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discover our process & meet the team

IMAGINE

a new reality

In this initial discovery phase, we get to the heart of your organization, interviewing your team and community of stakeholders to identify strengths, challenges, values, and visions.

We review your current brand elements and marketing channels to see what’s working and what can be improved. Through an ecosystem analysis, we map the promising growth opportunities where new adopters and strategic partners can be organically cultivated. We also share proven principles and inspiring practices from the field relevant to your mission.

DESIGN

for impact

We facilitate an inclusive design process to review the discovery findings and explore the ecosystem of opportunities together.

You are then able to see and choose an evolutionary path that is beneficial to all your stakeholders.

From this collective wisdom, MA Studio’s team creates a distinct brand with language and aesthetic elements that are meaningful to your audiences—both internally and externally. We craft engagement campaigns and source natural channels to bring powerful storytelling to the people and places you serve. This phase can include a variety of deliverables, from identity systems, print design and website development to interactive experiences, cultural events and programming. With an agile team of seasoned collaborators, we bring projects to fruition in line with your mission.

CULTIVATE

systems change

We strive to design flexible tools and a culture of shared ownership so that your team feels confident and resourced as you grow.

Together we create feedback loops to measure impact and adapt projects and processes accordingly. Many of our clients have collaborated with us over years. We are honored to grow with such rich and inspiring communities and customize our offerings to our client’s vision and needs as they evolve.

Our purpose is to partner with you to cultivate new systems that restore ecological balance and our collective wellbeing…whose organizing principles and patterns lead to greater purpose and prosperity for all.

MA Studio

Strategy, Creative Direction & Design

Founder & principal, Mary A. Wagner, combines science and soul in all of her work. A natural champion of people’s innate gifts, she helps clients find the language, artistry and strategic tools to shift organizational systems, catalyze growth and meaningfully impact the people and places they serve.

For 15 years, Mary has worked with innovators in the fields of education, ecology, food, farming and wellness. A self-taught designer, she honed her skills working as a sustainable development consultant for cities and towns and later as a K-7th grade science and arts teacher in underserved communities—helping to analyze systems, facilitate critical inquiry, communicate value across diverse stakeholders, and garner development partners in both arenas.

Mary holds a BA in chemistry and environmental public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a permaculture design certificate from Colorado’s High Altitude Permaculture. A lifelong student of nature, she is passionate about biomimicry and the application of its proven strategies of mutualism and cooperation, (among others), to shift our systems to greater equity, resiliency, and ultimately, regeneration.

520 Collective

Brand & Culture Strategist

Mary collaborates with Gia Medeiros, founder of 520 Collective, to help businesses make quantum leaps by marrying the inspiration of brand and storytelling with innovation, culture building and organizational transformation practices.

Throughout her 20 year career, Gia has worked with many national and international brands and businesses as well as local start ups and non profits to drive creativity, innovation, brand and business growth. Recent clients have included Major League Baseball, Sysco, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente, Network for Executive Women (NEW), Mackintosh Academy and the Center for Resource Conservation.

Good Good Work

Technology, Design & Culture-Shifting

Mary collaborates with Katie Falkenberg and Drew Hornbein, founding members of the Good Good Work cooperative, to co-design, develop and maintain the responsive technology for engaging your audience and organizing for impact—whether it’s a simple website or custom software.

Katie and Drew are adept at mapping system needs and opportunities, sourcing the right suite of tools, and efficiently creating solutions that are user-friendly now and for the long haul. They also facilitate a culture of shared ownership, helping your team make the most of your investment.

Evonna Creative

Communications Design

Mary collaborates with Evonna Ramirez, founder and principal of Evonna Creative, to design engagement strategies and brand elements that offer a consistent and memorable experience across print, web and social media. An avid athlete, Evonna brings the same passion and attention to detail to her design work as she does to her marathon training.