List of Top Branding Companies in Washington, DC

A List of Top Branding Companies in Washington, DC

Need a brand consultant in Washington, DC?

Creating a consistent brand can be a challenge, especially for smaller firms without extensive in-house marketing resources. A brand consists of all the elements of marketing and publicity that customers rhetorically associate with a given firm, including its logo, name, and general aesthetic principles.

Partnering with a dedicated marketer for branding solutions is a simple way to ensure consistent messaging out of your brand. While some marketing firms may offer brand solutions, others stand out from the rest as particularly gifted in this language of business.

Our list features the best potential branding partners in the D.C. metropolitan region. Use it to guide your choice for a branding agency. It features resources such as client reviews, ratings, and conveniently visualized information on each firm. 
 

  • Bates Creative

    Bates Creative is a branding agency located in Silver Spring, Md. Founded in 2003, Bates Creative's team of around 20 specializes in mobile app development, graphic design, and web development. Bates Creative works primarily with midmarket and small business clients in the business services, non-profit, and consumer products industries. 

    Notable Project

    Bates Creative refreshed a non-profit's design and branding, especially in the client's print magazine. Bates Creative provided updated branding and integrated the updated design elements into the print publication. Bates Creative also handles uploading magazine content to the client's Adobe app and website presence. The client found Bates Creative's new design to be clean and sophisticated.

    "They [Bates Creative] really understand branding and design, and caught the essence of our association and the commercial space we inhabit. They bring cutting-edge creative capabilities and ideas to their work, and make us look really cool." - VP of Publishing, Non-Profit 

    Former Clients
    Exxon Mobil
    Atlas Brew Works
    Sage Water
    NPR
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Silver Spring , MD
    Awards

    W3 Awards; ADDYS (2018); Association Media & Publishing: EXCEL Awards (2017); Muse Creative Awards: Gold (2016)

  • Bennett Street Media

    Bennett Street Media is a full service digital production agency based in Washington, DC. Founded in 2012, Bennett Street Media specializes in video production, digital strategy, and branding. Bennett Street Media works primarily midmarket businesses in a range of industries, especially healthcare, non-profit, and media. 
    Notable Project

    A charity hired Bennett Street Media to produce a promotional video. The client's goal was raise awareness about their upcoming fundraising event. Bennett Street Media used the client's script, coached staff members included in the video, and provided editing and production services. The client noted that the video helped their company break fundraising records compared to previous years. 

    "The video helped us raise over $4,000 in 3 hours. During a similar event last year, we raised $1,700 within that same period." - Team Captain, Charity

    Former Clients
    National Geographic
    The Shelby
    Family Equality Council
    Nutrisystem
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Washington , DC
  • Bluetext

    Bluetext is a digital marketing agency located in Washington, DC. Founded in 2011, Bluetext has around 30 employees who specialize in branding, web design, and SEO. The client appreciated Bluetext's approach to project management while completing the two microsites simultaneously.

    Notable Project

    Bluetext was hired by a software company in need of a new website. Bluetext designed two interactive microsites for the client and provided front-end development services.

    "Bluetext was very accommodating with our tight schedule and constant demands. They made sure we were delivering everything on time and they were very receptive to our back and forth as we got feedback from stakeholders." – Associate Creative Director, Software Company

    Former Clients
    Google
    Lexis Nexis
    Royal Caribbean International
    Adobe
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Washington , DC
  • Boldr Strategic Consulting

    Boldr Strategic Consulting is a full service agency based in Springfield, Va. Founded in 1997, Boldr Strategic Consulting's team of around 5 specializes in UX/UI design, digital strategy, and web design, primarily for nonprofit and government clients.

    Notable Project

    A nonprofit dedicated to fighting liver disease hired Boldr Strategic Consulting to redesign its website using Drupal. The client's goal was to make their website more user-friendly and easier to maintain while refreshing their branding. The client especially appreciated Boldr Strategic Consulting's assistance with simplifying the navigation structure, and their analytics showed that it's now easier for users to find the information they need.

