DesignHammer’s three founding partners - David Minton, Robert Weeks, and Frank Yonnetti — met at NetworkArts, a successful web development agency in Durham, NC during the peak of the dot-com boom. Times were good, and everyone was happy. Then pets.com imploded in November of 2000, and everyone in the tech industry got very nervous.
As NetworkArts fell victim to the dot.com bubble burst, David, Robert, and Frank saw a vision for their future founding their own agency. Despite the uncertain economic climate, they had a plan and in 2001 launched DesignHammer, landing internationally renowned Durham Bulls Baseball Club as their first client. DesignHammer was bound for a great opportunity.
Over the next five years, DesignHammer picked up additional high profile clients, including RTI International, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology. Work was getting more than the three partners could handle, so it was time to get more space, and hire some staff.