Our Story: Design + Works

Our story begins with a technology company. For decades, 4CTechnologies successfully provided custom technology solutions for their satisfied clients. But eventually their clients wanted more—more mobile, more social, more marketing and design!

So in 2006, 4CTechnologies established 4CDesignWorks, an interactive marketing and design agency that offered the same level of customer service, satisfaction, and high-quality work their clients expected from the 4C name. Since then, 4CDesignWorks has been transforming businesses with their award-winning design, website, advertising, social & PR initiatives, all powered by their rich technology background.

Technology & Design: A Powerful Duo

Most agencies can only offer basic technology solutions as secondary offerings in their portfolio. Seems a little backwards, if you ask us. Digital initiatives are driving modern marketing and advertising, so why would you settle for an agency that incorporates technology as an afterthought?

Our strength at 4CDesignWorks is that we offer a complete synergy of technology and marketing solutions. We work desk-to-desk with our 4CTechnologies colleagues, and thrive on the collaboration of flawless design and seamless technology on every project. We can help your company elevate performance, increase visibility, and drive business through digital programs and traditional marketing solutions alike.

Team Recognition

Did we mention we’re also award winning?  Projects from 4CDesignWorks have received national awards that recognize our excellence in design, marketing, and advertising.  These organizations include The Hermes Creative Awards, The American Graphic Design Awards, The Marcom Awards and The Videographer Awards.

Expertise.com is an online listing platform with the goal to connect clients with local experts. They score various Pittsburgh Web Designers on more than 25 variables in categories of availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism in order to narrow the results to a select group of the best the city has to offer!

Web design is a service we provide to many local companies in the Pittsburgh area and we are proud to be selected in 2021.

Top Pittsburgh Web Designers

The dotCOMM Awards are an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication.  This competition is unique because it reflects the role of creatives in the dynamic web that is transforming how we market and communicate products and services.

The editors of Graphic Design USA share and recognize thousands of design’s best and brightest works in this national design competition every year. The American Graphic Design Awards is a five decade old flagship competition, and is open to everyone in the graphic arts community. It honors outstanding new work of all kinds in 23 categories from print and packaging to internet and interactive design.

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. The competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

MarCom Awards is a creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies.

The Davey Awards honors the best in Web, Design, Video, Advertising, Mobile & Social from small agencies worldwide. The Davey Awards may be for smaller companies, but the judges have big reputations. The Davey is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms.

AIVA members include executives from organizations such as Condé Nast, Disney, GE, Keller Crescent, Microsoft, Monster.com, MTV, Push., Publicis, Sesame Workshops, The Marketing Store, Worktank and Yahoo! and many more.

The Videographer Awards is an international awards program directed by communication professionals to honor talented individuals and companies in the video production field. The competition provides an equal chance of winning to all  entrants, regardless of size and budget. Since there are no lengthy essays to  accompany the entry, all work will be judged solely on its own quality, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Leadership Team:

Marketers, Designers, Developers… oh my!

The talented team at 4CDesignWorks is an electrifying blend of graphic designers, web developers, social media mavens, and marketing gurus all with computer savvy to boot.   We all have a passion for creativity, strong business ethics, and a deep understanding of the marketing process.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Did we mention we’re also award-winning?  Projects from 4CDesignWorks have received national awards that recognize our excellence in design, marketing, and advertising.  Plug in to our bio page to learn more about the team here at 4CDesignWorks and how we can transform your business.

John Riley


The mustachioed commander in chief of the 4CDesignWorks team.  John makes his own wine and rules to the alphabet (the fifth C is “integrity”).

Kathy Olek Donatelli

Director of Strategic Planning

No business problem is too steep when Kathy is in her fiercest heels (which is every day).  She will probably steal your pen.

Joshua Schmitt

Senior Graphic Designer

Josh spends his free time being superstitious during Pittsburgh Penguin hockey games, avoiding haircuts and making messy paintings.

Join Our Team

Work @ 4C

Looking for an exciting career where technology and design meet? 4C just might be the place for you. Visit our company -wide careers page for more information about our work environment as well as the open positions across all three of our divisions.

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