OUR STORY

SMALL STUDIO, BIG IMPACT

It begins with an old butcher’s table. No, really. An old salvaged table. A heavy, scarred thing of solid wood and steel. It was our first piece of furniture when we opened our doors in 2013, a small studio with a big heart, and it’s where we met clients eye to eye, elbow to elbow. Real people passionate about their business dreams. Small businesses. Individuals. Each hoping to reach the next level—or a Higher Rock, say. Like the coffee shop launch. Or the bridal shop expansion. The physical therapist re-brand. The personal trainer, the engineers. The churches seeking to connect and the architectural firms aiming to grow. Dozens of them, each unique, each personal.

Things have grown since then. We’ve moved to a larger location in uptown Ankeny. We have a photography loft. We have a full-size refrigerator and a salt-water fish tank. We’ve become a full-service agency, able to fulfill all types of marketing—websites, content, logos, campaigns, brochures—and blend them into a cohesive, strategic package. Today we help a broad array of clients, including large firms and some all around the country.

But our core focus is the same. The butcher’s table waits by the front door. It’s the same size and the same mission. It wears the badge of dedication and authenticity. Come pull up a chair. And let’s talk shop.

OUR SERVICES

INSPIRE. CREATE. ENGAGE. EXCEED.
icon_higherrock

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Let’s turn heads like nobody’s business. Imagine your brand. Craft it. Elevate it. Be a model of success.

icon_worddog

CONTENT

Your message matters. What you say. How you say it. Speak the language of compelling brand building. The ABCs start here.

icon_marketing

MARKETING & BRANDING

Want new customers? Stronger engagement? More revenue? A product launch or business refresh? Fewer questions? The answer is us.

BE BOLD OR ITALIC. NEVER REGULAR.

ONE STOP SHOP

FULL-SERVICE CREATIVE POWERHOUSE
Left-brain fanatics
geared for results

We’re ingenious problem-solvers. We listen. We analyze. We strategize to deliver on-time, off-the-charts results.

Right-Brain Maestros
wired differently

We hatch epic ideas. Dramatic designs. We’re uncanny creatives shaping mind-blowing, out-of-the-box success.

ONE STOP SHOP

FULL-SERVICE CREATIVE POWERHOUSE
Left-brain fanatics
geared for results

We’re ingenious problem-solvers. We listen. We analyze. We strategize to deliver on-time, off-the-charts results.

Right-Brain Maestros
wired differently

We hatch epic ideas. Dramatic designs. We’re uncanny creatives shaping mind-blowing, out-of-the-box success.

ONE STOP SHOP

FULL-SERVICE CREATIVE POWERHOUSE
Left-brain fanatics
geared for results

We’re ingenious problem-solvers. We listen. We analyze. We strategize to deliver on-time, off-the-charts results.

Right-Brain Maestros
wired differently

We hatch epic ideas. Dramatic designs. We’re uncanny creatives shaping mind-blowing, out-of-the-box success.

ONE STOP SHOP

FULL-SERVICE CREATIVE POWERHOUSE
Left-brain fanatics
geared for results
Ingenious problem solving
We listen. We analyze. We pave a strategic path.
Essential analytics
Every detail delivered. Perfection anticipated. Extra miles driven.
Persuasive products
On-time. On-brand. On-target. Off the charts results.
aller_webprez
Right-brain maestros
wired differently
Epic creativity
Ideas with a twist. Dramatic designs. Fresh perspectives.
Mind-blowing imagination
Some of the most on-target ideas come out-of-the-box.
Ultimate visualization
Brainstorming, all the time. We don’t stop. Because we can’t.

