Our Inspiration

Studio Malagón creates rich visual experiences for your ideas.

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We design to surprise, to transform, to captivate—and to highlight what’s important in our world.

Founded in 2008, we’re more than just a creative studio: we’re a strategic partner for people with visionary ambition. 

Based in Austin with roots in Mexico City, we think across cultures and translate your story into visuals that connect deeply with your audience.

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FROM OUR FOUNDER

I’m Ernesto D. Morales, the founder and creative director of Studio Malagón.

Graphic design came to me in bookstores. Growing up, I was drawn to books where the visual experience went far beyond the cover art — where the design spoke louder than its form, producing a powerful moment of connection with the reader.

I decided I wanted to work in pursuit of moments like that: creating opportunities for people to find something that truly speaks to them. My team and I carefully approach every project to find the concepts that click right into place.

My work is truly my passion, and my family is my lifeblood. My wife and I are raising our two daughters in sunny Austin (amid tacos and cedar allergies) and we love the life we’re building here.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Studio Malagón (mah-lah-GOHN) is named after a serendipitous taxi that our founder Ernesto hailed in Mexico City.

Having visited his family’s hometown all of childhood, Ernesto was finally exploring the city on his own — while his mind swirled with thoughts of his life and career ahead. As he looked to the taxi driver’s window, he noticed the name on the ID: ‘Malagón.’

As it turned out, the actual taxi driver didn’t match the picture at all: ‘Malagón’ was a borrowed name. It served as a sign for Ernesto, an invitation to form a new identity and bring an adventurous spirit to his work — and to the world at large.

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Design thoughts from our creatives

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Design is a powerful connector — we all experience and interact with it every day. I’m humbled that I’m able to play a role in building that connectivity.

Melissa Brimer
Designer

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For me, design is a universal language beyond words. It always gives me the confidence to express myself, communicate with others, and connect with the world.

Nora Shentu
Designer

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What I appreciate most about design is building relationships and the opportunity to learn. By working together to give ideas shape and structure, we shape the world and ourselves.

K. Kovacs
Designer

WE’RE SOCIAL

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Ready to connect?
Let’s work together.

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Email / 512–766–7619

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