    "Our website has won a couple of awards which reinforces our decision in using [Boldr Strategic Consulting]. This was one of the smoothest website redesign experiences I’ve ever been through." - Director of Digital Media, Liver Disease Nonprofit

    Former Clients
    Media Matters for America
    Vanda Pharmaceuticals
    National Guard Association of America
    and Chevron
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Springfield , VA
  • Borenstein Group, Inc.

    Borenstein Group, Inc. is an integrated strategic marketing communications agency based near Washington DC in Fairfax, Va. Founded in 1995, Borenstein Group, Inc. has around 10 employees who specialize in branding, web design, and social media marketing.

    Notable Project

    Borenstein Group, Inc. worked with a government contracting agency seeking assistance with rebranding its online presence. In addition to providing a new branding strategy, Borenstein Group, Inc. designed a new website and oversaw the client's social media accounts. The client appreciated that Borenstein Group, Inc. brought past experience with their industry to the project.

    "We were assigned a project manager, who I spoke with either every day or every other day. We were on a tight schedule, so we were constantly engaged with each other." – Marketing Manager, Government Contracting Agency 

    Former Clients
    Pixia
    ADT
    Adobe
    Boeing
    IntelliDyne
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Fairfax , VA
  • Brand+Aid

    Located in Washington, DC, Brand+Aid is a branding agency that specializes in advertising, branding, print design, and content marketing. Since 1999, the team of about 10 has been working with different clients in various industries including education, non-profits, and government services. 

    Notable Project

    A global PR firm went to Brand+Aid for its branding needs. Along with a complete branding campaign with design concepts, Brand+Aid helped the firm with brainstorming and write-ups. As a result of their work, the PR firm is receiving new business. The client prides Brand+Aid on their work ethic. 

    "Understanding perfectly well the needs of our audience, they [Brand+Aid] design with the audience in mind." – Production Director, Global PR Firm

    Former Clients
    American University
    Gannett
    HCA Healthcare
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Washington , DC
    Awards

    Awwwards Nominee

  • Brunch Digital

    Brunch Digital is a creative agency based in Washington. Founded in 2009, the team of 12 specializes in UX/UI design, branding and web design. They work primarily with small business and midmarket clients, mainly in the consumer products and services and hospitality and leisure industries.

    Notable Project

    Brunch Digital worked on logo design, marketing, and web design for a bar. They designed the branding and logo materials for the client, and built the client’s website and developed new features. The client enjoyed working with them on this project.

    “They did everything I asked and accommodated me by conducting business over the phone. We’d communicate about every other day to go over their progress and make changes to the signage drafts as needed.” – Managing Partner, Bar

    Former Clients

    Pride Fund

    Hummingbird Inn

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Washington , DC
  • Carousel30

    Yes& Marketing Agency (formerly Carousel30) is a marketing agency founded in 2017 and based in Alexandria, Va. With a small team of fewer than 10 employees, Yes& Marketing Agency specializes in web design, marketing strategy, and branding. Yes& Marketing Agency works with a variety of clients in the non-profit, financial services, and government sectors. 
    Notable Project

    Yes& Marketing Agency was hired by a restaurant in need of web development and marketing services. In addition to building and maintaining the restaurant's website, Yes& Marketing Agency managed the client's social media accounts and email newsletters. The client appreciated Yes& Marketing Agency's ability to provide detailed analytics and one-on-one service.

    "Since we turned to Yes& for guidance, our following on social media has grown three to four times from what it originally was." - Owner of Restaurant

    Former Clients
    Choice Hotels
    MCAA
    Brown Advisory
    Geisinger
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Alexandria , VA
    Awards
    Gold Healthcare Advertising Award: Employee Communication 
  • DMI (Digital Management, Inc.)

    DMI is the world’s first end-to-end mobility company. Their services are extensive, ranging from mobile app development and web development to branding, marketing, and user experience design to big data management and analytics. The large team of 1,000+ is headquartered in Bethesda, MD with satellite offices around the world.DMI’s focus on the quality of the product they develop and on its marketing potential highlights the benefits of working with a full-service company.

