Project Partners

Marketing, brand strategy, finance, strategic and operations plans are already on your plate. Our innovative and creative students are hungry to serve up a meal.

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We offer the opportunity to work with a single team of students or an entire class of student teams.

Projects can range from small, four-week projects (including research or evaluations) to semester-long projects that develop ideas and innovative solutions for needs and opportunities three to five years in the future.

These projects uncover new opportunities not yet identified or addressed by partner organizations. They also give our students experience working with real organizations on interesting challenges and offer great networking and career-building opportunities.

Our partners find working with DMBA students not only results in high-quality deliverables and outcomes but also stimulates fresh thinking and approaches that go well beyond the scope of the projects.

The studio becomes an experimental lab for both students and organizations to discover the effectiveness of design strategy for innovation and complex problem-solving.

Project Teams


Coffee Bar
La Cocina
Dave’s Gourmet
Galileo Learning
Green Dentistry
Heath Ceramics
Impact HUB Oakland
Jamba Juice
Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Nest Collective
New Leaf Paper
Oakland Museum of California
Oru Kayak
Philz Coffee
Plum Organics
Poetic Brands
Public Bikes
Rosenfeld Media
SB Architects
SpringLoaf Catering
Sustainable Cotton Project
Tech Shop
Wente Vineyards
Zepaltas Wines

Sponsored Projects



Extended Community

Aside from the mentor and partnership opportunities mentioned above, additional mechanisms for outside organizations to interact with our students and program include the following:

Our faculty regularly gives workshops on the themes and skills in the program to organizations of all types (for-profit, nonprofit, and government). We can even customize workshops for your organization.

For more information or to propose a specific project or partnership, please contact Tim Smith.