Megan White is the proud builder, owner, driver, and lead designer of Tiny Bus Collective. She was looking at how to create an office with a low overhead that was mobile — and would take pressure off of having to make a certain amount of money from projects for rent each month, instead putting full attention into each client and their craft. “Tiny Bus is a collective of creatives with a school bus as an office,” Megan tells us. “It’s a place to escape as well as a place to have great creative meetings with clients. We have a team of designers, photographers, videographers, and writers.” Not to mention, Megan adds, the bus is a lot of fun to camp in.
The process of building out the bus took about six months, but Megan has been eternally grateful not only for the end result of the renovation, but also the actual process she got to spend working on it with her father. Both Megan and her dad were working full-time while they built the bus, and Megan says that “Literal blood, sweat, and some tears went into the renovation,” but all the hard work and hours have very clearly paid off. However, time constraints weren’t the only hurdles they faced in the build-out, she says. “The most challenging parts were thinking through the mechanics of it all. How to make everything the most cohesive way of working. How to have the inside run off a generator but also be able to plug into a 50 amp outlet. We were able to tie the diesel line into the generator that’s mounted under the bus so that when you go to fuel up your tank, the generator also gets full. My dad is a genius.”
Megan explains that Tiny Bus Collective is a branding and design brand first. When it came to the design of the interior, clients were always on her mind. With client meetings happening on the bus, Megan wanted to be sure that the space felt cohesive and as streamlined as possible so their design clients wouldn’t feel distracted from their client presentations. With the team located in Fort Worth and with clients in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, having a mobile design studio has been a necessity that Megan doesn’t take for granted. “I’m most thankful for the time I got to spend with my dad building the bus, and for the incredible clients that it’s brought my way. I’ve met some amazing people that have been the reason that Tiny Bus Collective is still chugging along.” —Rebekah