Milkwood Designs is a studio and consultancy that helps startups establish a vision for their workplace, then create it. 



Our specialities include:

  • Development of creative collaborative environments
  • Research-based, behavior-driven space planning
  • Company culture brand development
  • Scaling and growth planning
  • Workspace optimization
  • Human-centered design


Miranda is incredibly easy to work with and has a great team. After focused dialog about our design intentions, Miranda presented an excellent proposal. I’d recommend Milkwood Designs to anyone looking to improve their workspace! Everyone in our office enjoys the new designs and has immediately embraced the change.
— Sadiqeh, Internal Ops Associate at AltSchool
Miranda is very detail-oriented and was super helpful! I couldn’t have pulled our move off without her!
— Claire, Office Manager at Heap
Miranda and her team listened to and understood our aesthetic, brought great ideas to the table and executed quickly.
— Jennifer, CFO at Pendo
I would absolutely recommend Miranda to someone looking to perk up the look of their office and make better use of their space.
— Miles, Head of Internal Ops at AltSchool
I’d say that Milkwood can deliver for whatever feel and scope you’re looking for. Cool combination of design impact within budget considerations.
— Jon, CEO at Kittyhawk
Miranda and her team really were patient and understood our design style! We look forward to working with them again.
— Cora, Office Manager at Narvar


Miranda Hixson Hanna is the founder and principal of Milkwood Designs.

In 2012 she founded Milkwood Designs, a design studio and strategic planning consultancy. Milkwood works with startups to create beautiful spaces which support the company’s culture, communication, and organizational structure.

Miranda specializes in strategic planning for workplaces — consulting with growing startups to help scale their office and culture through design.

She's worked in tech for almost a decade, previously in Operations for companies ranging from seed stage to later stage startups. She was one of the founding members of OrgOrg, a networked group of operations specialists that today has nearly 2,500 members across hundreds of companies. 

When she's not working with startups, she spends time with her husband and pup at the yurt they built in Nevada City, California.

Speaking + Facilitation

OFFICE DESIGN: Miranda helps organizations to empower Office Managers to use deep design principals to improve their workplace and create a space that fully supports their company culture, team and mission.


  • The future of the office and how to prepare

  • How to make the Open Office work - design tips/tricks

  • Making an office accessible for extroverts + introverts

  • Preparing for a major office move

  • How to create a budget for upgrading an office