We design products and services at the intersection of information, technology, and human experience.

We tame complexity.

Taming the complexity of the connected world is an unprecedented challenge.

We aim to make users feel powerful by taming that complexity.

Powerful technology is incredibly complex. Our mission is taming that complexity so that users feel powerful. We call our approach “Taming Complexity” because we believe that the most powerful technology is only valuable if you can make it effortless and intuitive to use. Rather than asking people to become computer literate, the future must be made human literate. Successful products, services, environments, and experiences will do just that, using computing in context to hide, and tame, that complexity for their customers. Our work ranges from the redesign of existing products and services, to designing new connected experiences, to helping our clients be more innovative within their own teams.

This is how we do it.

Human Centered

MAYA focuses on the user first, instead of the technology. We move iteratively from a rough proof of concept to the end-to-end experience with real users so that our designs satisfy, delight and inspire.


It’s critical to invest in information architecture—a blueprint for the connections and patterns of interaction in a system—because in complex, connected ecosystems, it’s not technology that binds products together, it’s information.


The age of products, services, or environments that stand alone is over. We focus on the challenges and opportunities of a truly connected world, where trillions of devices communicate with each other and with us.

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IoT at Human Scale
Oct 02 2015 by Stuart Roth

We’ve been sold a narrow vision of IoT. There’s now an outstanding IOU to make IoT human-scaled, and give people greater control over their technology.

The Promise of Calm
Sep 03 2015 by Jonathan Brown

As information becomes plentiful, its value is decreasing while the value of our attention is increasing. Calm Technology helps us focus on the things that are really important.

An Argument for Observational Research
Aug 21 2015 by Bridget Monahan

Observational research doesn’t get much buzz as a design research method. But for real aha moments, it can reveal insights that you can’t get through conversation alone.

GE Minds + Machines 2015
Sep 30 2015

Mickey talks about the potential of pervasive computing and how to succeed as a business in the Industrial Internet. What happens when the things we design wake up?

MAYA selected as 2015 Innovation by Design Award Finalist
Sep 14 2015

Fast Company honored MAYA for the StoryCorps app. Finalists in the mobile category exemplify tiny details that make the best mobile designs sing.

Pittsburgh's Coolest Offices
Sep 03 2015

The Pittsburgh Business Times selected MAYA for its Coolest Offices Month, showcasing the most interesting, inspiring and attractive office spaces in the Pittsburgh region.