As we finalize our poster designs for the Unicorn Theatre’s 2019 season, it’s hard not to reflect on the five — now six — wonderful seasons we’ve spent conceptualizing, art directing, sometimes illustrating and designing for the theatre. We’re so proud of the work and this New York Times feature from 2015 is just a small memory as to why that is! Read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/theater/what-happens-when-bart-simpson-meets-mr-burns.html
When our friends at Birmingham Native Magazine challenged us to create posters for their #CreatorsofTomorrow series, we were thrilled to dive in and flex our creative muscles. The concept behind our poster designs is all about connectivity — focusing on how two unlike things can spark creative inspiration and momentum. The language combines two unrelated words, as well as thought-provoking support copy around the perimeter of the bold, colorful posters to speak almost poetically to the various stages of thought and action experienced during the creative process.
The Communication Arts Illustration Annual is out with its 60th publication, where 3,941 entries were submitted with only 137 selected to be showcased. This makes the Illustration Annual the most exclusive illustration competition in the world, and Design Ranch is honored to have our latest work for Unicorn Theatre recognized as one of the best of advertising illustrations.
At Design Ranch, we’re constantly looking for ways to implement more sustainable design practices that are both beautiful and eco-friendly — especially when it comes to final print production. One great example of this can be found in the rebrand we did for BranchPattern, a building consultancy dedicated to creating spaces that focus on human experience and are sustainable for the environment. With multiple locations and nearly one hundred employees that would all need business cards, BranchPattern knew this portion of their print needs would be the most extensive. So, we came to them with a solution. The paper we used from Mowhawk Paper to print each business card was made up of 30% post-consumer waste — a process that saves green house gas emissions, wastewater, net energy and trees. Next, we used a colored paper and just a single-color ink process to reduce ink usage, while still giving the impression of a two-color print.
Be on the lookout for our new brand and website, coming soon! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the new Design Ranch logo mark.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re shining a light on Design Ranch client Wendy Doyle — the Founder/CEO of the Women’s Foundation. When Wendy came to us for help rebranding the Women’s Foundation — to help them “get a seat at the table” — we got to work establishing a look as sophisticated, strong and purpose-driven as the people behind the foundation’s work. Since the rebrand, we’ve helped create unique identities for their Appointments Project initiative, as well as their empowering annual events. Being a women-owned business, our continued partnership with Wendy and the Women’s Foundation is especially meaningful, and we look forward to collaborating on future initiatives and projects.
Words from Wendy:
“Design Ranch took our initial thoughts and pushed us to an even higher level. Our re-brand has caught the eye of new faces and anchored our position in the region. The outcome and experience has far exceeded expectations.”
Often times, a logo serves as the first impression that a brand makes. Therefore, when we did a re-brand for the National Museum of Toys & Miniatures, we knew a bold, modern logo would be crucial in repositioning them locally and helping them establish a strong presence nationally. The unique mark we came up with uses an upper case ‘T’ to represent toys and a lower case ‘m’ to represent miniatures. See how this updated logo lives throughout the brand by viewing the full project and website re-design!
We’re honored to have created the logo and identity system for REVERB, a modern, 14-story Crossroads-inspired apartment set to open in the summer of 2020. Congrats to our awesome clients at Burns & McDonnell, as well as Copaken Brooks for the highly-anticipated construction kick-off today! Check out the full story here and be on the lookout for the full brand — coming soon!
As the plans for Kansas City’s MLB Urban Youth Academy started to unfold in 2015, the same year the Royals won their first World Series since 1985 , Royals GM Dayton Moore, and those involved in bringing the facility to life, asked themselves this question: “How can we bridge the gap between urban, suburban and rural in Kansas City?” Moore was quoted saying in a recent feature story on UYA’s impact — specifically in the life of a young boy named Vinny Esparza. Darwin Pennye, the academy’s executive director, was also quoted saying that at UYA, “we have the ability to make the first experience a great experience. If you get more kids playing, you’re bound to develop elite-level players.” Part of that experience comes through in small graphic details, such as the signage and wayfinding found throughout the facility. Our team at Design Ranch is proud to have developed a modern system of bold signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics, which can be found all around the exterior, that reinforce the connection between baseball and success at UYA. Our small role plays into the bigger picture that UYA is constantly working towards for kids like Vinny.
Before City Hall underwent a major elevator renovation this past fall, Design Ranch was tasked with creating a strong awareness campaign to help inform the public/employees, and make people feel more comfortable with all of the changes. Our concept draws parallels between human nature and nature itself in a unique, bold and eye-catching way. Head over to KC City Hall to check it out yourself, or, just wait for the project to go live on our site SOON!