defy DESIGN was founded in 2016 as a small business focused on providing high-end design and development solutions to other small businesses. We hold the firm belief that quality graphics, imagery, web design and videography should be within the reach of Main Street businesses and small innovative companies, not just Wall Street and Silicon Valley firms.
Furthermore, we believe that with the right tools, small businesses can compete with and exceed beyond their big business competitors. To that end, we extend an abundance of expertise and experience gained throughout many years of marketing and design in diverse business settings, empowering you to achieve success.
defy DESIGN is headquartered in bustling downtown Colorado Springs, in the historic DeGraff Building on Tejon. Although our services are available to clients worldwide, we have a special place in our hearts for the economic development of Colorado Springs, the Front Range, and the state of Colorado. New and growing activities in multiple sectors – such as space, satellites, data, clean energy, hemp and CBD, and many more – has spurred the start-up of new business, and quick growth of existing small businesses.
It is with great pride that we serve these businesses and these regions, and acknowledge that our success goes hand-in-hand with the wins and triumph of these companies.
Joseph Marney is the founder and owner of defy DESIGN. Throughout his 18 year professional career, he has held a number of leadership positions across a variety of private businesses, including directorships in graphic design, web development and marketing. His work has been published in the New York Times, USA Today, top-tier magazines and on television.
As a small business owner and having spent his career in small business, Joseph is passionate in supporting start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs, and in helping companies punch above their weight-class. Joseph is a hands-on leader, and lends his broad experience in business strategy, mentorship, branding, and marketing.
Joseph is a native of Wichita, Kansas, a husband of 17 years and father of five children. He is a long-time leader with the Boy Scouts of America, and volunteer designer for the National Park Service. When not working, he enjoys climbing Colorado 14ers, hiking, and nature photography.