OUR WORK

RECENTLY CRAFTED. ARTFULLY HONED. CLIENT SATISFYING.
All
Identity
Marketing
Content
Web
Photography
Other
  • Naming & logo for new real-estate group
  • New website design & content for Aller Design Group
  • Business cards for youth activities and language program
  • Logo for College Hill, playing off books and the building shape
  • Logo & branding for Ankeny’s Uptown district & Farmers Market
  • Logo (with throwback flavor) for new youth AAU baseball team
  • Senior portraits with fresh perspectives
  • Logo combining health food and fitness
  • Writing for national Magnolia magazine
  • Naming, logo, & branding for new coffee shop
  • Logo & business card for a stand-up poet
  • Naming, logo, & branding for new specialty coffee roasters
  • Naming, logo, apparel, & branding for Sasquatch’s Heat
  • Website design & management for Faith Baptist Bible College
  • Display ad for Aller Design architectural group
  • Professional photography for Artisans in Brass
  • New yearbook approach for Faith Baptist Bible College
  • Custom booklet (design & content) for College Hill housing complex
  • Website for Uptown Ankeny
  • Digital photo restoration
  • Vehicle wrap design for Faith Baptist
  • Display ad for the Bridal Connection
  • Logo & direct-mail postcard for Clarks Summit University youth event
  • Trade-show banners for Boesen the Florist
  • Professional photography for all ages
  • Naming of the business, logo, & website for Rounded Minds
  • Logo & biz cards for chair developed by chiropractors
  • Business portrait for Elite Insurance
  • Digital renderings from blueprints or schematics
  • Website for Elite Insurance
  • Logo showing power and progression
  • Senior photography with Photoshop enhancement
  • Content for national magazines: Midwest Living, Cottage Style, etc.
  • Content for Richard Branson’s new book, Performance 360
  • Digital renderings and signage for Ingersoll Square
  • Brochure & logo for Teen Leadership Conference in Pennsylvania
  • Promotional photo for the band Goodbye Kai
  • Banner design & content for Ankeny Christian Academy
  • Logo for Teen Leadership Conference
  • Engagement photography
  • Logo to incorporate ag and industrial focus
  • Logo
  • Senior photography
  • Logo & business card for entrepreneur
  • Cohesive branding package for Saylorville Church
  • Senior photography
  • Marketing & branding for LOF-Xpress
  • Logo & business card for Maku Safe
  • Logo & business card for workforce medicine and health
  • Writing for Living the Country Life magazine
  • Naming & logo for new real-estate group
  • New website design & content for Aller Design Group
  • Business cards for youth activities and language program
  • Logo for College Hill, playing off books and the building shape
  • Logo & branding for Ankeny’s Uptown district & Farmers Market
  • Logo (with throwback flavor) for new youth AAU baseball team
  • Senior portraits with fresh perspectives
  • Logo combining health food and fitness
  • Writing for national Magnolia magazine
  • Naming, logo, & branding for new coffee shop
  • Logo & business card for a stand-up poet
  • Naming, logo, & branding for new specialty coffee roasters
  • Naming, logo, apparel, & branding for Sasquatch’s Heat
  • Website design & management for Faith Baptist Bible College
  • Display ad for Aller Design architectural group
  • Professional photography for Artisans in Brass
  • New yearbook approach for Faith Baptist Bible College
  • Custom booklet (design & content) for College Hill housing complex
  • Website for Uptown Ankeny
  • Digital photo restoration
  • Vehicle wrap design for Faith Baptist
  • Display ad for the Bridal Connection
  • Logo & direct-mail postcard for Clarks Summit University youth event
  • Trade-show banners for Boesen the Florist
  • Professional photography for all ages
  • Naming of the business, logo, & website for Rounded Minds
  • Logo & biz cards for chair developed by chiropractors
  • Business portrait for Elite Insurance
  • Digital renderings from blueprints or schematics
  • Website for Elite Insurance
  • Logo showing power and progression
  • Senior photography with Photoshop enhancement
  • Content for national magazines: Midwest Living, Cottage Style, etc.
  • Content for Richard Branson’s new book, Performance 360
  • Digital renderings and signage for Ingersoll Square
  • Brochure & logo for Teen Leadership Conference in Pennsylvania
  • Promotional photo for the band Goodbye Kai
  • Banner design & content for Ankeny Christian Academy
  • Logo for Teen Leadership Conference
  • Engagement photography
  • Logo to incorporate ag and industrial focus
  • Logo
  • Senior photography
  • Logo & business card for entrepreneur
  • Cohesive branding package for Saylorville Church
  • Senior photography
  • Marketing & branding for LOF-Xpress
  • Logo & business card for Maku Safe
  • Logo & business card for workforce medicine and health
  • Writing for Living the Country Life magazine

OUR TEAM

SAVVY, SEASONED AND COFFEE-MOTIVATED
Life is too short to remove a USB safely.
Lance Young
Owner/Creative Director

ABOUT LANCE

A love of painting (wildlife in particular) brought him into this creative field. A master of design. A visual thinker. A photoshop guru. The founder of this group prefers to wear jeans—or shorts, especially if it’s because he’s hiking, camping, scaling, or leading a group of teens on a wilderness leadership adventure. Yeah, he likes that rugged stuff. Similar to navigating the wilds of a clients’ business goals and reaching an awesome summit.

Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed.
Lauren Young
Graphic Artist & Web Designer

ABOUT LAUREN

Graphic design prowess. A mastermind of white space, navigation, and responsive design. An uber organizer. Those things, sure. But our resident web-spert also likes: Natural living. Country music. Clean floors. Fitness. Camping (sans spiders). Dark coffee. Cozy socks. Ice cream. Cinematography. And… baby elephants? Yep. So there’s all that. Just like a website, lots of uniques. Lots of points of interest. And she knows how to make it all click.

A writer is working when he’s staring out the window.
Greg Philby
Marketing & Content Director

ABOUT GREG

After dozens of years in the national media and brand journalism industry, he still has words he hasn’t used. And he writes books for fun, for goodness sake! He’s earned numerous content awards and kudos, but doesn’t remember where he put them. Loves creative wanderings, but strays into left-brain territory too: human behavior, analysis, and strategy. Related to Longfellow, but more akin to Twain. Plays guitar in the key of howling dog. Pitch-perfect with marketing, though!

With great power comes great electricity bills.
Janet Schrock
Office Manager

ABOUT JANET

Our official aficionado of all things dough. Pays bills, manages the office, handles clients’ accounts—and bakes a mean cookie. Don’t believe us? Try her specialty: monster cookies. Assuming you get to them before the grandkids. Why do you think we have a full kitchen in our new studio? Yeah, we’re strategic… Whether it’s crunching numbers, deadlines, QuickBooks, or cookies

READY. SET. GROW

CONTACT US AND LET'S GET STARTED!
ADDRESS
315 SW MAPLE STREET, SUITE C
ANKENY, IA
PHONE
515-724-7489
E-MAIL
CONTACT@HIGHERROCKCREATIVE.COM