    Notable Project

    DMI’s work stands out for mobile, branding, and data management.

    DMI developed a mobile app on Windows for a large hotel group, providing extensive user experience research and design input such as wireframes and mood boards.

    “They tend to think about the end product as a more marketable product. They don't just look at achieving the KPIs [key performance indicators] of the product owner here internally, but also looking to provide fantastic feedback in terms of how certain features or functions can be marketed.” – User Experience Lead, Large Hotel Group

    Former Clients
    African Wildlife Foundation
    Rosetta Stone
    USDA
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group1,001 - 10,000 Employees
    place New York , NY
    Awards

    Washington Post: Top Workplaces in Washington, D.C. 2014; Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Award 

  • ds+f / Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.

    Founded in 1991, ds+f (Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.) is full service branding agency in Annapolis, Md. The agency's small team of 7 specializes in advertising, branding, and video production. 

    Notable Project

    A real estate firm hired ds+f for branding assistance. The client needed a new logo, web design, and printed marketing assets used during client meetings. Following the website launch, ds+f stayed on to maintain and update the website as needed. The client enjoyed working with ds+f's creative and collaborative team. 

    "They [ds+f] pack a lot of power and creativity in a world with so much choice. They always seem to have solutions to our problems." – Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Firm 

    Former Clients
    National Retail Federation
    NPR
    Cushman & Wakefield
    WIDIA
    Fisher House
    US Bobsled/Skeleton Team
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Annapolis , MD
    Awards

    Hermes Creative Awards: Bronze (2012, 2013)

  • Forum One

    Forum One is a full-service digital design firm that was founded in 1997. The company has more than 100 employees in Alexandria, Va., Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Forum One offers web design, UX/UI design, web development, branding, and other digital services for mainly nonprofits and government agencies.

    Notable Project

    A museum was preparing for its opening and only had a simple website. Forum One built a robust Drupal 7 website that incorporated important educational and search features. Forum One continues to maintain the website and incorporates events happening at the museum.

    "We’re pleased with their work, and our audience has responded positively to the functionality, design, and usability ... They’re a very talented group and open to collaboration. We will continue our relationship with them and continue to improve upon it." - Chief Digital Officer, Museum

    Former Clients
    Smithsonian Institution
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    World Wildlife Fund
    Peace Corps
    American Red Cross
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Alexandria , VA
  • Grafik Marketing Communications

    Grafik Marketing Communications is a branding and marketing agency based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1978, with a team of more than 300 employees, they specialize in UX/UI design, branding, and digital strategy.

    Notable Project

    Grafik Marketing Communications completely remade and redesigned the website of a homebuilding firm to modernize its branding and to highlight their new homes division. They built a new website, incorporated unique themes for each section of the site, and used SEO best practices to drive traffic. The client appreciated the modern feel and easy navigation of the new site, and appreciated that it still showed that their company is a long standing member of the community. 

    “Everything they designed is an improvement upon the old site. People look at us differently, and recognize us as a stable company in our area. The site shows both our longevity and our local presence in the right way.” – VP of Marketing, Homebuilding Firm

    Former Clients

    Carfax

    U.S. Census Bureau

    Honda

    WTOP

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Alexandria , VA
    Awards

    REBRAND 100: Distinction (2018), ADDY Award: Silver (2012)

  • Illustria

    Illustria is a full service creative agency based in Washington, DC. Founded in 2013, Illustria's team of 15 specializes in print design, branding, and web design. Illustria mainly works with midmarket clients in the information technology and consumer product industries. 

    Notable Project

    A media company in need of a dedicated creative partner hired Illustria to assist with website projects, email marketing, and more. Illustria assisted with redesigning the client's website, which includes a polling functionality, and created a promotional video for YouTube. As a result of Illustria's work, the media company experienced an increase in web traffic and leads from new advertising partners. The client appreciates Illustria's ability to collaborate smoothly.

