Friday, March 20, 2009


Congrats on finishing finals, my beautiful interns!

Enjoy spring break!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Orientation Site

We just finished the new Orientation site!
This year, they wanted to combine two events- New Student Advising and Welcome Week- under the same umbrella.
We worked to come up with a solution that would let students know that each event was unique with its own information, but they were both pieces of one Orientation.

Thanks to Brian downstairs in Print for the awesome graphics and theme!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Red Velvet

Thank you, interns, for the scavenger hunt and slice of birthday cake (from my favorite bakery!). It made my morning.

Ya did good.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Study Abroad Site Wins Award!

Our Study Abroad Site won a regional award!

Ciara and I are still trying to figure out what award exactly that was. Like we said, we've been a little busy.
But, we're pretty stoked.

Keeping up

It's been a busy month indeed for the Mazz Squad- sans our fearless leader. But, we've been plugging through.

As Allie posted, ETC is now up.

And, the newest issue of Response is up as well.

We've still got a few loose ends to tie up. But, it's mostly in place.

Ciara is also working on a fabulous email for the President (shh..)
and I am working on a new site for the School of Health Sciences. So, check back for some before and after shots.
It's going to be amazing.

Loopy is beginning to get into full swing. spuAIGA is planning a "Loopy Competition" where art students will compete to create as many loopy header images as they can in an hour. Afterwards they'll vote for the best and the winner will get a local gift card. Pretty sweet. Date still to be determined. We're hoping it expands our options.

In the mean time...anyone have a brilliant idea and want to create a loopy header?
Submit your work!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mazz Squad.

We miss Bryan.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Busy Bees!

The Mazz Squad girls have been busy as bees with an assortment of projects and assignments that make our site a little sweeter. Stay tuned for updates!

Meanwhile, have you seen Loopy, the new and improved student e-newsletter? Well, it's pretty cool, and we all had a little hand in it. Yep.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Much love

Hey Squad members! Just a shout out from California to keep up the good work and keep rocking the web.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Congratulations, Melissa!

The Squad's own Melissa Dorr (now McCAULEY) got hitched over Christmas break.

Let the happy times ensue for the Mazz Squad.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

What's Going On?

a. Snow is visible in Seattle
b. Snow has stayed more than 24 hours
c. It's going to snow again.

The Mazz Squad has been out for 3 days and counting. This is craziness...

Friday, December 12, 2008


What are we going to do without him?!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Response Front Page

At last the first ever front page for Response Magazine online is live! Never before have we had a front page for the magazine.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Admissions new CSS

Well it finally happened! Undergrad got approved my update to the CSS. Now the site is more open, readable and focused. The global SPU header is in grey along with the footer so the main content really pops with the new official undergrad palette created by Brian Glassco with InkGroup on the UC print team.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Count down

Thanks to the InkGroup interns I now have a paper chain to count down my days left at SPU.

New member inducted!!

That is right folks we got a new Mazz Squad member! Meet our friend Allie. She writes web content and helps clean up our bad spelling on the sites.

Be sure and stop by and say hello.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Graduate Center

We finally were able to help out The Graduate Center. They have been so patient with our crazy schedule and we finally delivered.

We brought their site a lot closer to their overall brand standard, integrating their color palette,similar design elements and photography. This site is not a lot more colorful, cleaner and much simpler to navigate.

View The Graduate Center site

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rumors are true

Some of you may already know, but I wanted to let you know that Stephanie and I are moving back to the Bay Area this December.

We are taking our design business, Mazzarello Media and Arts, full time. We are very excited for this new change in our lives and hope that it gives us the opportunity to serve our local community and to be more involved in ministry in the East Bay with Project Peace and Christ Church of Berkeley.

I will miss all of you and this city. Thank you for the impact you made on me while I was here for two years. Thank you for your valuable friendship. Thank you for sharing this excellent university with me and for welcoming me in.

It has been a true honor to work with you and to work for the vision of SPU. I hope we can continue to support SPU and stay in contact.

Friday December 12 is my last day, so we still have some time to meet up and chat in person. Let me know.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Endless Hours of Typographic Fun

Ok, so I'm back to post on another site I found that made me smile.

FontPark unites the nerdy type-lover in all designers with our recent western fascination in all things asian, and our inherent desire to create and play.

Enter the site to see rapid combinations of chinese characters morph into typographic illustrations. Stare in awe, vote for your favorite, or try your own hand at it. All I can say is: fabulous.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Study Abroad

In spring the VP for Academic Affairs at SPU contacted the web team at SPU and asked for us to create a dynamite website for the study abroad programs at the university. They were in the process of bringing together all of the programs under one coordinator and wanted to consolidate all the information into one place.

The Mazz Squad had the privilege of getting to research and present our ideas for the site and they went over very well. A couple weeks ago I really started to dive in and crank on the site. My student workers jammed and our Hope and Allie from our copy edit team did a wonderful job. The site was finished on Thursday, after almost 90 hours of design, in time for the accreditation team to view it. So far it is getting really good reviews from faculty staff, and most importantly students.

The site has some cool features I am proud of including integration of Flickr Flash photo albums andPictobrowser photo feature, Google Maps API, clean CSS (thanks to Jason Herman's help), strong navigation, clear hierarchy, and beautiful photography.

View the site:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Anniversary Ciara!

Happy 1 year Ciara! 

Yes, that is right, Ciara has been with us for one year! She has come so far and is a valuable asset to the UC Web Team. 

Be sure to thank her for all her work!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Defining the Designer of 2015

Starting the school year again and meeting with this year's spuAIGA board reminded me of what a sweet resource AIGA is (how could I forget?).

