KCD is a multidisciplinary creative boutique—a tactically distilled agency/studio hybrid, generating innovative, proven solutions on a national and international level.
Inspiring action, winning awards, increasing revenue and creating buzz are the sweet results we produce for our clients.
We find inspiration at Grassy Run, a 118-acre retreat situated among creeks and rolling hills. Our studio is hidden in the heart of horse country—close enough to an international airport to be connected, and just far enough from the bright lights to speak to your heart.
WHAT WE DO
SOME OF OUR CLIENTS
“…KCD is a shining example
of what can be accomplished
with design talent and
– Doug White
“A philosophy of sustainability
led them to cast off-the-shelf materials in imaginative, new roles (at Grassy Run).”
– Lisa Selin Davis
“(KCD is) the crème de la crème
in their sector.”
– International Forum Design GmbH
“KCD deftly balances form
– Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
“(KCD is) very good at taking the concept and bringing it to life in a consumer-relevant manner.”
– Mary Riffe, The Procter & Gamble Company | Interview
“This is where Kentucky
proves that hip doesn’t just
happen on the coast.”
– Amy Wilson
“…(Grassy Run) is a place where creativity flows.”
– Patrick Clark, “Offbeat America”
“…a vintage Mercedes in the
living room and a thriving ad agency on the second floor.”
– Kathleen Norris
“…(KCD is) the best of the best.”
– June Beallor,
Founding Executive Director,
USC Shoah Foundation
Medusa boasted of her beauty to Athena and, despite her transformation thereafter, inspires the design for a chic, namesake salon featuring tailored interior architecture, hardwood cabinetry and avant-garde metalwork.
Contributions to Clifford Selbert Design, for the largest privately-developed project in Japan’s history, involve environmental design, signage, mosaic wayfinding and a series of 35-foot-tall wind sculptures that epitomize the Milky Way.
BEST FOOT FORWARD
The nation’s leading brand of premium children’s footwear is reimagined with a refreshed identity, including logo, packaging, collateral and environment, through a collaboration with CSD in Boston, MA.
Fundraising materials celebrate the unwavering courage of a wise 13-year-old, catapulted into the national spotlight three years before his death, while helping one of the world’s best-known AIDS activists and educators leverage her son’s influential story to improve the lives of millions.
THE SHOE FITS
An image overhaul for America’s most recognized comfort shoe brand encompasses new logo, store graphics, packaging, signs, collateral and in-store music videos that include original scoring.
A reinvigorated impression for North America’s oldest, largest, most effective youth-mentoring organization calls for collateral, banners, direct mail, vehicle graphics and a website–helping them to quadruple the number of children served.
One of the top-performing retail centers in the U.S. aligns with a new agency of record and establishes a Maxi award-winning, visionary appeal—increasing sales per square foot by over 30 percent without any expansion or renovation.
JOYS ARE OUR WINGS
A princess and snow-white dove complete a fairy tale-themed film short made on location at Loveland Castle—a landmark built entirely by one man using river stones and handmade, cement bricks he cast in milk cartons.
A nostalgic TV and print campaign, shot with a spring-wound Bolex, enhances the appeal of a 1.1 million square foot lifestyle complex—while highlighting a transportation company in continuous operation since 1817.
Nighttime gazing at America’s oldest working observatory becomes a charming TV campaign for one of the nation’s top fashion centers.
A new corporate image highlights an international real estate development and management company as it grows to serve more than 25 million square feet of retail properties.
The ballet company led by a former resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera stars in a movement featuring dancers on pointe—atop a transparent cinematographer’s rig.
Identity, environment and custom fixtures create a focused experience in two distinctive, optical boutiques.
A multi-media company, with ownership of interactive services, broadcast TV stations, daily newspapers, category-leading television networks and one of the largest creative content licensing agencies in the world, appreciates progressive thinking and design for an array of corporate communication materials.
LORD OF THE JUNGLE
Five docile pachyderms, a lynx with a feisty temperament and a curious chimpanzee named Tutti all costar in a short film that chronicles life, love and the ways of the wild among characters originally imagined by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
LIGHTING THE WAY
A philanthropic foundation that annually hosts the National Journalism Awards enlists engaging creative to empower their efforts in building healthy communities and improving the quality of life throughout the U.S.
A regional, character development program
is founded to motivate hundreds of grade school children annually, while leveraging a variety of collateral materials that integrate a persuasive mascot, envisioned and rendered by well-known illustrator D.K. Sheldon.
A ingenious start-up business attracts a broad list of Fortune 500 companies with logo, identity, collateral, interactive and advertising—enticing their clientele to accelerate innovation by making connections with seasoned life scientists and aerospace engineers.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
A $35 million renovation and expansion of a national attraction, featuring one of the world’s only indoor underwater hippo exhibits, requires strategic renaming and a complementary logo.
A $200 million development, on the site where Campbell Soup Company was born, benefits from a well-conceived name, logo, tag line, investor-relations package and graphic standards document.
The world’s most distinguished motion picture academy commissions program artwork for their ceremony, in addition to the design of the keepsake gift for honorees recognized at their exclusive after-party.
