Materials & Methods is a multidisciplinary design studio, specializing in integrated digital media, content creation and digital art. We are committed to developing meaningful and inspiring applications for creative technology within the built environment. 


Our design studio was founded in 2010 by Jeff Grantz. We collaborate with a wide range of architects, developers, and owners who seek to use digital technologies to create thoughtful, engaging, and seamlessly integrated user experiences. Our team of designers, artists, and creative technologists engage digital technologies as tools to develop unique and memorable experiences and installations. Our creative process is well informed by real project experience, emboldened by 15 years of successful design and implementation; we approach each project, despite budgetary constraints or technical challenges, as an opportunity to engage and inspire.


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Vanessa received a master’s degree in Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), in Los Angeles in 2008, and has worked in the field of architecture, art and design for 15 years in Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Boston. She was introduced to the world of integrated digital media at Oblong Industries where she developed interior spaces optimal for gestural interface as Director of Architectural Design.

Vanessa joined Materials & Methods in the fall of 2014 as Lead Designer specializing in architectural integration and experiential design.  She has now stepped into the role of Managing Director, leading the team of exceptionally talented doers and makers, and guiding the creative direction of the studio. 

Vanessa leads the studio with two driving principles :

— good design occurs as a result of thorough investigation and insights

— great design occurs when the process of discovery intentionally allows for the unexpected to emerge, creating the opportunity for uniquely effective solutions, and a new visual language with a strong and lasting aesthetic




Shawn Faherty 
Lead Technology Engineer


Christopher Simmersbach
Lead Installer

Jane Long 
Studio Manager 


Benjii Simmersbach
Installer / Social Media Guru