The core Blue Mouse Monkey team of Julia Stoops, Fara Heath, and Susan Langenes. Visit us on FaceBook »
HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT
We’re a small team of creative, multi-disciplined, hybridizing folks who love the Internet and its potential for innovation and social change. Our backgrounds in the arts, sciences, social justice, entrepreneurship and education bring a richness and depth to every project. We’re critical thinkers and problem-solvers, always considering the implications of what we do: for our clients, for their audiences, and for the greater cultural conversation.
Blue Mouse Monkey was founded by Julia Stoops in 2001, and has grown to take on large complex projects for public and private research and service institutions, as well as the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. We are well equipped to understand the nuances of an organization’s mission, the needs of its diverse audiences, as well as the internal and external pressures organizations must adapt to.
We bring an exceptional level of creativity and problem-solving, solid understanding of best-practices user experience design, elegant aesthetics, and comprehensive, open-source technical solutions to every project.
Founder, Creative Director, Lead Designer
Julia is a New Zealander who has lived much of her life in the United States: 5 years in Washington, D.C. and 20 years in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Before Blue Mouse Monkey, Julia taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, creating courses in media studies, hybrid painting, digital art, and the history of ideas.
Julia is a seasoned strategist and web interface designer, and brings a deep knowledge of user-experience design principles to her work. Additionally, Julia’s background in the visual arts enables her to invest each project with conceptual agility and aesthetic spirit. Julia understands the rhetorical power of excellent design, which is the perfect combination of elegance with usability. Every Blue Mouse Monkey website is visually unique, and many raise the bar in their organizations’ sectors and industries. Julia’s personal mission is to beautify the Internet, one website at a time.
Operations Manager, Project Manager
Fara is a versatile project manager with a background in human services and the arts. Her approachable and outgoing personality allow Blue Mouse Monkey clients to see her as a trusted liaison helping their branding and website projects achieve all their goals. Fara manages each project from start to finish, coordinating clients and other team members in a seamless flow. Her eye for detail contributes greatly to the creation of the elegant and effective websites that support the crucial work our clients do.
Fara has a deep passion for art and music and enjoys seeing live music, and sharing this love with her husband and two little boys.
WordPress Developer, Technical Lead
Farm girl turned techno-nerd, Susan’s diverse background in the fields of the arts, entertainment, and technology makes her a rare “easy-to-talk-to” developer. Her ability to solve complex problems, then turn around and discuss with a non-technical audience, is an asset for our team and for our clients. Besides knowing how to build websites, Susan can also fix cars, play flute and saxophone, and train horses.