About us

Meld Studios is an award-winning design company with studios in Sydney and Melbourne. Our mission is to improve the everyday lives of people as they interact with the world around them. We believe that we can, and should, always make things better; and the small changes can have a big impact. We believe that the inclusive and iterative approach of human-centred design is the best way to do this.

Our mission

We believe human-centred design leads to better outcomes.

We focus on industries and organisations that form the fabric of our society, working with their staff, customers and communities to improve what they do. We believe the inclusive and iterative approach of human-centred design is the best way to do this. It provides a structured way to tackle big challenges and incorporate many voices into solutions.

We provide independent, evidence-based direction.  

We are independently owned and are not linked to a particular outcome. Our recommendations are driven by what we learn to be best for your organisation, staff, customers and communities – not by our own agenda or expert opinion.

We believe diversity of thought leads to better outcomes.

Outcomes are better when challenges are tackled from different angles. We hire people from different ages, genders and cultures. All bring to the table varied professional and educational backgrounds. Depending on your project, our work may involve your staff, partners, customers, clients and aligned community groups.

We have strong proof points about the impact of our work.

Our work to help Queensland Government become more client-centric won three Good Design Awards in 2018 – including the best overall Good Design of the Year Award. In 2015 we won Best Overall in Service Design for helping the State Library of Victoria to reimagine its future and secure millions of dollars in funding to make it happen.

We have a strong team. 

Our founders Janna DeVylder, Steve Baty and Iain Barker are recognised influencers of our industry. But it’s not only these three who are recognised for their expertise. Many of us have more than 20 years experience. We are regularly invited to speak at international conferences and teach design publicly.

About Meld Studios

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Meld Studios was founded in 2009 by Janna DeVylder, Steve Baty and Iain Barker, when a desire to create a studio of like-minded designers brought them together.

Our mission is to improve the everyday lives of people as they interact with the world around them. We focus on industries and organisations that form the fabric of our society, working with their staff, customers and communities to improve what they do.

Our work has improved life for millions of people in Australia and around the world. Since inception we have worked with over 150 organisation across 15 different industries, including government, transport, infrastructure, education, financial services, social services, galleries, libraries and museums.

Our people

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