Showing how 'Soft is strong'

By Sean Barrett on 05/18/20

Three weeks ago we were approached by Hanna Andersson to help engage parents through the virtues that they hold dearest. Today, despite the many obstacles keeping us apart, the Hanna team launched a brand campaign with content created by those parents. We're proud to have helped bring it to life and are thankful for the trust and partnership.

If you're interested in learning how companies are using creativity today to not just survive, but evolve, check out our Medium post here.

Or see the full campaign on

Summer Bust Out 2019

By Josh Beyer on 08/26/19

This July we took three days out of our busy schedules go on our annual Summer Bust Out. Bust Out is a time we look forward to every year — a time to decompress, team build, celebrate the previous year and look forward to what’s to come. This year we landed on the outdoor mecca of Bend, Oregon. We lived, we laughed, we LOGE-d.

In order to properly equip our team for the truly radical journey we were about to embark on, we put together a Bend Don’t Break survival kit. Included in the Mega branded dry bag were hand tie-dyed bucket hats, a glow in the dark Nalgene and most importantly, a Mountain Dew Baja Blast™️.

The first stop on our journey was a group hike at Smith Rock, which some of us were promised was going to be a quick “nature walk”, left a lasting impression on our calves for days. From there, we settled into our lodgings and embarked on a night of debauchery that included a few breweries and a couple memorable karaoke performances from some of our own.

The following morning we set off for the main event, tubing down the Deschutes River. We traversed the tepid waters with zero injuries and basked in the heat like the sun worshipers we are. To cap off the night we settled into some friendly competition at the local bowling alley, accompanied by a literal mountain of beige fried food for dinner.

It was a great couple of days and were already dreaming of next year.

Adobe 99U Conference

By Hallie Walker on 05/23/19

Two weeks ago we joined over a thousand other creative minds in New York for the privilege of attending this year’s Adobe 99U Conference, two days that brought together a vast variety of doers and thinkers from a diverse range of fields to discuss this year’s theme: The Creative Future. While two days seems short, they were packed with illumination and education.

More than just inspiration, the entire experience felt both motivational and action-oriented. Our days were built around small-scale classes and workshops balanced by 12 Main Stage presenters who spoke with a shared goal of defining and creating what tomorrow looks like. From AI and machine-learning to empathy and boredom, the message throughout the conference was clear: technology may aid in the future of creativity, but people will always be the force working to bring humanity into technology and business.

One of the most interesting parts of this conference was how much of it was not necessarily directly about what we design, but more so about the aspects of our creativity, technology, and humanity that that influence how we design. We put ourselves in classes that allowed us to explore and reflect on our own design processes; we learned about frameworks for designing the future you want from COLLINS, about why design belongs in the boardroom from R/GA, about harnesses both structure and chaos to promote creativity from co:collective, and about how to prevent our brains from succumbing to constant connectivity from Dr. Sahar Yousef.

Outside the conference walls we also gave ourselves time to explore and recharge, which turned into an excellent opportunity to visit some design studios and discover more of the city on foot. There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in an enormous city, letting yourself lose track of time on an inspiration overdose!

Our experience in NYC was invigorating, and now we look forward to sharing and implementing our newfound knowledge among our larger team after having such an amazing first hand experience.

L'Angolo Wine Tour

By Sean Barrett on 04/29/19

We've been working with our friends at L'Angolo Estate, a beautiful plot of land out in the Dundee Hills of Oregon run by winemaker Chase Renton, who makes some of the nicest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's we've had the pleasure of drinking. Those of us that have visited L'Angolo have been singing their praises for a while now, and figured it was about time we bring the entire Mega crew out to see for themselves how awesome the experience is.

Our day began with some tasting and a tour of the estate with Chase taking us around and explaining the winemaking process to us. We were able to visit the barrel room and do some tasting of some of their soon-to-be-released wines as well.

All in all, it was an amazing day. Mariann, L'Angolo's Director of Operations did an incredible job of setting us up with food and wine and everyone left with a bottle of wine and a real appreciation for what it takes to make wine at that level.

