The Vexing Media team offers services that not only allow for a fresh website design, but also complete branding services including print, digital media design, and graphic design. Our production team is skilled in video and live-streaming services to provide independent and purpose-built equipment for virtual, on-site, or mixed presentations creating a seamless product for your sharing purposes. The Social Media Management team is equipped with analytic tools for major platforms providing you with a custom audience reach analysis and recommendations for content when building your social media community.

Airam Gessner, Branding and Web UI/UX Designer

Airam Gessner

Airam is a founding member of Vexing Media and its Creative Director. He has been designing web and print media for over twenty years since receiving his Associates in Graphic Design and is skilled in traditional design while also bringing a sense of freshness in type, color, illustration, and creativity. He excels in turning clientele concepts into branding that conveys meaning and identity as well as visual appeal. He has a firm understanding of graphic design principles in art and computer graphics, web design, and concept development. When designing websites, he ensures that a site’s visual appeal unites seamlessly with its functional elements to deliver a unified user experience where the aesthetic supports and enhances the site’s functional goals.

Airam aims to provide education and insight within the onboarding process while inviting the client to engage throughout the creation process so the end result delivers the client’s branding message accurately. He is also proud to have a background in the printing process as this has developed his respect for printing companies and has established rewarding relationships with local businesses that he is able to pass along to the clients of Vexing Media.

Airam and his family regularly find themselves lost in the outdoors while camping, flyfishing, or adventuring in the local serene. Airam loves his wife of twenty-one years, Alisha, along with their three children, Isaiah (20), Sophia (15), and Quinton (11). They indulge together in the watching and re-watching of anything and everything Star Wars-related and they favor the VR goggles for at-home activities. The Gessner family also enjoys frequenting Airam’s close-to-home favorite BBQ joint, TT’s Old Iron Brewery in the Spokane Valley.

Airam enjoys hand lettering, strong coffee, sharing a beer, and has music snobbery in all things golden era hip-hop, however, this snobbery will not detour conversations away from talking all things De La Soul or Wu-Tang Clan. One day, Airam hopes to voice cartoons and also own a car wash on the side. Who knows.

Brandon Smith, Director of Digital Media

Brandon is a founding member and co-owner at Vexing Media. Along with an Eastern Washington University Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, he has had more than 15 years of experience handling the development, implementation, and maintenance of more than 30 websites and databases, including redesign efforts for current and past projects at Vexing Media. He specializes in designing customized, user-friendly, dynamic, and responsive web applications that meet current industry standards in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL, while ensuring that websites comply with federal Section 508 standards for accessibility. He is an experienced technical project manager and regularly serves as the primary client point of contact for Vexing Media projects as well as internal business development and project management.

Brandon’s passion to learn new technology inspired him to launch Vexing Media as a website development company and experiment with new website building techniques while offering each client a unique and calculated end result.

When he’s not building websites, Brandon volunteers with non-profit organizations that focus on film production in Spokane. He is also an organizer for the 50 Hour Slam and is a member of various local boards including, Giving Back Packs, Spokane International Film Festival, and the Spokane Referral Network

Brandon’s life at home includes tinkering with computers, electronics, or building things along with spending time with his wife of fifteen years, Lisa, and their two yellow Labradors, Willie and Jasper. You may find Brandon exploring the eclectic Downtown Spokane food scene, attending local live events, or on a hiking trail enjoying the scenery that Eastern Washington has to offer.

Tom Dineen, Production Coordinator

Tom is a founding member of Vexing Media with a majority of his background in the entertainment industry. While working both on the set of SyFy’s Z Nation, and in the production office of HBO’s True Detective, he discovered a great interest in designing interactive experiences for gallery and festival-goers with his first curated project, Z Nation at the MAC museum. 

Tom has worked on multiple interactive experience pieces including the interactive installation, “Confess” for Spokane’s Terrain in 2017, and the interactive projection mapping installation of, “What’s In The Box” for Spokane’s Terrain in 2019. Tom is also currently developing a 360-degree VR presentation for a short film named, “Tempus.”

Tom has made it his passion to work with clients at Vexing Media with various projects including but not limited to, webinar management and video post-production for Indian Health Service, webinar support including video post-production for the Small Business Administration, live stream production for TedX Spokane, and One Heart Native Film Festival. Tom has also collaborated with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on their Z Nation and Mt St. Helens Exhibits to provide AV equipment consultation and installation along with ongoing support for the interactive video display platform, DisplaPi.

Tom also dedicates his time to local film events to provide the best quality audio and video presentation to their viewers. Have a question about video editing? Just ask. Have a wonder about a video or audio codec? He’s your guy. Need help preparing your short, feature, or documentary project for the eyeballs of the masses in the best possible quality? Drop us a line.

In the past 3 and a half decades of video worshiping, Tom watched as the analog medium transformed to a digital world, where BETA tapes were overcome by VHS, which surrendered its throne to LaserDisc, which was subjugated by DVD and now, we have High Definition Blu-ray and 4K HDR online streaming to rule them all. What’s next? VR!

When Tom is not needed at the office or on set, you can find him spending quality time with friends and family over a drink at the Baby Bar in the heart of downtown Spokane, enjoying amazing brunch anywhere in the city, or indulging in a great film.

Mariah Desirae Manes, Social Media Manager

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Mariah finds that research and audience analysis is key when assessing the strengths of social media marketing. She has been accessing social media channels personally and professionally for over fifteen years and holds dedicated practice in content creation, proofreading, and freelance ghostwriting for various businesses. She is also a guest blogger for an online publication focusing on Diversity in the workplace and continues to seek opportunities to serve her community, near or far.

She excels in social media managing for various industries as she finds unique voice representation to be an exciting challenge. While producing ideal search engine optimization results through analytics, she continues to self-educate with modern resources to provide to each client at Vexing Media.

Mariah holds long-term experience with client-to-vendor relations in event-planning, HR, PR, managerial experience, and also wins latte art competitions in her spare time.

Mariah favored the Times New Roman font while gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from EWU and holds a Hootsuite Social Media Certification with a minor study focused in Psychology and PR where she was able to learn in-depth human propensities.

She loves road trips, hiking, baking, and any foodie or caffeine adventure. She is an obsessed aunty and devoted crocheter.

Find her on LinkedIn to connect and stay updated on new Vexing Media blog posts.

Thomas J. Brown, Senior Web Developer

Thomas is the Senior Web Developer at Vexing Media and has professional web development experience ranging across various channels since 1995 when he taught himself to build basic websites. He is proficient in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL as well as a number of other front and backend web technologies. While holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Electronic Media and Film, Thomas takes a user-centered, device-agnostic approach to building websites and is also an accomplished screenwriter, screen actor, and voice actor.

Thomas holds various achievements including two silver and one gold ADDY awards for projects on which he was the lead developer. He was also the creative lead for the real-time assembly viewing of, “A T. rex Named Sue,” presented at the Museum of Arts and Culture.

Thomas excels in bringing a client’s vision to life and possesses the ability to work in some of the most unique of circumstances while supplying creative and satisfactory results.

Thomas has a passion for cooking as an at-home chef and has recently begun fermenting all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Ask him about apple varieties and he can share detailed findings from his journal of fruits. He enjoys a quiet evening at home in Spokane playing video games, 3D modeling, and experimenting with new ideas in the kitchen.