard on client projects. It seemed like we were right in line with the rest of the world; finding a “new normal” and figuring out how to successfully transition to remote work. We had guidance from other companies doing the same, including ways to keep positive through Zoom happy hours and masked outdoor gatherings as well as advice from the health department on how and when to return to in-person shared office workspace.

While our physical doors were closing, metaphorical doors opened for us at Gecko. For the first time in 25 years, we considered the possibility of hiring new team members not located in our beloved Missoula. We questioned how it would work – would remote employees feel connected to our local staff while maintaining our high design and development standards? Would local clients coming into our office downtown miss seeing the faces of their entire team in person rather than on a screen in the conference room?

Turns out, opening the door for remote employees has been a great experience. We have two new team members at Gecko – Matt, located in Springfield, Missouri, and Andrew in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These two bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in design and development that fits perfectly with our established skillset. They’re asking the right questions, pushing our team to try new ideas, and more importantly, feel just as much part of the team as any of the local folks.

Slack, Google Meet, and Figma make it easy for us to seamlessly communicate and collaborate on projects. Opening the door to remote employees may have come at an unexpected time during a global pandemic but has been proven to work well for us.

Our doors are open…come on by and say hi!

523 N Higgins Ave, Missoula
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D'Shane Barnett 2 weeks 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.
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ITdept MRFD a month 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.
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Avigail Bass 2 years 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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Markki Johnston 11 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 7 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.