Founded in 2013, the owners of Gray Skunk Inc. set out to blur lines between design disciplines. Blake and Judson share a mutual appreciation for the creative process and are inspired by designers outside the boundaries of their formal studies. Whether they are involved in product enhancement, furniture design or architecture, they live for the chance to challenge themselves as designers. Their amazing staff keeps the operation humming day in and day out.
Gray Skunk Inc. is located in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Owner + Designer
I've always enjoyed the process involved with the act of 'making stuff'. I turned that devotion into a master's degree in Architecture which further developed the design related skill sets I've acquired over the past 15 years. It's quite empowering to be able to materialize ideas and concepts. I love what I do and I've been blessed to be able to devote (considerable) time and energy to Gray Skunk. This truly is my passion and I hope you can see it and feel it in all that we touch.
I also spend quality time with my amazing family - a wonderful wife, a daughter, a son and a couple of dogs. I couldn't have made this dream and vision come true without their support and love - for that I am truly thankful. My partner in crime here at Gray Skunk is alright too.
Owner + Designer
In Kindergarten, I was asked what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I often called my father during his lunch break and his description of an Architect sounded like the perfect career choice.
In graduate school, I had the opportunity to help design and build a home for a family on the Navajo Reservation through a program called Design Build Bluff. It changed my life and I realized my true passion lies in the process of design. So after some experience in the field, I nixed the Architecture idea, ventured out on my own and started Gray Skunk Inc. with my good friend and business partner.
Graphic Designer + Fabricator
I’m just trying to prove that a degree in art isn’t always a complete waste of money.
Graphic design has been a passion of mine for over 10 years. From logo design to branding to photo retouching, I love it all. My high school never offered any sort of design class so I was forced to teach myself, which only got me so far. Luckily, I was able to pursue my passion for design by studying Studio Art at the University of New Mexico after high school and develop my personal style of both graphic design and photography. Five years, 3 graphic positions, and one B.F.A. later, I’m here working my dream job with Gray Skunk Inc.
Lead Fabricator + Computer Guru
Growing up I was always fascinated by how things worked and would take apart pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I still particularly enjoy tinkering with electronic components and computers. More recently I have developed an interest in computer programming.
Currently I am pursuing a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Utah while working part time here at Gray Skunk. Following graduation I plan to enter a Doctoral program in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Embedded System Design.
Fabricator + Lifesaver
Bio coming soon!
Doorbell + Parking Enforcement
I generally come in at least 15 minutes late. I use the side door, that way my boss can’t see me. Then I sort of just space out for about an hour. I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch too. I’d say in a given week I do about 15 minutes of real, actual work.
And here’s something else: I have 5 different bosses. So that means when I make a mistake, I have 5 different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation — is not to be hassled. That and the fear of losing my job, but you know, that will only make some work just hard enough not to get fired…