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. 




New Print: “Disappointment Mountain”

We’re excited to share our newest print, “Disappointment Mountain.” Located in the breathtaking Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with an elevation of merely 1,800 feet, this “peak” can hardly be considered a disappointment or a mountain.

This 9×6″ piece is printed on Reich SAVOY Brilliant White 184# DT in collaboration with Spark Letterpress.
Now available for purchase in our store.




New Work: “The Lake & Stars” Poster

Months in the making, we’re excited to unveil our newest poster!


The inspiration for The Lake & Stars was to abstract a map of Lake Superior and its surrounding landmarks with an overlaid segment of the universe, blending the Great Lake with a starry sky. The constellations are abstractly depicted as they might appear over the lake in the nighttime, reflecting the vastness and depth of both lake and sky.

Highlighting meaningful places for us Northerners, the piece is an unfolding textural experience that transcends a graphic map. Evoking water sparkling on a lake and stars sparkling in the sky, fine foil details weave together to create layers of depth within the hand-painted lake.





The lines connecting the constellations and the parallels are blind debossed; the locations around the lake and the constellations are foil-stamped copper; the stars are pale matte silver foil; the lake is screen-printed from an original hand-painted piece. Printed on French Midnight Blue 100# in collaboration with Vahalla Studios and McIntosh Embossing. 









Purchase The Lake & Stars at our online shop.

New Work: Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival Poster


For the last eight years, our friends and next-door neighbors at the Trylon Microcinema have organized the Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival. We have been fortunate to design a number of posters for the Trylon over the years and were thrilled when they approached us to create the poster for this year's festival celebrating "The Master of Suspense."

The 2016 Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival kicks off tonight with a sold-out 70mm screening of "Vertigo" at the historic Heights Theater. Purchase tickets for other festival screenings here or view additional posters we've created for the Trylon at our website.

Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Whiskey


It has been a thrill to participate in the launch of Jack Daniel’s redesigned line of Single Barrel whiskies. The second of four products in the line is their “Barrel Proof” whiskey, the distillery’s first-ever barrel-strength offering. For this product, Jack Daniel’s selects barrels from higher floors in their rackhouses and bottles the whiskey directly from the barrel without dilution or filtering (resulting in proofs ranging from 125 – 140).

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Barrel Proof is a permanent offering from Jack Daniel’s and is now available at larger liquor & spirits retailers nationwide. Read more about this product at Uncrate, Gear Patrol, and Cool Material.