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Hello! We are Nervy, a smulti-disciplinary design studio in Oakland, CA. 

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Paulina McFarland
Founder & Creative Director

Paulina is a trained fine artist, turned graphic designer with 18+ years of experience in publishing, branding and environmental design. Since receiving her MFA in design from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she has worked for boutique brand agencies, interiors and architecture studios and a Fortune 500 software company. 


Her strong storytelling skills and extensive strategy experience allow her to create humanistic narratives that connect people with brands. Throughout her career as a design lead, she has taken on complex identity systems; brand experiences in a build environment; designed textiles, books, founded and designed art publications and created dimensional art installations for workplace, healthcare, education and hospitality markets. She has worked with recognizable brands such as Google, McDonald's, Disney, YouTube, Oracle, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Johns Hopkins University and UCSF to name a few.


In her free time, she makes art zines, screen-prints, and illustrates for fun.


Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or just to say hello at

The Studio.

Nervy thrives with the support of trusted independent contractors who possess many skillsets and experience. We engage their expertise based on project needs and client budget. Our affiliates come from different career paths and include interior designers, architects, motion and web designers, type designers and experienced fabricators. 



January 2021 // Metropolis Magazine // A Toolkit for the Times

September 2020 // Fast Company // McDonald’s Innovation Center

September 2020 // Fast Company // McDonald’s Innovation Center

September 2020 // Metropolis Magazine // A Toolkit for the Times

April 2020 // Metropolis Magazine // McDonald’s Innovation Center 

March 2020 // Contract Magazine // LiveRamp

February 2020 // Seattle Times // McDonald’s HQ

January 2020 // Chicago Tribune // McDonald’s HQ 

January 2020 // OfficeLovin // LiveRamp 

January 2020 // Dexigner // LiveRamp 

May 2019 // // Food For Thought Truck

May 2019 // // Food For Thought Truck

April 2019 // Naver in Korea // McDonald’s HQ and Uber

March 2019 // Architect Magazine // McDonald’s HQ

March 2019 // Contract Magazine // Food For Thought Truck

March 2019 // dezeen // McDonald’s HQ

March 2019 // ArchDaily // McDonald’s HQ

March 2019 // Fast Company // McDonald’s HQ

March 2019 // Designboom // McDonald’s HQ

February 2019 // Interior Design Magazine // McDonald’s HQ

February 2019 // Hospitality Design // McDonald’s HQ


@Studio O+A:


Sapphire Ventures





Johns Hopkins
Oracle Corporation


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Cambridge Associates

Greylock Associates

* Complete list of clients available upon request

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