FOUNDRY 43. AUTHENTIC DESIGN, GENUINE CREATIVE.
Foundry 43 is a boutique design studio committed to helping brands and businesses find their most compelling identity with one-of-a-kind creative and 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.
We also believe finding the true story begins with relationships. We want to get to know you, to talk face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) and spend time in your kitchens, shops and warehouses. We have worked with restauranteurs, start-ups, lifestyle brands and musicians to help grow their businesses and tell the stories they want to tell. We believe that in order to really bring a brand to life, we must immerse ourselves in the business and its people. We want to empathize with you and your employees, maybe even work a shift, so that we can find what makes your brand so irresistible. That's when the magic happens.
So let's grab a cup of coffee, a beer or a glass of wine and get to know each other. First round is on us.
BREAK THE MOLD.
WHAT WE DO:
Brand Style and Artistic Direction
Sales and Marketing Collateral
Menus and Point of Purchase
Food, Beverage and Retail Packaging
Exterior Signage and Murals
Vehicle Wraps and Graphics
Uniforms and Apparel
Trade Show Signage
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 and 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 projects and designs . Calling it a "Foundry,” a kind of workshop that pours liquid metal into molds, made perfect sense for my vision. There is an honesty and authenticity in that alchemy of turning basic elements into something really purposeful. Plus, it sounded cool. I loved the idea that each time we created something, we would break the mold to bring it out. Every piece unique and special.”
Ryan Wagner, Owner and Designer
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.