About Us

Studio 420 is a leading Denver-based cannabis friendly creative agency dedicated to your success.

As an investor, grower, marijuana consultant, high-profile dispensary, lab, retailer, club, directory, or association, YOU are the backbone of this growing industry. Through smart use of the latest in design technologies and cannabis marketing strategies, we bring your cannabusiness to the forefront and help make you a key player in the marketplace.

Our Mission

As a boutique branding, website design and digital marketing agency, Studio 420 works closely with its clients to define and develop their identity, position and presence in their marketplace. We help clients achieve sustained growth through ideas, strategies and solutions that influence consumer taste and shape culture.

Studio 420 builds partnerships with its clients by carefully listening and understanding their values and goals. We will help your company achieve success and realize market potential through tailored, creative and strategic solutions. Studio 420 maintains its position as an alternative leading-edge agency through adaptability, flexibility and masterful execution.

The Human Element

While Studio 420 is technically a business, it is more significantly a gathering of like-minded humans who believe business can be used to promote the common good of people and communities. And when a group of people share this belief, it affects what they choose to communicate. We realize the need to articulate the Studio 420 brand position and value proposition, but what you will find, even more so, is a constant emphasis on the humans that make up what folks call Studio 420. More than designers, programmers, and project managers, we are husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends, servants to our communities, wanderers, musicians, learners, enjoyers of delicious food, connoisseurs of craftsmanship, athletes, coaches, listeners and storytellers, writers, catalysts for change, and raving fans of things that matter.

Socially Responsible

Our group aims to make social responsibility, in all of its varied incarnations, a small cost of entry into any given market. No matter the industry, we want consumers to first ask, “Does this product or service put the planet and its citizens before the bottom line?” This is a lot to ask of established corporations with complicated structures but like safety in automobiles, portions in food service, and durability in cellular phones, raising expectations raises standards.

Collaborative Thinking

We believe that the design process is a collaboration that fuses our creative strengths with our clients business expertise and vision to produce websites that deliver results. The key to our methodology is finding the best solution for each customer situation.

Our methodology stresses the use of brainstorming to encourage innovative ideas and collaborative thinking to work through each proposed idea and arrive at the best solution. Meeting the needs and wants of our end user is the most critical concern. Our methodology also employs basic research methods, such as analysis, planning, deployment and testing.

Our Background

Studio 420 is a subsidiary of Planet Media, a privately held Limited Liability Corporation, incorporated in the State of Colorado. The company was established in 1999 in Mountain View, California, and founded by Kurt Whitt, a Silicon Valley business executive with over 25 years of experience in Internet and web-based businesses, interactive television, new media, broadcast and broadband communications.

We’re an accomplished digital agency designed to solve for complex communication challenges. We position brands to improve awareness, engagement and loyalty among customers and employees. As senior-level strategists, writers, designers and producers, we develop strategic programs, messaging platforms and identity systems and we execute on every level of brand marketing and communications.

The Studio 420 offices are located in Denver, Colorado and Málaga, Spain.

Our Philosophy

We seek to be on the forefront of establishing credibility for clients in the cannabis industry. We don’t just want to accomplish this for ourselves. We want to be a catalyst for raising standards in the entire market.

Studio 420 takes special pride in developing our projects with, not for, our clients. Clients are consulted and advised at every stage of the design process. Your project is developed with a keen understanding of your business objectives, desired outcomes, and target audience. Execution always aligns with strategy.

What does this philosophy mean to you? It means we approach every project in the true spirit of partnership. It means you will always get our best work and utmost attention, no matter what your marketing budget.

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Management Bios

Kurt Whitt / Founder-CEO

Kurt founded Planet Media in San Francisco in 1999 after helping build and launch several successful Silicon Valley startups.

He is responsible for initial business conceptualization, capital investment, strategic planning and overseeing sales, marketing and service for the organization.

He brings 25 years of deep experience in international business development, sales, marketing, technology and strategic planning with both startup and growth organizations. Kurt is an accomplished business executive who has led web-based, interactive television, new media and broadcasting teams for Fortune 500 companies, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Kurt graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Virginia College in 1982 with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology and attended postgraduate studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Katelyn M. / Creative Director

Katelyn is a senior level designer with 10+ years of expertise in branding and logo creation, interactive design, website design, illustration, multimedia, search engine optimization, marketing collateral, infographics and print design.

Brian C. / International Director

Brian oversees our European office based in Málaga, Spain. He has extensive expertise in international business development and managing a  web design studio. He is an experienced creative agency manager, strategic planner, graphic designer and programmer.

Darcy B. / Marketing Director

Darcy is a business strategist with over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing marketing communications strategy for rapidly evolving companies. Her roles include; strategic marketing communications, brand management, channel management and product marketing.

Gary W. / Operations Director

Gary is a creative and business professional with over 11 years of experience in working with web programming and online media. He specializes in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, WordPress, ExpressionEngine, Shopify and SEO.

Craig R. / Programming Director

Craig heads up our programming team and specializes in front-end web development, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, video production, video editing, video compression, after effects, motion graphics and video animation.

Charlie / Bone Research Specialist

Charlie is a five-year-old Old English Sheepdog. He has extensive experience in office greetings and mail carrier harassment. He spends most of his day slacking, snoozing and eating organic treats.