A Perfect A10

09.22.14 | 10:22PM |

This past weekend, AIGA Kansas City celebrated its 10th annual design competition and exhibition. Of course, Design Ranch participated… and of course we had a blast. The DR crew walked away with eight awards! Two of which were juror’s choice awards, making us the feel like the luckiest bunch in town. Take a look at all our brand-spankin’, award-winning work: Finefolk, Estudio Real, KCMO CDE, Woodside, Truman Library, Made Smart and Center Friends.

Estudio Reál

3,632 entries were submitted to the 55th annual Communication Arts design competition, only 152 were selected and only 8 of those were chosen as the best in branding. Design Ranch was lucky enough to win TWO in the category of our specialty. Finefolk and Truman Library make their mark on the judges with outstanding design. We are in great company sharing the title with some of the finest design firms in the world. Check out the other winners here. This is truly a testament to our hard work and incredibly talented group of creatives at The Ranch. Yippee!


Imagine This

06.26.14 | 6:26PM |

The KCMO CDE is helping Kansas City businesses and organizations realize their dreams through creative funding. We wrote and designed this year’s annual report to help inspire people in low-income communities to get involved with the KCMO CDE. Playful illustrations add a little whimsy to the works. And of course, the book wouldn’t be complete without a pencil binding for idea doodling.

KCMO CDE Annual Report - Imagine This

Quick! Your electricity goes out in a big storm, you have no heat, microwave, cell phone charger. What do you do? Reach for your Boltwell box, of course! Boltwell isn’t your normal camouflage-clad army surplus prepper. We designed a brand for the emergency preparedness kits that combined style with practicality–making Type-A moms with modern, sophisticated taste swoon. When concepting the strategy, we thought, what better symbol for the brand than a tortoise?! It carries its shelter wherever it goes–ready to hunker down or bolt away at any moment. Plus, tortoises live for a very, very long time and so will this brand. Get your own emergency prep box at Boltwell.com and “Live well equipped.”


Come Sun, Come All

05.22.14 | 12:22AM |

Come sun, come all – Buckle‘s new summer banners are in stores! After a lot of work (and some play) during or sun-soaked shoot in Yelapa, Mexico, we were beaming with delight to see the final product on our doorstep. See the campaign for yourself online and in stores now – no SPF required.

Buckle Live On Campaign

Bread and Branding

04.24.14 | 8:24PM |

We’re feeling nostalgic and a little hungry this morning. Fervere, one of the very first Design Ranch clients, has been named by Food & Wine as one of The Best Bread Bakeries in America. Fred Spompinato has been making handmade artisan breads for years and can tell you that the most important ingredient is passion. Fervere’s bread really is the best thing since sliced…. oh you know. See who else made the cut or see more of our branding work for them here.

Fervere Handcrafted Bread

We Ar Finefolk

03.04.14 | 8:4PM |

When stylist + jewelry designer, Leslie Fraley came to us to name and brand her new shop + studio, we were flattered. She has impeccable taste paired with an artful eye. Inspired by the high-end craft of the pieces in her shop, we named and designed the Finefolk brand. A sophisticated, beautiful look reminds everyone, “We ar Finefolk.” 


Three Cheers for Volunteers

03.04.14 | 8:4PM |

This year’s Hall Family Foundation annual report was dedicated to the heart and soul of the nonprofit world… volunteers! These men and women work tirelessly every day to serve and improve our community: to find a need and fill it, to find a hurt and heal it, to find someone with a problem and offer to help solve it. With such inspiring subjects, Design Ranch had no problem creating a beautiful report that shared these volunteers’ powerful stories.

Change it, heal it, fill it, see it, help it, solve it, love it… Read it!

Hall Family Foundation Annual Report - Make It Happen

Buckle on Board

02.19.14 | 8:19PM |

Our spring shoot for Buckle took us all the way to Yelapa, Mexico. It was the perfect location to do a little art directing of the season’s styles. The crew was certainly Yelapa-ing when we took an adventurous approach onto shore for Day 3 of our shoot!