Just A Moment

ABOUT US

DESIGN THINKING


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.

TRAILBLAZING


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

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SOME OF OUR CLIENTS

KIND WORDS

 

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“…KCD is a shining example
of what can be accomplished
with design talent and
business savvy…“

– Doug White

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“A philosophy of sustainability
led them to cast off-the-shelf materials in imaginative, new roles (at Grassy Run).”

– Lisa Selin Davis

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“(KCD is) the crème de la crème
in their sector.”

– International Forum Design GmbH

 

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“KCD deftly balances form
and function.”

– Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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“(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

 

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“This is where Kentucky
proves that hip doesn’t just
happen on the coast.”

– Amy Wilson

 

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…(Grassy Run) is a place where creativity flows.”

– Patrick Clark, “Offbeat America”  

 

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“…a vintage Mercedes in the
living room and a thriving ad agency on the second floor.”

– Kathleen Norris  

 

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“…(KCD) is the best of the best.”

– June Beallor,
Founding Executive Director,
USC Shoah Foundation

 

NOTABLE HIGHLIGHTS

1993

KILLER LOOKS


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.

 

1994

GALACTIC EXPERIENCE


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.

EVERLASTING SPIRIT


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.

1995

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.

 

1996

ROLE MODELS


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.

FINANCIAL MATTERS


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.

1997

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.

1998

SIMPLE THINGS


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.

STAR LIGHT


Nighttime gazing at America’s oldest working observatory becomes a charming TV campaign for one of the nation’s top fashion centers.

1999

SPECIAL PLACES


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 EXCEPTION


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.

2000

FOR EYES


Identity, environment and custom fixtures create a focused experience in two distinctive, optical boutiques.

MAKING HEADLINES


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.

2001

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.

 

2002

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.

PEER PRESSURE


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.

2003

SHINING EXAMPLES


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.

2004

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.

REVOLUTIONARY


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.

2005

GOLD STANDARD


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.

SCENT SEEKERS


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.

2006

COMMENDATION


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.”

PLUGGED IN


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.

PROACTIVE APPROACH


Definitive research and development is initiated on a series of universal tools for empowering kids with emotional well-being.

2007

INTERNATIONAL NOD


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.

PRESS READY


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.

2008

TASTEFUL REFLECTION


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.

2009

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.

CALCULATED PAIRING


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.

2010

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.

2011

LIMITED EDITION


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 the Holocaust—an international institution makes their compelling appeal with an inaugural partnership campaign.

2012

FARM FORWARD


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.

2013

RUNNING TRIUMPH


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.

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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.

2014

TOUCHING TESTIMONY


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.

GOOD SESSION


The creator of a witty Warner Bros. television show orders custom artwork to make a tongue-in-cheek impression befitting of in-depth analysis.

 

2015

SILVER CELEBRATION


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.

DRIVING PURPOSE


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.

 

POSSIBILITIES AWAIT


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 outcomes.
Wouldn’t you agree?

CORRESPOND WITH US

LOCAL (859) 823‑1334
TOLL-FREE 1 (800) 444‑8150

P.O. BOX 233 | WILLIAMSTOWN, KY 41097 | USA

ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

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A FRESH APPROACH ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

A counterculture getaway, at the tail of a former buffalo trace, serves as an uncommon setting for integrating nature into unforgettable moments and all things creative.

MindfulMe

WHAT YOU KNOW IS HOW THEY’LL GROW.

A learning series equips parents and role models with fortifying insights for nurturing a child’s developing emotional well-being.

HappyHome

ALL THE FAVORITES. ALL TOGETHER.

A kickstand recipe-keeper takes the joy of epicurean organization to a whole new level.

NOAG

LIGHTHEARTED CARDS. WHOLEHEARTED REGARDS.

An effortlessly-witty greeting re-imagines your world of thanks with over 2,900 fill-in-the-blank combinations.

TriPrinciple

A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LOVE

A non-fictional motion picture invites viewers to awaken to inner consciousness and heightened emotional wellness.