Offshoots by UpAhead No. 1 - BowTies

A few of the different designs and patterns we are starting with.

A few of the different designs and patterns we are starting with.

We’re doing more than websites! Our Offshoots section on our website will be where the team at UpAhead gives a home to our creative adventures outside of designing websites. We named the projects Offshoots because these ideas branch off from our central purpose of designing a better future for Louisiana.

Offshoots No. 1 is our laser printed wooden BowTies. Both Dylan and I are fans of wearing bow ties and so we decided a while back to see if we could make wooden bow ties with unique patterns using Dylan’s laser cutter and my 3D printer. After many prototypes and revisions, we ended up simplifying the design and scrapping the use of plastic in our bow ties. Using a variety of wood types and sourcing fabric from local thrift stores for the neck straps our BowTies are always part of a limited run and each is unique from the other.

BowTies are for sale in Main Street Exchange at 122 S. Trenton Street Ruston, LA and online in our brand new Etsy Store, OffshootsbyUpAhead.


Client Highlight: Elisha Ministries

The home page before we started.

Our first client of 2019 was Elisha Ministries, Inc in Ruston, LA. Elisha Ministries is a nonprofit providing permanent supportive housing options for individuals in need of home placement in rural northeast, LA.. Their support is relational and spiritually fueled to see the renewal of each person they come into contact with.

They came to us with an existing website full of great information about themselves and what they do. Their site was also filled with plenty of pictures and a ton of color. It gave us at UpAhead a good starting point.

When beginning on the website, we took all the graphics and information they were already using and packaged it into a new, fresh design. We worked with Elisha Ministries to decide a baseline color set for backgrounds, fonts, and graphics. We may be biased but the site turned out great- clean, reassuring, and informative.

Elisha Ministries’ home page on their new site!

Elisha Ministries does an incredible service for Northeast Louisiana and we are fortunate that they choose to serve those who are in need of support. Please visit their site to learn more about them and see how you can support the good work.

So, What's This About?


At UpAhead, we’re very much about contributing to the communities in which we live. Both Dylan and I decided, separately, to remain in Ruston after graduating from Louisiana Tech University. We stayed in Ruston because we recognized that this was a community that was fighting to become an example of what the future of Louisiana can look like. By creating attractive and effective websites for businesses and nonprofits alike, UpAhead adds to this fight through increasing the ability for our clients to engage with the community. They can better serve their populations whether that’s selling a product that improves quality of life or providing assistance for basic life needs to the underserved.

But we want to do more than simply design websites for our clients. We want to champion them! We want to celebrate the successes and teach from the lessons we encounter as UpAhead grows. And the vehicle we’ve decided to do this through is our blog, aptly named “Up To Something.”

With each post, we’ll let y’all know what we’re up to. Whether it’s running through a recent website we designed, a spotlight feature on one of our designers or clients, a behind the scenes of our work, or something else entirely that we just really want to share. Up To Something will be another way that we build up the communities that UpAhead is and will become a part of.

Join us on this grand adventure as we embark into the future of Louisiana. Who know’s what waits for us UpAhead?