We’ve connected strangers
across the world to draw each
other, written Coca-Cola’s
most liked FB post, reignited
the lost art of letter writing,
transformed paper currency
into protest, inspired strangers
to share the last photo on
their phone, and redefined
the meaning of marriage, but
the best is yet to come.

We are a creative agency specializing in campaigns that shape culture
& earn media.


Brand Projects

A selection of Case Studies







Original Projects

A selection of Case Studies



Our tried & true, soup-to-nuts process


Facilitating in-person workshops that allow us to unlock our combined potential and understand a given brand’s wants, needs, likes and dislikes.


Developing unique insights and cultural truths to land at THE BIG IDEA, a media-agnostic, integrated campaign that inspires, delights, and champions human connection.


Bringing a project to life, be it digital, experiential, or live action. We produce in-house as well as partner with bi-coastal 2018 A-List Production Company m ss ng p eces, where Ivan is represented as a director.


Positioning the campaign to get earned media that audiences seek out, fall in love with, and share across all the major social platforms.

We make work for humans,
not consumers.

People don’t want traditional ads. They want interactive experiences, innovative content, and meaningful connections.

Our work slices through the noise, permeates culture and inspires radical engagement. The result is earned media FTW. We’d rather spend our client’s money making sought-after pieces of lasting cultural phenomena than buying people’s attention with short-lived ephemera.

Our integrated campaigns are media-agnostic—the creative executions are informed by the idea—spanning film, digital, experiential and social. (Oh, and traditional. We do that, too.)

Our work makes headlines, news feeds, & cultural memes.


Ivan Cash is an award-winning artist, director, and creative director who founded Cash Studios in 2011. He previously worked at global ad agency of the year Wieden+Kennedy and Venables Bell & Partners.

Ivan has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Creative, an Art Director’s Club Young Gun, and a Print New Visual Artist, while collecting multiple Vimeo Staff Picks and Webby Honorees.

He lectures around the world on the art of human connection, and has taught at California College of the Arts and Miami Ad School. Ask him sometime how getting arrested led to his first job in advertising.

(For more info, visit ivan.cash)

Mary Michael Pringle is a creative director and writer who has spent nearly two decades bringing brands to life through language, storytelling, and whatever means necessary.

She’s worked at some of the most exciting and well-known advertising and design agencies in the country, including IDEO, Venables Bell & Partners, Butler Shine Stern & Company, and ATTIK.

She helps brands like Intel, Visa, Scion, Converse, and Jamba Juice find their voice (the one that sounds like a human is speaking) so they can make real, meaningful connections with their audiences and ride off into the sunset together.

Jason Nichols has one goal: Do good work, in a good way, with good people. For the greater good.

That mission has taken him around the world, introduced him to extraordinary cultures and people, and has allowed him to make creative work that truly touches hearts and minds and impacts lives.

He’s also been able to work with good people at agencies like enso, GOOD/Corps, Crispin LA, Saatchi LA, TBWA\Chiat\Day, and R/GA and for brands like Google, Nike, Pepsi, Khan Academy, Toyota, Nokia, and Old Navy.

Emily Lin is a multidisciplinary creative who moves mountains to materialize ideas into reality.

She managed the campaign for IRL Glasses, a pair of screen blocking glasses that raised over $140k and graced the front pages of Vice, Wired, and Reddit.

She previously worked at the Children’s Creativity Museum as part of her lifelong quest to foster more childlike wonder in the world. Emily gives talks about the intersection of ethics and technology to catalyze more critical awareness about technology’s impact on society. She also collaborates with nonprofits as a designer to elevate marginalized narratives through artistic expression.

Marie Jenkins is the multi-talented studio manager. When not holding down the Cash Studios fort, she can be found curating vintage pieces for her online & brick-and-mortar shop, spending her nights writing and composing music, and working as an actress and model in the Bay Area.

She has worked in recording studios alongside Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Blondie), co-written songs with various local producers, and has hosted fundraisers under her vintage clothing moniker for causes ranging from the NVADG’s fire relief fund to supporting women artists in her local community.

Based in Oakland, CA we work with brands around the world.


Cash Studios
PO Box 24213
Oakland, CA 94623
United States


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