We are curious.

Every industry. Any experience. We take note of compelling conversations that affect our customers and our professions. We use our blog to share our adventures and feature ideas we like. If it makes us think, you’ll find it here.

Service + Opportunity + Advocacy

Serving clients that serve others brings us joy. The DAD Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a phenomenal resource and advocacy organization for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf/Blind communities, based in Detroit.

Inclusive Design

Yes, we’re a UNESCO City of Design, but we must be certain our architectural plans remain accessible and welcoming to all people.
As part of the 2017 Detroit City of Design Summit, we sponsored an Inclusive Design workshop

Motor City Match Turns 2

For two years, Motor City Match has been partnering with Detroit entrepreneurs to advance their small business dreams. It’s been our honor to be an MCM service provider — of everything from branding to space planning

It’s a Wrap

A vehicle wrap, that is. We’ve designed wraps for tractor trailers and racing vehicles, but this one, for Downtown Detroit Partnership, is the smallest one we’ve done for a client yet.

McGregor Fund

We love creating beautiful things for our clients, especially when it benefits our fellow citizens. That’s why we are proud to work with the McGregor Fund.

CEO + Goldman Sachs Grad

M3D CEO Melissa Halpin is now a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program graduate. She received her diploma, or Certificate of Entrepreneurship, in a graduation ceremony at Wayne State University.

Women Who Dare

Detroit high schoolers gathered for an all-day NAWBO EXCEL Greater Detroit GirlBiz seminar, co-chaired by M3D CEO Melissa Halpin. The girls learned about entrepreneurship from creatives and executives from across Detroit. 

Eastern Market After Dark

After work, a warm whiskey glow. We enjoyed letting our hair down (just a little) at Eastern Market last week. If only to get this photo, of course.

Design for Everyone

Making good interior design accessible is Studio Newport‘s commitment to its clients. A direction we’re proud to support, with a new logo, refreshed branding, and website content, as well as a social media growth campaign. 

A Hair-Raisingly Good Day

Construction plans are signed and delivered for Paralee Boyd Salon‘s Detroit location. We’re excited to be helping owner Dana White transform her vision into reality.

Two Hubs, One Home

Even though we work everywhere and still adore our San Francisco base, Detroit is, and always will be, home. Since setting up shop at Saint Vincent Corktown, we’ve had incredible opportunities to partner with businesses of all sizes in Southeast Michigan, and we’re just getting started.

A Little More Conversation

M3D hits the airwaves, as CEO Melissa Halpin talks about our company — why we’ve come home to Detroit and what we love to do for our clients — with Karen Dumas on her radio show, The Pulse, on Detroit’s 910am Superstation.

Emerging Leaders

Solutions journalism asks: What’s the problem? Which solutions have worked and which haven’t? What’s next? As a member of the Metromode Emerging Leaders Board, M3D CEO Melissa Halpin is hoping to help answer some of these questions.

Word Power

Design shows, writing tells. At M3D, we know a compelling story, be it personal or brand, requires both. We also believe good writing happens when students feel free to express themselves and receive encouragement in their craft.

Detroit Design Festival 2016

What do Detroit dancers, muralists, designers, and musicians have in common? Curiosity. Joy in creating new things. A fierce love for our town. We had brilliant fun sharing our work at this year’s Detroit Design Ball at Eastern Market.

Design Here Now

Have you heard? Detroit is the very first UNESCO City of Design in the United States. Why? What does this mean? It took time and we were chosen for very good reasons. Model D breaks it down for us.

A Night in White…Linen?

A little bit Gatsby, a fair measure of Tom Wolfe, and a load of fabulous Detroiters: that was the 2016 Dîner en Blanc. We had a marvelous time helping fill Palmer Park with laughter and libations.

Five Nights in Maine

At last, this gorgeous film gets its premiere. Five Nights in Maine is now playing in theaters and available on demand. We’re grateful we had the opportunity to raise awareness about Maris Curran’s profound meditation on love and loss. Congratulations to the entire team – and here’s to more women directors getting to share their art.


All The Feels

Psychology and design go together. What brand experiences do you remember? Easy: the ones that evoked emotion, preferably accompanied by good UX.


Meet the M3D Interns

One of our favorite things about opening our Detroit studio is having the space to bring new voices into the conversation. As soon as we started filling our suite at Saint Vincent Corktown, we decided to offer internships to local students. The talent pool here is undeniably deep, with spirited, experienced creatives at every turn. It’s definitely an exciting time to be in Detroit.

Brand Ascending: Detroit Yoga Lab

Creating a brand identity and crafting a message is among our favorite projects. When it comes time to share something new with the world, in a novel, captivating way, our clients come to us for help. Like Detroit Yoga Lab, a progressive, growing, top-rated yoga studio in Detroit.

All Signs Point to M3D

We’re loving our new Detroit digs in the gorgeously renovated Saint Vincent Corktown. Once an abandoned middle school, it’s now a growing community of creatives and a fabulous place to set up our studio. Come see us in Room #103!


Art is Everywhere/Everywhere is Art

If you seek delightful street art, just look about you. Detroit’s public creations are exceptional and popping up all over the city. Even Architectural Digest is taking note.


M3D Summer Interns

M3D is hiring interns in web development, social media and graphic design. Our clients range from auto suppliers to artisan jam producers. If you’re talented, imaginative, and enjoy learning new skills and generating big ideas, we want to hear from you.


The Taxman Also Curates

Best tax payment ever: Mexico’s “Page en Especie” (payment in kind) program allows artists to legally settle their tax obligations by creating art. A terrific idea we wish would catch on in the U.S. too.


CX Rising

Customer experience (CX): what is it and how does it diverge from user experience (UX)? A group of Detroit UX/CX professionals, including M3D’s Matt Binkowski, gathered this week to discuss where the field is headed.


Wall of Windows

Canada looks beautiful from here, but we’re happy to be home. M3D spent the day at gorgeously renovated Cobo Center, Detroit, attending the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Automotive Summit.


Inclusive Design UX

In a world of constant interactions, our ability to react changes throughout the day. Using principles of inclusive design, Microsoft aims to transform, depending on time of day or activity, the user experience for all. Brilliant Co.Design profile after the jump.


Behind the Brand


Branding is more complex than you’d think. It often takes months, even years, of thought and planning. Uber’s multi-step rebranding back story is fascinating.


M3D: Now a Certified WBE

M3D Experiences Earns National Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

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