Who We Are.

Marion Design Co. is a community-based creative studio run by a team of both volunteer and professional designers.

Our mission is to revive, empower, and propel community forward by creating sustainable design solutions developed through education and collaboration with local students and community.

Addressing urban renewal and revitalization, our community branding and identity development educates and nurtures our capable community.

What We Do.

We propel and empower the people of Marion through urban renewal and revitalization, community branding, and identity development.

We problem solve and create sustainable solutions for our community through creative placemaking, design thinking, and innovation.

We are collaborators, citizens, and neighbors who work to reveal the true identity of our amazing city through authentic relationships with the community of Marion.

How We Do It.

We believe that design through education, community, and service can change and impact the immediate and larger world. It can sustain and propel us into positive transformation.

Education | Beginning at the minds of educators, Marion Design Co. has been crafted and geared toward selecting students and community members eager to learn outside the classroom.

Community-Based Design | Through a community-based service design we collaborate to problem-solve and create solutions that propel and empower the people of Marion.

Service-Driven Design | Rather than speaking in hypotheticals within the controlled classroom, we inhabit spaces near the core and surround ourselves with the people that we are designing for. Through service-driven design we work carefully to solve design issues in real time.

 

 

 

design is:

A Process | It sustains and propels us into positive transformation so that every person can have a thriving life.

Problem Solving | It unites, strengthens, empowers, identifies, propels, supports, visualizes, and restores our communities.

Relational | It shifts perceptions and changes our viewpoints to see one another worthy and empathetically.

why design?

We design because we believe in Marion, authentic relationships, and that design should be available, accessible, and open for everyone.

 

Leadership. 

The team at Marion Design Co. combines years of high quality design and teaching experience under one roof. From social impact design, place and space design, branding and identity development, ui/ux, web and interactive design, to video and photography, our Mid-Western work ethic and our social impact backbone drives our passions to serve Marion.  

 
Luke Anspach  Co-Founder and Senior Digital Designer   lukeanspach.com   @lukeanspach

Luke Anspach
Co-Founder and Senior Digital Designer
lukeanspach.com
@lukeanspach

Wendy Puffer  Co-Founder & Chief Placemaking Officer   wendypuffer.com   @wendypuffer

Wendy Puffer
Co-Founder & Chief Placemaking Officer
wendypuffer.com
@wendypuffer

Jizelle Miller  Creative Director Designer   jizellemiller.com   @lukeanspach

Jizelle Miller
Creative Director
Designer

jizellemiller.com
@lukeanspach

Henrik Soderstrom  Chief Ideation Designer and Making Coordinator   henriksoderstrom.com

Henrik Soderstrom
Chief Ideation Designer and Making Coordinator
henriksoderstrom.com

Herb Vincent Peterson  Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer   herbpeterson.com   @herbvincentp

Herb Vincent Peterson
Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer
herbpeterson.com
@herbvincentp

 

2019 Marion Design Co. Design Fellows.

Rebecca Kleppinger  2019 Design Fellow

Rebecca Kleppinger
2019 Design Fellow

Graham Terry  2019 Design Fellow

Graham Terry
2019 Design Fellow

Allie Lumpkin  2019 Design Fellow

Allie Lumpkin
2019 Design Fellow

Grace Woodard  2019 Design Fellow

Grace Woodard
2019 Design Fellow

Ben Tadevich  2019 Design Fellow

Ben Tadevich
2019 Design Fellow

 

Do you belong here? We are always looking for new collaborators and designers to join us! Get in-touch!

 

Community Collaborators.

Only through partnership and teamwork, we are able to serve our community. This is why we depend on so many amazing individuals to fuel the greatness that lies in the work ahead of us. By celebrating the gifts, talents, and ideas of those around us, we create sustainable and equitable solutions that address Marion’s needs. By partnering alongside one another, we continue to create new insights into old issues.

We believe in stories.

We believe in stories because they give us a glimpse into places we might overlook. By listening and hearing one another, we begin to form long-lasting bonds and relationships. We get time to slow down, hear one another, and understand the history of who we are.

There are important things that are often ignored in the dryness of data-driven research. However, stories enable us to ask questions and understand life through a new lens. Since day one, we have asked the Marion community to join us in the sharing of stories, feelings, and ideas that are connected to our community.

What does Marion mean to you?

What is your history with Marion?

What would you like to see happen, change, become of Marion?

If you are like us and are passionate about this amazing community, please share your words, your mind, and your heart with us. Here at Marion Design Co., we believe that each and every person has a story. We believe in your story because you are the answer.

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Contribute and help sustain.

Marion Design Co. is 100% funded by volunteer work. From post-it notes to basic office supplies to providing meals for our student designers, we need your support to make our projects thrive. With the help of your grants, your gracious support provides us with financial backing so that together, we can reveal the true identity of this incredible city.