Desire inspires Collaboration to Connect

Just over one year ago, on the very first day that ​Connect BETA opened its doors, we (Stephen — formerly of Merdeka & Austin — formerly of Jumpsand) met. While putting together chairs for the BETA space, we talked about each of our individual design and development practices. It quickly became apparent that we had similar values and a desire to build something much bigger and more meaningful than our own present individual work was allowing.

Over the next few months, while at BETA, we started hashing out plans to formalize a partnership that eventually led to what is known today as OpenForm — a design and development studio based in Tucson, Arizona. In fact, we landed our first client together while still at BETA and far before we had established our combined business. Fast-forward from last August to today, our new studio is official and we’ve already grown from 2 to 5 partners.  As far as rewarding work, we couldn’t be happier. We are privileged to have worked with top tier local clientele such as the Tucson Gem & Mineral SocietyUdall FoundationWestern National Parks Association, and others.

We are so grateful for our transformative time at Connect. It was truly a place to meet and collaborate that has forever changed the direction we are moving in business. We are excited to have an opportunity to continue to work with great clients and establish OpenForm as a leader here in Tucson in the design and development community.

We recommend Connect highly. The team, the space and vision is already catalyzing community here in Tucson and impacting our economy. Penguins forever!

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