The Communication Arts Illustration Annual is out in full force. There were 4,313 submissions, from all over the globe that entered this year and we are proud to say that Design Ranch’s work for Unicorn Theatre was recognized as one of the best of advertising illustrations. The high level of conceptual thinking and execution impressed the jurors. Translation: This year’s illustrations were smart and good looking. Here, here!

A Van About Town

04.24.15 | 1:24PM |

Look what just pulled into our neighborhood. Carthage Stoneworks is on a roll! The look we designed for the natural stone experts is tried and true. Our designers mixed innovation with tradition for these stone fabricators. The crew at Carthage is a great example of success in sticking to your brand. You know what they always say… a rolling stoneworker gathers no moss.

How the “T” Came to Be

04.01.15 | 10:1PM |

Tanner Consolidated is a diverse holding company with a broad spectrum of real estate capabilities. Since the company is focused on creating one-of-a-kind experiences they needed a brand to reflect their quality of work without competing with the individual brands they develop. Design Ranch focused on a clear image of distinction, letting Tanner Consolidated’s work speak for itself.

Investing in Good Design

03.24.15 | 4:24PM |

American Century Investments is known for consistently delivering superior investment performance. The experts at the financial firm asked us to create a piece that appeals to its greatest company asset: its people. The result was a welcoming introduction, certain to make any newbie ready to be a part of the team.

Design Ranch is feeling good about our performance at this year’s Addy Awards. We came home with six, count ’em, SIX GOLD ADDY’S and a load of silvers! (We stopped counting at 16.) We also won “Best of Show” for our Unicorn Theater poster series. It was a fantastic show of the best in the advertising community and we are just proud to be a part of it. Thank you AAF!

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