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.

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.

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.