We are a design consultancy and innovation lab.

Massive digital disruption is accelerating the pace of change, causing unbounded complexity.

We help organizations grow and thrive as complexity dominates how companies are run, the way products and services work, and the environments in which people live. MAYA exists to make users feel powerful in an era of vast interconnectivity.

We tame complexity.

We build the connected world with human-centered design, an architectural approach, and research.

Human-Centered
Design

We focus on people first, and form interdisciplinary teams with clients and stakeholders to create a constant feedback loop. We move iteratively from a rough proof-of-concept to an end-to-end experience with real users so that our designs satisfy, delight and inspire.

Architectural
Approach

We believe that information architecture—a blueprint for the connections and patterns of interaction in a system—is critical to future-proofing a business. In complex, connected ecosystems, it’s not technology that binds products together, it’s information.

Research

We fund research efforts so organizations can benefit from understanding the challenges and opportunities of a truly connected world. We prototype future use cases for technology— where trillions of devices communicate with each other, and with us.

Data Doesn't Move People, Stories Do.
Aug 25 2016 by Alexa Seretti

When facts and data aren’t enough, we turned to storytelling to help illustrate Pittsburgh’s initiatives towards a connected world.

Design Prototyping in Virtual Reality
Aug 18 2016 by Kent Vasko II

Our engineering team decided to take a closer look at virtual reality to see how it could be applied to prototyping, collaboration, and more.

MAYA Volunteer Day: A Few Hours Can Make a Big Difference
Aug 16 2016 by Bridget Monahan

Our Human Sciences team left the office for a day and got their hands dirty to help build green spaces in our community.

Designing Culture: Behavioral Strategy for the Workplace
Jul 18 2016

Give employees the space and tools they need to succeed and they will. MAYA Design’s Kristi Woolsey offers ways to change your environment to promote the kind of employee behavior that gets results.

Human-centered design pushes reliability, safety for offshore drilling
Jun 27 2016

MAYA Design’s Kevin Hoffman and his team employed HCD strategies to help engineer a better experience for Transocean employees working on offshore rigs.

If I Knew Then...
Apr 08 2016

Dutch MacDonald sat down with Crain’s’ Pittsburgh to talk about a mistake that he made early in his career that helped shape his business philosophy.