Hi, we’re ripe.

We’re a branding & design agency. We’ve been collaborating with clients for over two decades to create holistic brand experiences with a personal touch. Let’s put our minds together.  See our work

Puesto

As a young, fresh and fun taco shop in San Diego, Puesto needed a brand that reflected their personality. Co-founders Eric and Alan Adler were inspired by Mexican street food and we were inspired by Mexico’s rich and colorful visual tradition.

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Behind every great logo is a thousand rejected concepts

We worked closely with the Puesto team – sketching, reviewing, modifying, and discarding dozens of concepts before settling on a beautifully hand lettered mark accompanied by a robust and playful system of icons for Puesto’s menu items.

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Packaging that’s easy on the eyes

Large swaths of bold color quickly became one of Puesto’s core visual treatments. As the piece of branding people are most likely to take with them, we wanted to make sure Puesto’s packaging reflected the full spectrum of their rich palette.

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Brand consistency in the physical environment

By working closely with the Adler brothers and their interior designers, we were able to inject Puesto’s personality into every nook and cranny of their space. From custom signage to simple and usable menu boards to color matched lighting fixtures, Puesto’s locations are deeply branded. We even went as far as to customize their Boylan soda fountain graphics!

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Recognizable and enjoyable promotional materials

Puesto’s promotional package includes a wide range of items including t-shirts, brochures, pins, ads and more. Always trying to find a way to reflect Puesto’s playful nature, we turned a bunch of their icons into a sticker set for kids (which can most likely be found stuck to the window in Mom and Dad’s car).

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A restaurant website that doesn’t suck

Puesto’s web presence focuses not only on brand consistency, but on delivering a streamlined and extremely user-friendly experience to visitors. A responsive design allows the site to look its best regardless of the user’s device, and content is targeted to help users make the decisions they’re there to make. Visit EatPuesto.com »

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eLife

eLife is a scientific publishing organization which emphasizes and provides open access to publicly funded research. With the goal of shaking up the academic publishing field, eLife asked us to help inject some needed disruption into a centuries-old industry.

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A brand inspired by life

Departing from the stuffy, often antiquated visual vernacular common to academia, the eLife brand embraces change with clean lines and a colorful palette. Organic shapes reference eLife’s foundation in the life sciences without pigeonholing the organization into any one field.

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Replacing complexity with visual simplicity

In an industry where data is king, promotional messaging is often lost in a sea of text, numbers and figures. On the other hand, eLife’s promotional materials deliver concise messaging in an exceedingly simple format which allows viewers space to breathe.

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Interactive, user-friendly science

eLife’s first initiative, a self-titled digital journal covering the life sciences, is the product of close collaboration with eLife’s interactive team. From wireframes to final production, our focus was always on providing users with an exceedingly simple, clean and legible reading experience.

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American Marketing Association

Turning 80 is sort of a big deal, no less so for an organization than a person. The DC chapter of the American Marketing Association asked us to help celebrate their 80th anniversary with a brand refresh and we were happy to oblige.

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Celebrate the past, but don’t forget the future

Looking forward to the future was just as important to AMA DC as appreciating their rich past. Thus their new mark references both while keeping the focus firmly in the present. By employing a timeless color palette and simple typography, the AMA DC brand feels at home no matter the era.

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Mixing mediums and generations

Crisply defined regions of color mixed with gritty dot-patterened photography allows AMA DC’s collateral to bridge the gap between the analogue and digital generations.

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Balancing visual interest with content emphasis

Celebrating DC’s top marketers was a core theme during AMA DC’s 80th year. A well organized event program and insert in the Washington Business Journal helped acknowledge their success. Tastefully understated, these pieces allowed the winners, not the design to take center stage

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Selected Brands

Over the years ripe has worked with hundreds of clients across a multitude of industries. We believe the solution to any visual branding dilemma can be found in simple, clean and honest design. Below is a small sample of how we boil an organization’s culture down into a unique, refined trademark.

