Curious about the studios influencing design today? Us too. We couldn’t help but take the opportunity to get to know the studios and designers involved in this year’s SFDW just a little bit better. From how they prepare their coffee (of critical importance to the creative process) or how the Bay Area inspires their design thinking, these brief interviews offer inspiration and expertise that may even fuel some of your own design challenges. More than anything, these studios can’t wait to open their doors to the community during Design Week.

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Butchershop / @butchershopsf
Founded in 2009, Butchershop is an award winning full service creative agency based in San Francisco with expertise in branding, storytelling, web design and development, and content creation. We specialize in Consumer Products, SaaS, Technology, Real Estate, Food & Beverage, Hospitality.
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Cibo / @cibosf
Cibo is a brand experience agency that creates and develops omni-channel brand stories that drives deeper consumer engagement for companies. Founded in San Francisco in 2010, Cibo brings deep capabilities in marketing and advertising together with expertise in digital experience design, emerging technologies and cross-platform brand storytelling.
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Cooper / @Cooper
Cooper is an award-winning design firm based in San Francisco. We collaborate with organizations to uncover product, service, and business opportunities, and establish a clear direction for their future. We also provide training and mentoring in research, design, and strategy, to help people and teams design successfully for themselves.
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EchoUser / @echouser
EchoUser is the Any Experience design firm. EchoUser blends research, design and testing in an end-to-end UX solution that helps our diverse clientele create the ideal user experience through their products and services. Based in San Francisco, our clients include Cisco, Google, NetApp, Oracle,, Threadflip and the Bay Area Rapid Transit.
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Fjord / @fjord
Fjord has been a pioneer for design and innovation since we opened our doors in 2001. Together with our clients, we’ve created services that make millions of people’s lives a little better every day. We help bring breakthrough digital services to life, redesigning people’s relationships with the world around them. We help our clients answer critical questions around customer relevancy, loyalty, and delight to conceive, design, and deliver innovative service strategies.
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frog / @frogdesign
frog is a global product strategy and design firm. Our work solves problems, anticipates the future, and advances the human experience. We are more than 600 strategists, researchers, designers, and technologists who consult and partner with clients across industries. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have offices in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Seattle, Shanghai, and Singapore.
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Herman Miller
Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. A publicly held company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, we have manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and operate through several focused businesses. All of them work to design and build a better world around you.
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MetaDesign / @metadesignsf
As a strategic and creative partner, MetaDesign works closely with client companies to build their brands and ensure their ongoing success. With studios in Asia, North America, and Europe, we combine design, strategy, and communication expertise, and count international corporations and unknown startups alike among our clients.
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Method / @method_inc
Method creates experiences that matter by deeply changing businesses with design. We do this by using the lens of experience design to clarify and deliver the brand promise, understand the changing needs of the customer, and align and improve the customer journey. Located in SF, NY and London, we have over 15 years experience in delivering and launching innovative new products and services with clients such as Lush, Barclays, Google, and Microsoft.
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R/GA / @rga
R/GA, the company for the connected age, develops products, services and communications to grow our clients’ brands and businesses. Founded in 1977, the agency has offices around the globe and has been a pioneer at the intersection of technology, design and marketing with work spanning web, mobile and so cial communications, retail and e-commerce, product innovation, brand development and business consulting.
ROI-DNA / @roidna
ROI·DNA is a full service digital agency headquartered in San Francisco, delivering deep, functional solutions built on incisive expertise across the digital space. We deliver tailored services for B2B and B2C businesses. With dedicated teams in creative, development, and digital marketing, we’ve grown the revenues and brands of over 100 happy clients.
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Alloy Product Development
Alloy crafts exceptionally engineered products that inspire delight and loyalty in the people who use them. We collaborate with top designers to bring their visions to life by applying creativity, experience, and sound engineering principles to solve difficult problems. Mechanical engineering is what we love to do. And it’s all we do.  
Bloom Studios / @makebloom
Founded by Darryl Kirchner and Fabian Molina in 2012, we started with over 10 years of experience under our belts. Having polished our skills and merged our freelance careers, we decided to concentrate on building something together, something from the ground up, something we’d be proud of. That something became bloom studios. We’re a creative agency in the heart of SF.
Galanter & Jones / @galanterjones
Galanter & Jones is a design build company that makes the world’s first line of heated outdoor furniture.
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J. Rusten Furniture Studio / @jrustenstudio
J. Rusten Furniture Studio is one of only a few remaining San Francisco-based design/build woodworking studios. Since 2002, Jared has developed and exhibited scores of original studio furniture pieces in addition to producing numerous custom commissions. His work has been exhibited at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The International Contemporary Furniture Fair and other gallery and museum venues.
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Matter / @matterproduct
Matter™ is a San Francisco-based design and innovation firm founded by Max Burton. We work in the areas of industrial design, interaction design and experience design. We believe that understanding the human experience is the starting point for innovation. Through our creative process, we seamlessly integrate products and services to deliver holistic solutions that meaningfully connect with people.
Noise 13 / @noise13design
Noise 13 is a brand strategy & design agency that works in partnership with their clients to build insightful, compelling lifestyle brands. We believe that through a strategic combination of Life + Style, beautiful and functional design can emerge.
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Y STUDIOS / @ystudiossf
Y STUDIOS is a design and research company located in the creative hub of San Francisco. We use socio-cultural intelligence to spark innovations that help our clients gain a competitive edge. Diversity is key to what we do. By cross-pollinating our creativity across different cultures, design disciplines and industries, we bring fresh perspectives to everything we do.