Who we are

Founded in 2009, by designers Ben Wright and Paul Stafford, DesignStudio is a global brand and design agency with offices in the creative hubs of London and San Francisco.

Ben and Paul opened the agency after spotting a split in the creative industry. Studios were either boutique and beautiful, but only managing to work on a few projects or of a massive scale and impersonal with their client relationships. DesignStudio was created with the aim to fill this gap – delivering the quality of boutique, bespoke design to global brands and audiences.

What we do

Brands approach DesignStudio as they recognise the value of being design-led in the global economy. Our ideas and creativity help our clients live across different platforms. And they’re always ideas we can deliver. Rebrands, graphic design, film, photography and artwork, 3D, animation. All led by creative. All equally strong.

By applying creative, critical thinking to these different channels, we change people’s perceptions and create the brands of the future.

Key personnel

Paul Stafford
CEO and Founding Partner

Paul co-founded DesignStudio to offer clients beautifully crafted design on a worldwide scale. He has worked with some of the country’s top design agencies, producing award-winning work including branding solutions, guidelines and global design assets for clients including Nokia Siemens Networks and Swisscom.

Ben Wright
COO and Founding Partner

Ben co-founded DesignStudio to bring together creative and production across multiple disciplines under one agency, combining innovative idea generation with expert execution. He has also worked at a number of leading design studios, establishing long term relationships as well as producing work for clients including Channel 4, Nike and Eurostar.

Ian Styles
Executive Creative Director, London

With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Ian has built a reputation for the quality of his work, and transforming the agencies he works for. As well as forming his own studio, he has worked for some of London’s leading consultancies and loves the power of a simple idea to create and regenerate brands across any media. At DesignStudio he mentors the design team and ensures that innovation drives the work.

John Creson
Principal, San Francisco

John has a broad range of experience having worked with brands including Adobe, Intel and Visa. He is an influential figure within the Bay area design scene and is a board member for both the AIGA and Sustainable brands. At DesignStudio John aims to spearhead DesignStudio’s San Francisco expansion.

The team

Ashley Rowland
HR & Employee Experience Manager
Caroline Ash
Marketing Manager
Charlie Hocking
Designer
Chris Hacking
Head of Production
Emanuele Grisa
UX Designer
Hayley Hyland
Producer
James Gilmore
Design Director
James Hurst
Digital Creative Director
Kate Simmons
Client Services Director
Mark Robbins
Designer
Niyanka Mistry
Finance Manager
Paul Dixon
Director of Motion
Peter McClelland
Creative Director
Phoebe Argent
Designer
Polly Birtwistle
Producer
Rawle Pearson
Finance Assistant
Rich Lyons
Design Director
Rodrigo Pillon
IT Manager
Sally Reynolds
Team Assistant
Sean Murphy
Creative Director
Silvia Casali
Senior Motion Designer
Tim Howcroft
Artworker
Tim Williams
Creative Director

Press and accomplishments

Over the years we’ve been featured in many books and magazines, picking up some awards along the way.

Amongst others, our work has been picked up by Design Week, Creative Review, Eye Magazine, It’s Nice That, Process Journal, and we guest edited an entire section of Computer Arts Magazine.

Most recently we’ve picked up Best International Rebrand for Airbnb from Brandemia and won Best Marketing Campaign at the Fintech Innovation Awards for our work with Nutmeg.

Studio music

Music plays a key role in our studio and we strive to discover new and interesting sounds that we feel could work as the soundtrack to our latest work film or simply keep us humming throughout the day.

Each week we publish DesignStudio FM – a Spotify playlist of the tracks that are currently gracing the studio sound system.

Below you can subcribe to the playlist and follow us on Spotify. We archive each playlist, which you can find on our profile page.

We post them weekly on Twitter with the hashtag #DSFM.