about

We are the work.

Wall-to-Wall Studios is a full-service integrated brand design agency founded in 1992. Our work spans many verticals, and we like it that way. We have experience representing the full emotional and aesthetic spectrum. Our clients are diverse - big, small and in between; local, regional and national. We believe in creating compelling integrated experiences for smart challenger brands.

 

 

WE DO Whatever it takes.

Sure, we've been around a long time. However, we never assume we know how to solve a problem before we've started; every solution is built from scratch. We use a lightweight process to keep us on track and tools to keep us efficient, and we're good stewards of resources - ours and yours. We're all about delivering exactly what you need in ways you never expected.

 

 

WE'RE Hand-Picked (with love).

Do you ever get that bloated feeling? We don't. Everyone here was hand-selected to be part of an artistically and technically creative team. We're hybrids - most of us are multidisciplinary - so we're nimble, and we can get done with few what usually takes many. We take our work very seriously (but with our sense of humor intact). Because of where we come from and how we work, we get exposure to many things and we often use what we've learned in one discipline to push the boundaries of another.

 

 

We're Worldwide.

Well, almost. With offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Honolulu, Hawaii, plus clients everywhere in between, we're convinced we've found the two most strategic locations on the planet. Two offices, an ocean apart, sharing the same soul. We're dedicated, yet fun, and our personality is evident in every aspect of our space. Stop in anytime. We want seeing us to be the fun part of your day.

 

 

We're Legit.

1992   

James Nesbitt drives from Boston to Bernard Uy's Pittsburgh apartment in roofless, cow-painted Volvo. They land their very first client, the Pittsburgh Dance Council. The W|W partnership is formed and search for office space begins.

1993

W|W builds portfolio base consisting of friends, family and pro-bono clients. IRS explains concept of "taxes." W|W hires accountant, purchases second computer and first external hard drive. Search continues for office space. W|W develops integrated branding its first restaurant client (Mad Mex) and misses all design/advertising competition call-for-entry deadlines.

1994

An entire can of Pepsi empties on hard drive destroying all client and financial data. Incident later to be known internally as "The Pepsi Syndrome." W|W hires first intern. Search continues for office space. The Studio wins 4 AIGA Awards.

1995

W|W moves into new office in reclaimed Strip District warehouse building. Doubles staff by hiring 2 full-time designers. Wins 9 AIGA Awards, work appears in Print Regional Design Annual. Partners help to launch non-profit organization PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project) and sit on the Board of Directors as founding members.

1996

W|W launches first version of website. Opens art gallery showcasing a broad range of work including: "Art You Can Eat," "Stool Samples" and a very long, three-hour production of "Waiting for Godot." Wins 9 AIGA Awards and first 3 Addy Awards.

1997

W|W Gallery closes and is reborn as much needed additional office space. W|W writes, directs, edits and stars in first 30-second client television spot. Wins 15 AIGA Awards and 7 Addy Awards.

1998

A W|W pro-bono project sparks heated discussion (about Barbie & Ken dolls) on local radio talk show.  Wins 7 AIGA Awards, 2 Addy Awards, 2 Achievement in Radio Awards, 10 Graphic Design:USA Awards, 1 National Brand Design Association Gold Award.

1999   

W|W installs first office disco ball. Staff doubles to 8 people. Wins 10 AIGA Awards, 3 How Magazine International Design Awards, 1 Addy Award.

2000

After years of intensive, hands-on research, lands first Beer client. Search for bigger office space begins. Bernard Uy and James Nesbitt named to Pittsburgh Magazine's 1st ever "40 under 40" list of influential Pittsburghers. Wins 12 AIGA Awards, and creative work is recognized in Print Magazine.

2001

Designed our first bobble-head doll as a promotion for high-tech medical client (which soon trades on eBay for over $250). Wins 21 AIGA Awards and wins awards in Print Magazine.

2002

Becomes fully Y2K compliant. After a citywide, 2-year search, office moves to second floor of same Strip District warehouse building. Installs second disco ball. Celebrates first ten years of not going out of business. Brian Kaiser is promoted to Partner at the firm.

2003

Wins 27 of 100 AIGA PITTSBURGH SHOW Awards. In honor of their 11th Anniversary, W|W remodels the studio space and introduces the W|W Bar. Happy hours are back en vogue, Guinness on tap, Fridays. Call (412) 232-0880 for reservations.

2004

Wins 3 ADDY Awards and 27 of 100 AIGA PITTSBURGH SHOW Awards. Larkin Werner is promoted to Partner at the firm. Launches version 4.2 of our website.

2005

W|W launches its new Honolulu, Hawaii office (and the 2nd W|W Bar) in the Culture and Arts District near Chinatown. The third W|W Disco Ball is installed. Pau Hana on First Fridays. Call (808) 566-0880 for the secret password. Or just visit www.wwffhh.com

2006

The Honolulu team surprises the Pittsburgh staff by party-crashing the Holiday festivities, dressed in full Santa-with-beard costumes. And there was much rejoicing. And bowling. 

2007

W|W celebrates its 15th anniversary. Two gigantic and beautifully hand-made W's mysteriously appear mounted 10 feet above the Honolulu office workstations. Coincidence? We think so.

