THe Alchemy of Art and Design.
Foundry 43 is a creative studio committed to helping brands find their most compelling identity with one-of-a-kind design. No cookie cutter, templated, or one-size-fits-all work here. Owner Ryan Wagner wields his background in fine art to develop the style through an artistic lens with the highest craftsmanship. Although we live in and embrace a digital world, Ryan believes that great design oftentimes starts by hand, using tangible materials- pencil and paper, pen and ink, or even paint to begin to develop the look and feel. Using a fresh set of eyes for every project, we believe that the design and style of your brand is truly the north star of your brand story, so we want to make sure we tell it in the most authentic way possible.
BREAK THE MOLD.
WHAT WE DO:
Menus and Point of Purchase
Exterior Signage and Murals
Vehicle Wraps and Graphics
Apparel and Merch
Email and Digital Advertising
Social Media Content
What does Foundry 43 mean?
"I officially launched my studio under the name Foundry 43 on April 3, (4/3) 2012. The number '43' was meant to be a symbol for following my true passions, an emblem for always pushing myself to grow as a creative, artist and human.
With a blue-collar work ethic in my blood, I was compelled to stay true to a long line of craftsmen that influenced my life. I envisioned my agency as a workshop where I could consistently produce quality, handcrafted design work. Calling it "Foundry,” a kind of workshop that heats different metals together to create something new, made perfect sense for my vision. There is an honesty and authenticity in that alchemy of turning basic elements into something really purposeful and special."
Ryan Wagner, Owner, Designer and Illustrator
Following his time as a Creative Director at an in-house agency, Ryan wanted to return to his roots of hands-on design. He re-launched Foundry 43 in July 2020 with the simple goal of help businesses tell their most authentic stories with beautiful, carefully crafted design.
Cutting his teeth in the restaurant industry, Ryan brings 14 years professional experience including being a small business owner. He understands the hard work, grit and determination that it takes to make a business succeed. He also knows the importance of stakeholder buy-in and long-term viability after years in corporate America. Layering all of that on top of his proven creative and marketing savviness, fine-tuned art and design expertise, and a genuine passion for helping clients bring their ideas to life, Ryan and team will deliver top notch work that doesn’t just break through but stays ahead.
In addition to being the creative brain power behind Foundry 43, Ryan is also an accomplished artist and illustrator (though his toddler thinks his best work is in Lego building and the Crayon medium). To see his fine art portfolio, click here.