What we Do

Our Story

My name is Warren Ellison, and I'm the founder of Studio Misfits. I love design, clothing and coming up with new ways to stoke out my clients. I have an incurable & lifelong addiction to surfing, music and moving fast. It makes it hard for me to stand still, but seems to work for me! Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, I now live & work in Laguna Beach, which has been my home for the last 12 years.

Studio Misfits is my way to help my clients elevate the feel of their brand to a higher place. I like working with people who dream big and want to make awesome stuff, and I make it my mission to blow them away every chance I get. I believe inspiration is the breath of design, and passion and hard work is the heartbeat. So if you want to make something amazing, get in touch and lets do this!!

Jamming with the Lucky Lonely in Hollywood
Shameless Mug Shot
Holding the Cards



Our Work

Browse some of our most recent projects.

Dylan George – Billboard on Sunset Blvd x Kings, Hollywood

Web Design

A few of the websites that we have created for our awesome clients

RBJ h2o Saltwater Disposal
Union Market Phoenix
Proto Homes
Union Brickyard, Mesa Arizona
Collegebound Academics

Our Services

Lets make something amazing together


Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all finely tuned to how brands evoke different feelings within us. The result of good branding is a positive emotional reaction, and we believe that the best branding is timeless. The art and genius in a great logo lies in the tiniest of details. We design logos, brand packages, as well as brand bibles, color stories and signage for all manner of businesses from start-ups to established businesses. Clients come to us for something simple, interesting and memorable.

Web Design

We design awesome 100% responsive mobile-ready websites. Working closely with you, we offer advice and suggestions along the way to make building your website as simple and hassle-free for you as possible. We place a lot of emphasis on crafting an amazing user experience, using vibrant imagery in order to engage with your audience. We care about conversion rates and know that the best sites create fans within those first few seconds. Our sites are known for their contemporary and modern feel, whilst also being lightweight and functional.

On Site SEO & Speed Optimization

 We typically bundle this with every website that we build, & it is such an important facet to what we do. Along with great design and an engaging experience, your website needs to load fast and be functional. It also needs to be easily referenced by Google and other search engines. After all, what’s the point of building an incredible website if no one is able to find it? Thats why on-site SEO and speed optimization is included as part of every website that we build.

Posters and Flyers

We are experts at crafting a singular message or concept. Whether you give us a detailed brief or ask us to just “make it cool” we take information and shape it into imagery, and the imagery into a story. Posters and flyers allow for a lot of free spirited design, which is where the best results emerge.

Ad Campaigns

We love developing ideas that can evolve over time. Concepts that grow through different iterations are both fun and inspiring to design. We come up with typography, image styling, sayings and themes that set the look and feel of your brand, and we plan ways to add new flavor to that with every new ad.


We offer consultation and design direction. We develop trend and mood boards, color stories, inspirational artwork and more. If you have an existing design staff that are perfectly capable but feel that they could use some insight, this might be the best service we can offer you.

Catalogs, Lookbooks & Linesheets

Great product needs great marketing. With a clear and concise message, success can actually be built into the design. We build lookbooks, catalogs & linesheets that seamlessly merchandise your products into a compelling and rounded presentation.

Fabric and Print Design

We create inspired fabrics and prints. From contemporary florals to small marks, we work with prints and patterns of all eras, shapes and sizes. And we always use great colors. We are known for our color craft, and there is no place where this is more relevant than in this category.

Apparel Design

We specialize in edgy, contemporary clothing design. From T-shirt graphics to boardshorts, to highly functional athletic gear and outerwear, we have worked with a variety of brands at all market tiers.








Completed Projects 


Our Clients

We are privileged to have the opportunity to work & collaborate with some incredibly talented people.
Read what they have to say about us.

Jason Ferro

As Global Denim Design Director at Gap 1969 we hired Warren to work on a few pieces for us which I loved. So last year, when we needed prints for my new denim brand Jacob Davis we called Warren. We did some big washed out Batiks that turned out amazing. They do killer work – I would definitely use him and his team at Studio Misfits again!

Jason FerroGAP | Global Denim Design Director
Jacob Davis Co-Founder
Andrea & Russell Young

Studio Misfits has helped us brand our Union Market concept malls. We loved the job they did on our logo and branding so much that we had them do our website. Then, our signage and now our ad campaigns including our “Find Something new to Love” campaign. It just seems like they get it. They understand our aesthetic, and they far exceed our expectations on every project. We even send our tenants to them so that we keep our overall look modern and consistent! Inspired, amazing designs every time.

Andrea & Russell YoungUnion Market | Founders
Peter Burke

We wanted a fresh take on our fabric prints for 2015. Warren delivered exactly what we were after – strong directional prints with a hint of the vintage look that we are known for. We especially loved some of the more novelty looks, and we ended up creating small collections around some of these. I’m sure they will do well for us this year! Solid work ethic, and overall a great experience. We will definitely be calling Warren & his crew again.

Peter BurkeP.J. Salvage | CEO
Kirk Heifner

While working with Studio Misfits, I’ve had nothing but solid results. They offer an array of draft options, quickly turn out designs, and deliver polished organized projects on time, even in a crunch period. Communication is key during any creative process and Warren is truly one of the easiest people to work with, cruise control. My team will always use Studio Misfits as a resource.

Kirk HeifnerLightning Bolt | Design Director
Michael Tomson

Give me 2 weeks on a desert island with a mission to design a full collection, I need 2 things: a computer, and Warren Ellison.

Michael TomsonGotcha | Founder
Chef Katie | Owner/Chef

Warren truly took our brand to the next level by taking my vision and making it better than I could ever have imagined. His understanding of our goals and image is now conveyed on our website and has helped make Le Pop Shop a leader in our industry. I am a seeker of the best and waited two years to have a professional website created for my company, I chose the best. I can even update my site myself because in addition Warren is an excellent teacher. As a bakery being able to update your website daily is priceless. Thank You Warren!

Chef Katie | Owner/ChefLe Pop Shop
Ashkan Eslamdoust

The response throughout the months to our logo and brand has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone loves it and it definitely conveys my businesses essence. Wanna thank you for your help again!

Ashkan EslamdoustChocolat Noir | Founder
Ben Rubin

Warren is very reliable, committed and multi talented in his approach and development with all the projects we have worked with him on. He has worked with our design agency repeatedly over the past 10 years and we rely on him to provide us with unique graphic concepts and coordinate projects from start to finish.

Ben RubinThe Consortium Design Agency | Co-Founder
Jim Zapala

Over the years, Warren has been an incredible design asset for us. He has great taste, great design ability, and all the technical tools to cover any variety of projects. Warren always delivers flawless quality.

Jim ZapalaLost | Art Director
  • Sambazon
  • Power Crunch
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Brooks
  • Yogaworks
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • P.J. Salvage
  • Abbot + Main
  • GAP
  • Rusty
  • Corepower Yoga
  • Harvest Active
  • Hang Ten
  • Dylan George
  • Alpinestars
  • Gotcha Japan
  • ...Lost
  • Banzai Bowls
  • Original Jams
  • Slednecks
  • Union Market
  • Speakercraft

The Studio

In Laguna Beach, doing what we love!

Laguna Beach, CA
Our Clients Are the Life Blood of Everything we Do
Mr. Higgins | Our Office Mascot


Talk to us about your next project. We work with businesses big and small to help them solve their design & marketing problems. Shoot us an email with any questions and we will respond within 48 hours.