2008

Both offices send teams to collaborate for a new client in Las Vegas. W|W Pittsburgh moves to new office on the North Side, mostly because of the free ice cream. Plus that swanky roof deck with a killer view.

2009

Pittsburgh's team picks up 4 GOLD Addys at the American Advertising Federation awards. Honolulu's team picks up 2 PELE Awards at the Hawaii Advertising Federation awards where Bernard Uy is also named "Advertising Man of the Year." This website finally launches. Pete Popivchak is promoted as the 5th Partner of the firm. W|W presents "Branding For Museums and Non-Profits" at the AAM National Conference in Philadelphia.

2010

W|W's formative identity and logo work for the Mob Museum in Las Vegas is featured in book titled, Brand Identity Essentials. Honolulu's team picks up 4 GOLD PELE Awards at the Hawaii Advertising Federation Awards and Pittsburgh's work for Oakland (logo, branding) was selected in Design Annuals for Graphis and PRINT Regional. Pittsburgh's office is voted "One of the Great Places to Work" by Pittsburgh Magazine.

2011

W|W Pittsburgh's office sponsors the "NOISE" concert series and also picks up 2 GOLD Addys and 2 SILVER Addys. The Honolulu office is awarded its first National Silver Addy Award for the Hawaii Energy TV spot, "Not Another Drop" in addition to 5 GOLD PELE Awards. The Honolulu team is asked by the PELE/Addy committee to develop the show promotion graphics and videos for the Big Event. Both offices are surpised with iPads for the entire staff at the holiday party. And, the Economist Intelligence Unit names the top two most liveable cities in the USA: Pittsburgh (#1) and Honolulu (#2). Coincidence? We think not. 

2012

The Pittsburgh office is awarded the Best of Show (Burgatory) plus 4 Gold and 5 Silvers at the ADDY Awards, a National Gold Addy Award (Burgatory too), 6 AIGA PGH365 awards, including Judges Choice Award (for, you guessed it, Burgatory). The Honolulu office was honored with 15 Awards at the Pele Show, including 7 Gold PELE Addy Trophies, 3 Silver Medals and 5 Bronze Medals (plus a Pele profile). The Pittsburgh office sponsors the 2nd NOISE concert series. The company turns twenty years old and celebrates by acquiring even more studio space; the new Honolulu office includes a 1940s vintage DC-3 airplane. Happy XX, W|W.

2013

After surviving the Mayan Apocalypse, W|W tempts fate by hiring two Taylors while a Senior Designer (temporarily) trades Oahu for Buffalo, NY. W|W's Honolulu office is awarded 3 National Silver ADDYs, 3 Best of Show accolades for the Honolulu AIGA and 7 Gold PELEs; while the Pittsburgh office is honored with Best in Show and Judge's Choice at the Pittsburgh AIGA Awards and with 3 Gold ADDYs. Co-founder James Nesbitt leaves W|W to shake things up in the restaurant industry (hey Nez, where's the circular saw?). As the team roster now exceeds 30 people, W|W has become 'acquainted' with the Affordable Care Act, the airline industry and the largest rubber duck to visit Pittsburgh.

The Crew

Bernard Uy

Bernard Uy

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Honolulu, Hawaii

Larkin Werner

Larkin Werner

Partner & Creative Director

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 
Brian Kaiser

Brian Kaiser

Partner & CFO

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pete Popivchak

Pete Popivchak

Partner & VP Sales/Mkg

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jen Tanabe

Jen Tanabe

Associate Creative Director

Honolulu, Hawaii

Doug Dean

Doug Dean

Art Director

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 
Scott Naʻauao & Celeste Shiratori

Scott Naʻauao

Senior Designer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Celeste Shiratori

Director of Account Operations

Honolulu, Hawaii

Bill Krowinski

Bill Krowinski

Senior Designer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Charles (Kaʻa) Kihe

Charles (Kaʻa) Kihe

Senior Developer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Malia Wisch

Malia Wisch

Senior Designer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Jane Nguyen

Jane Nguyen

Senior Account Manager

Honolulu, Hawaii

 
Jesse Arneson

Jesse Arneson

Senior Designer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Mark Guillermo

Mark Guillermo

Designer & Developer

Honolulu, Hawaii

 
Ryan Yamamoto

Ryan Yamamoto

Designer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Jim Hargreaves

Jim Hargreaves

Senior Designer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sara Stevens

Sara Stevens

Business Development

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scott Daimaru

Scott Daimaru

Designer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Matt Crider

Matt Crider

Developer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Aaron Hausman

Aaron Hausman

Interactive Project Mgr

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Casey Worthing

Casey Worthing

Production Artist

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Alex Berdis

Alex Berdis

Junior Designer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andrew Mortimer

Andrew Mortimer

Developer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ira Lederer

Ira Lederer

Motion Graphics Designer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dennis Paskorz

Dennis Paskorz

Developer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nathan McCartney

Nathan McCartney

Developer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Taylor Ho

Taylor Ho

Junior Developer

Honolulu, Hawaii

Taylor Hanson

Taylor Hanson

Designer

Honolulu, Hawaii