Black and red Milepost Zero stickers with their logo design by EBD.

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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.

Creating A Collaborative Culture

Creating the ideal office environment is something we have worked hard to achieve and maintain. For any business, a positive and collaborative office culture is essential. Here are a few tips and practices that we continue to integrate into our workplace.


January 17, 2024


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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.

“We believe in creating brands that are durable and stand the test of time, which was especially important in a year where less waste and more substance was important to clients and consumers alike.” -Ellen Bruss

Check out the award-winning work of EBD.

Lone Mountain Land Company

3 Forks Bar & Restaurant in Big Sky, Montana was named after the trident-shaped grouping of extreme couloirs that it overlooks. One of the steepest runs at the resort, EBD created a brand celebrating the stunning scenery and the heart pumping adventure that the run offers. A palette of black, cream and red alongside vintage ski images staged the brand in the early history of skiing. 

Creative Communications Awards (C2A) – Winner
Graphis Design – Silver Award
Communication Arts: Design Awards – Shortlist
Indigo Design Award – Gold Winner
The One Club Awards Denver – Bronze Winner
Ad Club Colorado: The Fifty – Winner

3 Forks Bar and Restaurant check presenter, menu and coasters designed by EBD.

Monfort Brothers

Milepost Zero is the food hall at McGregor Square in Denver, a mixed-use development from the ownership of the Colorado Rockies. The name stemmed from the location – at the beginning of Denver, this was the actual Mile Marker 0. After naming, EBD created the brand identity, merchandise, and signage to bring this lively and unique space together.

Graphis Design – Silver Award
Creative Quarterly – Winner
GDUSA 60th Annual Graphic Design Awards – Winner

Black and red Milepost Zero stickers with their logo designed by EBD.


Welcome to the Frontier, in Center, Colorado, a project that encompasses both the visual and physical articulation of a brand – PlaceBranding. EBD was intent on honoring this valley’s farming and ranching tradition while showcasing the movie and modern architecture components, so a ‘ranch meets movie’ brand was born. We channeled the dark night skies, the earth tones of the land, and the neon of the sign in a palette that included bright colors.

dotCOMM Awards – Gold Winner
Ad Club Colorado: The Fifty – Winner

A mockup of the Frontier Drive-Inn website homepage with an image of a neon sign that says "In Movies We Trust".

A Line Boutique

EBD refreshed A Line Boutique’s national brand, updated the mark and added messaging and graphics in black and white to reflect the sophistication of the brand. As a personal touch, we used vintage images of the owner’s mother inside each of the custom shopping bags and on merchandise. Today, A Line Boutique has expanded to four Colorado locations, and just opened stores in Utah and California.

GDUSA 60th Annual Graphic Design Awards – Winner
Creative Quarterly – Winner

A Line Boutique environmental signage at the back of the Belleview Station store designed by EBD.

Hammond’s Candies

EBD designed the colorful packaging for Denver’s Hammond’s Candies Birthday Collection, a commemorative line celebrating their impressive 100 years in business. The line includes a variety of products – chocolate bars, popcorn, marshmallows, hard candy and more. With a longstanding partnership spanning over 15 years, we brought our deep understanding of Hammond’s brand identity to the table, ensuring that the packaging not only reflected the rich history of the company but also captured the festive spirit of the centennial celebration.

GDUSA American Package Design Awards – Winner
Creative Quarterly – Honorable Mention

Hammond's Candies Birthday Cake chocolate bar packaging designed by EBD.

Price Development Group

SoBo, or South Broadway, is eclectic to say the least. This Denver neighborhood is young, affordable and highly sought after. The Rye SoBo brand celebrates this independent spirit and creative lifestyle with a hand lettered logo and an energetic palette of orange, blue and turquoise, giving the brand a lively, artsy and vibrant feeling that’s right at home in SoBo.

Logo Lounge – Winner

Rye SoBo logo designed by EBD.