Our Story


Some of the world’s largest corporations started in a garage, dorm room, or attic (Amazon, Facebook, Nike, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Maglite, Yankee Candle, Dell, Microsoft… to name a few).  Our humble beginnings came about in, well—you guessed it—a studio.  But not your typical studio; rather, a studio apartment.

In the year 1999, the “Y2K bug” was threatening potential serious database issues worldwide given the new turn of the century.  Principal of Studio Francis, Lee Barber, was age 12 at the time. It was an interesting time in history to be an adolescent of the digital age.

Specific to the Y2K threat was the Internet as some websites were slated to simply crash beyond repair.  Curious to learn more, Lee dived into deciphering HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the standard computer programming language for creating websites.  After teaching himself a few code tags, he quickly created his first webpage.

Lee would later go on to learn more advanced programming skills using Javascript, Python, CSS, PHP, and as of late, the illustrious framework of Content Management Systems.

Studio Francis has since been created as we know it today.