President and Founder
Susan Snipes is founder and president of Q Digital Studio. As a community-minded web entrepreneur, developer, and ExpressionEngine expert, Susan has spent her career building an innovative and creative web company. With Susan’s leadership, Q Digital Studio has created a strong, inclusive culture and thrives with long-term client relationships.
As the fearless leader of Q Digital Studio, Susan heads a team of web designers, developers and marketers who are committed to providing client partners with a thoughtful and collaborative approach through the design, build and growth process. In the fast-moving, overly complex technology space, Q's core values bring much needed simplicity, thoughtfulness, flexibility and knowledge-sharing to both employees and client partners. Employees work as a close-knit group and succeed as a team. Clients get the comfort of knowing their site will be a high performing and efficient site that works, so they can get back to doing what they do best.
Early in her career, Susan was an Adjunct Faculty member at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) and member of AIGA Colorado’s Executive Board. She is currently on the Industry Advisory Council for TEC-P. Susan built and led the first ExpressionEngine camp in Denver, and continues to actively further the growth of ExpressionEngine through knowledge sharing and community building. Her addiction to puzzles and solving problems lends itself well to the daily obsession of search improvements and web performance.
Susan holds a B.A. in Art History and Architecture from Case Western Reserve University, but found her true calling in web design and development. She lives in Denver with her husband, two daughters, and brown dog, where she looks for balance with yoga and a good walk around the block. For Susan, a clear mind is key to better productivity, and flexibility in both work and home life are not just a desire, but a baked-in component of her business.
Follow Susan on Twitter @SusanSnipes.
Our guiding principles
Keep it simple
Because simple works.
Simple is the core purpose. Simple finds the essence. Simple is easy to understand and easy to use. Complicated systems are forgotten or cast aside. A simple solution will be embraced – and lived! We strive for simplicity every day. In our daily work, we ask ”How can we make this simpler?” or “What will be simplest for someone to use?”
Change leads to growth.
Flexibility supports creativity and innovation. We stay open to improving our processes or adapting our approach to match our accumulated knowledge. We are not constrained by thinking “that’s just the way we do things”. In our work this lets us support our client partners’ growth. Internally, we ask “what are our options?” We ask client partners “are you open to doing this another way?”
Conscious communication is real communication.
Communication is received best when it’s thoughtful. We communicate with respect and consideration, from a place of calm. Thoughtful communication lets us work in harmony. We practice communicating clearly and thoughtfully in email, on the phone and in person.
Share Your Knowledge
Shared knowledge multiplies.
Knowledge is not a tightly guarded secret here. We share our thought processes with our internal team every day. We explain our solutions with our client partners in every interaction. We support our community by publishing tutorials, contributing to forums and mentoring budding designers and developers. We grow our wisdom when we share what we know.
Be A Team
Great work is achieved together.
Great work isn’t done in a silo. Great work is accomplished with a team supporting each others’ hard skills and soft skills. Being a team means finding a better solution together. Our client partners are part of our team too. We provide the best outcomes when we work together.
Q Digital Studio is a 100% woman-owned business, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The studio registered as a Colorado Limited Liability Company in 2005 and has since operated continuously in the state of Colorado.
Why the name Q?
Does the Q stand for quality? We certainly bake that into our websites. Is the Q short for quirky? While we do have a few quirks (don’t we all?), it’s not where our name originated.
Q Digital Studio’s founder Susan Snipes started freelance web design and graphic design projects in college. At the time she had a few nicknames, including “Susie Q”, “Miss Q”, and just “Q”. As she accumulated freelance projects, she worked under the name “Simply Q”. Time passed, that name wasn't enough and Q Digital Studio was born.
We call ourselves “Q”. If you're looking for a short name, feel free to call us “Q” too.
“Working with the Q Digital Studio team has been an awesome experience. I wholeheartedly recommend them!”- Nora Swan-Foster, client since 2002