Suffice to say, we love all of the partners we work with, so it's great to be able to share what we love about them with our larger crew, get out a little together, and enjoy a beautiful day in our own backyard.

Get out and visit L'Angolo Estate when you get a chance and see just how beautiful wine can be and why we love this state we call home.

Design Week Portland 2019!

By David Jacobson on 04/17/19

Opening Party Installation

We were asked to join a handful of local artists and creative studios in customizing a ladder as part of a larger art exhibition.

With 'what luck' as the umbrella theme—we landed on a concept that celebrated exploration. Sometimes luck is stumbled on as a reward for an adventurous spirit. It's a reward for wandering around the corner.

The expanding foam was a medium we quickly landed on since it was something no one was familiar with. In the end we were stoked with the results – something that was equal parts art and science.

A Panel Discussion with New Friends

Our clients at KEX Portland asked us to help host a DWP event they were working on focused on the intersection of Portland and global design – so of course we jumped at the chance to get involved :)

KEX is a design-led social hotel from Iceland, coming to Portland later this year. It's named for the Icelandic word for biscuit, but in Iceland biscuit actually means cookie. We thought this could be a fun way to introduce the brand to Portland but also connect to the event themes of cultural understanding and how we apply meaning to what we see, hear and experience. And because KEX as a brand really emphasizes the analog, the drawing table was a fun excuse to put pen to paper and get us all on the same level doodling something ultra simple. We’re planning to use them for an installation in the space once they’re settled in.

Mega CD and Partner David Jacobson stepped up to moderate, alongside 3 panelists eager to talk about their experiences working and collaborating on creative projects in Portland and abroad. Everyone had a great time, and the combination of Dani Pedersen, Midori Karasawa and Rob Darmour was perfect.

The event was held at HAY Portland – which is the first US location for the Danish brand. So certainly a fitting location for the discussion.

CCA / L'Angolo Estate / Frye Family Foundation

By Sean Barrett on 08/23/18

We recently teamed up with L'Angolo Estate Winery and NBA player Channing Frye to design the event identity, communications, and gifts for 'YEAR ONE' a dinner event benefitting the Children's Cancer Association. The event, the first in what is planned to be an annual fundraiser thrown by the Frye Family Foundation, was an evening of amazing food at the stunning L'Angolo Estate with food prepared by chef's Peter Cho of Han Oak, and Sam Smith of Tusk in Portland.

As a partner in this event, we designed both the promotional materials for the event, but also custom gifts each donator received. We worked with L'Angolo Estate to craft a limited edition magnum bottle for the event, each with custom hand painted label, placed in a custom wooden box commemorating the event.

Channing held a live broadcast of his basketball podcast 'Road Trippin' with co-host Allie Clifton on the estate premises, which was followed by an amazing array of food, wine and information about the CCA and the good work they do to help children and families affected by cancer. It was an inspiring evening and we were proud to have played a part in helping such a worthy cause with such amazing people.

We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the CCA to visit their site and maybe even get involved or donate.

Sudio Mega 2018 Summer Bust Out!

By Sean Barrett on 08/17/18

Every year (all two of em!) we take some time out of our busy schedules to get out with the team, decompress, and just get to hang with each other in a fun and relaxing space.

Last year we went white water rafting in the Columbia Gorge. This year we brought our talents to Seattle for an overnighter that included some trains, some boats, some food, some drink, some looking backward, and some looking forward.

The theme of the trip was "Going for it!" One of the ways we did that was going on a sailing excursion on Lake Washington. It was a blast to get out on the water and go with the flow.

The next day we spent some time together in Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park, where we took in the amazing sculpture, but also did a team project that included some impromptu sculpture as well (LEGO!)

We also had a blast on the train to an from Portland and Seattle, where we took that time to play some games and get creative. It was just fun to get to hang out together. It's gonna be a hard one to top next year!

