New Work: Tea Forté Packaging Design


Just in time for summer! We’re happy to share our most recent work – Tea Forté Tea Over Ice.

We had the distinct privilege of partnering with global tea company, Tea Forté, to completely redesign the packaging for their iced tea category, including packaging for all iced tea blends and tea brewing pitchers. Tea Forté specializes in high-quality tea, accessories and packaging for an exceptional tea experience. As such, we really enjoyed digging into this project to find a packaging solution consistent with the luxuriant experience of Tea Forté’s artisan handcrafted teas.

Are you feeling parched? Is there sweat on your brow? Here are a few places you can find Tea Forté.



New Hire: Gaby Saravia


We’re excited to announce Gaby Saravia as our Studio MPLS summer intern!

We met Gaby at this year’s Portfolio 1-on-1 and were immediately charmed by her bright personality. She is a design student at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, but originally hails from Peru. In fact, little did we know, but in addition to her impressive design skills, Gaby also is a phenomenal athlete – she holds Peru’s national high jump record of 5’10”!

Gaby’s excited to be in the Land of Lakes for a summer of learning, new friends and beautiful lakes. And hanging out with us at Studio MPLS, of course. With her bent towards brand identity and packaging design, she’s already a great fit around the studio. We’re excited to have you here, Gaby!

Here is a sample of her work:



New Work: Alli Marie

We previously shared the identity system and stationery we designed for Alli Marie, a new premiere brand of women’s footwear. We’re excited to share the shoebox we designed to complement the beautifully crafted footwear. Check out the project gallery to view the rest of the work, and visit the Alli Marie website to learn more about the brand and see the shoes.

Sneak Peek: AIGA Portfolio 1-on-1 2014 Poster


We had the distinct honor of designing the poster for AIGA Portfolio 1-on-1 2014. Portfolio 1-on-1 is the premier regional conference for developing design students and recent graduates. Attendees have the unique opportunity to present themselves with their portfolios to experienced creative professionals for intensive reviews, constructive conversations, and valuable connections. The conference will take place on March 28th and 29th at Mill City Nights, in Minneapolis. We’ll share the full project soon. For now, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

For more information and to register:

Trout Brook Logo for Red Wing Shoes

We’ve had the extreme honor of working with Red Wing Shoes in the past. We are excited to show new work we’ve recently completed for one of their sub-brands, Trout Brook Leather.


Named after the southern Minnesotan brook on which the tannery is located, Trout Brook Leather is used for many of Red Wing’s legendary boots and shoes. Like all of Red Wing’s products, Trout Brook leather prides itself on its durability, quality, and American heritage.


So Marrow Minded: A Benefit for Kevin Williams


Kevin Williams is a Minnesotan artist and musician currently living in Sweden. As of November 2012, Kevin has been living with acute myeloid leukemia. Currently, his body cannot withstand additional chemotherapy, and he is in desperate need of a bone marrow donor. Bone marrow donation is a delicate process, and finding a suitable match is incredibly difficult, especially for people of African descent, like Kevin.

Join Studio MPLS as we support Kevin, and help raise awareness for those in need of bone marrow transplants. We have donated a number of our posters to the event’s silent auction.


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100% of the proceeds from this benefit will go towards the donor archive, and will help bring Kevin’s siblings to Sweden to support him. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to be swabbed to see if you or someone else might be a bone marrow match!

Come help save a life and many more!

More event info here.

Sneak Peek: Brave New Media Rebranding


Brave New Media is a Minneapolis-based content development & management company founded in 1998. Rooted in design & video, Brave New Media works with local, national, and international brands to create compelling stories through digital media.

We were approached by our friends at Brave New Media with an incredible opportunity: a thorough visual rebranding that celebrated their past fifteen years, and emboldened their team into the next fifteen.



We’ll share a more complete case study showcasing the entirety of the work in the near future. For now, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek.

New Work: Axl Dad Weapon Club


A close friend of ours has an 7-year-old son named Axl. Like many young Midwestern boys, Axl is fascinated by various instruments of defense. This fascination often manifests itself in Axl and his father shooting a toy bow and arrow into hay bails down at the local park.

With a strong desire to keep this activity top-secret from the potentially dangerous hands of his mother, Axl started ADWC (Axl Dad Weapon Club). Studio MPLS designer, Brent Schoepf, designed a handful of identity directions for the club. Future applications include jacket patches, and temporary tattoos. Just don’t tell Axl’s mom. 2





(DISCLAIMER: Axl Dad Weapon Club, at its core, is dedicated to the education and safe use of toy weaponry in all environments and situations.)

New Work: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

Last week, we showcased new work for Minnesota heritage brand Red Wing Shoes. This week, we are equally excited to present new work for another classic Minnesota brand, Faribault Woolen Mill. Since its founding in 1865, some of the world’s finest wool blankets have come out of the mill, located in a small river town fifty miles south of Minneapolis. We were commissioned to play an exciting role in their incredible history, designing three new blankets for the mill.


The blankets will soon be available for purchase through Faribault’s webstore and through select worldwide retailers. A limited-edition first run of blankets are currently being sold at Minneapolis-based retailer Ampersand.





Stay tuned for more exciting collaborations between Faribault Wool Mill and Studio MPLS in the near future!

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