Who We Are
We are Oak Studios. We create websites and applications, publish weblogs, and help our clients build brands online.
Since 2008, we have worked with companies like NASDAQ, Apple, Rackspace, 37signals, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and UNICEF to develop interfaces, platforms, and solve problems.
Our strong background in graphic design and interaction design allows us to bridge the gap between functional products and beautiful, memorable ones. When mobile, scalable, responsive design blends with well-balanced typography and good hierarchy, we’re happy.
How We Work
We know content management systems. In fact, we built one. Siteleaf is an Oak-grown CMS that is lightweight, flexible, and easy to use.
Oak is headquartered at Studiomates, a collaborative workspace of designers, illustrators, bloggers, writers, and developers located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
We love challenges, give us your best shot.
Skylar Challand comes from a background in design, spending the past decade working in web and application development. Before founding Oak, Skylar led development on an award-winning learning management system which has helped thousands of companies like Adobe, Getty Images, Virgin Mobile, and New York University train their employees. Skylar also writes about design at idsgn.org.
Mike Fortress comes from a mixed background in design, illustration, and technology. He arrived at Oak from Chicago, where he was an art director and designer at the award-winning agency Energy BBDO and its digital partner Proximity Chicago. There he worked on brands such as the Chicago White Sox, Wrigley, and Bayer. Mike is also a type designer and a skateboard enthusiast.
Larry Fox is a developer by day and asleep by night. He enjoys riding bikes, skateboarding indoors, gray sweaters, and sparkling wine. A Coloradan at heart he has an affinity for the outdoors, and being active. Previously worked at Outlier doing all things digital. He dreams of being an astronaut one day.
Sawyer Hollenshead is a front-end developer, designer, and hustler. As a Pennsylvania dairy farm kid growing up, he’s got a penchant for exploring the outdoors and an appreciation for the calmness of the solitude. Sawyer is a strong believer in side-projects being the best learning tools, his latest was Organized Wonder. Previously worked at Wander, Mozilla, and Dumbwaiter.
Jonnie Hallman is tough—he sits in an ergonomic kneeling chair and uses a Wacom pen. He prefers handshakes over hugs, looks for jokes in every situation, and consistently ruins tear-jerkers. Jonnie worked at Adobe for several years, first as a mobile developer, then as a prototype designer. Now, he builds apps, fulfilling any role necessary to ship a good product.
I like food, food tastes good.