Hi, I’m Adam (more about me in a minute). I know “Bright Coconut” isn’t a typical name for a web design company, but I’m not a typical web designer, either. Let me answer your big question first, though:
What’s with “Bright Coconut”?
I’ve always felt that building websites is less about the one’s and zero’s of the digital end result, and more about the people I’m partnering with. As someone inspired by people with dynamic visions and big dreams, I wanted to work with people who had a purpose, a message. A raison d’être.
I didn’t want to just name my company something generic or meaningless like “ABC Web Design” or “Flibberidoo Design” – I wanted the name to evoke a certain feeling, much like the purpose-fueled missions of my clients.
In much the same way as “Starbucks” is a name that “evokes the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders,” I wanted my company to evoke two specific feelings:
- Intelligent, smart, and lively – which describes my favorite types of clients, and
- Relaxed, calm, and easy-going – which describes the ideal state of my brain on a good day, and the way I prefer to work.
Add to this my love of the tropics and a mild (not really) obsession with coconut — in addition to being an amazingly heathy food that tastes delicious, it also invokes wonderful memories of a childhood trip to Hawai’i — the tropical vibe jumped into my brain and Bright Coconut was born.
I’m Adam Kayce, and I’m the man inside Bright Coconut. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, I left the beaches to wander the country for a good fifteen years, trying to find my spot. I now live in Austin, Texas, with my two daughters—who are growing up way too fast—and have no plans to move anytime soon. (Yes, I know Austin doesn’t have beaches. Don’t remind me.)
I’m a huge believer in the power of story – it’s what I got my degree in, after all (literature and writing, to be specific). As the son of two artists, I suppose going into design at some point was inevitable… and in addition to my design work, I’m also working on my first series of novels.
My favorite tools are my Mac and single-origin organic coffee from Third Coast Coffee right here in Austin, which I make bulletproof.
I’m a fan of minimalism, both in design and in my approach to life. I like to cook, eat (mostly) paleo, read fiction (fantasy novels are my “mental escape pod”), and gave up wondering where my hair went a long time ago.