Turn It Up to A11

11.20.15 | 10:20PM |

Awards on awards on awards…Design Ranch was tickled pink by this year’s AIGA design awards gala. We almost ran out of fingers counting our winnings. Design Ranch ended up with nine total—one of which was juror’s choice! Our work on the Hall Family Foundation annual report must have struck a chord with the judges. We are so proud to be a part of such a talented design community. You rocked it, Kansas City. 

Buckle Falls for Charleston

10.21.15 | 3:21PM |

It’s nothing but laid back southern charm this Fall at Buckle. We traveled to old Charleston stompin’ grounds for this season’s photo shoot… and it is surely a sight for sore eyes. Directing this shoot was better than butter. We went catawampus and used pups for props and styling sweet as tea. And as far as location selection… mossier is saucier. Hold your horses, y’all can see more photo art direction from this season on our site. So good, itll make you mad at your mamma.

Buckle Fall Art Direction

Black & Veatch has been building a world of difference for 100 years, and this year they are celebrating.  To commemorate their centennial, they enlisted Design Ranch to help design and write a book that not only showcased the companys rich history, but hinted at their bright future. Black & Veatchs people are passionate about changing the world through engineering, design and infrastructure and this book certainly showcases that. Large photographs and unique print techniques make this forward-thinking book one to remember. Theres never been a better time to be a part of Black & Veatch.

Cookies & Beer & Design… oh my!

09.24.15 | 6:24PM |

It’s Cookie Monster’s dream come true… Jonathan Bender of Recommended Daily has gone beyond the call of deliciousness to write a cookbook that pairs beers with baked goods. From coconut macaroons to bacon shortbread cookies, there is no shortage of scrumptiousness in this book. The publishers must have heard our tummies growling, because they asked us to design the cover for this drinkable, munchable read. Our cover illustration for Cookies & Beer is a hit! But, with this subject matter, how could you go wrong?! Join us at the kickoff party on October 7th at Bier Station in Kansas City. Tickets here. Cheers! Nom nom nom!

It’s that time of year again! The Communication Arts Design Annual has hit the stands and it is overflowing with differentiating design. We may be biased, but one of the best projects pops up on page 90. Our work for the Hall Family Foundation was one of only three annual reports chosen for this year’s edition and we are just smitten with the honor. Congratulations to all the well-designed, well-deserved winners

Laying Down the Law

08.31.15 | 8:31PM |

Legal Aid of Western Missouri, a not-for-profit law firm, is taking action against their old brand. These lawyers are doing great things—providing free legal services for low-income individuals—and deserve a brand to support the caliber of their work. So, we stepped in. We were inspired by the scales of justice to create a more modern, fresh logo for the law firm. Read more about Legal Aid’s brand transition here.

Unicorn Sighting

08.19.15 | 8:19PM |

The Unicorn Theatre is back at it again—another season of seat rattling shows and Design Ranch-ified posters to promote them! This year’s series is jam-packed full of plays about Tibetan monks, a 600 lb. man, a stolen Picasso and a posse of mean girls… to name a few. The 2015-16 season starts next week with “The Oldest Boy” and our illustrative style is sure to break a leg or two.

Unicorn Theatre

Little Things Make a Big Impact

08.17.15 | 10:17PM |

There’s a not-so-little secret we’d like to let you in on… it’s the new brand for The National Museum of Toys / Miniatures. After a huge renovation, updated exhibits, and some branding by yours truly, they have re-opened their doors to the public. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and toys and it couldn’t be more magical. We did our part by distinguishing the two collections through the logo mark, and brought some whimsy to the brand with playful conversations. Get a glimpse of the new brand on their website, or stop in the museum for the larger than life experience!

National Museum of Toys / Miniatures

Speak, Girl! Speak!

07.21.15 | 6:21PM |

DR principal, Ingred Sidie, corralled a group of hoosiers in Indianapolis last Thursday with her presentation at the AAF National Speaker Series. Our leader had plenty to say–covering Design Ranch’s process and creative strategy. She threw down a little Design Ranch wisdom while encouraging strong, innovative, brandspanking design. If you missed the talk or want to know more about Ingred, take a look at her interview with AAF Indianapolis. Visitors left inspired and satisfied proving, once again, that a little Ranch dressing goes a long way!