These pictures are from our projects. To respect clients' privacy, we typically limit our descriptions to fairly generic information.
Urban garden storefront - Vancouver, Canada
Our research into urban gardening models spans the Pacific to the Atlantic. We apply lessons to emerging gardening, health, and nutrition initiatives.
Real estate - Westlake Village, California
We do marketing work for real estate brokers. In this suburban community, each year we design logos, marketing slogans, and clever written collateral for mail campaigns.
Art show for the visually impaired - Indianapolis, Indiana
Raised relief art makes it easier for people with visual impairments, including blindness, to appreciate illustrations. Here Anna closes her eyes before donning glasses that simulate an impairment. Her hands trace an image on the canvas. We do strategy and program design projects for groups that serve people with health limitations.
Art Institute - Chicago, Illinois
When visiting Chicago, tour the new wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Located alongside Michigan Avenue, this structure uses natural light, light wood, and vast swaths of white walls to illuminate and offset 20th and 21st-century art. We use visual art to generate and convey future-focused ideas for business and nonprofit clients.
Hidden Valley - Thousand Oaks, California
Several of our projects connect people with the outdoors. Together with community-based clients, we plan greenways for outdoor exercise and develop programs to help community members learn about nutrition and nature.
Performing arts - Indianapolis, Indiana
Performing arts groups contact us for guidance on matters such as how to attract community members to the arts or how to raise funds for instruments, performance space, and arts instructors. Our team members also volunteer regularly to assist with logistics at plays and musical performances.
Urban development - Detroit, Michigan
Community planning is often about revitalizing decaying neighborhoods. We conduct studies on behalf of foundations, community development corporations, government offices, and other entities to design vibrant spaces that excite and engage residents.
Ideation for a brighter tomorrow - Indianapolis, Indiana
Virtually all our projects incorporate "design thinking" methods. In this example, project member Michael uses a bull's eye diagram to prioritize among the ideas our team generated for a healthy food business.
Vibrant city life - Hong Kong, China
Every member of our core and advisory team has traveled to Asia for projects. This picture is from Aspen Impact's first-ever client project, which was in Hong Kong in 2003. Each time we return to Hong Kong, there is a new building (or there are ten new buildings!) along the skyline.
Pauley Pavilion basketball stadium - Westwood, California
Our team members love basketball. We visited Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA’s basketball team, right after the university renovated and reopened this revered stadium. Our founder, Bryan, attended UCLA on scholarship and has been a lifelong fan of the Bruins.
University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Canada
One of our advisory team members, Wei, teaches economics at the University of British Columbia. Vancouver has been a "learning lab" for our team to study customer experience designs and placemaking through events such as the Winter Olympic Games.
Headquarters - Indianapolis, Indiana
Our headquarters is on Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.
Sister City outreach - Cologne, Germany
Our team members build relationships in Europe and Asia through Sister City programs. Here is a match at Cologne's RheinEnergieStadion, which is home to the FC Koln soccer team. One great aspect of our work is the ability to do strategy and design projects in countries that love soccer!
Ideation session - Carmel, Indiana
Summer intern Stefan listens as our fellow Acumen + IDEO course participants David and Bernie describe a prototype for a new service.
Cultural Trail - Indianapolis, Indiana
A wildly popular feature of downtown Indianapolis is the Cultural Trail, a paved system of walkways and bikeways. The Cultural Trail, Monon Trail, and several greenways now connect neighborhoods across the city.
Philanthropy on a train - Ajmer, India
Nonprofits can build awareness anywhere. This cup of masala tea appeared on a train ride we took from Ajmer to Delhi in India.
Rural retreat setting - Martinsville, Indiana
Nature settings provide a refreshing retreat for youth and children who grow up in dangerous neighborhoods. Bradford Woods in Moorseville, Indiana, hosted a program we designed with a philanthropic foundation for children in foster care.
ArtMix studio - Indianapolis, Indiana
These items are the products of youth and adults who have special needs. Our team led a branding project to generate a new name and logo for a nonprofit organization that was long known as VSA Arts. Today, that client is known as ArtMix.
Orbis Flying Hospital - Anywhere in the world
This is a retrofitted DC-10 jet that features a surgical operating room, classroom, patient beds, and video center on board. The plane flies to developing countries so physicians can perform medical operations and teach surgical techniques to local doctors. We toured the flying hospital to gain inspiration for our work with clients in health care.
Fresh produce - Montreal, Canada
On a trip to Montreal, we explored this colorful farmers market. On several projects, we examine and propose ways to create sustainable models for businesses and nonprofits that promote healthy living.
Envisioning the future of a city - Indianapolis, Indiana
This is a design space in Indianapolis where Bryan and fellow Plan 2020 members generated ideas and action plans to boost civic activity across the city.
Bucolic village life - Wernfels, Germany
This is the view from medieval castle where our team member Bryan participated in a planning session to build educational exchanges between Germany and the United States.
Celebrating the arts - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryan and Gayle Holtman, the Executive Director of ArtMix, display gallery works from her organization's students.
Farmland with divine view - Mooresville, Indiana
This was the peaceful backdrop for a strategic planning project we led for a church-based social services program in Indiana.
Entrepreneurial finance - Hangzhou, China
We occasionally give talks on business strategy, visual communications, marketing, board development, and other topics that are integral to our work. Here, Bryan speaks to two hundred entrepreneurs and bankers at the US-China Economic Forum in Zhejiang Province.
City leadership - Indianapolis, Indiana
Summer intern Stefan meets then-Mayor Greg Ballard at Indianapolis's Riverside Park.
Efficient transit - Zurich, Switzerland
In Switzerland, a site for one of our sports planning projects, this streetcar provided a smooth morning ride along Lake Zurich.
Colorful urban design - Istanbul, Turkey
On a trip to Istanbul, we boarded this colorful ride across Galata Köprüsü near the Bosphorus Strait.
Bringing friendship to foster care - Martinsville, Indiana
Aspen Impact team members Brittany, Anna, Bryan, and Lauren joined social workers Liz and Kate to create a summer program for youth in foster care.
Asset mapping and marketing - Indianapolis, Indiana
Where should one focus a marketing campaign? We mapped community assets by a client's headquarters to gauge the reach for a proposed marketing strategy.
University life - Beijing, China
Our projects occasionally involve teaching. This busy cafeteria resides in Peking University, where Bryan taught about culture, history, economics, and management.