ryan velting

Ryan Velting is an award-winning photographer, graphic designer and professional web developer based in West Michigan. Ryan is founder and owner of Grand Rapids design firm Rugged Moose, specializing in startup and small business web development, graphic design and branding. Ryan is also founder of soon-to-be-launched web and graphic design firm Brave Rhino, also in downtown Grand Rapids.

about ryan velting

ryan velting

Ryan Velting is an award-winning photographer, graphic designer and professional web developer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ryan is founder and owner of Grand Rapids web design firm Rugged Moose, which specializes in custom web design and development, graphic design and branding for startups and small businesses. Ryan is also founder and owner of soon-to-be-launched web and graphic design firm Brave Rhino, also located downtown Grand Rapids.

With an extensive background in graphic design and web development, Ryan combines his talents to handcraft powerful brands and websites that are beautiful in design and perform excellently in search engines. Ryan develops websites for startup and small business clients through his company Rugged Moose, handcrafting custom, fully managed websites individually tailored for each client.

ryan velting - web designer & developer

web developer

As a web design professional, Ryan Velting has designed and developed websites for nearly 20 years and knows his way around HTML, Java, CSS, as well as a few different CMS’s – content management systems – such as Joomla, Drupal, Ruby and WordPress. Having developed with it since 2003, Ryan’s CMS of choice is usually WordPress. Ryan is also a WordPress theme developer. Ryan sets up client servers, manages databases and web hosting, and fully manages his clients’ web environment, keeping everything operating smoothly. – more super nerdy info here

ryan velting does graphic design

graphic designer

Ryan has designed and developed websites for nearly 20 years. Ryan knows his way around HTML, Java, CSS, as well as a few different CMS’s – content management systems – such as Joomla, Drupal, Ruby and WordPress. Having developed with it since 2003, Ryan’s CMS of choice is usually WordPress. Ryan is also a WordPress theme developer. Ryan sets up client servers, manages databases and web hosting, and fully manages his clients’ web environment, keeping everything operating smoothly. – more awesome design info here

ryan velting handcrafts powerful brands

brand strategist

A brand is not a logo. A brand is the combination of many different facets of your company -values, beliefs, voice, and communication style just to name a few. Yes, Ryan can design a logo for your small business, but more importantly Ryan can help your brand authentically communicate your business with your target audience. – some more totally rad branding info

ryan velting's professional history

a little background..

1993
Ryan Velting - Digital Photography Pioneer

Ryan pioneers digital photography class leading to his love of not only photography from an artistic standpoint, but the ability to edit images in a “virtual darkroom”.  Computer image editing and digital photography were still very new at this point, and Ryan had the opportunity to start at the mediums’ infancy.

1997
learning HTML, digital photography, beta testing for Adobe

Ryan got his “nerd on” running ftp servers, started learning HTML, continued with both film and digital photography, and served as beta tester for Adobe’s Photoshop.

1998
First website created and launched

Ryan created and launched his first website, a real estate site complete with iframes showing the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) right there on his site. The Grand Rapids Real Estate Board wasn’t as pleased as Ryan had anticipated.

2001
freelance web designer, marketing director

By day, Ryan served as Marketing Director to a large corporation in Grand Rapids Michigan. This pushed him deep into graphic design, which he fell in love with. In his free time, Ryan continued to expand his web design abilities while creating websites for clients.

2003
Wordpress, Graphic Design, Photography, WordPress

In 2003, while still in its initial development stage, Ryan began working with open-source server-sided blogging software, WordPress. Ryan also continued on as Marketing Director while also shooting photography professionally.

2004-2009
web design, photography, wordpress theme development

More client website projects, more photography, heavy into WordPress development. At this point, Ryan created and launched only WordPress powered websites. Ryan also continued developing in WordPress as well as WordPress theme development. Yup.. Ultra-nerd..

2009/2010
Formal launch of graphic design/ web development company

Ryan finally takes the step of formally launching his web development company Rugged Moose. With offices downtown Grand Rapids, Rugged Moose handles graphic design and web development/design for startups and small businesses.

2013
Rugged Moose a success, Brave Rhino is born..

With the success of Rugged Moose establishing itself as high-end solution for startups and small businesses with large budgets, in order to serve clients that have smaller budgets, a second company is born – Brave Rhino. Brave Rhino was set up to handle smaller projects, and those projects with smaller budgets.

2013.5
Ryan Velting struck by speeding car

Toward the end of the year 2013, and just weeks before Brave Rhino launch, Ryan Velting is tragically struck by car while on a walk with his wife and 2 year old son. The launch of Brave Rhino is suspended, and current projects come to a screeching halt as Ryan undergoes surgeries, and is in and out of hospital and rehab.

2014/2015
Doctor/surgeon restricted - ordered no work..

Unable to do return to client work, while going partially insane, Ryan works when he can to keep updated in all things graphic design and web design/development, with full intentions of returning to work, to rebuild his businesses.

2017 ..?
Ryan Velting rebuilds his business

Finally able to return to client work, Ryan jumps right in on several web development projects. Ryan prepares to relaunch Rugged Moose and works toward an official launch to second company Brave Rhino.

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