Public Studio is a communications consulting firm that produces measurable, impactful, and creative outcomes. Dedicated to supporting the purposeful work of engaging audiences of all ages while bridging connections and building community, we aim to copower partners and extend conversations between a wide range of constituents. Public Studio brings a playful and accessible, yet highly organized and succinct, approach to high-level concepts like cross-sector collaborations, best spatial practices, digital integration and research, and interactive storytelling. For nearly a decade, our efforts have resulted in fine-tuned user experiences for diverse audiences and tangible resources that have provided the foundation for innovation and informed growth.
Client/Partner List: ABC CREATE | Alpha Lab Gear | Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Carnegie Museum of Art + Natural History | Carnegie ScienceCenter | City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation + Performance, Inclusive Innovation | CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center | CREATE LAB | Fred Rogers Productions | Fox Chapel School District | Games for Change | GGJNext | Global Game Jam | lfg | Institute of Play | iThrive | Meadowcroft Rock Shelter | National STEM Challenge | Pennsylvania Department of Education | PIGDA | Pittsburgh Public Schools | Prototype | Remake Learning Days | Sarah Heinz House | Schell Games | Senator John Heinz History Center | Sharpsburg Community Library | South Fayette School District | Tech Shop | Triboro Ecodistrict | WESA | West Liberty University
Heather Mallak, Founder and Creative Director of Public Studio, returned to school as a non-traditional student to earn a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in interactive media. She was one of a handful of women in her program and began her first job in the tech industry in 2008 as Product Manager at podcast company, Wizzard Media. As a lifelong learner, she has participated in physical pixel classes at Hack Pittsburgh, rapid prototyping trainings at Tech Shop, served as creative-in-residence at AlphaLab Gear, participated in Work Hard’s Academy PGH full stack web dev bootcamp and attended many minority and women-owned business building workshops and trainings. These roles have led her to work alongside a diverse set of collaborators including developers, architects, design thinkers, inventors, and programmers.
During the past two decades, Public Studio has served as a strategic partner to some of the most notable regional universities, nonprofits, museums, community development organizations, innovators, and libraries. Drawing on Heather’s training in graphic design and interactive media, select key roles have included project management, event production, workshops/training, experience design, digital storytelling, and developing visual communications that reach a variety of stakeholders.