Kalamuna: A Brief History

11 years of web design. Lifetimes of purpose.

Kalamuna grew a lot in its first 10 years, and we’re excited to continue to improve the lives of others. Our timeline shows some key moments in our history that led us to where we are today.

The Beginning

Activists, entrepreneurs and do-gooders Mike Pirog, Alex Reynolds, Andrew Ward, and Andrew Mallis partner at Revolution Cafe in San Francisco to birth a web development agency called Kalamuna. The founders’ zeal for technology is equal to their passion for what it can do for people.

early kalamuna team
A Fresh Brand
kalamuna logo and brand graphic

Kalamuna comes into its own through its first cohesive brand identity. Members give much thought to the logo, devised to communicate inclusivity, holistic thinking, and broad-mindedness.

Tackling Enterprise Projects

Kalamuna launches its first enterprise site for Greenbiz.com, a media and events organization that accelerates the just transition to a clean economy.

Four people in lounge chairs on a stage speaking at a GreenBiz event
Empowering Developers

The agency releases Kalabox—a free, open-source tool that helps Drupal developers code, test, and go live with ease. And, with the help of over 200 Kickstarter backers, a Docker-based version 2 is eventually released. Kalabox now lives on as Lando.

Open Source Prototyping

We release the first public version of Kalastatic, an open source, component-based prototyping framework and static site generator. It will allow us to later collaborate better with internal teams at organizations like the American Foundation for the Blind and the Smithsonian.

wireframes graphic
Drupal 6 Funeral
marching band

In celebration of Drupal 6’s end of life, the team brings the global Drupal community together for a funeral parade at DrupalCon in New Orleans. Led by a second-line band, we weave through city streets to a venue where speeches ensue and blue cupcakes are consumed out of a coffin.

Early AI Work

Our first AI work is made public, demonstrating how robots can curate images, so website editors can build community instead of policing content.

Close crop of Michaelangelo's statue of David with the Kalamuna logo covering the groin area
Less Swag, More Charity
Kalamuna booth at DrupalCon Nashville

We use our DrupalCon Nashville exhibition booth to promote attendee-chosen nonprofits, donating to each org honored on our booth’s wall. After glimpsing participants’ passion to effect positive change, we shift our event budgets to focus on interactive charitable giving over swag. 

Accessible to Our Core

Kalamuna partners with the American Foundation for the Blind to relaunch their new site, further reinforcing long standing accessibility commitments in our design process.

AFB case study
Doing the Work
A crowd of protesters, including a woman wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt

In response to George Floyd's murder, Kalamuna donates 400 hours to support nonprofit orgs at the forefront of social justice. We create a job board for Black queer and trans tech workers, an online tool for civil rights advocates, a digital memorial for victims of police violence, and more.

Canadian Expansion

We open our Toronto office, expanding our Canadian employee roster and the impact they can have. The team now includes more multi-national representation, offering diverse perspectives on key issues like health, education, and the environment. 

Toronto city pinned on map of Canada
Team Summit
Kalamuna team

To cultivate camaraderie among our global team, we meet for our first-ever, all-agency summit on the island of Wasan, in Ontario, Canada. The summit reinforces our shared values, powering our projects going forward.

For the Youth

We evolve our charitable practice at DrupalCon Portland and collaborate with a nonprofit serving local youth experiencing homelessness. After learning that music figures heavily in youth coping, we ask conference attendees to share a song that got them through a hard time and record a message about it. We share these songs and messages with the youth on donated MP3 players.

Kalamuna booth at DrupalCon Portland