Art of Peace
Art of Peace
First Person Politics
First Person Politics
42° Catering
42 Degrees Catering
Washington's Green Grocer
Washington's Green Grocer
Europe PMC
Europe PMC
Lindsay Buckingham Palace
Lindsay Buckingham Palace
Thinkinghire
Thinking Hire
Agraria
Agraria
Taylor Steak & Ice
Taylor Steak & Ice
Architectural Ceramics
Architectural Ceramics
Smith Commons
Smith Commons

Our Services

A successful brand isn’t just a pretty logo; it’s a consistent, coherent visual system applied across all your communication mediums. At ripe we offer a range of services in support of the beautiful brands we create.

Branding

The core of your organization’s visual identity is its brand. Encompassing color palette, typography, graphic treatments and of course your logo, a good brand is your organization’s visual voice.

Interactive

Your online presence is often the first interaction a user will have with your brand. Creating brand consistent and extremely usable interactive products is key to building lasting relationships with your audience.

Environmental

From truck wraps to signage to welcome mats, we have extensive experience when it comes to designing, producing and consulting on how your brand can extend into the real world.

Print

In our increasingly digital world, a beautiful printed piece leaves a lasting impact like never before. Be it a business card, event invitation, menu or anything else with ink on paper, we can make your content sing.

Packaging

From a user’s perspective, the design that contains your product can be almost as important as the product itself. We pride ourselves on creating easy to use and well designed packaging people won’t want to throw away.

Promotional

Your brand is nothing if no one knows about it. We have vast experience designing promotional items that people will hold onto for years to come and have great working relationships with quality, reliable vendors.

Studio

Since 1990 we’ve been designing, coding and generally having a grand old time in our renovated brownstone studio in Logan Circle. Stop by and say hello to our studio mascots Yimmy and Udon, who may or may not actually be the brains behind ripe.

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Team

Paul Best
Paul BestInteractive Designer + Developer

Paul is just a Midwestern guy who likes to build things that work well and look good. He enjoys the big picture – product design, user experience, and storytelling. He gets just as excited about typefaces as he does about cutting-edge CSS and user research. If you couldn’t tell already, he’s kind of a nerd when it comes to this stuff.

Drew Garvey
Drew GarveyDesign Apprentice

Drew brings both print and interactive design expertise to the team. He’s passionate about design and embraces the intricate details of identity and digital design. He believes in building smart and intuitive systems that allow projects to scale across mediums. He is focused on the bigger picture, and taking brands to new levels through intelligent application.

Kelly Haney
Kelly HaneyOffice Manager

Kelly is ripe’s left-brained finance and admin person trying to survive amongst a world of right-brained artists. She handles the number crunching and bookkeeping as well as an endless chasm of other tasks. The designers love her type-A, business-like presence, yet run from her when she comes looking for that receipt from lunch.

Emi MacLeod
Emi MacLeodGraphic Designer

Emi hails from Japan, Scotland, and a handful of other places, but they say home is where the heart is – and most nights Emi is putting heart into her work at ripe. She specializes in well-crafted print design with a touch of environmental and web. Turn to her if you’re looking for sophisticated work forged from blood, sweat and tears, along with some earl grey and chocolate to fuel the creative flames.

Tomas Snoreck
Tomás SnoreckCreative Director

Tomás began his design career by helping launch USA Today and spent many years working as a senior designer and creative director at several firms around DC before founding ripe in 1990. With a strong grounding in both branding and traditional print mediums, Tomás is the creative backbone of the studio.

Amy Zepf
Amy ZepfDesign Apprentice

Amy prides herself in typography and branding. Her passion for design is rooted in the creative process of visual identity. She has a strong ability to craft cohesive systems across print mediums. Look to her for a well thought-out print piece, crafted with meaning and care.

Strategic Partners

Kathy Kennedy
Kathy KennedyBrand + Marketing Strategist

Kathy is an award-winning senior marketing professional with more than 20 years in major market television news and broad integrated communications experience. Her expertise includes: qualitative research, strategic planning, branding & reputation management, digital marketing, creative development, video production, media planning/buying, database/direct marketing, advertising, event planning and public relations.

Ian Hamilton
Ian HamiltonInteractive Designer + Developer

Ian worked as ripe's Senior Interactive Designer for eight and a half years and played an integral role in helping to develop the company's robust interactive capabilities. While he struck it out on his own as an interactive design and development gun for hire, Ian and ripe maintain a close strategic partnership.

