Cut Once is a full-service branding and design agency with award-winning expertise in higher education, arts and culture, health, retail, and community.

 
 

We invest in deep, strategic relationships with organizations who value a fresh perspective and are seeking to become more innovative, meaningful, and beneficial to their audiences.

 

 

WHAT WE DO

We work across a range of disciplines including research, writing, strategy, design, and web development to create visual identities, advertising campaigns, brand programs, publications, websites, and branded environments for clients ranging in size from small non-profits to large multinationals.

 
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Strategy & Branding

We’ll help you define what your brand stands for and why it’s important to the world. Then, we’ll transform your strategy into a compelling visual and verbal narrative.

Marketing Planning
Brand Strategy & Positioning
Brand Architecture
Visual Brand Identity
Brand Guidelines
Messaging
Naming & Story Development
Programs & Campaigns

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PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION

Regardless of whether your project requires on-site or remote art direction and logistical oversight, we work with a proven network of professionals capable of delivering the approved vision.

Data Visualizations
Illustration (conceptual & technical)
Infographics
Photography (product & lifestyle)

Marketing Communications

We are highly skilled at translating marketing strategies into both digital and tangible marketing materials that help increase understanding and inspire people to action.

Responsive Website Design
Responsive Website Development
Email & Newsletters
Social Media
Campaign Development
Campaign Measurement
Annual Reports, Books & Brochures
Business Collateral

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ENVIRONMENTal design

From branded environments to wayfinding systems and signage, our ability to think and design spatially will extend your brand experience to physical form.

Branded Events
Outdoor/Transit
Signage (indoor & outdoor)
Trade Show Exhibits
Wayfinding Systems

Retail & PACKAGING DESIGN

On the path to purchase, product packaging is known as the moment of truth. Our branded products, packaging systems, and in-store displays have helped sell numerous products and command a premium for our clients.

In-Store (retail) Displays
Packaging Design
Point-of-Sale Promotions
Pop-Up Experiences
Product Branding
Product Design
Product Prototyping

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Technical PRODUCTION

We are proficient at preparing technically accurate, press-ready files for printing and web-ready files for use online.

Online Asset Preparation
Photo Retouching
Printing Press Checks
Technical Design Layout
Vendor Sourcing & Management


 

HOW WE WORK

Our approach is unique among design firms. There are no rules, templates, or shortcuts. For us, it’s about investing the time that’s necessary to understand the underlying needs of an organization. We rely on rigorous inquiry, extensive experience and judgement to produce work that is thoughtful, memorable, and effective for our clients.

 

 

AWARDS & distinctions

Our work has received significant national and international recognition for creative excellence, including honors from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Obama for America, Communication Arts, Moscow Global Biennale of Graphic Design Golden Bee (Russia), CBS News Sunday Morning, AIGA, Good50x70 (Italy), Graphis, BICeBé Biennial (Bolivia), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), China International Poster Biennale (China), Die Gestalten Verlag (Germany), Art Directors Club, The Dieline, University & College Designers Association (UCDA), and Vineum Bodensee (Germany).

 
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WHO WE ARE

We’re an experienced team who know individual business goals help define the team for any project. For this reason, our project teams are assembled as needed, to bring together the most appropriate skills and insights necessary to deliver the strongest return on investment for our clients. Our structure is scalable to work with organizations of all sizes and projects of any scale.

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

Our nonprofit efforts have helped raise funds and awareness for a variety of organizations and pressing societal issues, including the Academy for Educational Development (AED), American Red Cross, Amnesty International, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Darfur Genocide, Doctors Without Borders, Get Out the Vote, Greenpeace, Haiti Earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Katrina, Penn-Mar Human Services, Reach to Recovery International, Salvation Army, University & College Designers Association (UCDA), and the Urban Forest Project.

 
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CONNECT WITH US


 

NEW PROJECT TO DISCUSS?

We're ready to talk through a customized project scope to fit your budget and schedule. Not sure about the best way to engage? We offer short-term commitments in the form of individualized project audits which allow us to provide expert analysis and identify areas of opportunity to move your brand forward. Contact us by phone at (717) 841-0400 to start the conversation.