About Block 81

Hi! 👋 I’m Angie. Block 81 is my design studio that I started in 2003 in Portland, where I’m from. This one. Not the other one.

I’m a formally trained designer and not-as-formally-trained front-end developer. I’ve got well over fifteen years experience. I’ve worked with a variety of clients in a variety of industries, gaining a lot of different experiences along the way, particularly in UX, UI design, front-end development, content management systems, SEO, and project management. I’m also experienced in branding – my first design love. Swoon.

Also, I don't really like writing bios. So let me sum up by saying this: I skip the hype and pushy sales. I say no to work I can't do my best on. I return your emails and your calls. And I tell it like it is, even if it's hard to hear.

The main stuff I do...

This is the stuff I do day-in and day-out. And in between.

Web/UI Design

Websites and web apps – when it comes to digital design, they’re my main focus. It’s where I bridge problem solving and visual impact, bringing together users, products, and good design experiences. Boom.

Web Development

A website, no matter how sexy, is only as good as the code it’s built on. I make sure your site meets coding best practices, including mobile friendliness, technical SEO, and basic accessibility.

Website Maintenance & Support

Your website is never really finished and I hate to say it, but downtime happens. But fear not! With consistent, proactive maintenance, you can vastly reduce the probability major issues happening. And sometimes, you just need an update here or there. Yep, I can help with both.

Website Hosting

Having your site on a fast and secure server is just as important as the code behind it. And sometimes you just want someone who can handle that, as well as your site, for you. I provide solid web hosting for many of my clients. And for those times where far more robust hosting makes more sense, I manage that too.

Craft CMS Development

Content Management Systems changed the web. And then came along Craft CMS. Since its beta days I’ve been building sites on Craft with a big fat smile on my face. Oh, and it’s super awesome for clients, too. Live preview anyone?

ExpressionEngine Development

EE has been a trusted tool in my development arsenal since 2006. Admittedly, it’s not my go-to CMS these days, but it’s a solid platform several of my clients still use.

Site Audits & Roadmapping

Knowing where your site needs the most help and mapping out how to improve it are essential components for a successful web project. I can help you figure it all out by assessing where you are and what needs to happen next.

Branding & Logo Design

Image matters. (Sorry, not sorry.) That’s why your logo and branding need to be top-notch and memorable. Otherwise you’ll be just another face in the crowd.

Print / Graphic Design

Design is in my DNA. So while a large majority of my work is in the digital space, there’s a lot more I’ve done and can do. Stationery, tradeshow materials, large format... Try me. 😏

Some other stuff I do...

These are the things I’ve handled on projects from time-to-time, sometimes requiring the help of a trusted partner in my extended team.

  • Custom web app development
  • Integration with third-party services
  • Website performance optimization/tuning
  • Copywriting and editing
  • SEO

Stuff I don't do...

No one's good everything. If someone says they are, they're probably lying. So here are a few things I don't do:

  • Social media management
  • Enterprise anything
  • Illustration
  • Infographics
  • Giant e-commerce sites
  • Waste your time

I do know people that do the above though, so feel free to ask and I can put you in touch. I love helping people out, especially if it means they get to work with my friends.

"I was able to reach Angie the first time I called and she was quick to jump in to understand my needs. I was in a bit of a pinch with my time frame and Angie was very accommodating. I felt as though she genuinely cared about my project and everything was created and presented in a thoughtful manner from start to finish. I now have a logo that I am proud to show off. Thank you Angie and Block 81 for making this a great experience!"

Hillary B.
Mountain West Investment Corporation