Who we are.

San Francisco CA – Learn more about our projects including graphic design, branding, visual identity, logos, websites, photography and illustration.


The Department is an independent graphic design and branding studio in San Francisco, California. Our name sounds large — but we’re actually small, agile, and proudly boutique. We specialize in branding and design for restaurants, hospitality, food and drink. Our versatile creative approach spans several touchpoints resulting in unique solutions and memorable experiences. We enjoy working with all businesses that value tailor-made, visual solutions. Checkout more details on our services, or view our client list.


Richard Leighton is the Founder and Creative Director of The Department. He studied design at The Massachusetts College of Art, and has collaborated with acclaimed designers, agencies, and studios across the country. With over 18 years of experience in the creative industry Richard has worked with CBS, Warner Bros., Sony PlayStation, Reebok, Toyota, Apple, Evernote, and Twitter. ➙LinkedIn Profile


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