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From Concept to Acclaim: EBD’s 2023 Award Showcase

2023 was another year of remarkable creativity at Ellen Bruss Design. We’re celebrating sixteen awards from competitions held across the nation. As always, thank you to our incredible clients who trusted us to create and grow their brands.

The Frontier Drive-Inn: A Place Branding Project

Welcome to the Frontier, a project that encompasses both the visual and physical articulation of a brand – placemaking. Read more on how we turned a run-down drive-in into a vibrant experiment showcasing art, architecture and hospitality.

Creating Outstanding Brand Names

Naming places, products and companies can be challenging. EBD helps to make the process fun and rewarding through extensive research, strategy and creativity. Which results in unique, memorable names that help you stand out in the marketplace.


January 5, 2022


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EBD has won 13 design awards across 7 clients in real estate, retail, consumer packaged goods, and cannabis.

2021 proved another challenging year for the world, but we weren’t going to let the ongoing pandemic get in the way of exceptional creativity. This year, we’re celebrating our fantastic clients who trusted us to create and grow their brands.

“EBD is fortunate to have clients who are thinking beyond the pandemic, both in CPG and real estate. In a year where over 40% of consumers have changed their habits, we’re incredibly proud of our client partnerships which allow us to create brands for evolving consumer needs.” -Ellen Bruss

Take a look at our award-winning work.

Restōr Medical Spa

Restōr Medical Spa creates treatment plans to help their patients achieve their natural beauty, as expressed in the tagline from EBD: “I am my true self.” Restōr tasked EBD to create their brand and positioning, then extend it across marketing collateral, copywriting, packaging, graphics, and interior and exterior signage. To ensure a seamless brand execution throughout their retail space, EBD also handled the interiors and finishes. The result? A modern, elevated brand and design-forward retail space that helps patients feel as comfortable in the space as they are in their own skin.

Award: Graphis Design Annual- Silver

Restor Medical Spa interior graphics designed by EBD

Lone Mountain Land Co.

Lone Mountain Land Co. of Big Sky, Montana is a developer who believes their best work is both responsible and sustainable. We couldn’t agree more, so after we completed the brand for their Marriott hotel in town, we started work on their new restaurant, Three Forks. Located at the new Lake Lodge, Three Forks Restaurant & Bar offers exceptional views of some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Big Sky. The restaurant’s name was inspired by the Three Forks ski terrain, a trident-shaped grouping of extreme couloirs at the far end of Headwater’s Ridge, which can be viewed right out the main window. EBD took this extreme alpine environment as inspiration and used black & white, vintage ski images and a dice game to communicate this natural, yet rugged environment in the brand identity, collateral, merchandise, and interior and exterior signage.

Award: Graphic Design USA American Package Design Award- Winner

Three Forks Restaurant collateral designed by EBD

Collective Hemp Brands

A parent company of successful international hemp brands, Collective Hemp needed an identity to represent their wider corporate strategy. EBD created the brand identity, collateral, and merchandise to showcase a natural, plant-based approach to wellness.

Award: Indigo Design Award- Silver

Collective Hemp business cards designed by EBD

Pioneer Interests

We’ve been creating cannabis brands since the birth of the industry in Colorado. We’ve watched consumers evolve and knew that the industry’s brands needed to evolve too. That’s why we created Lova Cannabis CO., a dispensary and retail brand that’s invitingly cool and undeniably chic. EBD created the brand identity, collateral, packaging, merchandising, interior and exterior signage, and extended the brand through to retail interior consultation.


The One Club Awards Denver- Silver

Creative Quarterly- Winner

GDUSA American Package Design Awards- Winner

GDUSA Health and Wellness Design Awards- Winner

Lova Canna Co. brand collateral designed by EBD

McGregor Square Residences

West Lot was developing Denver’s hottest new property and selected EBD based on a track record of timeless and elevated residential brands. With the city’s best retail, sports, and dining immediately out the door, the property’s brand was created to showcase a new chapter in urban living. EBD developed the brand positioning, naming, brand identity, collateral, and web design. The work didn’t end there – we saw the brand through the website creation and digital marketing to support the property’s launch.

Award: Indigo Design Award- Silver

McGregor Square leasing materials designed by EBD


Longtime partner LMC (Lennar) tapped EBD for an upscale multifamily project in a luxury mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. With Lamborghinis pulling up to the valet in front of the site, this fashionable living opportunity called for a luxurious brand, and we were here to make it happen. Positioning, renter profiles, brand identity, messaging, collateral, and interior and exterior signage all worked seamlessly to create a modern, design-forward residential brand worthy of the fanciest sports car.


Multifamily Executive- Winner

Graphis Design Annual- Silver

Vitri logo in gold foil designed by EBD

Hammond’s Candies

EBD has been designing Hammond’s packaging since 2008, and we’re thrilled with another year of award-winning designs. Knowing the brand intimately, EBD was able to extend Hammond’s brand equity across packaging for multiple product lines and distribution points from boutique stores to larger retailers like Costco and Nordstrom’s. We used vibrant colors to stay current in today’s CPG marketplace, while still capturing the charm of traditional, hand-crafted candies and making the on-shelf presence sing.


Indigo Design Awards- Silver

Creative Quarterly 65- Runner Up

Creative Quarterly 63- Runner Up

Hammond's art candy packaging designed by EBD
Hammond's pantry tins candy packaging designed by EBD
Hammond's ribbon candy packaging designed by EBD