My name is Tom Nguyen aka Mr. Technique. I got my start in web design in 2001. I was working for my buddy's website design company in Atlanta, GA near Spaghetti Junction as a sales rep. I wasn't that great of a sales person, but my buddy kept me on anyway because of my work ethic.
I stayed on with my buddy's company for about another year. While I was there, I wanted to know more about what website design was about, so I started asking the company's website designer some questions. He gave me a few tips, but I wanted to learn more, so my buddy let me take home a copy of Macromedia (now Adobe) Dreamweaver.
I was pumped and wanted to start my own website, but I did not know what to name it. One day out of the blue, the name Mr. Technique came to mind. What's surprising is that the name had nothing to do with website design.
I came up with it through one of my favorite hobbies at the time, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This martial art has everything to do with technique and little to do with strength. Fellow students of the art would joke around calling me technical while I was not.
The birth of my freelance website design career
In the spring of 2002, I searched GoDaddy to see if mrtechnique.com was available and it was! I felt like I struck gold and purchased the name immediately. Without boring you to death with specifics, I set up Mr. Technique as a personal website. I wanted to have some photos and graphics on my website, so I bought Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop 2. I mowed through it in two days, and I was anxious to put my new found graphic design skills to work on my website.
Within a couple of months of setting up my website, I picked up my first two clients. I did this while I was living in The Big Apple, New York City. I wasn't working for my buddy's web development company in Atlanta anymore, I was freelancing. I didn't know that much about designing websites back then, but I guess I knew enough to get paid a little for it.
I started imagining myself doing this on a full time basis, but I wasn't quite there yet. I didn't have the knowledge or more importantly, enough clients...yet. I started reading books and doing online tutorials to gather more knowledge about web design while I worked a few other jobs to support myself.
Every chance I got, I would immerse myself in a website design book to further my knowledge. My design skills got better, and I even learned a little bit of Flash and server-side programming languages like PHP and Perl to boot. My number of clients started to increase through word of mouth. All of sudden, I found myself with enough work to keep me busy every day.
In 2007, Mr. Technique, Inc. was born.
From Unknown Web Designer to the Top of Google in Atlanta
At the end of 2011, I started learning SEO by reading industry websites and applying principles to this website. In 2011, if you had typed in the term "atlanta web design" in Google, Mr. Technique would not have been found in the first 10 pages. As I continued to learn SEO, Mr. Technique's rankings improved reaching a peak in 2015 teetering between the first and second result on Google for the keyword "atlanta web design" (read the recap of my SEO journey).
At the top of Google, I had more leads coming in than I could handle. I had to reject most inquiries that came in because I didn't want the quality of our work to suffer with our existing clients (see mission statement). The workload had become too much for one man to handle, so I slowly put together a small team (an assistant, a web developer, and a graphic designer).
Relocated to St. Petersburg, FL
As much as I enjoyed steady leads coming in because Mr. Technique was at the top of Google for Atlanta web design and SEO related keywords, Atlanta wasn't a place where I wanted to spend the rest of my life. At the end of October 2020, my wife and I moved down to St. Petersburg, FL. I already have an office set up, so if you're located in the area, and you would like to meet up to discuss website work, feel free to contact me.