Hi, we’re ripe.

We’re a branding & design agency. We’ve been collaborating with clients for over two decades to create holistic brand experiences with a personal touch. Let’s put our minds together.  See our work

Dupont Underground

Located in an old streetcar station beneath Dupont Circle, the Dupont Underground is working to reuse the now abandoned train platforms as a community space for cutting-edge creative and artistic ventures. As the branding team, our goal was to create and maintain a visual identity that is sophisticated, bold, and extremely recognizable.

Make a lasting impression

We crafted a system of print collateral to visually support the organization’s notoriety and voice. Our system of business cards, letterhead, stickers, and buttons use impactful color and pattern to create a common voice within diverse applications.

Color that pops

Dupont red is a color with unique character and depth. We worked carefully with our vendors on each design to create consistency across mediums. This T-shirt is one example of how we've applied this bold brand color. They sold like hotcakes for a good cause!

Tote around town

Our custom branded canvas Baggu totes are hard to miss on the streets of DC. You might have seen them around town as we delivered T-shirts & stickerpacks by bike to our Fundable backers. Through Fundable, the community raised over $50,000 to support this project.

Entrance to the underground

We were involved in every detail of branding to the main entrance at Dupont Circle. Using custom stencils and paint, we worked guerilla-style to apply the design & engage with the surrounding community. Video compliments of Dave Wissman

Washington Project for the Arts

WPA is a leading non-profit with a local focus and a global reach. They have supported working artists for over forty years, and they asked us to design a new look-and-feel that builds upon this foundation with a bold and contemporary visual brand.

Building a sense of community

We extended the brand into the digital world with a responsive web application. Artists can easily upload and sell their artwork, while the public can discover artists, events, and exhibitions.
Visit WPAdc.org »

Keep it clean

The print package for WPA uses one system across stationary, business cards, and form templates. We made sure that, no matter the touchpoint, the brand has the same clean experience.



As a young, fresh and fun taco shop in San Diego, Puesto needed a brand that reflected their personality. Co-founders Eric and Alan Adler were inspired by Mexican street food and we were inspired by Mexico’s rich and colorful visual tradition.

Behind every great logo is a thousand rejected concepts

We worked closely with the Puesto team – sketching, reviewing, modifying, and discarding dozens of concepts before settling on a beautifully hand lettered mark accompanied by a robust and playful system of icons for Puesto’s menu items.

An appetizing online experience

Puesto’s web presence focuses not only on brand consistency, but on delivering a streamlined and extremely user-friendly experience to visitors. Visit EatPuesto.com »

Brand consistency in the physical environment

By working closely with the Adler brothers and their interior designers, we were able to inject Puesto’s personality into every nook and cranny of their space. From custom signage to simple and usable menu boards to color matched lighting fixtures, Puesto’s locations are deeply branded. We even went as far as to customize their Boylan soda fountain graphics!

Recognizable and enjoyable promotional materials

Puesto’s promotional package includes a wide range of items including t-shirts, brochures, pins, ads and more. Always trying to find a way to reflect Puesto’s playful nature, we turned a bunch of their icons into a sticker set for kids (which can most likely be found stuck to the window in Mom and Dad’s car).

Packaging that’s easy on the eyes

Large swaths of bold color quickly became one of Puesto’s core visual treatments. As the piece of branding people are most likely to take with them, we wanted to make sure Puesto’s packaging reflected the full spectrum of their rich palette.


eLife is a scientific publishing organization which emphasizes and provides open access to publicly funded research. With the goal of shaking up the academic publishing field, eLife asked us to help inject some needed disruption into a centuries-old industry.

A brand inspired by life

Departing from the stuffy, often antiquated visual vernacular common to academia, the eLife brand embraces change with clean lines and a colorful palette. Organic shapes reference eLife’s foundation in the life sciences without pigeonholing the organization into any one field.

Interactive, user-friendly science

eLife’s first initiative, a self-titled digital journal covering the life sciences, is the product of close collaboration with eLife’s interactive team. From wireframes to final production, our focus was always on providing users with an exceedingly simple, clean and legible reading experience.

Replacing complexity with visual simplicity

In an industry where data is king, promotional messaging is often lost in a sea of text, numbers and figures. On the other hand, eLife’s promotional materials deliver concise messaging in an exceedingly simple format which allows viewers space to breathe.


American Marketing Association

Turning 80 is sort of a big deal, no less so for an organization than a person. The DC chapter of the American Marketing Association asked us to help celebrate their 80th anniversary with a brand refresh and we were happy to oblige.

Celebrate the past, but don’t forget the future

Looking forward to the future was just as important to AMA DC as appreciating their rich past. Thus their new mark references both while keeping the focus firmly in the present. By employing a timeless color palette and simple typography, the AMA DC brand feels at home no matter the era.

Mixing mediums and generations

Crisply defined regions of color mixed with gritty dot-patterened photography allows AMA DC’s collateral to bridge the gap between the analogue and digital generations.

Balancing visual interest with content emphasis

Celebrating DC’s top marketers was a core theme during AMA DC’s 80th year. A well organized event program and insert in the Washington Business Journal helped acknowledge their success. Tastefully understated, these pieces allowed the winners, not the design to take center stage


Selected Brands

Over the years ripe has worked with hundreds of clients across a multitude of industries. We believe the solution to any visual branding dilemma can be found in simple, clean and honest design. Below is a small sample of how we boil an organization’s culture down into a unique, refined trademark.

