New Work: United Properties

United Properties is 100 years strong as a leading commercial property investment headquartered in Minnesota. We recently had the pleasure of modernizing the company’s brand identity and extending it to a variety of applications.

View the full case study here.

New Work: Portfolio 1-on-1 2017

We had the privilege of designing this year’s branding for AIGA Minnesota’s Portfolio 1-On-1® event, taking place today and tomorrow at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Portfolio 1-On-1® offers design students a unique opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by professionals in the design industry.

The theme for 2017 is Curate. Our branding reflects the idea that, through curation, students’ portfolios may reflect a refined body of work that is as conceptually inspired as it is artfully executed.

Foil-stamped booklet covers by McIntosh Embossing. Digital printing by Dunwoody College.

New Print: “Night Falls”

Introducing “Night Falls” – a 12″ x 18″ copper foil print on charcoal grey paper. The way the light dances on this one is something special.

Now available in the Studio MPLS online shop.

A Sneak Peek at Our New Studio

Renovation of our new space is nearing completion. Soon we will say goodbye to Minnehaha Avenue and hello to East Lake Street! We’re looking forward to getting to know – and partake of! – our new neighbors Hi-Lo Diner and Dogwood Coffee.

Stay tuned for updates!

Woodford Reserve and Tenth Muse win at The Show 2017

We are flattered to have our work awarded by AdFed’s The Show this year. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked took gold in the packaging category, and Tenth Muse took bronze in the logo category.


New Print: “Moons of Thoreau”

You might find us waxing poetic about our newest product Moons of Thoreau. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s poem, “The Moon,” the print features this verse:

My wayward path declineth soon,
But she shines not the less.

Printed on jet black paper, Moons of Thoreau took three passes through the press: one for white foil stamping, another for gold foil stamping, and the final for a rounded emboss.

Now available for purchase in our shop.

Printed in collaboration with McIntosh Embossing.


“The Lake & Stars” featured in BranD Magazine

We are pleased to be featured in Hong Kong-based BranD Magazine's 29th issue! Issue 29 Designer and Printer features embossed, debossed, and foil stamped print pieces, The Lake & Stars among them.

BranD is an international bi-monthly magazine published in Hong Kong by SendPoints, whose publishing and distribution network includes TASCHEN, Phaidon, Pepin, Pageone, Thames & Hudson, Pie, and Index.

The Lake & Stars is available for purchase on the Studio MPLS online shop.

New Work: MerryStockings


'Tis the season for sharing holiday-themed work! We've had a festive-filled year with longtime client MerryStockings, gearing up for this busy time of year. Over the course of 2016, we’ve designed a new laser cut Christmas Village product, gift-friendly packaging, promotional lookbook, and a letterpressed stationery suite produced to perfection by Spark Letterpress in Northeast Minneapolis. Best enjoyed with eggnog and Vince Guaraldi.





First Look: Tenth Muse


Tenth Muse is a start-up fragrance brand, launching early 2017. Studio MPLS was entrusted with developing a visual brand language for Tenth Muse that reflects the refined, methodical, and spiritual characteristics of their products. We're planning to share a full case study–including packaging, stationery, iconography + illustrations, and website–in tandem with the brand's launch. In the meantime, we're thrilled to offer a first look at some of the recently-completed brand elements.