He’s Here! He’s Here!

10.30.13 | 2:30PM |

Nathaniel Cooper has officially arrived! We are proud to announce that he has joined the Design Ranch team as our new creative director. This crazy cat gave up Krispy Crème donuts, luscious Beauty Brands hair and On The Border tacos for a life on The Ranch. We are looking forward to putting his award-winning design and 10+ years of strategic ad agency experience to good use. Welcome to your new home, Nathaniel!

Truman Library Website

Getting Stoned

10.22.13 | 2:22PM |

Here’s a solid brand for all our avid readers. Carthage Marble, a family stone fabrication company, was looking to break the mold. Design Ranch helped them bring their company out of the stone ages and into, well… a new age as Carthage Stone Works. Since materials are important, we made special use of print processes to show Carthage’s craftsmanship. A modern spin on tradition is exactly what this company needed to stand out from its stodgy competition. Check out the new site we designed for them… it rocks. (And contains no puns.)

Carthage Stoneworks

HOW’d We Do?!

10.18.13 | 3:18PM |

Readers may have noticed that this month’s issue of HOW Magazine is a bit Ranchier than usual. Design Ranch has been featured as a firm to watch in the November mag. Needless to say, we are flattered. The article starts by talking to our ability to mix meticulous design with thought-provoking copy, then touches on our strong work ethic and flair for collaboration. It sums everything up with a retrospective look at our 15-year-old firm and the girls’ ability to stay true to our core beliefs of innovative design, strategic ideas and the power of language. Oh yes, and we almost forgot to mention we designed the cover as well! Get your own copy here. Go ahead. You know you want one…. or ten.

A Quinceanera That Takes the Cake

10.10.13 | 3:10PM |

As many of you may know, Design Ranch just celebrated its 15th Anniversary last week. And we just wanted to say thank you. Here’s to 15 more years of Pantone chips, late night press checks, brainstorming sessions and brand spankin’ design.

IAA is A.O.K

10.02.13 | 3:2PM |

International Architects Atelier was looking for a little attention. Busyness caused the brand to fall by the wayside, until we swooped in! The new brand is packing some punch with a bright magenta and beautiful attention to detail. It certainly shows the studio’s ability to execute flawless architectural design. Keep an eye open for their new site to launch soon!

International Architects Atelier

What if?

09.26.13 | 3:26PM |

Some of our most fulfilling work is done for our design-minded clients. Helix is definitely one of those. We are proud to announce the launch of their new multi-platform responsive website, showcasing their gorgeous and innovative work. Principal Kathy Kelly was beyond thrilled with the process, “Design Ranch has done an excellent job creating our new website and it is not easy pleasing 4 highly visual shareholders! The process was masterfully done. I was impressed. They presented us multiple variations of a very strong concept all relative to our brand’s evolution. Every stakeholder felt vested without marginalizing the concept. Or more simply put… they let us have influence without screwing up the big idea! I knew Design Ranch as one of the strongest visual/graphics firms in KC however did not realize how adept they were on the technology side. Our results were state of art.” See their brand-spankin’ new site at helixkc.com.

Helix Architecture Website

Center Friends Forever

09.18.13 | 3:18PM |

From learning to listening, as a Center Friend, you have to do it all. We designed a friendly logo and look to help recruit volunteers and participants for the newly developed mentorship program at Center School District. A well-designed guide gives tips on how to be a good mentor, what to expect from the program and show people what it means to be a Center Friend. We’ve always gotten along with Center School District, but now we are totes BFFs.

All in the Family

09.07.13 | 3:7PM |

Next stop, Memory Lane! In order to preserve family memories and make a smash at the summer reunion, Design Ranch helped family members submit photos, video and audio through a well-designed, multi-component kit. The box contained parts and pieces intended to boost participation and inspire responses to questions like, “If you were 6 inches tall for a day what adventures would you go on?” Forget Granny’s scrapbook, this project had the whole fam damily thinking outside the box.

Family Reunion Kit

TRUly A Good Read

08.15.13 | 3:15PM |

We know publication design is important, and Harry Truman would certainly back us up on that. He once said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” We are leading a new design initiative for the Truman Library Institute with the design for TRU magazine. The biannual publication was reinvented to show how relevant the 33rd presidency still is today. Become a member and you too could be nose deep in presidential design!

Truman Library Art Direction

Our new brand for Woodside Health & Tennis Club has us feeling svelte. Members are raving about the new logo and look. In order to make a big splash, we revealed the new brand at the pool opening with menus, posters, and Woodside gear. Beyond looking great, it’s effective! Pool-goers are reading the menu from cover to cover thanks to clever quips and clean design. Here’s an overview of what the new pool offers. Pay special attention to the pool rules. You can’t miss em.

Woodside Pool Campaign