Maryam Seifi
Maryam SeifiStrategist + Designer

Maryam brings a strong background in branding, publication, graphic and industrial design to the ripe team. She enjoys carrying strategic brand consistency throughout all client work. She believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to both design and life. Her uniquely broad knowledge in design lends a fresh take on client projects.

Want to join our studio?

We enjoy meeting new designers. However, we take awhile to hire for positions because we’re particular about finding the right combination of talent and personality. If you’re a top-notch designer, don’t be shy - send your resume to createwithus@ripe.com anyways!

Description

We are not currently hiring for this position, however we’re always interested in meeting awesome graphic designers in the DC area. If you’d like to work with us someday, please send us your resume and portfolio!

About Us

We're a close knit group of designers doing award winning work in a fun, laid back environment. We're a full service branding studio, meaning we do a bit of everything: branding, marketing, web design, print design, packaging, promotional pieces, environmental design, etc. Our clients include everyone from local favorites like Taylor Gourmet and the SEED Foundation to national and international organizations like the World Bank, AIGA and more.

About you

We're looking for an entry level designer to join our crew. You should have a solid understanding of design principles and theory and a strong portfolio to prove it. Since we're such a small studio we all have to wear a lot of hats, so basic web experience is necessary. Also, and perhaps most importantly, you should be easy-going but you should still have a strong work ethic!

About the Job

Lots of early career designer positions are glorified internships or pure production jobs. This is not one of those positions. We don't just hire semi-talented people to churn out our ideas... we hire awesome people so that they can develop and produce their own ideas. We want you to grow with the studio and to become an integral part of the ripe hive mind, we don't just want to squeeze the most work out of you we can.

That being said, we are incredibly busy all the time, so having a strong work ethic is vital. At ripe you'll be doing a bit of everything and will be working on nearly every project that comes through the studio. We don't really have job descriptions or distinct print/interactive positions, so you'll be expected to work in a wide range of mediums.

Necessary Skills
  • A strong grounding in design principle and theory (which should be reflected in your portfolio)
  • Basic experience with HTML and CSS. (The more interactive experience you have the better!)
  • Adobe Creative Suite and OS X experience
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to take direction
  • Desire to constantly improve how you/we work
  • Be up to date with best practices, new technologies, design trends, etc.
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • BA in design or related art field (or just be really awesome)
How to Apply
  • Submit your resume and cover letter to createwithus [at] ripe [dot] com
  • You MUST include a digital portfolio with no less than 3 samples of past work. Can be as simple as a PDF or as complex as a full portfolio web site.
  • Provide brief descriptions of your involvement for each project
  • No phone calls please
  • Make sure you follow these steps! We tend to ignore people who don't.
  • For added points: What is your favorite typeface and why? (Psst... This is how we tell who reads directions!)

No phone calls please, we’re really busy! If you have questions feel free to email us or hit us up on Twitter @ripe.

Description

We are not currently hiring for this position, however we’re always interested in meeting awesome entry level front end developer and designer in the DC area. If you’d like to work with us someday, please send us your resume and portfolio!

About Us

We're a close knit group of designers doing top notch work in a fun, laid back environment. We're a full service creative studio, meaning we do a bit of everything: branding, marketing, web design, packaging, promotional pieces, photography, video, etc. Our clients include everyone from local businesses to national and international organizations like the Art of Peace Foundation, Coca Cola, the World Bank, AIGA and more.

About you

We're looking for an entry level front end developer and designer to join our crew. You should have a strong coding background along with a good eye for design. You should have a solid understanding of design principles and theory, typography, etc. Also, and perhaps most importantly, you should be easy-going but you should still have a strong work ethic!

About the Job

We're looking for someone who, simply put, will help us code websites — we have strong front end talent in the studio currently but could use a hand. Your main responsibilities will involve taking completed designs in psd form and turning them into fully functional sites. Additionally you'll be helping out on maintenance for existing sites. Of course it won't all be code — we'll want you to be doing some design work as well. However, in the beginning at least this job will be probably about 90% development, 10% design. We're looking for someone to work in the studio, not a telecommuter.

