where design and technology connect

Gesso (pronounced JEH-so) is an art term for the white paint mixture used to prepare a canvas for painting. Likewise, we have prepared a clean starting point for your website projects with an integrated set of development tools to quickly build, launch, and maintain websites with best-in-class design pattern practices.

Why should you use Drupal?

Backed by one of the world’s most innovative open source communities, Drupal has great standard features, like easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. But what sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. We are experts in Drupal 8 and you can be assured we building and front-end coding in industry best-practices.

selected work

We have helped many great organizations build their websites in open source, cloud platforms.
Harvard University - Russia Matters
Drupal 8/Pantheon
MIT Admitted Students
MIT Drupal Cloud
MIT Practical Impact Alliance
MIT Drupal Cloud

design flexibility editors need and the experience visitors expect, all in an agile process.

We are design thinkers, paired with the technical expertise and agile project management practices you need to deliver great experiences to your clients.. We specialize in Drupal 8, AAA accessibility standards, web design and development, front-end theming, jQuery interactions, and design systems like Pattern Lab. We are also here for the long term, keeping websites secure with the latest security patches, and software updates .

Agency Partners

Already have a style guide, design file, and site plan? We love to partner with creative agencies to augment your team by solving the toughest problems in Drupal.

Drupal 8

We are top-tier Drupal 8 development group. With us, you are not working with a learning curve. You are working with a team that could write a book on Drupal 8 best-practices.


Our sites are made for all devices that will automatically adjust the their layout and content. Pretty much goes without saying how critical this is.

Clean Design

Minimalist websites give a professional, clean impression to visitors and load faster, take fewer server resources, and are often faster to develop.

Understanding content and goals lead to clarity. Enhancing brand characteristics for the Web requires creative intelligence and smart selectivity. As excellent collaborators, Gesso gets both and uses them.

H. Christian Conover – CMO, New England Hydropower Company

"Thanks for your great design! Drupal is a perfect new website format for this 1729 historic landmark."


"MacPhee Design Group is incredibly flexible and easy to work with and our site turned out to be beyond our wildest dreams. Having never had a website before, they helped us know what we wanted."

Rebecca Wish – President, emma Andews Library