Branding & Graphic Design Studio

Things our clients say…

The Department has helped several San Francisco Bay Area business owners and non-profit groups with great design and memorable branding.

Recent Google Reviews
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Professional, responsive, and thoughtful in his approach.

I've worked with Richard / The Department on several projects over the years. He's been professional, responsive, and thoughtful in his approach. He is also very reasonably priced for the work he provides. I would recommend him.

Denise Tran, Owner
Bun Mee, San Francisco


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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Meticulous, timely, and creative.

I worked with Richard Leighton and The Department when I was considering a refresh on my brand and website. Working with Richard was a wonderful experience. In redesigning my logo, my website and creating a new business card that reflected my fashion business, I found him to be meticulous, timely, and creative. I highly recommend The Department for all your design needs.

Jennifer Lee
Writer, Fashion Stylist

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Richard’s patience and insistence on taking the right steps towards really discovering what was the best path paid huge dividends in the end result.

As a small business owner who recognizes the value of strong marketing, its difficult to find the time to execute on a vision or ideas you have. And if you don’t have experience in marketing strategy, often times the effort you put into marketing doesn’t have the desired outcome. And trying to execute piecemeal elements of marketing outside of a single focused strategy, the effect is clumsy and also lacks effectiveness. These are all reasons why I reached out to Richard at TheDepartment. Despite thinking that I already knew what I wanted... Richard's process opened my eyes to many elements and factors I hadn’t realized were crucial in developing a brand identity. We took several steps back to really look at who we are as a business and how we wanted our customers to see us. I’ll be honest, there were times when I was anxious and wanted to rush the process… but Richard’s patience and insistence on taking the right steps towards really discovering what was the best path paid huge dividends in the end result. We didn’t always agree on choices and decisions, but its these disagreements that ultimately led to some of the biggest successes of the process of working together. In the end Richard came up with some amazing work for us, and I couldn’t recommend him more. I will continue to use the department for all of our marketing communication/pieces in the future.

Takis Katsoulis, Owner
Athena Restaurant, Santa Clara

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Responsive, creative, excellent communication skills, and able to manage the project with my busy schedule…

“Before we hired TheDepartment our website was outdated and not compatible to view on different devices. Richard was responsive, creative, excellent communication skills, and able to manage the project with my busy schedule to complete the redesign of our website in a timely manor. He provided three initial design concepts, patiently, went above and beyond to polished the final design that is visually pleasing and produce a responsive site. It was a pleasure working with Richard and I highly recommend TheDepartment for all your website design and branding needs.”

George Sun, Owner
Sun Architecture, San Francisco

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We have been happy with his high quality work and wholeheartedly recommend Richard and TheDepartment.

We have had a long-standing relationship with Richard and The Department. We've used him for our print, identity, and website needs. Richard is always punctual, professional and has the best interest of the project in mind. He maps out a timeline for the design scope and delivers in a timely fashion. He listens to feedback and seeks to incorporate the needs of client, project and budget. Richard also proactively follows up to update/refresh the work he produces. We have been happy with his high quality work and wholeheartedly recommend Richard.

Joycelyn Lee, Owner
Burma Superstar, Eats, B Star
San Francisco

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TheDepartment listens to clients and they translate ideas to some of the most incredible images.

“Community engagement is very complex work and the single most sigficant aspect of the work is graphic design. TheDepartment understands art impacts people and art has the potential to bring people together for a common cause. I've been a client of The Department for two years and they have designed several graphics for me that today are trusted images in the community. Community members see these images and they trust the programs and services associated to these images. The Department listens to clients and they translate ideas to some of the most incredible images. Images that community members remember and trust. If you're searching for a design team, use TheDepartment.”

Mark Salinas
Hayward Councilman