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Art takes flight in downtown Lancaster

original bird painting by Kim SmithStop by Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom in downtown Lancaster this coming weekend where a collection of paintings by our very own art director, Kim Smith, will be displayed among this unique store’s inventory of fresh-made olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Talk about a feast for the senses!

The show, which features paintings of birds and flowers that Kim has created this past year, opens during Lancaster’s First Friday, October 7, with a special reception from 7 – 9 PM. Kim also will be on hand at Seasons on Saturday, October 8, painting live from 11 AM – 1 PM, during Lancaster ArtWalk. Her work will remain on display at Seasons through the end of November.

Kim’s bird paintings, like the one pictured here, have been creating a bit of a buzz. She shares the story of how these paintings “took flight.”

“I met a local photographer through Facebook, who photographs birds,” Kim explains. “I asked him if I could create paintings from his photographs and he graciously agreed.”

Kim gives each bird painting her own touch, which she says stems, in part, from her graphic design training.

“They have a graphic look,” she says. “They are a little unexpected, a little whimsical, a little fun.”


Kim Smith: Love Birds & Posies

Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom

36 West King Street, Lancaster

Friday, October 7, First Friday Reception: 7 – 9 PM

Saturday, October 8, Lancaster ArtWalk, Live Demonstration, 11 AM – 1 PM

Art on display through the end of November

We love our clients

We really enjoy working with client quote, lyn patterson, estate settlement solutionsLyn Patterson at Estate Settlement Solutions. We have worked on many projects with her over the past three years, including creating her company’s logo, business cards, brochures and website. Thanks for the wonderful comments and for being a great client.

Back to the 80’s

billboard design, 2016 EP5K Race BillboardWe did a little time traveling this past weekend as our hometown of East Petersburg, Pa., celebrated East Petersburg Days with a Totally 80’s themed 5K! The celebration lasts three days and includes a variety of events with the 5K walk/run and kid’s fun run on Saturday morning.

As part of this wonderful community, we were pleased to donate our expertise by designing the logo and event materials. This is the third year we’ve been involved. Among the many pieces we created is the bright and fun digital billboard (pictured here) used to promote the 5K race. It is a blast working with Kristin Troop owner of Wee Care Day School, the race founder, in planning and coordinating this awesome event. We are beyond proud to do something that supports our local community.

TCG was represented in the race by Tim Rehman, husband of our go-to person Julie Rehman. Tim placed 6th overall and 1st in his age bracket, running the 5K with a time of 18:26. It was a great day to be part of the East Petersburg community—and tons of fun!

National Ampersand Day!

Once the last letter of the alphabet. A ligature of e & t (et in Latin means and). #allhailtheampersand #funtosay #funtouse #nationalampersandday


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Hundreds of U.S. athletes are in Rio this month, hoping to make history in the summer Olympics. And thousands of supporters back home are rooting for them to do so.

Long before they arrived in Rio, these ‘best of the best’ athletes spent countless hours preparing. But they weren’t alone. A team of people—families, friends, trainers, coaches, teammates and other fans—devoted endless amounts of time and, in some cases, huge sums of money to help make their Olympic dreams come true.

We’ve long believed that teamwork is the best way to reach goals. In fact, one of our criteria for what defines a good client is one with whom we can work as a team. And we know that smart clients feel the same way about the agency they choose. The best client-agency relationships, and the most amazing creative, come from working together. In our view, teamwork helps make advertising dreams come true!

Go Team USA!

summer intern #2!

AHello, my name is Alayna Nicklaus and I am interning at tcg for the summer! I am excited for this opportunity to gain some exposure and experience in the different areas of marketing and advertising.

I was born in Lancaster and now live in East Petersburg. I attended Lancaster Catholic High School and will be a sophomore at Fairfield University in Connecticut this coming year. I am double-majoring in Marketing and Communications. My career goal is to become involved in sports marketing and work with a professional team.

During my freshman year in college, I was given the opportunity to be an intern for Fairfield University’s athletic department. From this experience, I learned how to design marketing material for athletic events using Photoshop and helped organize school spirit events. I also worked on a lot of research to help improve attendance at campus sporting events.

I really enjoy working with tcg and learning even more about marketing and advertising!

Meet Amanda

amandawebMy name is Amanda, and I’m a Communication Design student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. I discovered my passion for graphic design at York County School of Technology (YCST), where their commercial and advertising art program introduced me to the field. When I first applied to YCST, I thought I was going to be an illustrator, but as the years passed, I fell in love with branding, logo creation and web design. Now, as a student in my fourth year at Kutztown, I am pursuing a career that will have me designing for interactive media.

I met TCG years ago through my father, who works for one of their clients, Armstrong World Industries. When it came time for me to get field experience, I hoped that TCG would have an opening for an intern. Luckily they did, and now I’m working on projects that help refine my design aesthetic, give me experience working with clients and allow me to continue mastering the Adobe suite.

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
~ Charles Bukowski

Looking Good!

acf brochure web

It’s a specialized industry with a select customer base. Much of the business is generated by word of mouth. But when a prospective customer requests more information, it still doesn’t hurt to look good.

We recently designed this sales brochure for ACF Industries, which sells storage tanks for products such as liquefied petroleum gas, gaseous oxygen and other gases that require special handling and secure storage. In their industry, our client explained, the information presented in the brochure is usually provided in a very “vanilla” format. One company’s information doesn’t stand out from the next. They wanted to rise above that.

The brochure design cleanly represents the company’s brand and demonstrates the process and the quality of its products through photography. It provides important information in an easy-to-read layout, using red, white and blue to reinforce their desired message that the product is made in the USA. The piece debuted at a recent trade show in Nashville.

Said Bill Yost, VP of Sales for ACF, “Within our organization, it has been very valuable.”

what’s old is new again—and really cool

businesscardswebTake a look at our new business cards. How fun are these? They were hand-printed by the very talented Megan Zettlemoyer of Typothecary Letterpress & Designin downtown Lancaster. A tour of her studio is inspiring, not to mention like a mini-lesson in printing history.

It’s so cool to combine traditional letterpress printing with the technology of today. The more advanced the design industry becomes, the more unique and charming the old way of doing things becomes. Check out the photo of Megan in her print studio, filled with beautiful old printing presses, papers, drawers filled with old letterpress type, and these funky old wooden spacers. A feast for the eyes, for sure!

This is Megan in her studio.