The Kombucha Shop Featured on ABC’s Shark Tank

In 2016 we had the pleasure of working with Kate Field, founder of The Kombucha Shop, to update her brand identity and re-imagine the packaging design for her kombucha brewing kits. This fall, Kate was featured on Shark Tank! Watch Kate’s pitch on the ABC website (she’s the last presenter in S10, E5).

Kate walked away with an amazing offer from the Sharks, and two new business partners—Barbara Corcoran and Sara Blakely! We’re thrilled for Kate’s continued success, and proud to be a part of The Kombucha Shop brand story. View the full Kombucha Shop case study here, and read an article about our design process for this project on The Dieline.

New Studio Space

Last year we purchased a vacant office space in the heart of south Minneapolis, primed for renovation. With the help of Brownsmith Restoration, we brought the early 20th century construction back to life — merging the building’s historic roots with our minimalist sensibilities. Original tin ceilings with sweeping glass walls? Yes please. View the photos, or come see for yourself!

Dan Olson, Communication Arts Judge 2017

Dan Olson, Studio MPLS founder and creative director, had the distinct honor of serving as one of five judges for the 2017 Communication Arts Design Annual competition—the largest and most prestigious design competition in the world. The judges faced the daunting (and humbling) task of narrowing 3,800+ entries down to 150 selections to be featured in the 2017 Design Annual.

2017 Design jury pictured with Coyne Family.

The judging took place at CA’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. “The Coyne family continues to oversee the contest and made the entire judging experience one of the most enjoyable opportunities of my career,” says Dan. We were also honored to have our work for Woodford Reserve featured in the 2017 Design Annual.


New MN State Park products available at Corazon gift shops

Make a stop at Corazon gift shop on East Lake St. in Minneapolis or Selby Ave. in St. Paul to pick up one of our new MN State Park products. These make perfect Father’s Day gifts!

MN State Park-themed matte black ceramic mug. Gift box included!

Limited edition reprint of our navy blue and gold foil MN State Park poster.

Dark gray t-shirt featuring our MN State Park typographic map.

New Work: Fika Coffee

Here’s a sneak peek of some new work we created for Fika Coffee in Lutsen, Minnesota. We collaborated with our friends at Fika to redesign the brand identity, and we’re looking forward to rolling out more brand assets and products in the coming months.

See the full gallery here.

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.