Our Story

The Starting Line

“Well, do a good day’s work and act like somebody.” -Andy Griffith

Welcome to Pilot Lights Design, we’re so glad you are here. We are Dan and Charlie Jean Hamilton, the husband and wife founders of Pilot Lights Design.

Having begun our relationship and career in digital design as traveling freelance designers, we now have over 7 years of experience in the industry. Today, we operate from our home-based studio in beautiful Pinnacle, North Carolina, at the feet of Pilot Mountain.

The Long Road Home

“That’s the main thing, ain’t it? That’s the goal that every individual is shootin’ for, ain’t it? It’s kinda the prize of the game – to be happy.” -Andy Griffith

On our journey to find a place we could together call home, we explored all the way from Arizona to Alaska and Louisiana to Vermont, taking on new website projects and logo redesign for the local businesses of the towns we visited along the way. We loved each and every place we visited but, no matter where we went, it just wasn’t home.

The Pilot Light

“I firmly believe that in every situation, no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than where we were.”
-Andy Griffith

In a lodge just outside of Richmond during a rainy weekend binge of the Andy Griffith show is where the lightbulb came on; Mayberry (Mount Airy) and Mt. Pilot (Pilot Mountain) would be our next stops.

Since settling in, we have expanded our team to include a few passionate designers, diligent coders and millennial marketers. Together, we put focus on helping small businesses and business start-ups to not only survive in today’s competitive world but, to also thrive and grow to their fullest potential.

Through offering a full range of online marketing solutions, including website design and development, graphic design, search engine optimization, content writing, and social media marketing we are able to meet the unique needs of our clients. 

We take pride in the dedication of our work. Helping your business to succeed is our mission and executing your vision is our goal. Keeping up with current trends and developing strategies to provide you with the most innovative presentation of your business online will always be our priority.

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