We develop

But not just web apps—amazing web apps that look, feel, and act like desktop apps.

We’ve built web software to manage fleets of equipment, analyze mounds of data, facilitate intra-office communication, manage events and bookings, provide online ticket ordering, and more.

If you can dream it, we can build it.

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We develop sophisticated apps

  • Our apps deal with massive amounts of data
  • Easy imports and exports, including MS Excel documents, DB connections, flat files, web services, and more
  • View interactive and animated data visualizations
  • Integrate with current or legacy back-end systems
  • Send and receive automated daily alerts and notifications
  • Make use of third-party web services and APIs
  • Have your data pushed directly into most popular website content management systems
  • Operate securely over encrypted connections
  • Maintain high availability, and quick data recovery
  • View on touch-screen mobile devices

We develop sophisticated apps that people love to use

...and just who’s using our web apps?
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You’ll love us too

One Hat provides custom application development, managed hosting, and SEO.

Once your app is complete, we also have the capability of marketing it to your target audience.

Does your business need a custom web app to support mission-critical infrastructure? If so, One Hat is your development partner!

Certifications & Partnerships

We are a certified SalesForce development firm. We are a certified Authorize.net partner. We have multiple Google-certified SEO specialists on-staff with certifications in Google AdWords and Google Analytics.

In short, we are well equipped to meet your development and marketing needs.

We design

But not just websites—amazing websites, with features and functionality that are out of reach for most other web design companies.

  • Our sites are beautiful, since we take aesthetics very seriously.
  • Our sites are responsive, so they work on any device.
  • Our sites use content management systems, so you can edit them yourself.
  • Our sites use retina images, so they look great on the latest high-resolution devices.
  • Our sites integrate with business systems, whether modern, legacy, or custom.

We design amazing websites

  • Our sites can integrate with complicated back-end systems like SalesForce, SAP, NDS, and others.
  • We can integrate with social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Constant Contact, and more.
  • We do SEO. We have multiple certified Google SEO Specialists on-staff to help with SEO strategies.
  • We provide sophisticated hosting, monitoring, and backup solutions, so your website will be reliable.
  • We are a certified Authorize.net partner, so your website can accept online payments and have those funds deposited directly into your bank account.
  • All our sites are custom-built to match the brand of your company. And if your company doesn’t yet have a brand, we can help with that too!
  • We make NO cookie-cutter sites!
  • Our sites can include completely custom-written front-end functionality or whole custom back-end systems to support them. This enables our websites to have any feature you can dream up.
  • We’re crazy about user-interface design, so our sites tend to be clean, easy to navigate, easy to use, and make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
  • Our sites can include fancy animations, 3D graphics, sound, custom video, complicated forms, and more!

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We deliver

One Hat offers managed hosting for apps and client websites through a product called OneHost™.

OneHost™ offers some of the finest web hosting at affordable and fair prices.

  • Automated backups
  • Automated replication
  • Security updates
  • Load balancing
  • Customized solutions for your needs
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Customized Hosting for Your Needs

We can build a custom solution for your specific business needs, including server configuration, storage requirements, network capacity, and so on. We can set up a solution that scales appropriately, has necessary redundancy, and maintains high availability.

One Hat can create a turnkey hosting package for your company or organization. Give us a call today!

About Us

One Hat Staff

One Hat has the best design and development team anywhere around, and our team is growing fast.
If you’re a developer and think your skills would fit with our team, contact us today!

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Scott Spuler

Owner, Designer, Developer

Scott founded One Hat Design Studio, LLC in 2002 as a small graphic design house. The business quickly grew to encompass many other skillsets, including website design and development, video production, audio production, and even theatrical stage lighting. Scott is equal parts artist and engineer, serving the company as a graphic designer, musician, and both front & back-end developer. Scott lives with his beautiful wife and six lovely children. In his spare time, Scott enjoys composing music, teaching at church, and reading theology books.

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Tristan McGowan

Project Manager / Lead Developer

Tristan has been exposed to just about every facet of the IT Industry possibe, starting in high school when he served as the Olympia School District’s main system and network administrator when he was only 16. He is versed in almost every angle of the web space ecosystem from Hosting & Server Infrastucure, to LAMP Stack Adminstration, as well as Website & Application Development. He has held such positions as Network Engineering Administrator, VoIP Engineering & Administrator, Database Architect & Administrator, Web Systems Engineer, and Full Stack Developer. In his free time, he spends as much time with his family as possible, and enjoys sports, movies, video games, and educational family activities.