Art of Peace
Art of Peace
First Person Politics
First Person Politics
42° Catering
42 Degrees Catering
Washington's Green Grocer
Washington's Green Grocer
Europe PMC
Europe PMC
Lindsay Buckingham Palace
Lindsay Buckingham Palace
Thinking Hire
Taylor Steak & Ice
Taylor Steak & Ice
Architectural Ceramics
Architectural Ceramics
Smith Commons
Smith Commons

Our Services

A successful brand isn’t just a pretty logo; it’s a consistent, coherent visual system applied across all your communication mediums. At ripe we offer a range of services in support of the beautiful brands we create.


The core of your organization’s visual identity is its brand. Encompassing color palette, typography, graphic treatments and of course your logo, a good brand is your organization’s visual voice.


Your online presence is often the first interaction a user will have with your brand. Creating brand consistent and extremely usable interactive products is key to building lasting relationships with your audience.


From truck wraps to signage to welcome mats, we have extensive experience when it comes to designing, producing and consulting on how your brand can extend into the real world.


In our increasingly digital world, a beautiful printed piece leaves a lasting impact like never before. Be it a business card, event invitation, menu or anything else with ink on paper, we can make your content sing.


From a user’s perspective, the design that contains your product can be almost as important as the product itself. We pride ourselves on creating easy to use and well designed packaging people won’t want to throw away.


Your brand is nothing if no one knows about it. We have vast experience designing promotional items that people will hold onto for years to come and have great working relationships with quality, reliable vendors.


Since 1990, we’ve been collaborating and designing out of our brownstone studio in Logan Circle. With a team of eccentric, multi-talented individuals, we’ve produced design for companies of all sizes in various industries. Share your challenge with us, and let’s put our minds together!

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Want to join our studio?

We enjoy meeting new designers. However, we take awhile to hire for positions because we’re particular about finding the right combination of talent and personality. If you’re a top-notch designer, don’t be shy - send your resume to createwithus@ripe.com anyways!

We'd love to meet you


We’re interested in meeting an awesome interactive designer in the DC area who is a visual expert. If you think you have what it takes to work with us, please send us your resume and portfolio!

About Us

We're a close knit group of designers doing award winning work in a fun, collaborative environment. We're a full service branding studio, meaning we do a bit of everything: branding, strategy, web design, print design, packaging, promotional pieces, environmental design, etc. Our clients include everyone from local favorites to national and international organizations.

About You

We’re looking for someone with 1-3 years of professional experience. Our ideal candidate has the ability to develop professional & well-coded sites with a strong visual eye. You should have a solid understanding of design principles and theory and a strong portfolio to prove it. Also, and perhaps most importantly, you should be easy-going but you should still have a strong work ethic!

About the Job

We don't just hire semi-talented people to churn out our ideas... we hire awesome people so that they can develop and produce their own ideas. We want you to grow with the studio and to become an integral part of the ripe hive mind, we don't just want to squeeze the most work out of you we can.

That being said, we are incredibly busy all the time, so having a strong work ethic is vital. At ripe you'll be doing a bit of everything and will be working on nearly every project that comes through the studio. We don't really have job descriptions or distinct print/interactive positions, so you'll be expected to work in a wide range of mediums.

Necessary Skills
  • Experience with HTML and CSS is required.
  • Experience with Photoshop and Sketch (our preferred tool for mockups)
  • Some experience building WordPress themes required
  • Basic familiarity with Javascript/jQuery, SASS, Git, and/or PHP required
  • Experience working with clients and managing deadlines
  • A strong grounding in design principle and theory (which should be reflected in your portfolio)
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to take direction
  • Desire to constantly improve how you/we work
  • Be up to date with best practices, new technologies, design trends, etc.
  • Interest in Node, Ruby on Rails, or Django is a plus
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Experience producing refined logos, visual identity, and/or iconography a plus
  • BA in design or related art field (or just be really awesome)
How to Apply
  • Submit your resume and cover letter to createwithus [at] ripe [dot] com
  • You MUST include a digital portfolio with no less than 3 samples of past work. We prefer a portfolio web site.
  • Provide brief descriptions of your involvement for each project
  • No phone calls please
  • Make sure you follow these steps! We tend to ignore people who don't.
  • For added points: What is your favorite typeface and why? (Psst... This is how we tell who reads directions!)

This is an in studio position.

No phone calls please, we’re really busy! If you have questions feel free to email us or hit us up on Twitter @ripe.


We are currently looking for a paid apprentice who’s interested in joining a creative studio that’s doing fantastic work for clients locally and across the globe. This is an in-studio position.

About You

We’re looking for a college student or recent grad who wants to get a taste of what it’s like to design in the real world. You should be studying (or should have a degree in) design or a related art field, and a strong desire to pursue a career in design. If you’re still trying to figure out whether or not this field is for you, this position probably isn’t. Unfortunately this position is not appropriate for high school students.

You should have a basic understanding of design principles and theory, typography, and hopefully a little web experience (if your professors aren’t teaching you web, tell them they should)! Also, and perhaps most importantly, you should be easy-going but you should still have a strong work ethic.

Necessary Skills
  • A good understanding of design principles and theory
  • Experience with HTML, CSS & Javascript preferred. Keep in mind, being able to make a page in Dreamweaver using all their little tools does not equal HTML or CSS experience.
  • Experience in the following programs: Adobe Creative Suite (including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash)
  • Experience working in Mac OS X
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good organizational and communication skills
How to Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to createwithus@ripe.com. You must include a digital portfolio with no less than 3 samples of previous work. Please profide a brief description of your involvement with each project. Applications without a portfolio will be ignored!

No phone calls please, we’re really busy! If you have questions feel free to email us or hit us up on Twitter @ripe.

We’d love to hear from you

Interested in developing a new brand for your organization? Want to update your web presence? Want to geek out about design? We want to talk to you.

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Washington, DC 20005

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