Branding & Graphic Design Studio

We help brands get noticed.

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


TheDepartment 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 for restaurants, hospitality, and lifestyle clients. 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, restaurant branding, or view our client testimonials.


Richard Leighton is the Founder and Creative Director of TheDepartment. 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