XPLANE is a design consultancy focused on organizational strategy, activation, and performance. By incorporating visual thinking, people-centered design, and co-creation they are able to help clients clarify and navigate complexity. XPLANE was founded in 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri by David Gray as a visual thinking company that specialized in creating graphics for magazines such as Business 2.0 (in particular that magazine's "XPLANATiONS") and visualizing corporate presentations, business plans, and whitepapers; training; and interactive design. XPLANE has expanded their services to focus on helping organizations activate their strategies at scale, clarify complex internal processes and systems, revitalize company culture, break down functional silos, and create environments that support creativity and innovation.
In 2016, the company was awarded the Oregon Business Best 100 Companies To Work For award. At the time of the award, the company had a policy of flexible working hours, bankless PTO, and a monthly work-life balance stipend. The company's headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon with representation in Amsterdam, New York, Detroit, Boston, and St. Louis.
- Stacey King (2001-07-01). Magazine Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Magazine Design. Rockport Publishers. pp. 148–149. ISBN 1-56496-758-1. — a discussion of Business 2.0's brand, illustrating some of the "little ant people" (as they were termed by the magazine's art director, Laura Morris), that characterized XPLANE's "XPLANATiONS", that came to be an integral part of that brand
- Ilise Benun (2001). Self Promotion Online: Marketing Your Creative Services Using Web Sites, E-Mail and Digital. North Light Books. p. 62. ISBN 158180069X. — a report of XPLANE's "xblog" electronic mail marketing campaign run by Bill Keaggy
- Juan C. Dürsteler (2002-05-06). "Visual Narrative". Inf@Vis!. — a report of XPLANE that includes several example XPLANATiONS
- Kellee Sikes (Winter 2001). "Cross the Learning Desert in a Ferrari". LiNE Zine. — Sikes interviews David Gray.