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  • Leverage strategy, design & tools for content curators & creators.
  • Wed the best of design & technology to create great experiences.
  • Craft stories with videos that inspire.
  • Build beautiful applications that improve the world we live in.
  • Combine common sense with uncommon thinking.

Grain is a full-service creative firm in Saint Louis

. We work with clients who seek to cultivate goodness and uproot ugliness. We use the power of design, media and technology to inspire your audience.

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Here is Saint Louis Two

Last summer, thousands of Saint Louisans fell in love with their city all over again, through our video Here is Saint Louis. We showed scenes of life and explored places that are often overlooked by outsiders, and even insiders. We've created a second installment, Here is Saint Louis Two. We shine a different light on our city, by capturing the seasons of falling leaves and floating snowflakes. Enjoy this fresh look at the city we love.

  • Services
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Color correction

Anova iPad app

Anova is a Saint Louis-based company that designs and manufactures site furnishings for corporate, urban, and park environments. By 2012, their product design had steadily evolved, and their brand communications needed to reflect that.
Anova approached us with a need for a tool that would engage and inspire landscape architects, engineers, and contractors. We proposed an industry-first iPad app that features highlights from their product collection. Users can interact with a range of color options for each product collection; compare benches, tables, and receptacles side by side; and create landscape sketches to envision a variety of design directions in three distinct settings.

  • Services
  • Content Strategy
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Direction
  • Design
  • Development
  • Illustration

WORLD Magazine

In 2009, a new vision was taking shape at WORLD Magazine: to grow from a medium-centric news magazine to a message-centric news organization. To reflect this change, WORLD commissioned Grain to create a new brand identity. We created a new symbol and logotype which refers to their global ambitions and navigation of today's news. Over the course of three years, we designed stationery, five direct mail campaigns, an immersive iPad app, two microsites, and various promotional and sales collateral. We also consulted on the magazine redesign alongside the in-house design department.

  • Services
  • Branding
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Direction
  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Naming Consultation
  • Production Management

Saint Louis Curator

The Saint Louis Curator is an online magazine, dedicated to showcasing our beloved city and its citizens who are reaching for greatness.
This project is an ongoing collaborative effort between Grain's design, development and media teams. We love Saint Louis, but we've found that our city has a self promotional complex. There are so many creators and entrepreneurs in this town whose work deserves better recognition. The Curator intends to provide that exposure and inspire others to join the fray.

  • Services
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Direction
  • Design
  • Development
  • Video Production
  • Content
  • Sound & Video Editing

Website
stlcurator.com

International Classical Music Database

ICMD is a nonprofit in Beijing, China. They promote, educate, and archive classical music. They approached Grain with a request for an identity that would be elegant, simple and scholarly, yet contemporary to suit their focus on new media.
Through a typographic representation of a classroom globe, the logo plays on the global nature of ICMD's work, and the broad range of musical styles which can be labeled "Classical." The musical reference becomes apparent through usage of the five musical staff lines as a graphic element in all communications.

  • Services
  • Naming Consultation
  • Creative Direction
  • Copywriting
  • Design
  • Production Management

Here is Saint Louis

Out of our love and passion for Saint Louis City, we wanted to showcase some of the places and people that make it great. To our surprise this self-generated project went viral, and fostered a host of new business inquiries.

  • Services
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Color correction

Herbie's Restaurant

Herbie's is a French-American restaurant and bar in the West End of Saint Louis. Located in the same building as Balaban's, a Saint Louis landmark from 1972-2008, Herbie's maintained much of the ambience, almost all of the original French artwork and several classic menu items for a new, yet familiar dining experience.
We designed a comprehensive identity program including logotype, menus, signage, stationery, ads and website. The new identity ties Herbie's to the old Balaban's with the "Vintage 72" strapline. This work was completed in 2008 during Matt Steel's employment at Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.

  • Services
  • Design
  • Production Management

Circa

Circa is a growing and progressive real estate brokerage firm in Saint Louis. They've grown their business by providing great service and a keen sense of taste. They wanted to have that taste and service represented on their website. Even more than a website, they needed a tool that would allow their clients to navigate listings, agents, content, open houses, media and more with great ease. The result: a user experience that is both highly usable and beautiful.

  • Services
  • Web Development
  • Programming
  • Database Setup

Website
circastl.com

WhoopTee

At WhoopTee.com, users can design their own t-shirts by uploading artwork and adding text from within a simple yet powerful editing tool. Designs can be shared and promoted on Facebook and Twitter. All of these features work beautifully on both desktops and tablets.
Grain also built a comprehensive back-end management tool that allows the client to track every interaction on the site from upload to fulfillment.

  • Services
  • Web Development
  • Web Application Development
  • eCommerce

Website
whooptee.com

Anastasis Video Reel

When Grain's film production team started, it was a separate business named Anastasis Films. We wanted to show the world that we could tell their stories with a unique perspective that would captivate and delight audiences of all ages.

  • Services
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Sound editing
  • Script-writing
  • Narration
  • Color correction

The Journey

The Journey is a Saint Louis-based, multi-site church. They needed a responsive web presence that could provide up-to-date information for members and visitors. With the target audience being young adults, the site needed to perform well on all screens, from desktops to tablets and smartphones. Grain designed and developed a fluid, intuitive experience that's rich with multimedia content.

  • Services
  • Design
  • Web Development

Website
thejourney.org

Lewis Reed

Lewis Reed commissioned Grain to create a 30 second commercial for his announcement to run in Saint Louis's 2013 mayoral race. Our solution was to steer clear of the typical political campaign approach, and instead make Reed's story more accessible and engaging by treating it like a sports commercial.

  • Services
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Sound editing
  • Script-writing
  • Narration
  • Color correction

Mayor Slay

The mayor of St. Louis came to Grain with a vision for a video that would position him as the best candidate to support and empower young entrepreneurs and creative professionals throughout the city.

  • Services
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Sound editing
  • Script-writing
  • Narration
  • Color correction

Logos – various clients

Our goal with each brand identity assignment is to create visual ecosystems that are coherent, flexible and human. We start with the right foundational words – encapsulating your vision, why you exist and why people should care. We then move into naming and design. At the core of our client's brand identities are logos that serve as concise, unique and trend-proof signatures.
Shown here are just a few of the many logos we've designed over the years.


Saint Louis Magazine

Hello GoodBuy is a custom group buying solution for Saint Louis Magazine. Our approach was to create a system that integrated seamlessly into their existing website. Through HelloGoodBuy, we helped Saint Louis Magazine create meaningful and mutually beneficial connections between Saint Louisans and local businesses.

  • Services
  • eCommerce
  • Web Development
  • Web Design

Website
stlmag.com

Mynah

Relationships are the lifeblood of all businesses. This is also true for Mynah. Their products are sold and used in 68 countries in the chemical, refining, energy production, life sciences, pulp and paper, food and mining industries. We built a client management system for Mynah that allows them to control and manage a broad array of data and about their clients. The system also allows clients to input, track and coordinate service orders and requests with Mynah.

  • Services
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Web Application Development
  • eCommerce

Website
mynah.com

Vetta Sports

Vetta Sports is a group of local recreational facilities that provides sports and other programs for all ages. We created a website that was intuitive and highly functional.

  • Services
  • Web Design
  • Web Development

Website
vettasports.com