When the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) came looking for a brand identity for their new Agribusiness Management Program (AMP), we knew just where to start. With strong brand identity and suite of existing programs under its umbrella, ISA needed a logo for AMP that would tie in with the established feel of the brand, while carving out its own unique space as a resource for busy farm families and agribusiness professionals. The colors and font

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southern states blog by ross creative works

Southern States is one of the largest farm supply co-ops in the US, found mainly on the east coast and southeast. While their retail side has always been well known (think something similar to True Value Hardware or Tractor Supply Co in the midwest), the Agronomy section of the business needed some attention. For the last year, Catherine has been working on a huge project in conjunction with Dee Weeda Communications – the development of

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We had a fantastic time working with the commercial carpentry business of Jones Ward Design Solutions to create their new brand identity. We built their logo, brand guidelines, brochures, and website. Working with the incomparable Dee Weeda for copywriting and brand positioning, we brought this new business vision to life, following our strategic brand development process to create a modern, confident brand identity and materials launching Jones Ward Design Solutions as Chicagoland’s professional provider of choice for

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Our church is known for its elaborate kids Christmas Pageants, and well...this probably counts as an annual tradition now! We couldn't help ourselves photographing the kids again this year. We have to say, the kids plus those awesome costumes make for some pretty fun portraits. These are just a few of the over 30 portraits we created. If you’re around on a Sunday, come to First Congregational UCC to see them on the community room

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We've taken thousands of photos of Hannah over the years, and we always end up with something wonderful in every session. She's great to work with and is so comfortable in front of the camera. For this shoot we had a few concepts planned. First, let her use her natural abilities as a ballerina, with a simple chair as a prop. Then, a more elaborate setup involving platforms and tons of stretchy fabric. She almost

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Sure, we do agricultural marketing and photography. But we don't often do it in the dead of winter. For the photography for AGCO's Annual Report we traveled to rural Ohio in late December. There, we spent the day photographing the Dircksens of Double D Grain Farms.  Karen & Dale were great to work with, and we got to meet all their kids and grandkids. They were real troopers enduring the cold weather to make sure we

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