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Design it Together is a web studio specializing in WordPress websites & website maintenance services for small businesses and organizations.


It’s also a growing resource for people who have a business, project, or idea, and need help with the technical aspects of putting together a professional web presence.

The History of Design it Together

The original incarnation of Design it Together started in late 2010 when I began collaborating on creative freelance projects with my good friend, Ben Karis-Nix. In addition to WordPress websites and various print design projects, we also worked together on an eco-minded clothing line.

In June of 2011, Design it Together had enough of a following to justify the opening of a modest retail store in downtown Troy, NY. Since we were screenprinting most of our own merchandise right there in the store, customers invariably began asking us to screenprint custom orders for them.

exterior shot of the design it together store
taylor screen printing wrapping paper

As we got busier with custom screen printing, we decided to follow that path, and let go of most of the web & graphic design services we were offering. We went all-in - upgrading our equipment, and moving to a larger space across the street.

With the move, we rebranded the store and started designing and printing a line of clothing and products to celebrate our home city of Troy, NY. Over the next couple of years, the store became a destination for those in the area - or just passing through - to pick up a piece of Troy memorabilia, designed and printed right in the shop.

Ben left the business in 2014 to pursue other projects, and I continued to run it with my then-girlfriend (now wife), Jona, until September 2016 when we sold the brand.

Worn out from the screenprinting grind, and anxious to get back to designing websites, I took a job in the marketing department for a large real estate firm. Starting as Web & Graphic Designer, and eventually becoming Marketing Technologist, I learned a ton about how a website fits into the larger picture of marketing and lead generation for a company.

I’m excited to take everything I’ve learned as a small business owner, entrepreneur, and corporate marketer and bring Design it Together back to its roots as a web design studio.

taylor screen printing a poster

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About Me.

My name is Taylor Gillis and I’m a husband, father, owner of a retired greyhound, and die hard New York Mets fan. When I’m not helping people achieve their goals on the web, you can find me camping with my family in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, or playing the guitar very badly.

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