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Accelerating positive change for
organizations, their people, and the world.

Accelerating positive change

Decades of firsthand experience with global organizations inform our point of view that organizations are organisms, not machines. People are the cells that make up organizations and work in concert with systems, processes, norms and behaviors, and guiding strategies.

We view your organization as a system and approach challenges from multiple dimensions to diagnose and improve the system as a whole, never losing sight of the importance of the people who make it run.

Our dynamic team combines the strategic expertise of a consulting firm with the creative power of a design studio. Our unique approach combines hands-on visual thinking, co-creation, and people-centered design to help you envision the future of your organization, design the path to get there, and bring your vision to life.

A Rich History of Innovation and Client Satisfaction

Better Business Designed

2012: Better Business, Designed

Combining visual thinking, design thinking, and the rigor of management consulting, we were among the first design consultancies to focus efforts on using design to transform organizations from the inside.

The Visual Thinking Company

2004: The Visual Thinking Company

We trademarked “The Visual Thinking Company” and launched the Visual Thinking Movement with our work and creation of the VizThink conferences and community. As a community, visual thinkers have accelerated clarity and understanding around the world.

The Map Company

1993: The XPLANATION Company

Founder and journalist Dave Gray was a pioneer in information graphics, advocating to move information graphics from the Weather page to the Business Section. He started XPLANE to help clients visually explain complex information, such as processes, value propositions, and new business models.

Become an XPLANER

We believe the only thing more POWERFUL than a BIG IDEA is the TEAM that can carry it through. We are a mix of architects, journalists, photographers, business majors, rappers, and design thinkers brought together by our commitment and passion for the work we do. We embrace doodling. We never stop learning. And we believe that work should feel like part of your life, not something you have to balance with your life.

XPLANE is deeply committed to making sure that our employees' experience is amazing. If you're one of the high-performing curious, a driven visionary, or a committed explorer, check us out!

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