Websites Done Differently


We're a little different.

Lava New Media is a full-service Web and multimedia communications firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. We create striking design and excel at advanced programming technologies. Our client work focuses on Web development, graphic design, usability, backend database development, content management systems (CMS), interactive applications, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), mobile apps and other advanced programming.

A team for more than sixteen years, our expertise and integrity are apparent in every aspect of our business. We don’t make promises we can’t keep nor offer solutions that won’t fit what a client needs.



Based on the functional requirements for your project, Lava will leverage the latest technologies for improved user experience, security and enhanced functionality. Whether it's database construction, front-end development, third-party integration or CMS customization, Lava's development team works to make technology fit itself to the messaging, usability and goals of the project.


Lava does not design “cookie-cutter” websites. Instead, each website design is specific to each client’s brand, goals and target audiences. Lava’s design team is keenly aware of the special needs and requirements associated with designing and producing high-level corporate and marketing communication projects.


Whether it's making sure that your site responds appropriately on a phone or tablet, or creating an iOS/Android native app, Lava will make certain your message is clear and usable on mobile devices.


Lava has extensive experience with many Content Management System (CMS) applications, from “off-the-shelf” enterprise CMS solutions such as Sitecore, Kentico and Ektron to open source solutions like ExpressionEngine, Drupal and WordPress, to its own custom CMS solution.


Lava works with many advertising and marketing firms that depend on us for their clients’ needs. Lava can fill the gap of any part of your digital marketing campaigns. Lava is a source for advertising and communications firms who demand the best.

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Our client work focuses on web development, graphic design, user experience, backend database development, content management systems (CMS), interactive applications, mobile apps and other advanced programming.


Working with the team at Lava New Media to develop our new website was a great experience. While presenting a high-tech look, the team created a website that is intuitive and easy for us to update. In addition to our website, Mascaro has worked with them on our corporate brochure and anniversary book, and each time they produced fantastic results.

Mary Ann Berg - Mascaro Construction Company, LP


I wholeheartedly recommend the Lava New Media team for any website development project. Throughout the process Tom, Dave and Ed approached every challenge positively and constructively. The unique visual features of the site required imaginative technical solutions which exceeded our expectations. Integrating the site with a complex accounting and fulfillment system required thoroughness and persistence. All of our goals were achieved.

Fr. John Pfannenstiel, OFM Cap. - Seraphic Mass Association

Seraphic Mass Association

Lava New Media was a pleasure to work with on our volunteer extranet. They communicated well throughout the project and ensured our expectations were met.

Susan Scheffe - Make-A-Wish North Texas

Make-A-Wish North Texas

Our experience with Lava New Media was exceptional. From start to finish it was one of the best working relationships we have had. They are creative, smart, and professional. They listened to our challenges and always had a solution. The result is a great Web site with increased traffic and longer page views. I look forward to working with them in the future and would highly recommend them.

Cindy Opatick - Pittsburgh CLO

Pittsburgh CLO

Pittsburgh Opera’s new website is a vast improvement over our old site. Lava New Media went above and beyond for us, and completed the project on a very accelerated timeline. We value their partnership and thank them for their great work.

Chris Cox - Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera


Just the three of us

We are three people strong for a reason. Our diverse skill set gives us a level of efficiency not found elsewhere. With Lava, you get the diversity and professionalism of a larger agency, while maintaining flexibility and personalized customer service.

Ed Sutton

Owner / Creative Director

More than 20 years of agency and interactive design experience back Ed’s creative direction — from designing award-winning marketing materials to managing successful, in-sync teams of designers, programmers and content developers. Ed has the impressive ability to translate between the highly technical and business needs for clients. Through his prior experience as creative director, director of interactive media and senior graphic designer with various Pittsburgh-area agencies, Ed has the experience to know what works and to make sure that the client’s brand remains strong throughout the project. Ed graduated summa cum laude from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialty in Applied Media Arts. His corporate clients have included UPMC, Alcoa, Make-A-Wish Foundation, University of Pittsburgh, University of Notre Dame and PNC Bank.


  • Creative direction
  • Web design
  • User experience
  • Business development
  • Project management

Ed loves watching his daughter play soccer.


Ed enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, running, etc.

hunting buddy

Ed’s best “hunting buddy” is his son.

Tom Young

Owner / Technology Director

As director of technology, Tom is primarily responsible for the technical design, development, implementation and maintenance of all project-related Web and desktop applications. He works to leverage the latest technologies for improved user experience, enhanced functionality and social networking. Tom works mostly with programmers and designers to establish development strategies that meet clients’ business needs. Tom has more than 20 years of experience mastering numerous Web and related technologies, ranging from client-side technologies to server-side and database technologies. His work has included UPMC, PPG, YWCA, Mascaro Construction, Make-A-Wish Foundation, PA Lottery and PNC Bank. Tom received his Bachelor of Sciences in Information Technology from The University of Phoenix.


  • API integration
  • Database architecture
  • Custom application development
  • Mobile applications
Joe Montana

Joe Montana:
Tom's childhood boogeyman.


Gracy wants a treat. Can't say "no" to that look.


The Bengals' "Escaloser" is a familliar site on Tom's TV during playoffs.

Dave Horn

Owner / Interactive Director

Dave bridges the gap between high-end technology and a project’s user experience. For over 20 years, he has not only managed clients such as UPMC and The Make-A-Wish Foundation, but has also been deeply involved in the programming and development of the clients' projects themselves. He begins with the initial architecture and usability of a project – making decisions that make sense from a user’s perspective. From there, he incorporates those decisions into customizing the content management system so that it is as easy as possible for clients to manage content on their websites.


  • Responsive front-end development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  • Project management
  • Site architecture
  • CMS integration

Dave plays the Alto and Soprano Saxophones.

Tappy Golf

Dave makes video games as a hobby.


Dave has twins. They're awesome.


Owner / Creative Director


Owner / Interactive Director


Owner / Technology Director