FeaturedCheers to 40 Years

1978 was a good year.

“Boogie Oogie Oogie” was a Top Ten hit, The Star Wars Holiday Special was on television and everyone flocked to see Jaws 2 wearing the latest in disco fashion. Then they went home to their Harvest Gold kitchens and shag carpet to drink strawberry daiquiris.

Getting Punchy for the Holidays

For the past few years we’ve created Holiday cards with shareable gift tags ready to punch out and pop on a present. It’s a tradition that our friends and clients look forward to as much as we do. This year, we’ve created classic ornaments, changed up the colors and added some foil accents for a fun, festive and vintage feel.

Willoughby Design 2017 Holiday Card - Tags
Willoughby Design 2017 Holiday Card - Closeup
Willoughby Design 2017 Holiday Card - Overhead
Willoughby Design 2017 Holiday Card - Closeup

Of course, one Holiday Punch deserves another, so pair your celebration with a colorful libation!

Happy Holidays from your friends at Willoughby.

Bee Merry Holiday Bubble Punch

  • 5 cups 100% cranberry juice
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles very dry sparkling wine, such as champagne, cava, or Prosecco
  • 2 cups sparkling apple cider
  • 1 ½  cups (12 ounces) ginger ale
  • 1 ½  cups (12 ounces) dark rum or brandy
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced into rounds or just peel the skin into strips
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries for garnish (we like to freeze them into tiny red ice cubes)
Willoughby Design 2017 Holiday Card - Drink Recipe

Chill all of the ingredients. Fill a large punch bowl with ice or create an ice ring to bob merrily on top. Add the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, cider, ginger ale, and rum (or brandy). Stir gently. Fill cocktail glasses and top with an orange slice (or peel) and frozen cranberries.

Enjoy!

Pets, Paper, Parks and Punch at A13

We were recently honored by the Kansas City Chapter of AIGA with four awards at their 13th Annual Design Awards, otherwise known as A13. Many thanks to the jurors and to our peers. This year we were recognized for work that is very close to our hearts and confirms our joy in what we do every day.

Raise the Woof

In anticipation of an upcoming vote to fund a new animal shelter for KC Pet Project, we created Raise The Woof to encourage a Vote Yes. We’re very happy to report that the bond issue passed by a huge margin and the new shelter is well on its way to completion.

Raise The WoofNeenah Paper

Paper is, and always will be, a designer’s friend and we were delighted to be asked to help design the materials for Neenah Paper’s CLASSIC® line. Working with some of our type heroes we demonstrated the many ways that type loves paper.

NeenahZipKC

If you’re hired to create a brand for a zip line park in the midwest you must work a tree-dwelling, fun-loving flying squirrel into the identity. You just must. And then they will name him Zippy and love him and adopt them as their own.

ZipKC IdentityHoliday Card 2016

For the past few years Willoughby has created a Holiday card that includes punch-out gift tags, because punch-out gift tags are fun and you can pay the greeting forward. 2016’s edition was a group effort with an agency-wide painting party to create abstract art for our tags.

Holiday Card 2016

Ad Agency vs. Design Firm, what’s the diff?

Ad Agency vs. Design Firm

Say “advertising agency” and the immediate reaction will probably be thoughts of Mad Men. Name any movie or TV show from the past 60 years that required a main character to have a cool job (with no actual work done) and I guarantee they worked in advertising. And were also uncannily attractive.

Vote Yes To Pets on April 4

“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test… consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.” –Milan Kundera

We love our pets here at Willoughby. On any given day you can find KC, Gordon, Colby, Fritzi, Annabelle, Wiggie, Beck, Buddy or some other pooch roaming around the office.

Willoughby Votes, Learns and Gets Squeezy at AXII

We were recently honored by the Kansas City Chapter of AIGA with three awards at their 12th Annual Design Awards, otherwise known as AXII. Many thanks to the jurors and to our peers. We truly love our design community. Where else can you win awards for dabbling in politics, advancing education and drinking wine?

Living Blue in KC

On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, I dragged my hubs and 7 year-old son with me to take a family yoga class at LiveBlue KC, the new health and education wellness center, located in Zona Rosa, a busy shopping center in northern Kansas City.