We are the work.
Wall-to-Wall Studios is an integrated brand design firm. Founded in 1992, we are a full-service agency headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a second office in Honolulu, Hawaii. 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 DO Whatever it takes.
Sure, we've been around a long time. 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 have a sense of humor, and we help each other out. 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.
Well, almost. With offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Honolulu, Hawaii, and clients everywhere in between, we're convinced we've found the single 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.
James Nesbitt drives from Boston to Bernard Uy's Pittsburgh apartment in roofless, cow-painted Volvo. The W|W partnership is formed and search for office space begins.
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 misses all design competition call-for-entry deadlines.
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. Wins 4 AIGA Awards.
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.
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.
W|W Gallery closes and expands as office space. W|W writes, directs, edits and stars in first 30-second client television spot. Wins 15 AIGA Awards and 7 Addy Awards.
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.
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.
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. Work is recognized in Print Magazine.
Designed our first bobble-head doll as a promotion for high-tech client (which soon trades on eBay for over $250). Wins 21 AIGA Awards and wins awards in Print Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
W|W launches its new Honolulu 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Partner & Creative Director
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Charles (Kaʻa) Kihe
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Designer & Developer
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