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Welcome to Azzcat Design!

This one-person studio is located in Portland, OR and works remotely with clients across the US. Catherine specializes in responsive web design & development (RWD) for the front-end of websites and HTML5 applications. With 30+ years of design experience and 10+ years of front-end experience–she is, according to some–a unicorn. ;-)


Projects requiring awesome CSS/SCSS/LESS skills plus design decisions are right up her alley. Having worked as the lone ‛webmaster’ Catherine has plenty of experience creating & troubleshooting websites. These days, she prefers working as part of a team, which allows for larger, more complicated projects. She's experienced working remotely with agile methodologies creating cutting edge web apps.

Note: Yes, Catherine is well aware that this site isn’t completely mobile-friendly. It’s over 3 years old and she’s been very, very busy building sites & apps for clients–cobbler’s children. ;-)

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Wurl Bridge App

This prototype illustrates Wurl's Bridge, which brings together linear TV and online video on set-tops or connected devices. View prototype.. Note: current prototype is intended for D-pad navigation on television monitor.

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Wurl Alma App

Alma brings together Wurl's hosted HTML5-based applications into one convenient UI to connect linear & OTT viewing. Learn More.. Note: intended for D-pad navigation on television monitor.

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Wurl Andrea App

This responsive application for following & watching Over-The-Top (OTT) content is built on Foundation framework with SCSS. Mobile version of prototype includes offcanvas sliding panels. View demo.. Mentioned by Nagra at ~1:46. YouTube video.

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Wurl API

This multi-faceted project for the Palo Alto startup, Wurl, Inc. used Facebook’s Open Graph API. Azzcat Design works with the team, using Agile Development, Git & Sass.

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Custom WordPress

The first was a bare-bones, not mobile-friendly site. When Catherine joined the team, she built a responsive WordPress site based on static 960-grid comprehensives from another designer. This image is from that iteration. Wurl has since pivoted and Catherine rebuilt their site in 2013.
Visit the current iteration of

Custom Website Redesign

This is a redesign of the client’s original site. The goal was to simplify and better organize realty content and provide portals to client’s YouTube videos and blog (also by Azzcat Design). Custom javascript to pull in dynamic blog content by Michael Bubbo.
Visit Frankly Realty.

Logo Design & Custom WordPress Theme, HTML5

Website for designer eyewear store in Bridgeport Village, OR. Azzcat Design responsible for web design, front-end development, branding (including logo, signage & direct marketing materials). Honorable Mention by The CSS Awards. Featured on One Extra Pixel.
Visit Eye Styles.

Custom WordPress Theme

Custom design & front-end dev. Nominated for 2009 Inman Innovator most innovative blog award. Client selected as the Inman Innovator of the Year!
Visit Frankly Realty Blog.

Logo & Custom WordPress Redesigns

This project was a complete overhaul–including branding, site structure and custom theme design, development & maintenance by Azzcat Design. Includes a ‘mother’ site and 5 ‘venue’ sites for specific conventions. Responsive design with fluid layout.
View a screen grab of ‛before’.

Experienced Designer

Been there. Done that!

From small design studios to corporate headquarters to solo entrepreneur, Catherine has a wealth of project experience, including:

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2-Color Booklet

The monthly edition of City of Tualatin’s activity guide is a 2-C booklet printed on locally-milled 70% PCW paper and delivered to all homes and business in Tualatin.
Visit the current issue of the GetOut! Guide.


I hesitate to recommend Catherine because I'm afraid others will hire her and she'll have less time for us!
Catherine is, hands down, the best web (and mobile-web) front-end developer I've ever worked with. Good web developers are hard to find. Great ones, like Catherine, are worth 10x whatever you pay them.

—Sean Doherty, CEO, Wurl, Inc.


The saying, “Your company is only as good as your website,” holds very true for companies at the mercy of their web designer. My experience with Azzcat Design has been outstanding! Catherine Azzarello, owner of Azzcat Design, is quick to make changes and add items to our website upon our request. She has been great to work with when last minute changes to our site are required. I love her accessibility and willingness to communicate with me. She absolutely knows what she is doing and has helped me reach a higher level of customer service for our clients. She is accurate and efficient. I am very thankful to know Catherine is there when I need her.

—Kim McMillan, Exhibitor Coordinator, Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc.

Former Site & Blog

This is the 2009 version of Azzcat Design’s website and blog. We like to switch it up every now and then!

Brings Concepts to Reality

Catherine is a creative designer who was able to bring concepts to reality in a punctual manner. We have received great feedback from our website design as well as our logo, both created by Catherine.

—Phil DeYoung, EyeStyles, llc.

Custom WordPress Redesign

This is a redesign of original site, bringing all the goodness of a CMS to the client for easy maintenance. Site is built in HTML5 using a responsive layout (resize in browser to view). Many of the original site’s illustrations were incorporated into the new design. Especially fun was using CSS3 goodies. Don’t miss the border-images!
Visit Matt Clark Music

Fun to Work With

Azzcat Design did a great job on my website, and was easy and fun to work with. Very responsive to all my feedback. Was straightforward about the timeline, and met the deadlines as promised.

—Matt Clark, Matt Clark Music

Custom WordPress Theme, HTML5

Had fun with ‘levitating’ menu for magician creating custom WordPress site using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and font-replacement technique with Typekit.

Facebook Page

These days, identity design includes social media page customization. Here’s the Facebook page for Great Homeschool Conventions.

Flexible & Creative

Catherine...was flexible and creative in the design process. I will continue to use her for subsequent issues because I was very satisfied with the quality of work.

—Carl Switzer, Parks and Recreation Manager at City of Tualatin

WordPress Customization

Azzcat Design customized a premium WordPress theme‘s look and feel with a custom background, fonts, and layout structure.
Visit Reach Brand Strategy

Yields Pragmatic Results

Catherine is one of those rare service providers who combine superlative talents with reliable personal service and yields pragmatic results. I am a very demanding and particular company owner. Catherine has shown me she is one whose opinion and talents can be depended upon and trusted.

—Pat Murphy, Owner at Patrick J. Murphy & Associates Inc. Organbuilders

Improved SEO and UI

Many pages of the original site used images for copy, not HTML—resulting in poor SEO & usability. Total pages were reduced by half, though content increased by 10. Thoughtful UI design improved SEO, accessibility and ease of content updates.
Visit Patrick J. Murphy Organs.

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