We're digital geeks who love what we do

Tragic Media is a technology company based in San Diego, focused on building and supporting complex custom digital properties.

We are a talented and seasoned team, focused on expertly crafted digital experiences built on enterprise, open source technologies. Each member of the team brings a unique set of skills and years of experience. We work collaboratively out of our small office in the Gaslamp District, ensuring each project we tackle is built to the highest standards with attention to budget and timeline.

We don't cut corners by using poorly constructed 'pre-built' solutions, junior resources, or outsourcing overseas. We take pride in our work, and help our clients get the most value from their digital investments through our iterative project build approach and growth-driven maintenance. We work hard to feel like an "in-house team" for our clients, providing our years of expertise to everyone from startups to global brands alike.



A Tragic History

Tragic Media was founded in 2009 by Rich Rudzinski after leaving his job at a large national agency in San Diego. Rich saw the backwards infrastructure, high cost, and sub-par client services of traditional agencies. He knew costs were bloated because of high salaries for upper management, fueled only by the sales cycle, and supported by low level employees or offshore resources. These agencies were built as soulless sales machines aimed to make the most profits for their C-level members, with little regard for employees or clients.

Instead, Rich wanted to create a new kind of digital company: small, agile, and stacked with passionate, and experienced team members. He wanted his company to be focused on technology to support and grow his clients digital infrastructures. He wanted his company to build "large agency" quality products with "boutique agency" client services, and he wanted Tragic's rates to be reasonable, and scalable to help companies of all sizes transform their digital presence and grow online.

Over the last 8 years, Rich has built a team of expert developers, designers, and product/project managers- all of whom are excited about building beautiful and functional websites for any industry, any size, and any budget. We take pride in producing quality work, and treating our clients like family. 


Partnerships and Associations

  • Drupal Association
  • Hubspot Partner
  • Google Cloud Partner
  • Avalara Partner

Rich Rudzinski

Digital Warlock

Rich has been infatuated with computers from the time he first locked eyes on the sweet 486 Windows machine his uncle got his family in the early 90s. He broke, fixed, and gamed on that computer until he saved enough to build his own machine from scratch. The top of his class in high school, Rich followed his passion for computers while studying at UCSD where he graduated early with an innovative art/technology major (ICAM), with a focus on budding web technologies.

After a brief stint as an audio engineer out of college, Rich found his way back to his first love, becoming a front-end developer at Digitaria (now the global digital agency Mirum). It was at Digitaria that Rich honed his web skills and became a master of front-end, focusing on Drupal and custom Javascript development. After a couple years, Rich began feeling constrained by the growth ceiling of his role, and decided to strike out on his own. He quickly discovered his niche as a white-label development consultants for local and national agencies, building a team of highly skilled individuals to help him build the company that is Tragic Media today.

Clients Rich has worked with include Under Armor, Pixar, WD-40, Iron Man, Intel, The Baltimore Ravens, The Atlanta Falcons, Lego, Burger King, and Qualcomm.

Don't let your project turn into a tragedy.