Category: Branding in the News

Take a look at this awesome television report from local station KRQE about why we built Thanks for the sweet report by Allison Martinez.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Murals are everywhere around Albuquerque, and now there’s a website highlighting the best of them and helping you find them.

“There’s something just so artsy about here, I just love driving through,” said muralist Amelia Richardson. “You get to see so many murals and so many mosaics that you don’t get anywhere else.”

Portraying everything from nature and tradition, to history and religion, there’s an abundance of murals around Albuquerque.

Read the article from KRQE here…


Great news! After more than 200 hours of hard work, Studio Hill Design is proud to launch … the first and only directory of Albuquerque’s murals. Help us spread the word through email and social media. We want everyone to have access to this inspiring resource! A special thank you to City of Albuquerque Public Art, Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District, and 516 ARTS for their help. Financial support provided by Maddox & Co and Garcia Automotive Group. #MurosABQ
Take a look!

Out with the old… in with the older?

We want you to meet the newest member of the Studio Hill family. We’ve replaced our somewhat awkward corporate bicycle with a beautiful 1973 Hercules three speed cruiser. We love getting around downtown without having to worry about parking, plus we get bonus exercise points! So if you see her around be sure to say “Hi”. Her name is Holly and she’s a bit of a flirt. She might even let you take her for a spin.

Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District Logo

Thank you, Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District for trusting Studio Hill with your logo project!

Our goal was to create a fun, accessible brand identity that encompasses the breadth of arts + culture goings-on in the downtown district.

Let’s all support our dynamic local art scene!

The Arts & Cultural District creatively supports the arts and culture ecosystem of Downtown Albuquerque. They magnify the reach and capacity of innovative organizations and individuals, forging a vibrant and prosperous downtown community for everyone.

Albuquerque Rapid Transit awarded NAIOP’s Chairman’s Award

Albuquerque Rapid Transit and Mayor Richard Berry were awarded NAIOP’s Chairman’s Award and Studio Hill Design gets it’s share of the credit for the graphics and the branding. Also mentioned are HDR Inc., the engineering lead on the project, Dekker/Perich/Sabatin, who supplied all architectural and landscape services and prime contractor Bradbury Stamm Construction.

Get all the juicy bits right here and congrats to the city of Albuquerque.

What the heck is Interior Branding?*

Branding is possibly the most overused and least understood term in modern business. At Studio Hill, we simply define branding as the sum of the perceptions and experiences people have of your company. Our goal is always to define and strengthen our clients’ brands. That’s why, years ago, we expanded our design offerings and developed Interior Branding. A critical key to building a strong brand is to bring all perceptions of your company into alignment. What could be a more powerful experience of your brand than when someone walks through your door? At this point, they are literally immersed in your brand – for better or worse!

With standout Interior Design and Branding, customers will be inspired and more inclined to work with you.

Many companies understand and value the importance of a great logo and website, but their office space is drenched in beige and filled with generic furniture from “business interior” land (interpreted: overpriced and boring.) Throw in a lobby logo sign and a couple of plants and call it good.

Your visitors AND your employees deserve more than this. Why not use your physical space as a palette, a message board, to tell the world what your organization is all about? The opportunities to maximize your space are nearly endless, as indicated by these examples of Studio Hill’s Interior Branding below:

Consider these interior elements:

Color: Does it feature and/or coordinate with your corporate identity colors? Or could your space be anyone’s office? Does it say something unique about your company? Does it exude a unique, welcoming vibe? Is it a place you feel good about coming in to?

This is an obvious opportunity to reinforce your brand. Showcase your logo as a gorgeous, 3D lobby sign in a prominent location.

Quality of materials and finishes: It has been said, “Anything you do reflects everything you do.” If you skimp on quality in your space, customers will know that you skimp in other places, too. This need not be expensive. It just requires attention to detail.

Overall design quality and ambiance:
Is your space purposeful and well thought-out? Or did it fall together over time with no real plan? Again, you can show visitors that you care about the details and you value quality.

Lighting: Is it welcoming or off-putting? Is the light sufficient for a good work environment, yet easy on the eyes? And the scariest question of all … does it consist of only of plastic covers over florescent tubes? There’s a world of opportunity for improvement!… Especially with new energy saving, long lasting LED options.

Reception desk: The first impression when they walk through the door! Does it instantly convey your company personality and exude a professional, welcoming vibe?

Lobby area: Your guests will spend their first minutes here, getting a feel for your company. What do you want that feel to be?

Break room:
Often the most overlooked space in the office. Do you want your employees to feel valued? Give them a great space! It will build loyalty and camaraderie.

And this is just the beginning.

With standout Interior Design and Branding, customers will be inspired and more inclined to work with you. Employees will be happier and more productive, as well as being proud of the place they work. And you will have the satisfaction of knowing you finally have all your branding ducks in a row. Interior Branding offers a prime opportunity to exude your organization’s unique DNA, and to let your visitors know what is so special about you. Don’t hide your light from the world… shine out!

Check out some additional examples of Studio Hill Design’s Interior Branding in action, and decide if your space measures up.

*Don’t feel bad if you are unfamiliar with this term. We invented it.


Continued growth and success motivated the law firm of Robles, Rael & Anaya to expand their existing office space at 500 Marquette. They realized this was a perfect opportunity to develop a corporate brand, and to express it through the design of the new office space.

Studio Hill worked with the partners to uncover story after story of RRA’s passion to win cases for their clients, willingness to go the extra mile, and the legacy of their legal skill and expertise. The resulting brand provides a sense of confidence that the client’s legal battle will result in the best possible outcome.

This brand informed the interior space through the use of strong, dark colors and solid, natural materials to represent the power and strength of RRA’s approach to practicing law. This was balanced with the use of light accents and metals for an inviting atmosphere. RRA’s navy corporate color grounded the space, and their 3 bar logo is repeated in subtle ways throughout including a 3Form panel wall, a bespoke conference table and artwork in the lobby. Custom artwork by S.M. Chavez was commissioned to bring in a comforting sense of nature and to unite the interior elements.