We Push Electrons
We are makers, builders, tinkerers, and hobbyists who can’t sit still.
At our core, we’re a digital services agency that builds web properties. Those properties may include a website, a simple landing page, broad campaigns with multiple touchpoints, or complex web applications requiring high security.
Outside of the “office”, we’re also known for tinkering with Raspberry Pis to create web-enabled garage door openers, and we’ve also custom-built drones (the safe ones) that can capture stabilized video from a kilometer away.
We are Michael Travers Lee & Joshua Todd Levy, two friends who have rock climbed together since 2007 and have worked together for nearly as long.
We each built our own businesses with low overhead and strong collaborations in the form of ad hoc content, design and development teams. We found that over 80% of the projects in which we would engage clients, we did so as a team. It was only natural to formalize this partnership. We remain a boutique agency, bringing in industry and subject matter specialists as needed.
The Band of Misfits
Joshua Todd Levy
Josh is a student of psychology, film, and life.
Michael Travers Lee
Mike’s been crafting digital experiences since 2002. And he practically invented coffee.
The design/development business sort of happened by accident. His formal education and training is from UC Davis, with a degree in Neurobiology, and a minor in Philosophy. The affinity for web design/development happened amidst course studies. After taking up photography in college, and eventually selling a few prints, it seemed prudent to build a website to showcase photos to the larger world wide web audience. That website, after many iterations, is still alive and well: www.focus97.com.
Since then it’s been years of academic-style training, UX research, perennial technology consumption, minimalist design principles, a few coding languages, and active participation across hundreds of disparate projects designing and developing experiences for brands.
Extra-work activities include rock-climbing, photography, and trying not to crash a custom-built drone (that captures amazing videos: Amazing SF)
// Associate Producer
Paul grew up in Sacramento, then got the heck out for college. Enter, UC Santa Barbara.
After some exploration in chemical engineering, for which he felt, ‘yeah, not so much’, he migrated to UC Davis and landed in biology. Paul’s work life has ranged from… all sorts of stuff. It fits with his creative, exploratory nature. He’s made coffee, played in a garage-rock band, and has spent a few years in anesthesia research at UCSF. In the end, it’s made him a people-person.
These days he navigates around Photoshop with ease, dives into HTML like nobody’s business, and helps to ensure Travers + Todd projects (and hence the web in general) stays clean and usable. He also happens to be an awesome cook and a fantastic musician. A constant search for novel dishes and the desire to make music means creative is at his core, and it brings a different style of thinking to the table. Not to mention good eats.