our

Core Team

  • Dan Olson

    Dan Olson

    Dan is the founder and creative director of Studio MPLS. He is responsible for some of the most highly awarded and recognized design work in the world. He thrives with a pencil and paper in his hand, and has an incredible knack for bringing out the best in everyone around him.

    Dan looks after an energetic pup named Tom. He is a lifelong resident of our fair city of Minneapolis and is happiest at his cabin on Lake Superior, away from the sophomoric toils of his Studio MPLS chums.

  • Ross Bruggink

    Ross Bruggink

    Ross is a senior designer at Studio MPLS. He is to Studio MPLS what Michael Jackson was to the Jackson 5. His work has been featured nearly everywhere, including the toned torso of Ashton Kutcher.

    Ross is married to an equally awesome designer. They are proud parents to a troublesome rabbit, Guy Bun, and a playful pup, Merlin. Ross’s two make-believe childhood friends were named Toby and Prince Diamond. No matter how you pronounce, “Bruggink,” you’re wrong.

  • Allison Newhouse

    Allison Newhouse

    Allison is a senior designer at Studio MPLS, as well as the Mother Superior of interior design for our workspace and many of our clients. Her work often reflects her strong illustration skills, as well as her unique adeptness working with patterns and colors.

    Allison is the resident sage on all things music. She has an undying love for Swedish sensation ABBA, attends more concerts per month than most do in their lifetime, and has been known to host an indelible backyard dance party.

  • Christina Berglund

    Christina Berglund

    Christina is a designer at Studio MPLS. She started working here while finishing her senior year at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Incredibly versatile and skilled beyond her years, Christina approaches each project with confidence and clarity.

    As the youngest member of our team, Christina is in charge of keeping us in the loop with things like Justin Bieber and Glee. She also loves eating plain (“standard”) mushrooms, hates seafood, and actually enjoys listening to the song “Christmas Shoes.”

  • Brent Schoepf

    Brent Schoepf

    Brent Schoepf is the most recent addition to our team. Brent is a highly talented designer, illustrator, photographer, and musician. He brings a fresh, creative approach to every project we throw his way.

    Brent’s skillset is expansive, his charm is contagious, and his devotion to the consumption of chips and queso is nothing short of respectable. Though he was crowned Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 Upper-Midwest Division Champion in 2003, Brent is not one to rest on his laurels.

  • Kari Johnson

    Kari Johnson

    Kari is a project manager at Studio MPLS. She follows every project from beginning to end, maximizing efficiencies and ensuring success. Not only the most detail-oriented member of our team, she also holds the title for strongest Minnesotan accent!

    When she isn’t sweating the details for us, Kari is a mother to four of the cutest darn kids you’ll ever meet, and married to a former Little League all-star. Kari loves Airedale terriers, 90s-era hip-hop, and collects Norwegian gnomes. The Johnson family loves to spend time outdoors, taking full advantage of Minnesota’s 10,000 (well, actually closer to 12,000) lakes, doncha know!

  • Lindsay Hefferan

    Lindsay Hefferan

    Lindsay is an account manager at Studio MPLS. She helps with communications and account coordination.

    Lindsay is a Minneapolis native, though there was a time she lived in the fine city of Seattle. She’ll happily tell you about her affinity for the Seattle Public Library. As such, she likes to spend her free time either reading or enjoying the outdoors.

  • Sarah Youngquist

    Sarah Youngquist

    Sarah is a designer at Studio MPLS. As a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, she wowed us with a strong portfolio and a glass half-full of Midwestern positivity.

    Despite hailing from the nondescript metropolitan suburb of White Bear Lake, MN, Sarah always seems to surprise us with her cultural cognition, well-traveled experiences, and ping pong prowess. Sarah hosts weekly murder mystery dinner parties, has webbed toes, and has attended the Renaissance Festival every year since the infamous RenFest Fire of 1993.