5.12 Design Lab (pronounced “five twelve”) is owned and operated by me, Derek Rippe, out of Tacoma, WA.
I graduated from James Madison University in 2006 with a degree in Media Arts and Design. After a short stint with an audio/video team on a cruise ship, I began what would become a decade-long career with a small marketing and advertising firm in Leesburg, VA.
In 2011, I relocated to the Pacific Northwest, while continuing to work as a remote employee for the firm in Leesburg. Since 2012, I have become intimately familiar with building websites on WordPress utilizing the Genesis Framework.
In January 2018, a number of factors drove the creation of 5.12 Design Lab. While my specialty lies in providing custom, yet affordable, website design and development services for small and micro businesses, my past experiences have also enabled me to become proficient in a variety of print and graphic design services.
If you aren’t happy with your website, or aren’t sure your website is providing customers with the information they really need, drop me a line. We can start the discussion about your online presence and decide if there might be some room for improvement.