Shade of the Cottonwood, L.L.C., creative services

Marketing work

Unlike large advertising agencies, when you meet with us, you’re meeting directly with the people who will be working on your projects—not a sales team. Our size allows us to be nimble and adapt to needs quickly. We partner with other specialized shops for services that are outside our realm of specialty.

Logos and branding

Logos form the foundation of any branding program. We can either design a logo for you, or work with your existing logo and identity system to expand your brand in a way that is cohesive and consistent.

IMAGES ABOVE: Logo design for Golden Key Realty; Logo developed from an architectural element inside the historic Jayhawk Theatre; Logo and identity system for the city of Chanute Kansas; Character design as part of a logo for a photography website called "That's my Monkey."

Brochures, packaging, etc.

Whether you need a simple three-panel flyer or a complete instructional kit including books, teaching guides, workbooks, DVD packaging and presentation graphics we’ve got the experience to develop the option that works best for your specific project.

IMAGES ABOVE: Logo and brochure series for a retirement community; Jewel-case calendar as a fundraiser for a no-kill cat shelter (photography and design); Series of coordinated brochures for the various schools within Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Book design—cover and interior

We have designed dozens of book covers and often design and produce the art for book interiors as well. Image heavy books on photography, or textbook programs that involve charts, teaching guides and accompanying DVD packaging—our combined marketing and editorial backgrounds work together to create pieces that communicate their goals beautifully and effectively.

IMAGES ABOVE: Cover and interior design of a book for the Love and Logic Institute incoporating our own photography, Cover design for "In the Red: The 2001 Season with Dale Earnhardt Jr."; Interior and cover design for a book of black and white photography by Utah photographer, Steve Mulligan (produced in black and warm grey duotones).


We can create full editorial and advertising copy, or just help you edit and focus the copy you provide. Extensive independent research is also available upon request. We have experience in developing the histories of companies, buildings—and even entire industries—for inclusion in books, magazines, and videos.

IMAGE ABOVE: Detail of brochure copy developed for a Kansas-based financial planning company.


While most of our photography is done on location, we also have a small studio and access to larger spaces when necessary. Our specialties lean toward architecture, interiors, product and landscape photography. For more information, visit Michael's photography site at

IMAGES ABOVE: Architectural interior for a glass flooring manufacturer; Studio shot showing the interesting reflective properties of an architectural dichromatic glass product; Outtake from a cover shoot for a business magazine profile; Food shot from a profile on a combination brewhouse/restaurant in Hays, Kansas.


Our interest in travel and craft brewing inspired us to launch our own vidcast, Travel by the Pint, in 2008. That experience and unique skill set it developed has translated into broader capabilities and real results for our clients.

IMAGE ABOVE: Image developed for the opening credits of the Travel by the Pint vidcast.