Some of the best of our "switch one letter, movie titles" game we played on the train.

Pyramid Brewing: Coast Day

By Hallie Walker on 07/17/18

Early this year, our friends at Pyramid Brewing came to us looking to design labels for the launch of their newest year-round brew: Coast Day Dry-Hop Hazy Lager—a hazy dry-hopped lager with crisp berry and citrus hop flavors and aromas—available exclusively in 19.2oz cans starting the summer of 2018.

Inspired by supergraphics, old-school travel posters, and the colors of long summer days, we infused Pyramid branding with a unique perspective by blending it into our very own Pacific Northwest coastline. We love how it turned out and can hardly wait to take a case along on our next outdoor adventure.

Governor's Ball Nike x NBA Artist Packaging

By Josh Beyer on 07/03/18

A Staple in the summer festival circuit, Governor's Ball takes over Randall's Island in NY on the first weekend of Every June. This years festival featured artists like, Eminem, Travis Scott, Halsey, Khalid, Post Malone and many more.

In partnership with Nike, the NBA and New Era, we created a tiered packaging system that put customized jerseys in the hands of the festival's most influential.

A few of the headlining artists received custom seeding kits inspired by touring cases that were designed by Mega and produced in partnership with the team at Matchless Build. The cases featured a velvet liner and custom branding that hero'd the headwear from New Era and the jerseys from Nike.

We took a more functional approach to creating the second tier of packaging. Knowing the challenges and realities of going to a festival, we wanted to create something that allowed artists and influencers easily carry their custom jersey, while still enjoying the festivities hands free.

We spent most of our time in the artist village with Nike and the NBA, but had a chance to take in some of the festival when the customization booth was shut down.

Here are our key takeaways:

1. Wear a Nike x NBA jersey when you go to a festival. It's super practical.

2. Bring a phone charger.

3. Third Eye blind can still like, get it.

Design Week 2018!

By Sean Barrett on 04/30/18

Design Week descended on Portland once again and we opened our doors to anyone interested in peeking in and learning a little more about what we do. It's been a big year for us so we couldn't wait to share what we've been up to as well as meet new friends and future conspirators. 

This year we decided to keep the party rolling beyond the specified open-house hours with food, drink and fun extending well into the night.

The evening was a blast. Beers were provided the whole night by our friends over at Portland Brewing. They even brought the brand-spanking-new, and beautiful to boot, cans and bottles designed by your truly.

Food and drink were in full effect with people lining up for the open bar and asian tacos grilled right out in our courtyard by our friends at Gado Gado. We had an impromptu pop up booth going from our buddies at LTRMN who were handing out pre-rolls and music spinning through the evening from DJ Rev Shines.

We had way too much fun, but it was totally worth getting a chance to hang with old friends, meet a few new ones, and celebrate what an amazing design community we've got. We're lucky to be right where we are.

New New Crusher Court Branding & Signage

By Sean Barrett on 02/01/18

A few months ago we were asked by Guerrilla Development to help design the identity and signage for the New New Crusher Court, the building in which Studio Mega currently resides.

The design consisted of entryway and suite signage (painted beautifully by J&S Signs) with lettering inspired by the signage that existed in the building's previous life when it was a auto repair shop. We also designed and commissioned a custom neon sign (built by The Tiny Spoon) was inspired by the foliage in the Crusher's oasis-like courtyard.

We're stoked with how it all turned out. Kinda exclectic, kinda weird, and totally fitting in to the cultural tapestry that is NE Sandy Blvd.

Nike LA AF1

By Trent Mitchell on 10/11/17

As part of Nike's ongoing city series for the Air Force 1, Studio Mega was asked to create the art for the Nike SF-AF1 Mid "LA". The design sported a white upper with purple and gold accents, a mini Swoosh on the lateral sides and a custom flower embroidered pattern on the medial.

