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Exciting changes at Buchanan Design

January 13, 2016 | buchanandesign


As we enter a new year filled with new possibilities, I want to share some of our excitement for the future of Buchanan Design.

My philosophy has always been, if you’re making the effort to do something important – don’t compromise – make the investment and do it right. Don’t wing it and certainly don’t blindly throw spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. Sure, in some cases trial and error leads to innovation… but branding success is at its best when planned, strategized, and creatively executed.

With this in mind, I’m excited to share some of the efforts we’re making this year – all geared to ensure we are providing the most creative and strategically effective services and experience possible.

For some time, I have contemplated the evolution of Buchanan Design and how we can continue to provide top-quality creative branding services and also become a more valued partner to our clients. The answer is simple. With a deep passion for design as the given, we will begin to dive deeper into brand and marketing strategy, offer more brand voice and copywriting expertise, and implement a new creative process that will excite and deliver results for both existing and new clients.

To assist us, I’m thrilled to announce the addition of Charlie Van Vechten to our team. Charlie is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience running his own brand agency. He is a great creative thinker, strategist, and respected for his abilities to grow a company and bring operational efficiency to ensure success. I am excited to have someone of Charlie’s caliber join me in leading Buchanan Design towards a very bright future.


Learn more about Charlie and his accomplishments >>

I’d love to hear your thoughts about our growth and service enhancements, and discuss how this will benefit you. Let’s grab a coffee.

Bobby Buchanan

People, Studio Life

Happy-Happy-Happy-Happy Poster Design

August 11, 2015 | buchanandesign

We just completed another round of posters for our office gallery. The theme this time around is Happy! Each of us tried to capture a bit of happiness on 18”x24” page. Do any of these posters make you happy? – be sure to like the one that appeals to you on our Facebook page. The designs with the most likes will be considered for production and possibly made available for purchase on


Thinking like a true kid at heart, my happy place surrounds me with giant cups of unlimited hot chocolate, never-melting ice cream and any-flavor-you-want cake. Inspired by my love for Disneyland and desserts, Happyland is a far away, floating city that’s powered by everything that makes me happy. What’s your ridiculous happy place? -Angiee


Food is a great excuse to reunite with friends, reminds me of childhood moments, and is one of the key ingredients in starting new family traditions. An aroma can instantly transport me to my nana’s kitchen or a meal experience somewhere in my travels. Food involves all the senses… especially for a designer. Looking back, I’ve been a foodie my entire life, but didn’t know it. -Bobby


I find happiness in riding bikes along the coast with my two kids. -Jason


Sometimes happiness comes in a simple form. Other times, it comes in form of a dancing electric fan-powered wind sock. -Joey

Poster Series, Studio Life

Future Designers

October 20, 2014 | buchanandesign

Today we had a visit from the graphic design class of San Pasqual High School. Bobby walked the students through what it takes to be a working designer. And as the students visited the different design stations, we showed them our latest projects and answered questions about what its like to be a professional designer. The students were very excited and we were happy to share some of our knowledge with them. We look forward to seeing some of these faces come up in the industry in the years to come.

Design Community, Studio Life

Using Paint and Concept to Help a Cause

October 17, 2014 | buchanandesign

Earlier this month we were approached by LINK, an AIGA San Diego program that brings the arts to high school students, to customize a “Foomi” vinyl doll for their fundraising event.
We were honored to have been selected along with other influential designers and artists from Southern California.

It was the perfect opportunity to bring out the paints and brushes, although, staring at a perfectly white doll can be intimidating…
A true team collaboration and love of the color orange inspired the creation of our little “Fishi” doll. We hope “Fishi” will help raise lots of money for such a great program.

To learn more about Art Links Us, click here

Design Community, People, Studio Life

P is for Poster!

October 8, 2014 | buchanandesign


Our latest poster gallery showcases our love for type and illustration. The challenge was to take a letter from the alphabet and bring it to life through illustration. Have a favorite poster? Visit our Facebook page to vote by liking it.

Poster Series, Studio Life

Welcome Jason!

June 12, 2014 | buchanandesign

Welcome Jason Alfonso, June 2014

Now that Ryan is focusing all his time between San Francisco and San Diego behind the lens, we set out to find a new designer to join the BD team. After countless resumes and portfolio reviews, Jason stood out and is now calling Buchanan Design home. We think of ourselves as a work family, so bringing someone new takes time and careful consideration.

Jason graduated from SDSU, spent his first 3+ years at a local design firm, followed by 3+ years at The New Children’s Museum. Ironically, he spent his latest years working with The New Children’s Museum logo that we created in 2008. It was meant to be and we’re super excited to have him here.

Read what Jason said about becoming part of Buchanan Design:

I’m honored to become a part of the Buchanan Design family. I have always admired the studio’s sense of design and considered them as one of the places where I would like to work and to collaborate. Throughout my experience as a graphic designer, I have found fulfillment in getting to know each unique client and helping them establish a meaningful and memorable connection to their audience. My inspiration is fueled by my wife and two kids. As a family, we value and embrace creativity and community. In our home, we have a dance floor that takes up more than half of our downstairs. The dedicated space provides my kids, their dance crew and even the neighborhood kids a place to practice and explore the art of B-boying, commonly known as Breakdancing. Together we are actively involved in a non-profit organization, We Got Next, that promotes positivity to today’s youth through the culture of Hip-hop.

I look forward to sharing my passion in design and creativity at Buchanan Design and to the people they serve in the years to come.

Jason Alfonso

People, Studio Life

Saying Goodbye

May 22, 2014 | buchanandesign

This spring, we happily took in another SDSU student as one of our interns. There’s never a shortage of talented designers from our favorite alma mater. For only a handful of months, Dana tackled quite a bit of projects which ranged from developing a logo for an elementary school book publisher to helping us stencil a large leaf repeatedly on our studio’s new inspiration wall. We look forward to seeing her grow as a professional graphic designer.

Read what Dana thought about her experience with us:

I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to intern for Buchanan Design. I loved the creative vibe of the studio and everyone there was so nice and welcoming. It was a great learning experience. I was able to take part in and witness the amount of work that goes into a new project. The research, the brainstorming, the meetings, then bringing all of the ideas to the table and coming up with the best possible way to approach it. They really work hard to make a brand work! I had a great time and am honored to have had an internship with Buchanan Design. Thank you so much to Bobby, Angie, Joey, and Jason!

Dana Quiambao

Intern Dana Quiambao

People, Studio Life

Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2014 | buchanandesign


Today we headed to the grill to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Bobby cooked up some of his signature carne asada and guacamole to make some great tacos. We finished off the meal with a round of Mojito-ritas. It was a great way to kick off what will hopefully be a summer of office grilling.


Food, Studio Life

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