The largest composer of fragrance in the world gathers its most elite team of perfumers to explore Grassy Run’s six miles of walking trails, in search of sweet-smelling inspiration for their international, olfactory masterwork.
A citation presented by the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives honors KCD for “entrepreneurial success through a winning recipe of innovative ideas, superior product and hard work.”
U.S. Congressional Subcommittees take note of KCD’s pioneering achievements from an atypical locale, and convince decision-makers to green-light high-capacity telecommunication expansion, to better equip America in the global economy.
Deﬁnitive research and development is initiated on a series of universal tools for empowering kids with emotional well-being.
A European organization, acknowledged the world over as the trademark of outstanding design, sanctions KCD a multiple-honoree, with the most recognitions in any classiﬁcation—among submissions from 25 different nations.
A worldwide relaunch, of a brand founded in 1926 that grew to be marketed in 60 countries, proﬁts from an interactive created to attract and engage magazine editors in Russia, Egypt and Latin America.
A savvy art aﬁcionado, and devoted patron to the American art museum crafted by Zaha Hadid, requests an identity for her ﬁne art consultancy and receives a multidimensional leave-behind inspired by Degas.
SEEING THE WIZARD
Comprehensive print and web promotions, for the 70th anniversary screening of the Best Picture nominees of 1939, entice moviegoers to Beverly Hills’ world-class Samuel Goldwyn Theater for an incomparable journey and a series sellout.
A pre-release tie-in to the ﬁrst-ever movie about the Japanese art of origami engages the world’s largest advertiser—in addition to delivering a global audience for the documentary ﬁlm’s award-winning director.
ANSWERING THE CALL
At the request of the founding executive director of the USC institute established by the creator of the movie Schindler’s List—all-inclusive collateral materials and signage set the stage for a star-studded beneﬁt to promote respect for all of humanity.
SPICING IT UP
A white-hot megabrand opts for cool with handmade pitch packages, complete with clipper ship sailcloth, tooled leather and nautical knots, as a part of its Fresh Collection, international product launch.
The actor who lent voice to Darth Vader, an artist celebrated for unparalleled mastery of motion picture makeup and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient recognized for promoting hope around the world are honored with a gilded chronicle.
HISTORY & THE FUTURE
Enlightening with ﬁrst-hand testimonies from survivors of crimes against humanity—an international institution makes their compelling appeal with an inaugural partnership campaign.
Grassy Run’s circa 1860 burley barn shifts gears by way of a rustic reboot, setting the stage for inspired gatherings and moon-lit memories-made.
SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL
No-Attitude Gratitude salutes the chairman & CEO of The Walt Disney Company at a Los Angeles, California gala—furthering the show of appeciation in the mix.
Formulating apparel and marketing materials for seventeen years helps attract thousands of 5k participants, and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for a trailblazing Big Brothers Big Sisters—everyone finishing a winner.
A whale of a charitable fundraiser uplifts a distinguished Kentucky native at the American Museum of Natural History, while intermingling a range of particulars including invitations, video graphics, display banners and a 150-page tribute book.
Digital watermark technology connects smartphone users to words of wisdom, via a bespoke, dual-platform App developed in conjunction with Nellymoser—advancing the human condition, and a milestone event.
The creator of a witty Warner Bros. television show orders custom artwork to make a tongue-in-cheek impression befitting of in-depth analysis.
The 25th Anniversary commemoration of the Victor Mills Society recognizes exemplary innovators with two limited edition fine fragrances — complete with tone-on-tone chroma, dimensional castings and shimmering closures.
A forward-moving combination of meaningful collateral materials honor the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company in a momentous event — held at the National Historic Landmark home to the Rosa Parks Bus.
American composer John Williams, along with an expansive range of memorable recognitions, prove the force is strong with a couple revered for their remarkable commitment to education and diversity, visual arts and storytelling, and the use of technology for altruistic advancement.
A Community Health Worker website and educational repository, devised to help address critical shortages of care providers, cultivate connections in under-served regions of North America.
TRIAL & ERROR
A writer and executive producer of an outrageous comedy, conceived in the style of a true-crime documentary, gets a soulful character illustration as his personal and professional mark on the network television series.
WORLD LEADERS IN BRINGING HOPE TO CHILDREN WITH CONGENITAL DEFECTS — THROUGH SCHOLARLY RESEARCH, CLINICAL TRAINING, AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT — GREEN LIGHT A SERIES OF STORYTELLING INTERVIEWS DESTINED TO TUG AT HEARTSTRINGS.
A RE-HUMANIZING WORKSHOP HELPS A MULTI-NATIONAL CONSUMER GOODS COMPANY ALIGN FOCUS AND CULTIVATE CONTINUED SUCCESS THROUGH KEEN OBSERVATION AND SAVVY TRACKING OF SHIFTS IN INFLUENCERS’ EMERGING INTERESTS.
Uncovering hidden opportunities means conceiving artful tactics that go beyond the obvious.
There’s never been a better time for inventive creative, formulated and executed to achieve soaring heights.