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On 07, Feb 2017 | No Comments | In | By mbalmaceda

Oren’s Kitchen

Oren’s Kitchen is a thriving Bay Area catering business, providing organic farm-to-table lunches and events throughout the Bay Area

I recently redesigned their website, incorporating photos of their work to more effectively showcase their services.

Oren’s Kitchen

loosewig!Live at the Jazz SchoolAlbum - Velvet CoupAlbum - Loosewig

On 02, Jan 2014 | No Comments | In | By mbalmaceda


Loosewig! is a modern jazz quartet based in Berkeley, CA.

This was one of my favorite projects to work on – I designed the logo, album covers for LooseWig’s 3 albums, and a few posters. I created a look and feel for their albums that conveys the experience of listening to their music and being at one of their live shows, and used jazz album cover work of the 1950s-60s as an inspiration for the work.  (Loosewig’s music is definitely worth checking out on itunes as well.)

The Institute for College Access & SuccessTICAS - College InSight homepageTICAS - College InSight spotlight pageTICAS -

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On 29, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In | By mbalmaceda

The Institute for College Access & Success

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) is an independent, nonprofit organization, working to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. 

TICAS hired me to do email communications to their subscribers, press and congressional aides using CQEngage, update content on their current website, as well as print projects (whitepapers and flyers.)


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On 01, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In | By mbalmaceda

Madera Elementary School

Madera Elementary School is a K-6 school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in El Cerrito, CA.

I was first asked to take over administering the Madera Elementary School website by parents on the PTA.  The old site was very difficult to update and hard to manage, and so in 2007 I set up a wordpress site for the school.  It evolved into the main communications hub for the school that parents go to find out about school events, holidays, reading clubs, volunteering, and fundraising.  It is also the distribution point for event fliers and notices that were previously sent home with the kids in folders, which has saved a lot of paper (and saved the school money from having to purchase the paper, copy machine supplies, etc.) and parent volunteer hours (where they used to have to spend a lot of time collating and distributing many more fliers to kids’ “blue folders”).

In terms of design and setup, these sites were very simple, but they are a labor of love, and a way to integrate the use of new technology to public education, and I’m proud of how useful they have become to the parents of our school community.
Madera facebook page