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Sketches from TED 2017



Ann’s Thumbnail Sketch of TED 2017

I have attended over 20 TED conferences that have spanned 4 decades starting in 1984. I have captured countless ideas in my sketchbooks over the years.

Raise the Woof KC



Vote Yes To Pets on April 4

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.

Under New Management

Behind the Scenes


Willoughby Design Announces New Ownership & Client Additions

Willoughby Design, Inc., a nationally-acclaimed brand strategy and design firm based in Kansas City, MO, and San Francisco, CA, announced today that Megan Stephens, Zack Shubkagel and Nicole Satterwhite have purchased the company and assumed key leadership roles.

5 Fancy Food Show Trends



Five Trends from the Fancy Food Show

My happy place exists where food and design meet, so when I was given the opportunity to go to the Winter Fancy Food Show it was like being given a ticket to Disneyland.

Willoughby Design AIGA Census



Women vs. Men: Who’s on Top in the Design Profession?

AIGA and Google’s first annual Design Census 2016 is complete. Our team at Willoughby took the results and compared female to male respondents who reported earning $15,000 or more annually at four levels along their career paths.

Holiday Hospitality - Willostyle



Holiday Hospitality – Willostyle

We’re wrappin’ up the holidays with our annual gift tags and have some tips to share!

holiday card



Peek. Open. Guess. Willoughby Wishes You Happy Holidays.

In case you haven’t noticed, we have a thing for holiday cards with a reuse element. Gift tags one year, bottle tags the next. It’s been such a merry project we decided to keep it going with a redesign for 2016.




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?

A Chip off the Old Wood Block

Behind the Scenes


A Chip off the old Wood Block

To Mr. Spiekermann for your help with our new Neenah Promo Book– Danke schön!

Willoughby Designer Gets Democrazy!



Willoughby Designer Gets Democrazy!

Willoughby designer Kevin Garrison channels his fervor for the democratic process in a series he calls, DEMOCRAZY.

Charmin' Carmen Sings The Blues



Charmin’ Carmen Sings The Blues

We just completed the last of a series of four TV spots for Lyric Opera of Kansas City. This :30 spot for the opera, Carmen, is probably our favorite.

Cheers! To Keeping Holiday Spirits High



Cheers! To Keeping Holiday Spirits High

We believe in paying it forward, so for the past couple of years we’ve sent out Holiday cards that have a dual purpose. No recycling bin needed!