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Meet Our Team

Setting up a new website design can feel overwhelming, but we’re happy to help you every step of the way, from registering your domain name, to choosing and setting up your hosting, and all the fiddly bits in between.

Benjamin Matheson

Founder of Zazen Designs. Native of Perth, Western Australia, but loving living in Albany since 2013. Are you looking to take your idea, product or brand to the next level?

Kate Shawver

Multidisciplinary artist and web developer, specializing in creating the perfect blend of form and function with each and every project.

“I found Ben through a Google search and was really drawn in by his clean aesthetic. So far, he’s designed 2 websites for my job, and both are exactly what we needed – they are well-designed, user-friendly, and easy to edit. Throughout the process, Ben was a great communicator, always getting back quickly and open to hearing our ideas and sharing his own. I was so impressed by his turnaround time too. He’s incredibly fast yet still efficient at what he does. All in all, it’s been a pleasure working with Ben. ”

Kim Burgess

Kim Burgess

Bonacio

“Ben has been an excellent resource for our new business and web design platform! He helped create our website and logo with the aesthetics that we were looking for and really collaborated with us to make this happen. He continues to offer assistance even a year + out from launching the website which is beyond appreciated. He is super responsive and such a reliable resource. We’re thankful to have found Ben and highly recommend Zazen Designs!

Rebecca Sklepowicz

Rebecca Sklepowicz

Henry House

“Ben was so easy and a pleasure to work with! Moving back Upstate I didn’t know anyone to reach out to and found his company through google searching, I’m so happy I reached out as he was the perfect person for the job. Not only was his communication excellent and turnaround time very fast, Ben is a nice guy and you can trust that his work is quality. Starting a new business I needed the perfect website and he delivered on exactly what I wanted. Would continue to work with Ben on my future projects and recommend him to others.”

Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly

Skin By Ask

“We have nothing but raving reviews for Ben and Zazen Designs! He took what was once a dated, difficult to navigate, clunky website and turned it into a clean, attractive, and inviting online representation of our company. He was always quick to respond, patient with our schedules, and generous with his time. We’re confident our new site will be a real game changer for the company and we have Zazen Designs to thank for that.”

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor

Birch Hill Catering

“Our vision was captured in our newly-designed website. Thank you, Ben! We are receiving a lot of great feedback and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Ben is efficient and always timely in his response to any questions/concerns that may arise through the creative process and beyond.”

Paulette Doudoukjian

Paulette Doudoukjian

FOR-NY

“Ben just completely redesigned my website, and I couldn’t be more happy!!! The site has a fresh, clean look and is very appealing to the eye. This is important for any website, but even more so when you are an artist. He is very talented, easy to work with and professional. My goal was to get something up and running in time for an event and add to it later. He far exceeded my expectations! He is kind and genuine. I highly recommend him for any project, no matter how big or how small. Thank you Ben!! From Feather At Studio.”

Debbie Brosen

Debbie Brosen

Feather Art

“Ten years later after paying for an overpriced web design we decided to launch a new web site for our company’s 10-year anniversary. I happen to stumble upon Zazen Designs while browsing the www. In my opinion, a web page designer’s company web page says a lot about them and how they work with their clients. I liked the creativity and uniqueness of each page. In hopes of not failing like we did the first round we went with Zazen Designs. Ben was outstanding to work with! The communication was quick but he was understanding when I had to put things on pause for work; which I think many business owners can appreciate. He took our already established company graphics and branding and transformed them into a web page that represents RIDA. Thank you, BEN! It has been a joy working with you.”

Leanne Rigosu

Leanne Rigosu

RIDA