What we do

It’s not about the code. Don’t get us wrong, we love the code, but that’s not what our business is about. What we love even more than code is getting to know you, your mission, your business, your dreams. We get excited when we find ways for code to serve you.

We specialize in technology consulting for libraries, non-profits, and creative endeavors. Our experience is primarily with WordPress development and site maintenance, software development, and applications for iOS and macOS. But we love a challenge, so feel free to press us beyond these boundaries.

Reviewing our full list of clients will reveal that they are of all sizes and our work has ranged from the web to the iPhone to graphic design of printed material and signage. Here is a small sample of what we do.

We developed and maintain the website for the Religious Education Association. Each year a new conference site is added to their WordPress network of sites. We also integrate services from Wild Apricot for membership management and Sched for conference scheduling with the website.

We built an award-winning site for Edible Cleveland, a magazine about the local food community. Each issue we review the quality of vendor-provided markup and polish each article and recipe. The site includes micro-data to make importing recipes to apps a snap.

The Christina Gallery needed a mobile-friendly website to help customers discover the unique works found in this gallery on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. This site includes a number of custom post types and exposes artists and works though schema.org linked data as well as generous web pages.

Who we are

We are Eric and Alex Celeste, a father and son team who enjoy working together in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Code, for us, is art as much as science. Since graduating from Saint John’s University with a degree in Peace Studies in 2014, Alex has been spending his professional time building websites with Tenseg. Eric was in charge of technology for both the MIT and University of Minnesota Libraries before striking out on his own as a technology consultant and then as Alex’s partner. We have been building websites together since 2009.

We chose the name Tenseg for our partnership as a reference to tensegrity, a word coined by R. Buckminster Fuller. In his architecture, tensegrity represented the integrity a structure gains from the tension among its parts. That tension, Bucky noted, could make structures stronger, more resilient. Our partnership is like that, with the tensions we experience strengthening us. You should know that we also approach our clients willing to ask the hard questions, willing to encounter and build on the tensions we discover. We respond best to an open and honest relationship, and that is what we endeavor to build with you.

How to reach us

We can’t wait to get to know you and work with you. Please let us know what kind of project you have in mind. An initial consultation with us costs $100, and we generally charge fees per project rather than per hour, so you always know what working with Tenseg will cost before we get started.

You can reach us at contact@tenseg.net, leave a message at 651-323-2009, or use this form to tell us what you would like to work on together.

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