At Run Ruffian, we’re pretty darn proud of who we are and what we do. A boutique web design agency, we’re dedicated to capturing your essence and delivering it straight to your audience.

Using an organic, malleable approach to our craft, we occupy the intersection of art and application. We trace the roots of our approach to our home in Athens, GA. Progressive, hip and utterly laid-back, Athens is known for its artistic sensibility. Living amongst such creativity and vibrancy inspires us to reach for the stars.

Blending a tireless passion for website development with an intuitive sense of function makes us your go-to web designer. Our goal is simple: to create excellent websites that make you shine and our hearts burst with pride.

Small enough to take a personal interest in every site we do, yet agile enough to take on projects of all sizes, Run Ruffian has been designing websites since 2007 and we still LOVE every minute of it. This is when your website becomes a real gamechanger.  Let Run Ruffian take the reins and put your business in the lead.

A brief overview of our Process

Customer satisfaction is our top priority

Our Working Process. Simple, yet effective.

1. Learn

We listen to your goals and learn about your audience. Experience your voice and see your inspiration.

Your site emerges and we select the theme with the feel best suited for your project.

2. Design/Build

We think through every design element to support the big picture so that your website is intuitive and easy to use.

Our focus is on how to best engage your audience as well as appeal to the search engine gods. From the words on the page to the presentation and structure of your content, it’s incorporated in our process.

3. Launch

After testing and optimizing, the site goes live. Our hard work pays off. It’s your big debut!

Technical expertise and creativity unite in a beautiful website. With Run Ruffian at the gate,  you can be confident that you’re ready to appear on Google’s front page.

4. Maintenance

After the launch, let us manage your online presence with a maintenance plan.

From blogging to social media, we continue to offer bespoke service to meet your needs. We offer monthly plans with differing price points depending on the level of service in which you’re willing and able to invest.

Who the heck is Ruffian?

The Story of Ruffian.

She was unbeatable. Nothing could get close enough to even nibble on her saddle cloth. Her eleventh and final race, run at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975, was a match race between Ruffian and that year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure.

Shortly into the race, Ruffian was in front by half a length when both sesamoid bones in her right foreleg snapped. Her jockey tried to pull her up, but she ran on for another 50 yards, apparently unwilling to give up the race.

Ruffian underwent an emergency operation lasting 12 hours. Tragically, when the anesthesia wore off after the surgery, she thrashed about wildly on the floor of a padded recovery stall as if still running in the race. Despite the efforts of numerous attendants, she broke the cast as well as another leg. The medical team, knowing that she would probably not survive more extensive surgery for the repair of two legs, euthanized her shortly afterwards.

She was known for her incredible love of running and unwillingness to lose. Ruffian was in the lead in every race she ever ran.

Sports Illustrated included her as the only non-human on their list of the top 100 female athletes of the century, ranking her 53rd.

I watched that fateful race on television when I was a horse-possessed preteen. I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget yelling “Run, Ruffian!” with fists clenched. When she went down, even while I awaited the news of her condition, I continued to whisper “Run, Ruffian!” under my breath, as if she might hear me and keep going.

Maybe she did, because she still runs in my heart today.