Firm Details

We’re a design studio working with communities, architects, and mission-driven orgs to create brands and spaces everyone can experience and enjoy. Leading with empathy and curiosity, we’re rethinking how we interact with our world and with one another. Rooted in design stewardship, we’re re-envisioning our communities to be more inclusive and self-sustaining.

We believe in the power of design to create energetic and soulful experiences that allow us all to thrive and grow. And with a healthy sense of urgency, we’re creating an optimistic vision for our civic and cultural future.

Let’s change the world.

We are inherently positive, passionate, and purposeful in the work we tackle and the people we work with. We are grateful for the opportunities we have and honor workplace wellness. We are humans with empathy, and trust our collaborators to not only bring energy to the table, but also know when to cut back so we can all live well.

Origin Story:
43Places was originally founded by Steven Johnson as a way to focus intentionally on doing good work with good people for good reasons. Established with a foundation of architecture, branding, and sustainability, 43Places is built around the idea of bringing really great design to more people and more places. And doing it in innovative and responsible ways.

Intentionally made up of fantastically unique backgrounds, our team has deeply rich creative conversations and client relationships. This allows us to collaborate and work in more meaningful ways.
Our team has over 25 years of design experience specializing in Brand Identity, Branded Environments, Signage + Wayfinding, Placemaking, and Interactive Design. We also have over 30 years of Project Management, Systems, Operations, and Client Relationships experience.

We lead with sustainability and empathy and look to create places that mean something to somebody; that are both special and will outlast us, our children, and our children’s children.

We are:
Brand Builders.
Urbanists + Civic Advocates.
Wellness Warriors.
Cultural Curators.
Champions for Humans.

What We Do:
Vision + Engagement
Brand + Messaging
Placemaking + Programming
Experience + Environments

Practice Area

Branded Environments, Exhibition, Placemaking, Strategy/Research/Planning, Wayfinding

Focus Area

Brand, Destination Experiences, Digital, Equitable Design, Exhibition, Graphic, Signage, Smart Cities, Sustainability


Corporate, Cultural, Education, Entertainment, Healthcare, Museums, Recreation, Sports, Transportation, Urban + Civic, Visitor Centers, Workplace