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"And You May Ask Yourself..."

BBM&D we're a fairly self-reflective bunch, and one of the ways we help clients think about their brands is to get them to ask themselves some fun and important questions. We've been highlighting them in what we call our "20 Questions" series.

Is Your Brand at the Head of the Class?

High-achieving brands aren't always pegged as valedictorians right away. Sometimes they're simply the new kid in class that learns to play well with others. The BBM&D-created brand of Mission College Foundation's website had to integrate with not only the existing main college website, but also the other brands in the West Valley/Mission…

Is Your Brand Ripe for a Redesign?

Longevity is a brand's best friend, but even strong brands with deep roots need regular pruning to harvest their true potential. BBM&D originally designed a website for this 96-year-old growers' association over a decade ago--before smart phones, iPads, and modern programming standards changed how we use the web. BBM&D's redesign of the California…

Does Your Website Give Your Brand a Good Workout?

These sites are so hot you can almost feel the sweat beading. The challenge for Burn 60's site was creating a site that rocks you to the core and reflects their status as the premier personal fitness studio in LA--where celebrity sightings are not uncommon. Burn 60's brand edginess is reflected in this design--an HTML/CSS, standards-based site featuring an interactive…

News on Crowdsourced Logos

There's been some talk lately regarding some of the really cheap logos available via the web. It's becoming apparent that the reason these logos are so inexpensive is they are often stolen. AIGA, the American Association of Graphic Designers, recently posted an interesting item regarding logo theft. It provides some great perspective from a well-known designer regarding logo theft and the subsequent…

BBM&D Strategic Branding Announces New Art Director

VENTURA, CA. - BBM&D Strategic Branding, a full-service marketing communications and design firm, has promoted Arrate Garcia to the position of Art Director in the agency's creative department. She is responsible for concept, art direction, and project management for a number of the agency's clients. Garcia has been with the firm for nearly five years, most recently in the role of designer. She…

BBM&D Strategic Branding Honored With Two WPA "Maggie" Awards

The BBM&D creative team is proud to announce our big win of two top honors at the Western Publication Association's annual "Maggie" Awards, presented Friday, April 29 at the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles.

New Brand for Ventura Botanical Gardens

After a lengthy process of development and deliberation, the Ventura Botanical Gardens has adopted a new brand identity. The design, developed by BBM&D Strategic Branding, is a culmination of over eighteen months of work helping the volunteer organization navigate the process of brand development.

BBM&D Scores Silver and Bronze at 2011 "Addy" Awards

BBM&D Strategic Branding has been honored once again for outstanding creative by the American Advertising Federation. BBM&D took home a total of thirteen silver and bronze "ADDY" awards, bestowed by the AAF Coastal California chapter.

Barbara Brown speaks at UCLA School of Dentistry

Last week, BBM&D had the opportunity to share decades of marketing and design experience with the UCLA School of Dentistry students. The subject was branding, marketing and social media for Pediatric Dentists. As a guest speaker, BBM&D president Barbara Brown was delighted to share her nearly twenty years of experience developing iconic brands through insightful, thoughtful creative. Dr. Ken Szymanski…

Conversations of Education in Graphic Design

CEO Barbara Brown went "back to school" in December, on campus at Moorpark College. In a rousing conversation with industry and education leaders, the future of education in this industry was discussed in depth and with much passion. Attending and contributing included Art Center, UCLA, Rhythm and Hues, and USC among others.

BBM&D Strategic Branding Announced as Maggie Finalist

BBM&D Strategic Branding has landed in the finalists' circle of the Western Publication Association's annual "Maggie" Awards. BBM&D's work on the March/April 2009 issue of "American Fitness," the magazine of fitness professionals, was nominated in the Best Overall Health Fitness & Beauty/Trade category. The Maggies honor excellence in magazine, periodical, and publication design. Winners were announced…

BBM&D Goes Global with Venture Strategies Innovations Website

2010 is proving to be a big year for BBM&D's web development team and their ongoing effort to to give back on both a local and global scale. Their first new website out of the gate goes global--for Venture Strategies Innovations (VSI), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to improving women's health in developing countries.

BBM&D Strikes Gold at 2010 "Addy" Awards

BBM&D Strategic Branding has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation for outstanding creative in the annual AAF Coastal California competition. Judged by a panel of distinguished industry professionals, the ADDYs recognize outstanding work in the field of advertising.

BBM&D Strategic Branding to Mobilize the Web

The BBM&D design team is thrilled to expand their arsenal of creative services and embrace mobile device web development, one of the fastest growing segments on the web.

The Realities of Search Engine Optimization, Part 1

"Is your website optimized? No? My God, man, don't you know much money you will lose within the next five minutes? Trust me, it's substantial. I mean, are you targeting the crucial vampire-tween demographic? Do you know how much obscenely disposable income those kids have? Seriously, all of it could be yours--and all you have to to is add hepa yo juju and fubar gabba gabba hey to your site, then wait six months, and then we'll be able to see if your business will stomp all online competition or fail miserably, only to be remembered as a cruel internet meme. Come on! Sign my contract! Show me your guts! DO IT!!"

Coming Soon: BBM&D Strategic Branding to Mobilize the Web

The BBM&D design team is excited to announce a new product in their suite of services: web development for mobile devices. As mobile usage in business continues to grow and evolve—the past year alone has seen a 150% surge in mobile web usage, according to browser maker Opera—the most successful online brands have delivered a mobile user experience unique from conventional desktop web browsing.

BBM&D Creates New Look for Interface, Children Family Services

The BBM&D design team is excited to announce the launch of a bold new branding campaign for Interface Children Family Services of Ventura County. The new brand was on display at the unveiling of new signage at Interface's Camarillo facility.

BBM&D Named a Finalist in AEP's Distinguished Achievement Awards

The design team at BBM&D Strategic Branding is honored to announce that our work on the Fall 2008 Gifted Education Communicator has been named a finalist in the Association of Educational Publishers' 2009 Distinguished Achievement Awards Program. BBM&D's design, a front cover for the Interdisciplinary Studies Issue on Visual and Performing Arts, is nominated in the "sponsored publication" category. "I…

BBM&D Once Again Named a Maggie Finalist

BBM&D Strategic Branding has yet again landed in the finalists' circle of the Western Publication Association's annual "Maggie" Awards. BBM&D's work on the March/April 2008 issue of "American Fitness," the magazine of fitness professionals, was nominated in the Best Overall Health & Fitness/Trade category. The Maggies honor excellence in magazine, periodical, and publication design, and winners will…

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