So, I've been browsing their site today, and came across this set of articles. I want to look at it more closely, but it looks like it might be helpful in both directing student designers in what skills they should be developing, as well as directing student groups and professors in fostering that kind of learning.

Defining the Designer of 2015

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

University Ministries

In Autumn 2007 I redesigned the University Ministries Website to coincide with the transition of Campus Ministries transitioning to University Ministries.

It was a fast process, I had to turn it around in less than two weeks and the end result was pretty cool as I got to incorporate some great design elements from my colleges in the UC print department.

This Autumn 2008 I got the opportunity again to  make some fun updates to the site. Since last year I set up a stronger style sheet, I was able to roll out some major changes in just a couple days. This newest version incorporates some wild design elements I adapted from Brian Glassco's print work for them.

I stuck to my design rules I set up[ for the web, but I also had some fun by changing out the background with a a small repeating star pattern  gif and I also edited a local version of the global style sheet so that all the reds became hot pink, reflecting the new print direction.

Flickr action!

Flickr: SPU General


Check out the photo work from Kim and her fantastic blog: Seattle Daily Photo.

You can also check out her photostream on Flickr.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sea Pac Pass Email

Recently the university has acquired a new campus card strategy and the UC Web Team created a website and email campaign.

View sample email for returning students.

Parent e-newsletter

We just launched the Autumn 2008 issue of Parents and Families In the Loop. This issue is special because we are debuting some great new efforts by the university to be more sustainable.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

40 Creative Design Layouts: Getting Out Of The Box

Great new article by smashing magazine.

"Over the last months we have seen a strong trend towards more individual web designs. These designs often use realistic motifs from our regular life as visuals. However, apart from visual design elements one can also get creative with the layout of the site – its structure and the way the information is presented and communicated. To provide you with some ideas of how exactly it can be done, we have been collecting examples of creative design layouts."

Check it out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SHS Dean's Giving Circle

We launched the School of Health Sciences Dean's Giving Circle!

Campus Card Services

We launched the first Campus Cards Services site:

Seattle-Tehran Poster Show

So, apparently there was this really sweet poster show at Bumpershoot.

But, it'll be shown again elsewhere on Sept. 4th.

I checked out the website and it looks amazing-- it's a show displaying posters from Seattle and Tehran (Iran) side by side.
What a really sweet idea.

But, don't take my word for it. Check out the website yourself.
Seattle-Tehran Poster Show

I had no idea there was such cool design coming out of the Middle East.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bookstore Email

Rolled out the bookstore email

Thursday, August 21, 2008

No Golds for CASE 2008

View the awards

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Creating a bible by hand

I recently read this story about a group of theologians and artists creating a bible by hand, the first time in 500 years!

Friday, August 1, 2008

eduStyle Award Winners

The Winners were announced at the eduWEB Conference July 21-23 in Atlantic City, NJ. Best Overall Web Site goes to Ball State University.

Best Redesign site goes to Biola University.  Best typography goes to UC Berkeley - Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Welcome to our friends at INKgroup

Special web welcome to our print friends in University Communications, Inkgroup.
Check out their blog

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Robert Noyce Scholarship

Our task was to create a first time website for the Robert Noyce Scholarship that appeals to potential scholarship applicants and current scholars at the graduate and undergraduate level. This site will be used by community college counselors and professors, SPU counselors and professors, and students looking for financial aid.

The Robert Noyce Scholarship program, named for the co-inventor of the semiconductor and co-founder of Intel, is a partnership grant from the National Science Foundation for science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) majors.

The program aims to meet the growing local and national need for better-qualified teaching professionals in the STEM fields. The program also seeks to channel these teachers into local districts with high-need students.

Inspiration: 8 Bit Music

Feeling like you work with pixels too much? Be inspired by what you can do with simple 8 bit music like what we grew up with on Nintendo game soundtracks. Check out all the new music coming out:

Friday, July 25, 2008

Student Academic Services

Well we did it! 43 hours of design work later, we finally launched a new SAS website. This is the first time the site has been enhanced since it launched last decade, or at least that is my impression. New features include a very enhanced FAQ called "Get Answers" which breaks down the hundreds of questions prospective students and current students have into simple categories and then has a very clean and custom Spry Ajax effect of an accordion answers.

View it now:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

School of Theology

We just launched a new School of Theology website! 57 design production hours later we are live with a whole new site.

The dean of the School of Theology, had the following to say:

“This is a great site, and I want to thank you for the excellent way in which you listened to our needs and executed it in a timely fashion -- given all of the other tasks that you have before you! Please give our deep appreciation to your entire staff. It is a blessing to have such tremendous folks to work with.”

Friday, July 11, 2008

Undergrad Update

We have enhanced the website with content from etc magazine. We have added the My 2 Cents column from each issue and linked it to a corresponding counselor biography page as well as plugged it on the front page and staff page.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We have moved!

Well we moved! That is right, we are located in Upper Weter now.
We are very happy with our new space. We can now work together without all three of our chairs colliding, but we miss our friends in Lower Weter. Come stop by and say "hello". 

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My World is live!

Check out the awesome gallery of stories and photos. Thanks to Julia and Melissa for all the hard work.

Noyce Scholarship Wireframe

Ciara created a nice wireframe for the Noyce Scholarship. It can be found on the Pre Production server only available at this time on campus.

View wireframe PDF

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Political Science and Geography Site is Live

We bailed the Political Science and Geography department out of a very old and static site into a template that is flexible, easily editable and up to web standards. Say goodbye to Io (moon).

Credit goes to Melissa for most of the work and the great image at the top of the template.