    "[Illustria] will get on a phone call with us often for each project that we do, to talk through exactly what we’re looking for. They help us walk through the ways that we can get better and make it as seamless a process as possible." - Director of Operations, Media Company

    Former Clients
    HubSpot
    Alaska Airlines
    FIJI Water
    Revlon
    Vox
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Washington , DC
  • Imagine

    Imagine is a branding agency headquartered in Manassas, Va. Founded in 2004, Imagine's small team of fewer than 5 employees specializes in social media marketing, web design, and branding. Imagine works with primarily with midmarket clients in different industries such as information technology, legal, and non-profits. 

    Notable Project

    Imagine was hired by a children's education program in need of web and marketing assistance. Imagine provided assistance with online reputation management, along with website optimization and refreshed branding. Imagine's work resulted in higher enrollment for the children's education program. The client appreciated Imagine's depth of marketing expertise.

    "I have worked with several other marketing companies and found that they all had specialties, such as, optimization, website, on-line marketing, etc.  What I found with Imagine is a complete marketing package." – Founder of Children's Education Program 

    Former Clients
    CenturyLink
    Rolls-Royce
    Nestlé
    Jim Beam Brands Worldwide
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Manassas , VA
    Awards

    MARCOM Awards, Communicator Awards, Prince William Chamber Business Award Winner (2012, 2015)

  • Jake Group

    Jake Group is a full-service digital communications firm that offers web design, web development, and branding assistance to professional services and non-profit organizations across the country. Based in Washington, DC, Jake Group has a small team of around 15 employees that was founded as a web design studio, but has since expanded its capabilities to include all aspects of creative and digital marketing.

    Notable Project

    Working with an executive search firm that had a relatively modest online dynamic, Jake Group revamped the client's marketing, branding, and logo presence through its web design services. Thanks to a high level of technical expertise, combined with intuitive marketing and business minds, Jake Group created a website that was billed as clear, provocative, and representative of the client's experience.

    “[Jake Group] has a very high level of technical expertise. They know all the marketing strategies, but they also have very effective business minds. This allows them to translate our business objectives into something marketable.”  – Owner, Executive Search Firm

    Former Clients
    Shakespeare Theatre Company
    The Aspen Institute
    The Kennedy Center
    Platinum Equity
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Washington , DC
    Awards

    Web Marketing Association WebAwards Standard of Excellence "Food Industry" (2017), Web Marketing Association WebAwards Standard of Excellence "Arts" (2016), Web Marketing Association WebAwards Best of Industry in Architecture (2018)

  • LightMix

    Founded in 1999, LightMix is a graphic design studio based in Vienna, Va. LightMix's small team of fewer than 5 employees specializes in web design, web development, and SEO. 
    Former Clients
    The Nature Conservancy
    The Washington Post
    Accenture
    The World Bank
    3M
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Vienna , VA
    Awards
    Interactive Media Awards: Best in Class (2014)
  • nclud

     nclud is an interactive agency that was founded in 1998. From headquarters in Washington, D.C., the team of about 17 serves clients from a range of industries. nclud provides web development, web design, UX/UI, digital strategy, and branding services. 

    Notable Project

    nclud designed and developed a WordPress website from scratch to aggregate information for a scholarly organization's audience. They built functionalities that let both users and administrators share and upload content. Post-launch, nclud helped with marketing and created an online game to make visitors more aware of the organization's mission. The site was user-friendly and more streamlined than its predecessors. 

    "This was one of the first sites we’d built, so it was completely new for us. They had the project management experience in order to guide us to where we needed to go, and make sure we were as successful as possible." – Employee, Nonprofit Organization 

     

    Former Clients
    Apple
    Google
    Amazon
    NASDAQ
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Washington , DC
  • niftic agency

    Founded in 2015, niftic agency is headquartered in Washington DC, and has a satellite office in Salt Lake City, Utah. niftic agency's team of around 5 employees focuses on web design, web development, and custom software development.The client appreciated niftic agency's technical expertise and innovative solutions.

    Notable Project

    niftic agency was hired by an international trade agency that needed custom software to improve their ability to manage the backend of several brands' websites. niftic agency also developed a chatbot that could automatically screen leads, helping the client manage their high volume of inbound marketing.

