Trasaterra, a New York City-based design studio founded in 2010 by Ewa Orzech and Jason Paul Guzman, leverages a combined wealth of branding, design and digital expertise to craft transformative, refined, and forthright creative solutions for a diverse range of clients across media, art, finance, non-profit, and technology industries.
In 2008, designers Ewa and Jason set off on a globe-trotting adventure across Australasia, Asia, and Europe, igniting a passion for exploring diverse cultures and perspectives. Capturing their journey through Ewa’s stunning photography, they created ‘Trasaterra’—a website named from a blend of ‘Trasa’ (Road in Polish, reflecting Ewa’s heritage) and ‘Terra’ (meaning ‘World’ in Latin). This journey didn’t just chronicle their travels; it laid the groundwork for their unique design studio. Established upon their return in 2010, Trasaterra embodies the spirit of exploration and authenticity. With a philosophy that authenticity magnetically attracts, Trasaterra has become synonymous with creating branding that resonates deeply with audiences, much like their own story resonates with the spirit of adventure. It’s a testament to their belief: authenticity isn’t just appealing in people; it’s powerful in brands too.
Ewa’s journey is a fascinating blend of science and art. With a foundation in both fields, she discovered her true calling in design, a realm where these worlds converge seamlessly. Her initial foray into the industry was through photography, honing her skills as a retoucher before venturing into the broader landscape of design. At Christie’s auction house, Ewa’s talent shone as she crafted and directed sophisticated print collateral and advertising campaigns, blending artistic flair with commercial savvy. Her freelance career further diversified her experience, working with various clients on branding and design projects. Now, at Trasaterra, Ewa leverages her multifaceted background to specialize in branding, user experience, and design. She plays a pivotal role in molding the visual identities of clients, weaving her art and science background into compelling narratives. Her academic achievements, graduating summa cum laude from Salve Regina University in Art and Chemistry, and magna cum laude in Communication Design from SUNY/FIT, are testament to her dedication and diverse talents, which continue to shape her innovative approach at Trasaterra.
Jason’s journey into the creative world began with a pencil in hand, sketching characters and weaving stories through comics. This early passion for storytelling and art paved the way for his formal studies in fine art. At The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, he delved into graphic design, painting, and drawing, earning a BFA that served as a springboard for his diverse career. His commitment to the art community extended beyond his studies, exemplified by his service on the Cooper Union Alumni Council from 2013 to 2016. Since the turn of the millennium, Jason has been at the forefront of digital creativity, designing websites, brand identities, and campaigns. His impressive portfolio includes collaborations with prestigious clients like The New York Times and Diane Von Furstenberg, and contributions to JWT, showcasing his adaptability across various industries. At Trasaterra, Jason’s role is multifaceted—spanning branding, interaction design, user experience, art direction, and both front-end and CMS development. His artistic roots, combined with his expansive experience, make him a dynamic force in shaping compelling, user-centered designs that resonate with audiences.
“Miras Search Partners needed a web presence and site to provide “on point” content about our specialized executive search and recruitment services in an effectual manner to our target audience of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and professionals. Trasterra did an outstanding job in a highly collaborative manner to help us achieve our aim. ”
Miras Search Partners
“We wanted to present a more pleasant marketing experience for potential Soapbox Engage customers. Trasaterra provided the design concepts and user experience that have lead to a more cohesive and clear understanding of our product for prospective clients.”
“NBCU Academy needed a revamped identity that connected with its audience of up-and-coming journalists and media and tech professionals. Trasaterra created an identity system that resonated and attracted this audience which they later translated to a full scale website. We have been thrilled with the success of the effort in connecting and growing our platform.”
Edward A. Rueda
“As we re-launched our business under a new name, we needed Trasaterra to help us revamp our website and brand. Trasaterra created an attractive and fresh identity that better emphasized our research and data expertise for our political and corporate clients.”
Schoen Cooperman Research
“We wanted to enhance the user experience of our Soapbox Engage Donation app, giving our nonprofit customers a more effective way to convert more visitors into donors. Trasaterra provided the design concepts and functional elements to help set our product apart from our competitors, leading to better customer satisfaction.”
“New Narratives has depended on Trasaterra through two rebrands and website revampings over several years. They continue to be a reliable creative partner assisting us as we develop and evolve our ongoing mission of building up independent African news organizations and voices.”