Soho Court Classics

By Josh Beyer on 09/20/17

In support of the re-release of the Nike Flyleather Tennis Classic, we created an exclusive set of custom illustrations for the launch at Nike SoHo. The release happened in conjunction with the US Open and allowed consumers to pick an illustration and customize the shoe in store. Our set of illustrations were a mix of daily NY life references and a distinct set of Tennis inspired options.  

Nike KDX 'Still KD' Pins

By Sean Barrett on 05/31/17

To commemorate Kevin Durant and his Golden State Warriors reaching the 2017 NBA Finals, Nike asked us to help design a set of enamel pins to be boxed with a very limited 'Still KD' colorway of his KDX shoes.

The pin series signifies three facets of KD’s character. His flammable demeanor on and off the court, his enduring love for the game, and his balanced nature.

These limited KDX’s will only be available to purchase online through the Nike SNKRS app when Kevin is actually playing IN the game. The moment he's subbed out or the game ends, they become unavailable.

Learn more about the campaign here.

Portland Brewing: Bloomin' Brilliant

By Sean Barrett on 05/18/17

We’re pretty excited to announce our recent partnership with Portland Brewing, one of the original craft breweries here in Portland, founded in 1986. 

For our first project with them to hit the shelves, we were asked to help design the label for the 2017 Portland Rose Festival commemorative ale Bloomin' Brilliant. The beer will be released in 22oz. bottles, available in the Portland area locally in limited quantity in early summer 2017.

This is only the beginning of big things to come for us and Portland Brewing. We can't wait to share what's in the works. 

Welcome to the New New

By Sean Barrett on 04/28/17

Well it's been almost six months in the making, but we can finally say that our new studio space is just about ready for visitors. About four months ago, we moved from our first digs into the newly renovated, and incredibly named, New New Crusher court, a little oasis of creativity at 25th and Sandy in NE Portland. It's the latest development by bad-ass developer Kevin Cavenaugh, who's making a name for himself with some very cool and out-there developments in the area.

We met Kevin a while back and planets aligned. We're feeling lucky they did, not just because we get to call the New New home, but we get to share a courtyard with some of the coolest neighbors a creative studio could hope for (Guerilla Development, Upper Metal Class' Project Object, Leeward Surf, Kate-Bingaman-Burt's Outlet, Pickathon, The Beauty Shop, and Half-Court Studios to name drop a few). There isn't a day that goes by that we don't pinch ourselves with how lucky we are to share space with such inspiring folks.

The space was a blank slate when we came, which meant we were able to design and build the interior from scratch. Everything from the exposed concrete wall to the conference room, to the lighting fixtures were designed and built by us. It took a while, but we learned a ton and are super happy with the results. 

In January we were the first residents to move in. Since then, we've watched the Crusher Court evolve and eventually welcome each of its residents. If you're in the neighborhood, drop on by and grab a cold one with us in the courtyard. It's gonna be a rad summer. 

We've got flair!

By Sean Barrett on 04/21/17

Studio Mega, along with about 60 other artists and makers, got a chance to be part of Pin That Shit!, an art show curated by WeMake as part of the Portland Design Week festivities. Each artist was asked to contribute ten pins to be displayed and later sold with funds going towards arts education. 

Everyone contributed to the art and selection in some way. After much deliberation, we decided on not one but three pins to contribute, with our studio dog Clover even making it onto a pin. 

We had a blast designing the pins and it was really cool to be part of such a great group of artists.

Learn more about the show here.

Unfair: Han Oak + Studio Mega

By Josh Beyer on 04/10/17

We've been buddies with chef Peter Cho (Food & Wine's Best New Chef of 2017!), and fans of his food forever, so we were thrilled to be able to team up with him and a few of his culinary crew to conceive and design Unfair a pop-up dinner event at his restaurant Han Oak inspired by the good ‘ole county fair – only with much better fare.

The evening was a blast, with amazing food, boozy snow cones, a pie eating contest, and visuals and space design that we were able to have some fun with. If all that press he's getting doesn't sway you to visit Han Oak, let us throw our full endorsement in the mix to tip the scales. 

Check out Han Oak here.