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White Whale

We’re a design, strategy, and technology firm serving colleges and universities around the world.


Wanted: big-hearted geek(s)

We’re looking to add a thoughtful and interesting person (or two) to our team of designers, strategists, and technologists.


We design and develop websites, brands, print marketing materials, user experiences, and big ideas. 

Beloit College
redesign and consulting

Beloit College

We redesigned the Beloit College website in 2019, and now provide ongoing communications consulting and editorial oversight.
Ursinus College
design refresh

Ursinus College

We followed up our 2014 redesign of the Ursinus College site with a general sitewide design refresh earlier this year.

Anatomy of a Whale: Design. Jason, Tonya, and Sacha discuss how we approach the design process at White Whale.


With two decades of experience in higher education, there aren’t many challenges we haven’t faced before.

Marlboro College
executive consulting

Marlboro College

We facilitated a faculty task force and the senior leadership team in reimagining major institutional change.
Randolph College
branding and communications

Randolph College

We branded and managed strategic communications for Randolph’s innovative TAKE2 curriculum.

Anatomy of a Whale: Strategy. White Whale began life as a design and technology firm that couldn’t stop thinking about strategy. Now we’re a strategy firm too. Here’s how it all fits together. 


We are the developers of LiveWhale Calendar, a powerful and flexible web calendaring solution, and the LiveWhale content management platform.

We build tools that are easy and fun for the people who use them most: the staff, faculty, and students who make your school a great place to learn.

Anatomy of a Whale: Technology. We build content management and calendaring software that lets colleges and universities tell their story better— and allows everyone on your campus to contribute. 

Our Clients

Here are some of the colleges and universities we’ve worked with on redesigns, and CMS or calendar implementations:

  • Adams State University
  • Adelphi University
  • Alma College
  • Angelo State University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • Beloit College
  • Bemidji State
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carondelet High School
  • Carthage College
  • Century College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • D’Youville College
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Franklin University Switzerland
  • Georgetown University Alumni
  • Henderson State University
  • Indiana University
  • Labouré College of Healthcare
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marian University
  • Marlboro College
  • Menlo School
  • Merrimack College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Monmouth College
  • Morehead State University
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Northeastern University Giving
  • New York University
  • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • NYU Shanghai
  • Oakland University
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School
  • Occidental College
  • Penn Medicine: University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Purchase College (SUNY)
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Rice University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Santa Clara University
  • San Francisco School
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Southwestern University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Susquehanna University
  • Syracuse Architecture
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
  • Tarleton State University
  • Temple College
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Trinity College
  • University of Akron
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • Ursinus College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • West Hills Community College
  • Western Oregon University
  • York University, Schulich School of Business

Our Team

We’re a small, dedicated team of creative problem solvers working from home offices in Oregon, California, New York, and Michigan.

  • Ismail Youngblood

    Marketing Manager

    Ismail is an experienced and meticulous organizer of information. In addition to managing White Whale’s virtual office, he also serves as the primary liaison with prospective LiveWhale Calendar customers. Ismail lives in Oakland with his wife and young daughter, whose entry into daycare made it possible for him to join our team.

    Ismail Youngblood
  • Jason Pontius


    A pathological multitasker, Jason is involved in every aspect of the website development process – from collaborating with our senior designer on design work to overseeing the care and feeding of the LiveWhale CMS. Jason first began exploring interactive design in 1997 as a complement to his graduate study in linguistics at the University of Chicago (where he holds a master’s degree).

    Jason Pontius
  • Alex Romanovich

    Technical Director

    Alex has been indispensable to White Whale since its inception, becoming a permanent full-time employee in 2004 and taking the lead in the development of LiveWhale, our content management system. He is a graduate of NYU’s film and psychology programs, an active writer and photographer, and a student of metaphysics.

