Our Studio

Student Alumni

Student Alumni

Andre Valdivia

iOS Developer

André is a Software Engineer and Full-Stack Developer who loves to create extraordinary experiences. His background in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science helps him bring forth innovative solutions that are both sustainable and scalable. He has a focus on machine learning and specializes in iOS development. After hours, André enjoys playing piano and guitar, playing video games, and trying out new technologies

Alessandra Aranibar Diaz

Visual Design Lead

Ale is a Peruvian graphic designer specialized in branding. She leads visual design at Studio 2133. With over 8 years of work experience Ale has explored many areas in visual design, among them, editorials, communication, and advertising. She loves researching each project and diving deep to gain greater context. She gets obsessed with every client's project as she strives to understand them on a subconscious level. This depth and understanding results in robust branding concepts tailored to our clients that resonate with their users. In her spare time, she loves walking Margarita (her dog) and traveling. Similarly to her workstyle, she loves to explore new things and uncover new hobbies. She dabbles in salsa dancing, skating, aerial silks, climbing, and recently started illustration projects for children’s books and her own personal projects.

Nicholas Daniel Phillips

Partner, Insight & User Experience Design

Nick leads design research and experience design at Studio 2133. He strives to approach every problem with empathy and humility making sure to always put the users' needs first. As a result, Nick is able to translate human behavior into design decisions leveraging them as the framework to shape products and experiences that are both valuable and viable in the market. Nick received a Masters of Engineering Design Innovation from Northwestern University (where he and Sergio met) and a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. After hours, Nick enjoys starting new hobbies and finding innovative ways to make sure the neighborhood rabbits don’t vandalize his garden.

Sergio Marquina

Partner, Industrial & Product Design

Sergio is a designer and engineer with a passion for understanding and improving physical products, processes and interfaces. As co-founder, Sergio leads Product and Identity design at Studio 2133. Sergio holds a Masters of Engineering Design Innovation from Northwestern University, a Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida and has taught design courses at Northwestern's Segal Design Institute. When not in the studio, you can find Sergio surfing or playing soccer.

Our Approach

Grounded in ethnographic research and user insights, we develop a strategic point of view to serve as a foundation to envision, design, and execute solutions. We navigate a wide array of mediums, methods, and materials by combining our engineering and design backgrounds. We always strive to create physical products, digital services, and novel experiences tailored to your users' needs.

Research

Our research is not purely about numbers and statistics. It’s focused on building empathy for the user and their needs, discovering insights, and developing the frameworks upon which viable solutions can be built.

Ideation

There are multiple ways to tackle a problem. That is why we aim to generate a wide breath of ideas and measure them against the problem from multiple perspectives. We bring these concepts to life through sketches, mockups, and high-fidelity prototypes.

Execution

After honing in on a design direction, we leverage our technical knowledge to create or oversee the development of the final deliverable and ultimately, ensuring that the final product is faithful to the original design intent.

Product Design

Rise Gardens

A new approach to hydroponic gardening

Research X Strategy

Noodles Quick Pickup

A delightful quick pickup experience