Ranch Hand Rebrand
Re-branding a company’s messaging, design and culture is hard. A successful campaign requires more than a revamped logo. It demands a vision that inspires customers and employees to see the company in a new light. Effective and creative re-branding can revive a company – making it stronger than ever. That’s exactly what Ranch Hand VP of Marketing, Jerry Courtney, set out to do.
Immediately, our wheels began turning and the creative juices started flowing, as we set out to tackle the re-branding of the biggest Kaspar Company subsidiary and the most critical design project we’ve worked on to date.
Often times simple things prove to be the most challenging. As we began sketching out ideas for the new logo we quickly realized that we needed to create a logo that was either extremely realistic, or minimalist – anything in between was too cartoonish. After much heated discussion (yes, a pair of boxing gloves was procured) around potentially eliminating the cowboy object – which appeared in past Ranch Hand logos – we decided we couldn’t step away from such an integrated icon.
Our primary goal was to modernize the brand without detracting from the core tenants of who we are. The result?A simplistic, easily recognizable logo with deep historic roots depicting the old – and the new – Ranch Hand brand.
The rigorous logo process ended in a glorious reveal as the team finally condensed the concepts from twenty down to five, from five down to three and from three down to one. Alas, the new and improved Ranch Hand logo had finally reached its inauguration, achieved the final iteration and found its place on a smorgasbord of branded product lines and new company paraphernalia.
Not only did we create an easily recognizable logo, a new design scheme, and supplementary visual extensions – that incorporated the old and introduced the new – with the help of Jerry, we also flipped the tagline a bit to better communicate the true purpose of Ranch Hand products. Be on the Safe Side turned into Protect Your Truck. Ranch Hand is the largest player in an industry with huge growth potential. The growth of the industry will come through education, and Ranch Hand plans on leading that charge. “Installing a Ranch Hand product should be considered a purchase similar to a carseat. It’s really a no-brainer when it comes to protecting your expensive vehicle and the loved ones inside that vehicle,” said Cherise Ratliff of Espresso. “We purposefully stayed away from ‘cute’ when choosing a tagline and went for a very literal statement. We want people to understand the ‘Why?’ at very first glance.”
The Ranch Hand rebrand was the most challenging and rewarding identity design process we’ve worked on to date. We look forward to seeing the Ranch Hand cowboy on the back glass of trucks all over America and the strong black grilles and bumpers leading the way.
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