Viscera Studio is an Oakland based creative agency helping small businesses thrive. 


Why Partner with us?

We love small, independent businesses. Small business owners are passionate, determined, driven. They’re not afraid of a challenge. Our best clients have big ideas that push us to do our best work. Whether you’re just starting out, growing your business, or looking to breathe new life into your brand, having fresh-eyed people around you for advice and support makes all the difference for success. We want to be your trusted advisors. It’s impossible to do it all yourself --although as a scrappy business owner you’ll try. So let us take some of the work off your to-do list. You started your business because you’re passionate about your work, not to get caught up in the minutia. We live and breathe design, so let us do what we do best so you can do what you do best.


As small business owners, we know building and operating a business is a multifaceted project. Cohesive visual messaging is essential to the success of your venture. Without it, opportunities for growth and customer relationships can be lost. You’ve put countless hours and effort into making your passion a reality. It deserves to be visualized in a beautiful way. In all the forms a business needs to present itself, we can help you create a distinctive style and brand. 


Our Services

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Branding + Identity

Under this umbrella, we develop an overall visual identity and graphic standard for your business. Once a strategy is in place, we provide all the pieces including imagery and creative content to build a cohesive aesthetic.  Building a strong brand identity creates long term business assets, aesthetic representation of brand values, recognition, and professionalism.


We photograph people, products, and create lifestyle and editorial imagery. With our in-house studio and darkroom, we are able to offer a wide range of styles. We also professionally retouch and edit photography. Quality photography reinforces brand identity and style. Beautiful representation and documentation of product offerings giving you control of your first impression.


Space Design

We create efficient and engaging spaces by putting design first. While we can design for a range of uses, our specialty is in retail and creating spaces that can be merchandised beautifully. Our services include office space planning, interior design, retail store design and rendering and visualization. Building out a space can be overwhelming, let us do the heavy lifting.

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Viscinity Retail Consulting

We love cities. We specialize in providing visionary yet feasible plans for both developers & retailers. We love working with small, indie brands to create a unique market mix and cultivate a neighborhood with distinct personality. If you are looking for creative tenants for your space, or if you are a creative business looking for a space, we can help.


Feeling adrift in a sea of options?

Not to worry, fill out our 10 minute questionnaire and we’ll help you figure out which design services will make the most impact for your business.

Take the first step toward launching or growing your business.

I asked Ari to create a logo and styleguide for my monthly networking group East Bay Green Drinks. She was able to create something fun, vibrant, and simple in a very short amount of time.
— Jasmine of East Bay Green Drinks
Viscera Studio designed our website for us. It came out great. Very clean, yet lively for our children’s store. I will definitely put my trust in Viscera for future projects.
— Emily of Goldenbug Children's Shoes

Ari Takata-Vasquez

Ari’s interest lies at the intersection of design, human interaction, and economic development. As the owner & creative director of Viscera, a brick and mortar shop in Downtown Oakland, she has first hand experience developing and building a brand in numerous settings. As creative director, Ari has directed numerous product launches, photo shoots, marketing campaigns and the production of a magazine. Ari’s undergraduate degree is in Architecture from the University of San Francisco and has a Master’s in City Planning with an emphasis in Urban Design from UC Berkeley.

Miles Bianchi

Miles’ approach to design marries futuristic optimism with pragmatic execution. As a self-described ‘maximalist’ his design looks to create the new Avante Garde using advanced design technology. Professionally, Miles has 7+ years of project and construction management experience and has worked on a number of large-scale projects in the Bay Area. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Creatively, Miles’ medium of choice is photography because it is both nuanced and technical.