Who We Are

540 Design Studio, LLC  is a innovative web design and application development studio based in Stamford, CT  & Kennebunkport, ME. We work with a diverse group of clients throughout the northeast and serve an international client base as well. We are a small group of creative thinkers that work collaboratively on projects, supporting each others talents. We specialize in user experience, website development, web and mobile applications, eCommerce, search engine marketing and social engagement.

We view our clients as our partners… not customers. Communication and collaboration on every step of the development process is important to us. Our commitment to your project does not end upon the launch. We are always available for quick fixes and offer dedicated monthly support solutions and continual SEO & SEM plans.

We enjoy getting to know our clients on a personal level and building lasting relationships. We take pride in the fact that over 90% of our business is referral based.

Matt Stellwagen 540 Design Studio


Founder & Lead Developer


Matt created his first website in 2000, while receiving a Masters Degree in Computer Science. A freelance business soon followed and Matt engrossed himself in code and understanding UX design, typography and anything web. His clean, minimal style to design lead to many referrals and in 2007 540 Design Studio was incorporated. Matt loves to learn and continues his training in web, mobile development and SEO to stay current on coding best practices so we can constantly offer clients the highest quality solutions. Matt received a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Syracuse University and a Masters in Computer Science from Pace University. He has previous experience working in IT roles for large financial institutions. Matt is 3x Ironman Triathlon finisher and gains inspiration from his constant activities outdoors.


Head of 540 Social & Digital Marketing


Stephanie is the Head of 540 Social and Digital Marketing at 540 Design Studio.  Stephanie specializes in Brand Strategy, Content Creation, and Social Media Marketing. She will also assist in event management and promotional PR.

Stephanie creates insightful marketing strategies that assist in the growth of our client’s business. She works with our client to create an online brand strategy that includes the most effective use of social media, SEO and SEM to increase a brands online exposure. Our clients highly regard Stephanie’s willingness and desire to learn about their business and understand the target market.

Stephanie brings with her 18 years of senior marketing experience from three top tier investment banks in New York City, also bringing with her experience in global corporate event planning and promotion.

Stephanie, an Ironman Lake Placid finisher, 10x half ironman, 6x marathoner also sits on the Executive Council for USAT Northeast Triathlon where she works on marketing & recruitment efforts.  An outdoor enthusiast, Stephanie likes to maintain a healthy lifestyle with her family.  Her other loves of travel, photography and small brand promotion keep her inspired daily.  Stephanie’s greatest pleasure comes from being mom to infant daughter, Pippa and wife to best friend, Matt.  You can follow her on instagram: @stephstell



Art Director


Laura is our Art Director and Lead Graphics Designer. She specializes in corporate identity, branding, packaging and creating graphic layouts for email marketing as well as front-end web design. Our clients love her ability to translate their branding desires into reality for both digital and print. Laura has over 14 years of combined corporate, agency, small business and freelance experience. Laura has worked with such brands as Cadbury-Schweppes, Northwestern Mutual, Hannah Storm Foundation, Brother, Nature’s Answer, Voxx International (Audiovox and RCA brands). Laura graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Communication & Advertising Design. She lives on Long Island with her husband, son and daughter.



Project Management/Developer




UX Design


Content Editor