    Alex Romanovich
  • Naomi Royall

    Senior Frontend Developer

    Naomi enjoys collaborating closely with designers to create elegant, versatile websites. At White Whale, she leads the buildout of our site designs and works to move LiveWhale’s feature set forward. Naomi is British – she moved to Berkeley to study Astrophysics and stayed in California. Outside of coding, she enjoys running, climbing and mountain camping trips.

    Naomi Royall
  • Isaac McGowan

    Senior Developer

    Isaac writes front-end code for the LiveWhale CMS, assists with other CMS implementations, and backs up our UI development team. He has developed and managed web applications since 1999, working on corporate teams as well as individually. Isaac lives in San Rafael with his wife and sons; his non-code interests include surfing, capoeira, and burritos.

    Isaac McGowan
  • Katie Compo

    Project Manager

    A compulsive list maker and professional organizer, it’s Katie’s job to shepherd projects from start to finish. She makes sure everything is on track and everyone is happy. In her free time, you can find Katie with a camera around her neck, enjoying the outdoors or renovating her 100-year-old house. She lives in the small town of Alma, Michigan with her husband and dog.

    Katie Compo
  • Tonya Langford Moyle

    Vice President

    On top of managing White Whale’s business affairs, Tonya works with clients on top-level branding and communications strategy – helping them get past organizational roadblocks and find ways to present web content to make sense to their multiple audiences. Raised in small-town Wisconsin, she headed east to attend Wellesley and then Brown, and then west to Portland, OR where she juggles work, kids, chickens, and a side-gig making napkins for her sister’s restaurant.

    Tonya Langford Moyle
  • Karl Hinze

    Director of Support

    Karl is all about bringing people together to make beautiful things. Besides being a designer and programmer in his own right, Karl also has extensive experience in higher ed as a student, faculty, and staff member. Outside of White Whale, Karl is a musical theatre composer, where he continues to feed his love of collaboration, art, and storytelling.

    Karl Hinze
  • Sacha Webley

    Senior Designer

    As the lead designer for White Whale, Sacha works with clients to shape beautiful and usable experiences for the web. Born and raised in Oregon, Sacha left the state to study at Stanford University, where he received a BA in Art and Art History. A father of three small children, he now lives on a farm outside of Portland with his family, chickens, cat, books and oil painting studio.

    Sacha Webley
  • Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic

    White Whale managed what could be considered a complete cultural transformation of our communications in a gentle, collaborative, and dynamic way that left all of us saying to ourselves – How can we find a way to continue to work with these smart, thoughtful, empathetic and highly creative people?

    Darron Collins | President, College of the Atlantic

    We redesigned the COA website, which took home the CASE Gold Circle of Excellence award as the best higher ed site in America.

  • Under intense pressure, White Whale managed to make our project fun. The WW team is a true Captain-Planet-style cast of characters… they all have their own areas of expertise, but it’s magical when their powers combine.

    Everyone we worked with was responsive, efficient, enthusiastic and relentlessly imaginative. I would recommend White Whale to anyone.

    Kristen English | VP for Enrollment Management, Monmouth College

    We helped Monmouth College launch a brand new website from the ground up using LiveWhale CMS, including full-site architecture and design.

  • Leticia O’Neill, Senior UX Designer & Front-end Developer

    Our users and developers love how flexible the calendar has been. The LiveWhale developers are very responsive, extremely helpful and always going the extra mile to land on a solid solution. Overall, LiveWhale is flexible, easy to use, and a pleasure to work with.

    Leticia O’Neill | Senior UX Designer & Developer, Brown University

    We worked with Brown to revamp their campus events calendar, run on LiveWhale Calendar and fully customized by Leticia and the team at Brown.

  • Nick Mischler, Web Developer, Beloit College

    As a new institution to LiveWhale, the CMS is great, but what has been more valuable to us so far was the work of the White Whale staff: understanding who we are, building out a site which communicates that, and guiding us to use our new website to the fullest.

    Nick Mischler | Web Developer, Beloit College

    We redesigned the Beloit College website, which now runs on LiveWhale CMS, and continue to serve as strategic communications consultants.

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