Necessary Skills
  • HTML & CSS mastery, or very close to it (if you develop sites in Dreamweaver design view, this job is not for you)
  • Experience with PHP & various CMS's (WordPress specifically, Drupal, etc)
  • Experience with Javascript (common libraries)
  • A good eye for design and the ability to convert psd's into pixel-perfect HTML.
  • Browser testing experience
  • Experience with the applications you'd expect - Adobe Creative Suite, OS X and whatever coding application you prefer to use (we like Sublime Text)
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to take direction and to work with an existing coding workflow (and to help improve it — we're open to change!)
  • Desire to constantly improve how you/we work
  • Similarly: Up to date with best practices, new technologies, etc.
  • Good organizational and communication skills
How to apply
  • Submit your resume and cover letter to codemonkeys [at] ripe [dot] com
  • You MUST include a digital portfolio with no less than 3 samples of past work
  • Provide brief descriptions of your involvement for each project
  • No phone calls please
  • Make sure you follow these steps! We tend to ignore people who don't.

No phone calls please, we’re really busy! If you have questions feel free to email us or hit us up on Twitter @ripe.

Description

We are not currently hiring for this position, however we’re always interested in meeting awesome project manager in the DC area. If you’d like to work with us someday, please send us your resume!

About Us

We're a close knit group of designers doing top notch work in a fun, laid back environment. We're a full service creative studio, meaning we do a bit of everything: branding, marketing, web design, packaging, promotional pieces, photography, video, etc. Our clients include everyone from local businesses to national and international organizations like the Art of Peace Foundation, Coca Cola, the World Bank, AIGA and more.

About You

We're looking for a proactive and organized team member who can help us balance a heavy project load. We need someone who has a high attention to detail, but isn't afraid to step back and consistently improve the way we work.

About the Job

Simply put, we need someone who can manage our project timelines, deliverables, and support our client services. We have very talented designers on staff, but we could use a hand juggling all the pieces. Your main responsibilities will involve managing project timelines & deliverables, helping the designers balance their workload, and making sure clients' needs are met & exceeded. We're looking for someone to work in the studio, not a telecommuter.

Necessary Skills
  • Experience managing interactive and/or design projects in the past
  • Experience with Basecamp, Highrise, and other project management tools
  • Experience working on Agile technology projects
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Desire to constantly improve how you/we work
How to Apply
  • Submit your resume and cover letter to sprout [at] ripe [dot] com
  • Make sure you follow these steps! We tend to ignore people who don't.

No phone calls please, we’re really busy! If you have questions feel free to email us or hit us up on Twitter @ripe.

Description

We are currently looking for a paid intern who’s interested in joining a creative studio that’s doing fantastic work for clients locally and across the globe. This is an in-studio position.

Please take note! Due to our small team size we’re extremely picky when it comes to interns and do not necessarily hire an intern every semester.

About You

We’re looking for a college student or recent grad who wants to get a taste of what it’s like to design in the real world. You should be studying (or should have a degree in) design or a related art field, and a strong desire to pursue a career in design. If you’re still trying to figure out whether or not this field is for you, this position probably isn’t. Unfortunately this position is not appropriate for high school students.

You should have a basic understanding of design principles and theory, typography, and hopefully a little web experience (if your professors aren’t teaching you web, tell them they should)! Also, and perhaps most importantly, you should be easy-going but you should still have a strong work ethic.

Necessary Skills
  • A good understanding of design principles and theory
  • Experience with HTML, CSS & Javascript preferred. Keep in mind, being able to make a page in Dreamweaver using all their little tools does not equal HTML or CSS experience.
  • Experience in the following programs: Adobe Creative Suite (including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash)
  • Experience working in Mac OS X
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good organizational and communication skills
How to Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to createwithus@ripe.com. You must include a digital portfolio with no less than 3 samples of previous work. Please profide a brief description of your involvement with each project. Applications without a portfolio will be ignored!

No phone calls please, we’re really busy! If you have questions feel free to email us or hit us up on Twitter @ripe.

We’d love to hear from you

Interested in developing a new brand for your organization? Want to update your web presence? Want to geek out about design? We want to talk to you.

Get in touch

1105 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

202 387 0404

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