Wishing your Christmas was little ranchier? Follow our brandspankin’ holiday gift guide and you can’t go wrong! Put a little design love in someone’s stocking with these gift ideas designed by Design Ranch:

 

1.// For the ever-worried mother: Boltwell preparedness kit…. It may not seem like the end of the world that you haven’t found a man yet, when the end is actually near.

 

2.// For the party friend: Sparkling XO… It’s sparkling wine, French-kissed with cognac. Hell oui, it’s good.

 

3.// For the future political activist: God Hates Goods tshirt…. Christmas is a time for love. Let’s poke a little fun at the haters.

 

4.// For the socialite: Finefolk gift card…. She’ll love flaunting her latest piece at the next cocktail party.

 

5.// For your brother : Unforked gift certificate….  Tacos, on tacos, on tacos. That bottomless pit can order all the Barking Pigs he wants.

 

6.// For your grandmother the cook: ZoZoi Bougatsa… Tell her it’s homemade. You’re following in her footsteps. Wink, wink. J

 

7.// For the office holiday potluck: Walker Fresh Foods Potato Salad…. Pick it up at your local grocer. Everyone will thank you… via mumbles…. between bites.

 

8.// For the crazy aunt: Fit Formula membership…. Let her burn off the energy and mix it with some Namaste. You may actually enjoy sitting next to her at family Christmas.

While the big man at the North Pole is busy making lists, we are busy cranking out some festive designs for our clients. Even though its doors won’t open until 2015, the National Museum of Toys / Miniatures is spreading a little holiday cheer with a holiday card featuring the new brand. Naughty or nice, this is sure to put a twinkle in your eye.

Where better than Sin City to show off this season’s styles?! Buckle packed up and headed to Lost Wages to strut its stuff in the lesser-known areas of the city. From motels, to wedding chapels, to highways… we covered some ground (literally). We may be broke, but we got our Vegas fix! Look for the story in the upcoming Buckle Spring campaign.

Buckle Spring Art Direction

Wild About Winning

12.03.14 | 8:3PM |

The 15th annual Wild About Harry fundraising dinner, is a special occasion… so we dressed Harry accordingly. The invite we designed for the event received 1st place honors at the Philly Awards, celebrating the best and brightest in nonprofit communications. Rumor had it that our design stood out in the most competitive category – the special event invitation.  AND since we did such a darn-tooting good job, we were given a perfect score from the judges. Truman Library Institute’s director of development said it best, “Harry’s never looked so good!” See more of our work for the library below.

Truman Library Institute

Truman Library: A Site to See

11.07.14 | 10:7PM |

Harry Truman said, “Do your best, history will do the rest.” Well, we did. And we hope that the Truman Library Institute site is one for the books. We are proud to announce the new and improved Truman Library Institute website. The site is a robust one–packed with information, quotes, events, photos… it’s TRUly awesome. Check it out here.

Truman Library Institute

Expanding on Branding

10.24.14 | 2:24PM |

Talk about a bold brand! International Architects Atelier is in it to win it with their new website at I-A-A.com. The expanding navigation is a great example of how these architects use space to get the most bang for their buck. Now their home online is as swoon-worthy as the rest of the brand.

International Architects Atelier

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!

Finefolk

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