    "They’re more engineering-based and utility-driven, which we like because it gives us an honest read on them. It also means that when a product goes awry—which they all do in some way—they’ll handle it well. That’s what we care about." - CEO, International Trade Agency

    Former Clients
    The North Face
    International Rescue Committee
    Lexus
    Subaru
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Washington , DC
  • NJI Media

    NJI Media is an interactive agency that was founded in 2007. Located in Alexandria, Va., NJI Media's team of around 30 focuses on web design, web development, and branding, particularly for midmarket and small business clients in the business services, consumer products, and government services sectors.

    Notable Project

    A steel company wanted to redesign its website from scratch. NJI Media built a new website on Drupal, including a design refresh, new navigation architecture, and new functionalities such as video capabilities. NJI Media also ensured that the new website was responsive on mobile devices. The client received positive feedback from their customers following the new website's launch.

    "NJI Media provided a solution that resulted in almost no customer questions, complaints, or concerns."- Chief Communications Officer, Steel Company

    Former Clients
    Facebook
    CSPAN
    Hilton Worldwide
    Institute for Energy Research
    Project KOE
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Alexandria , VA
    Awards

    Interactive Media Awards (2011, 2012); Horizon Interactive Awards (2012)

  • Sensis

    Sensis is a full-service marketing agency with offices across the US in Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, Austin, TX, and Atlanta, GA. Founded in 1998, Sensis’ team of 80 offers advertising, mobile and web marketing, branding, public relations, and market research.

    Notable Project

    One of Sensis’ clients is an energy company that wanted to connect with its community with a bilingual PR campaign. Sensis organized community events, worked with local media, and designed and produced all the advertising material.

    “In many ways, I feel that we're their only client. I know that's kind of a cliché – the way that they have been able to sometimes just drop everything else, get what we needed done, and bring in any additional partners, if necessary. They've really done an outstanding job.” – Communications Manager, Energy Company

    Former Clients
    City of Los Angeles
    Boston College
    US Department of Commerce
    Metrolink
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $250,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Los Angeles , CA
    Awards

    2017 Gold Award: Healthcare Marketing Impact

  • Sutter Group

    Creative design and development agency Sutter Group was founded in 1987. With headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area, it provides solutions informed by three decades of experience.The 20-30 employees on staff strategize custom digital marketing campaigns for national businesses and associations.
    Notable Project

    Sutter Group developed a brand strategy that included specific events, collateral, design assets, and overall messaging. As part of an ongoing partnership, the team has produced creative content to smooth the transition for 15 acquisitions. The team seamlessly applied the cloud networking company’s brand guidelines to a high volume of new offerings amid stark changes in the company’s size and identity.

    “I work for an incredibly fast paced and understaffed company, and Sutter Group went above and beyond to produce deliverables on an instant turnaround time." – Director of Marketing, Cloud Networking Company

    Former Clients
    Merkle
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    Land Rover
    Porsche
    Audi
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Lanham , MD
    Awards
    The International Academy of the Visual Arts 2007 W3 Awards Gold Winner in two categories, “Self Promotion” and “Games and Gaming.”
  • Teal Media

    Teal Media is a full-service creative agency that was founded in 2008. With offices in Washington, DC and Royal Oak, MI, Teal Media, and its team of 10 employees, is skilled in web and UI/UX design, branding, and web development. They primarily serve nonprofits and advocacy organizations.

    Notable Project

    Teal Media was tasked with helping a justice nonprofit revamp its website to make it more professional. Teal Media approached the website redesign by outlining 6 phases – from research and discovery to content infrastructure to user experience mapping and wireframing to content management system (CMS) setup.

    "They are incredibly easy to work with. They create clear lines of authority. Everything was delivered on time and within our budget." – Co-Founder and Co-Director, Justice Nonprofit 

    Former Clients
    TaxMarch.org
    Everytown for Gun Safety
    Joyful Heart Foundation
    ICRW
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Washington , DC