We specialize in brand identity, packaging design and illustration with an artful, elevated approach.
With over fifty years of proven experience, we merge design sensibility with craft and artistry to develop innovative and elegant solutions for brands of all sizes.
When we work together, your brand is our brand. We take great pride and passion in creating work that is covetable and one-of-a kind.
Dan Olson is the founder and creative director of Studio MPLS. With over thirty years of industry experience, he is responsible for some of the most highly awarded and widely recognized design work in the world, including global initiatives for brands like Coca-Cola, BMW, and Sony. A true Northerner in every way, Dan is a lifelong resident of Minneapolis and enjoys spending time at his Lake Superior cabin with his dogs, Tom and Peter.
“Studio MPLS brings an uncommon depth of creative intelligence that finds expression in powerful, emotionally captivating, beautiful design. For the hands-on marketer, Studio MPLS creates an environment of effortless collaboration. The team allows the creative process to unfold organically, producing exceptional work with expediency while honoring the unique context and objectives of each project. No hype, just an analog connection between you and the creative team. Brands seeking to clarify their message and elevate their aesthetic will benefit greatly from the diligence and brilliance of Studio MPLS.”
“The evolution of the Panda brand requires an adept ability to pair celebrating who we are as an established brand with inspiring who we can become as an iconic brand. We trust Studio MPLS to be our partners in this work because of their dedication and drive to continually push for the best possible creative to tell our story. They are a team of talented, devoted, and kind individuals that we are proud to say are an extension of our Panda family. ”
“Studio MPLS has been a tremendous creative partner in the redesign of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel packaging. Through their unique design approach, they have evolved the package to reflect a more premium look-and-feel, elevating every detail in order to reflect the quality and craftsmanship of this important brand. ”
“Dan and the team at Studio MPLS have been a great partner to the creative team at Mistral. Almost two years ago we set out to completely revamp our men’s line. Through their unique design and packaging experience in the luxury spirits market, we were able to evolve our packaging to a more premium and contemporary look and feel while still retaining our French heritage. We are a small company and I am fairly hands on in every inch of my business, so it really became an open dialogue back forth on a weekly basis. The whole process was engaging, enriching and ultimately very successful. ”
“Rishi and Studio MPLS have worked successfully through a diverse array of branding and packaging projects but Sparkling Botanicals presented a unique challenge. Our timeline was impossibly tight and as a company we were striking into new and extremely competitive territory: the ready to drink market. Yet with Studio MPLS’ collaborative spirit, artistry and technical acumen we were able to create a design that we are profoundly proud of.”
“The team at Studio MPLS was professional, responsive, creative and an overall joy to work with. Each person we interacted with along the way focused on delivering a quality product we would love. While TKS was a rather small company at the time, Dan was dedicated to finding a budget that worked for us. The team took design feedback well and reassessed the vision when necessary. In the end they created a whole new look and feel for our brand.. and it's perfect. ”