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

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.

January 30, 2023

Frontier Drive-Inn Steelmaster shed guest room with a drive-in movie screen in the background

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.

ProduceLA leasing brochure created by EBD on a yellow background

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.

"Invite every individual to feel welcomed and safe in bringing their full selves into the company culture, conversation and community." - Natalie Baumgartner

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.

Hammonds Ribbon Candy with packaging designed by EBD on a yellow background.

EBD’s Gift Giving Survival Guide

The Holidays are a time filled with family, friends and good times. However, with all that fun comes the daunting task of gift giving. Here’s a curated guide from some of our clients to help make your holiday gift giving simple.


32 Years 32 Insights

Since starting EBD, I’ve learned a lot from the team and from our clients about what makes life and work truly exceptional. To celebrate our birthday, here are a few of the things we all try to live by.

Hotel Born Denver main entrance with signage created by EBD above the door reading BORN in gold

Brand Building for Successful Placemaking

Located in Denver just a few steps aways from Union Station stands the Kimpton Hotel Born. The hotel was part of a much larger project to transform Denver’s Union Station into a vibrant downtown neighborhood.

Interior signage at LOVA Canna Co. designed by EBD.

Q&A: 10 Years in the Cannabis Industry

Ellen Bruss, Kate Lucks and Steph Bruss from the EBD team gathered with LeVon Terry, CEO of Capfluent, Amanda Fox, Co-Founder of Lova and Scott Calliham, Co-Founder and President of Collective Hemp, to share insights on the intricate cannabis industry.


Get To Know EBD

We’re giving you a window into our world today, and we hope you enjoy a peek behind the scenes. Learn what drives us, what makes great client partnerships and how we create.

Federico Salamoia Bolognese Salt with packaging deigned by EBD.

Packaging A Tradition

Great things usually start in an unusual way and this project is no exception. Ellen Bruss, our agency founder, met Federico Solmi at the Site Santa Fe annual gala. It wasn’t long before we were creating packaging for his celebrated seasoning salt.


Meet You At Market Station

Market Station is a 1 block, 2-acre, mixed-use development at the corner of 16th & Market Street in Downtown Denver. It includes 85,000 SF of retail, 90,000 SF of office, and 225 market rate and luxury apartments.

Tavernetta exterior signage designed by EBD.

Notes from A Production Manager: Signage Edition

Whether you’re looking to light up the night sky or do your way-finding in a building or environment, signage requires a tremendous amount of consideration and time to accomplish. A qualified design & production team is a great place to start.

The interior wall design at Restor Medical Spa designed by EBD.

Beautiful Again, Naturally

In honor of Women’s Month, we’re championing two of our favorite client-sisters, Dominique and Flora Waples, M.D. Natural beauties and smart, capable entrepreneurs, we began working with them in 2015 to refresh their medical spa brand, Restōr.

Kimpton Born Hotel in Denver exterior door signage designed by EBD.

36 Hours in Denver – Curated by EBD

The recent lack of travel and exploration has many people down thirsty for wanderlust. Luckily, however, we are here to plan a weekend that you can experience here and now in Denver. Come along with us for an EBD branded weekend.

A graphic of the exterior of the EBD building during winter in red, black and white created by EBD.

Wrapping Up 2020

As the year comes to an end, a year unlike any other at EBD, we look back at the triumphs, new relationships, and work we were able to accomplish…all while working remote.

Smith and Meade gold logo designed by EBD

Branding A Wholehearted and Independent Home Builder

It all began in February of 2020 with an email entitled “Interested, confused and excited”. Needless to say, our interest was piqued! Nathan Smith and his partner Liz Meade visited our studio to inquire about where we could take their brand and marketing.

Feminism brochure EBD designed for MCA Denvers new exhibit, "The Lab"

Building A Boutique Agency

“When I started EBD, I decided to try to strike a balance between efficient business solutions and wild creativity, something I found was a rare combination.” – Ellen Bruss

Hammond's 100 year anniversary Birthday collection with packaging designed by EBD

Celebrating A Century Of Sweetness

When Carl T. Hammond Sr. opened his candy factory in 1920, he probably couldn’t imagine that his business would still be flourishing 100 years later. However, that’s the beauty of life, sometimes it gives us something beyond what we even imagine.

Vitri gold logo on a black background designed by EBD.

High-Rise in the High Desert

In 2019, Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) approached EBD to brand a luxury multifamily project right in Scottsdale Quarter, a mixed-use development with a high-end outdoor shopping area.

Branch & Barrel Whiskey bottle with packaging designed by EBD.

Family, Friends & Freedom

A few years back, a group of three work friends were drinking whiskey, around a campfire, and decided to take their shared passion and make it their own. Enter Branch & Barrel, a delicious small batch whiskey.

LOVA Canna Co. secondary logo designed by EBD in gold on a soft pink background.

4/20 Wellness

Wellness and self-care are currently at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Luckily wellness is a benefit that the cannabis industry has been offering for years. So here are some Tinnie & Smalls client products that can offer you that.

Sunday Vinyl wine bar menus designed by EBD on a maroon background.

Support Local Businesses

The concept of community has taken on a whole new perception in the pandemic. Here at EBD our clients ARE our community. Here’s some of our favorite local ones.

Milo luxury residences logo designed by EBD.

Luxury Living With Historical Roots

At EBD, we understand when designing a multi-family brand that giving it a sense of history that ties to the place it is located is pivotal. The Milo Luxury Residences is no exception to this with its rich history.

J.W. Johnson Chili with bold yellow and red packaging designed by EBD.

Bringing Farmers Market to Family-Owned

The Johnson Chili brand is woven with pride & stewardship and it is important to them to give back to the Colorado community. They wanted their product to convey this ethos and their hands-on approach to making their products.

Hope Nut Dip flavors with packaging and lids designed by EBD.

Cracking the Nut on Dip

For Hope Foods, what started as a weekend hobby selling a few tubs of hummus at the local Boulder Farmer’s Market has grown into a national organic food company. So, when they came to us with their latest invention, we were eager to dive in.

Ellen Bruss speaking at RMCAD graduation about a the case for design.

The Case for Design: A Graduation Keynote

Ellen Bruss gave an inspiring keynote speech at the Rocky Mountain College of Arts & Design graduation ceremony in Lakewood, CO. Read along as she speaks about design, her experiences and congratulates the class of 2019.

A graphic designed by EBD that reads "Feminism - Art + Sex + Politics"

Building A New Kind Of Museum Brand

It was 2004. All contemporary art museum brands looked the same. Adam Lerner, the Director of MCA Denver, wanted to try something different so he presented EBD with a challenge. Build a brand for his new contemporary art institution and programs.


The Thinking Behind Design Thinking

TARRA is an organization devoted to cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and business women. We were excited to launch their new brand at their annual summit in 2019.

Spinelli's pasta sauce with colorful packaging designed by EBD.

Magnifico! Zesty & Zingy Sauces from Local Chef

Spinelli’s is a small, Italian market in Denver curated for the family that shops daily for their meals. When the Spinelli’s Sauce Co. spun off from the market, we created a brand that was rooted in the history, but no longer featured a picture of the market.