Barbara Brown, President/CEO of BBM&D (holding scissors), celebrates 20 years in business with (front row from left) Jim Duran, Bert Van Auker, Keir DuBois, Arrate Zavala, Jessica Miranda, Ed Summers, and the Ventura Chamber ambassadors.
VENTURA, CA – BBM&D Strategic Branding, a Ventura-based design firm, will be celebrating a landmark anniversary this year: two decades in business. BBM&D has helped clients build strong brands since its founding in 1992—during another economic recession—and in the past twenty years has become an award-winning company that serves local, regional, national, and international clients. The firm’s suite of services comprises all facets of brand development, including websites, logos, annual reports, publications, packaging, and advertising campaigns.
This past March, BBM&D moved from its former site in the heart of mid-town Ventura to a new location on McGrath St., bordering picturesque pumpkin fields. The new office sports a retro-’70s exterior, but a decidedly cooler vibe prevails inside, with environmentally-sustainable bamboo flooring, rich terra-cotta red interiors, graphics and fine art along the walls, and a light-hearted green chalkboard wall full of spontaneous doodles.
“It’s a great space to be creative,” said Keir DuBois, BBM&D’s chief creative officer. “Ordinary offices can stifle inspiration, but we don’t have that problem here.” DuBois joined the firm almost a decade ago as a web developer, and now oversees much of BBM&D’s digital output, including not only web development but also online publications, mobile websites and social media integration.
“The whole space really reflects who we are and what inspires us,” agreed Arrate Zavala, BBM&D’s art director. “Our entire team helped develop the interior look. There’s plenty of room to spread out and visualize a company’s brand in creative ways.” Zavala’s background is primarily in print design—brochures, posters, magazines—but she also works closely with junior designer Jessica Miranda, a keen fan of packaging design.
BBM&D marked their two-decade milestone and new location with an open house celebration on Wednesday August 15, Entertainer Danny Delurgio held court with Sinatra-esque singing; gourmet food truck Rock Chef Rolls, featuring chef Alberto Vasquez, provided delectable delights. Celebratory champagne flowed and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce brought their big scissors and army of Ambassadors for a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting.
“This is BBM&D’s way of thanking our clients and friends—those wonderful people who have worked with us over the past twenty years,” said Barbara Brown, CEO and founder. “We are proud of the reputation we’ve built, and we couldn’t have done it without their support.”
The firm has won over 300 awards for creative excellence, but doesn’t dwell on that number. “We don’t display most of our awards,” continues Brown. “We do show off a very special few throughout the studio—peer recognition is certainly gratifying—but we prefer to emphasize our work, because it’s really about our clients and their brands. That’s what makes for such a terrific experience.”
BBM&D Strategic Branding is known for providing integrated, thoughtful brand development using intelligent strategy and powerful design across multiple media, including broadcast, print and the web. The firm’s solutions differentiate top-tier companies and organizations such as General Motors, Kinkos, WellPoint, Venture Strategies Innovations and Patagonia. A particular highlight for BBM&D was brand development for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, including the Air Force One Pavilion opening and the 40th president’s memorial materials upon his passing. BBM&D’s work can be viewed at bbmdstrategicbranding.com.