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Weston Walker

Lead Developer

Weston graduated from ISU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Web Development. At ISU, he worked in the networking department, helping setup and secure the network across ISU’s campus. Since then, he has worked with several companies, gaining experience in database administration, web and application development, windows software development, and various other IT skills. In his free time, Weston enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, and anything else that gives him the opportunity to be outdoors.

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Jack Babb

Intern Developer

Jack is our Summer intern from Bradley University. Although young, Jack has years of experience programming both front & back-end code. Jack is adept at solving problems and has already proven himself extremely helpful!

Our Purpose & Mission

One Hat Design Studio, LLC exists to glorify the triune God, as revealed in the Bible.
By God’s grace, One Hat Design Studio, LLC seeks to glorify God by creating beautiful artwork that is good and true.

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One Hat Blog

7 Things You Shouldn’t Assume Your Web Designer Knows

December 9, 2016 By Tristan McGowan

Business owners are sometimes surprised to find we have lots and lots of questions to ask them before we can get started on creative work.

We certainly want to make things as convenient as possible, but even though we might be experts on web design and Internet marketing, we aren’t experts in their companies.

To give you a sense of why the discovery process matters so much, here are seven things you should never assume your web designer already knows.

#1 What Your Business is All About

If there is anything about your business that wouldn’t be obvious to an outsider, take the time to explain it. Walk your creative team through what it is you do for customers and how you provide value. You might be surprised at how often there are misunderstandings about the basic structure of a company.

#2 Why Customers Buy From You

Your business has unique advantages. It’s important for your web design team to know them so that they can put your best strengths forward. When new customers arrive on your pages, you want them to see all the reasons they should work with you presented front and center.

#3 What You Like (or Hate) About Your Current Website

You may think it’s obvious what the strengths and weaknesses of your current website are, but it’s best to spell things out. That’s because personal taste, the uniqueness of each business, and customer preferences all come into play. You’re the expert in each of those topics.

#4 Which Competitors You Worry About

Your fiercest competitor could be down the street, or half a world away. Let your creative team know who it is you want to stay ahead of, why they are a threat to your business, and what you admire (or despise) about the way they work.

#5 How Your Business Model Works

How do you go about putting money in the cash register? How will your new website fit into that plan? If your web design team doesn’t understand this entirely, then they can’t build an online presence that will help you reach your business goals.

#6 If Your Company is Undergoing Big Changes

If your current website is out of date, explain the reasons why. Be sure to highlight new departments, products, team members, or locations, this is a chance to start fresh.

#7 Where You Want to Take Your Business in the Future

In the same way, if you see your business model or customer base changing substantially, it’s a good idea to mention that to your creative team. That way, they can change your website to reflect those differences and leave room for you to grow.

A good creative team can do a lot for you, but only if they are starting with the right information. So, take the time to walk them through the key points of your business and explain any challenges or concepts that are critical to getting your website right. So you get a great looking design that will help your company move forward.

We requested One Hat to build us a used equipment website with functions that allowed us to better market and manage our inventory. Not only was the (behind the scenes) programing effective, but as importantly it was well accepted and found to be very user friendly. Years later we continue to use this website with confidence and satisfaction.
Thank you Matt! Just wanted to mention that your staff has been great to work with on this project. I know the bullseye has moved around a bit but Tristan has continued to push through and still take the time to explain the differences between our current dinosaur and our new ferrari.
For over fifteen years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with One Hat for our graphic design and web design needs. They have always done an outstanding job on every assignment and have provided great customer support as well. We hope to be working with Scott and his team for many years to come and highly recommend his company for anyone wanting solid, dependable results.
ICU Mobile is thankful to Scott Spuler and his team for their ability to meet our web needs both in technical approaches and in design concepts, providing us with new user friendly websites which incorporate and make more contemporary, our look and function, reflecting better, the image and information of our ministry. Scott and his team are gifted in their areas of expertise and are professional, diligent and honest in their work with us, and have continued to provide educational and practical support. We are pleased to recommend them to others, confident that they will provide excellent, responsible service.
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Peoria, IL 61614
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