CDA created compelling infographics for longtime client partner Next 10, a San Francisco think tank. We brought their Green Innovation Index to life which focuses on key intersections between the economy, environment, and quality of life for all Californians. - Enjoy these studio highlights from 2017! We’re thankful for a year of incredible growth #chendesign

We’ve had the honor of branding a number of international projects this year from innovative education to luxury beauty products to eco-travel. Here's a sneak peek of the identity and packaging we created for a coffee roaster and producer in the Philippines. - Enjoy these studio highlights from 2017! We’re thankful for a year of incredible growth #chendesign

We hope you enjoyed our #GratitudeGivesRiseTo series in collaboration with @fullcirclepress! In the continued spirit of gratitude, we’ll be giving away three sets of these eight letterpressed, limited-edition cards. Enter for a chance to win by following us and commenting below with your own response to what #GratitudeGivesRiseTo. Contest ends 12/3, at midnight PST.

“I believe that having an open mind can help pave the way for peace, love, and happiness. I represented my ideals and passions, like keeping the earth a clean and happy place, where peace, positivity (and my cat!) can blossom.”—Bernee Briones, CDA designer - #GratitudeGivesRiseTo openness.

“Giving thanks. Giving. Receiving. Taking and receiving… From one person to the next. From one generation to the next. Reciprocation. Reflection. Looking back. Paying it forward.” —Kim Low, CDA designer - #GratitudeGivesRiseTo generosity.

“In the relentless negativity that reigns in the 2017 political landscape, my son continues to be a bright spot of innocence, joy, and wonder. I wanted to capture his sweet spirit and our special bond.” —Kelly Wahlstrom, CDA designer - #GratitudeGivesRiseTo joy.

“I was inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day. It’s a twist on the adage, ‘stop and smell the roses’ that ends with a challenge.”—Keely Reyes - #GratitudeGivesRiseTo action.

Whatever situation we find ourselves in, there is always something to be thankful for. - Enjoy this glimpse of our upcoming series #GratitudeGivesRivesTo and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at CDA!

Support those devastated by the North Bay fires and attend the @ChefsGiving Gala this Sunday, November 19th, 2017. . The #ChefsGiving Gala features: - 200 wines from around the world - 10 great bars from top San Francisco bartenders - Small bites from more than a dozen eateries in the @sfferrybuilding - A full room of cheese with 10 artisanal cheeses paired with wines - Incredible live auction lots, including an instant 100 Bottle Wine Cellar; "Dinner for a Year" with 52 Bay Area Restaurant Gift Certificates; a two-night trip to Las Vegas; and more. . Grab your ticket to this once-in-a-lifetime tasting event before they sell out! Tickets are 100% tax deductible. Ticket link in bio.

Last week, we had our first ever #CDARetreat up in Grass Valley. We got to experience the hospitality and magic of @fullcirclepress, get our creativity flowing thanks to @erikmarinovich, and dream big for where CDA is headed in 2018 and beyond. More photos to come!

Recovery after the Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino fires is a long-term effort, but it's been heartening to see communities near and far come together to help. We donated our time to design the brand identity and assets for @chefsgiving, a weeklong fundraiser with more than 100 restaurants in the Bay Area committing to raising $1 million for fire relief. Check out their page for more info on how you can support!

It's all about the thoughtful details at @wydownhotel. Check out the full case study of our work with Wydown Hotel on our website—the link is in our profile!

A team outing to @oakland_cm featuring Yoshie Akiba was the perfect way to end the week. We learned about founder Yoshie's personal history, as well as how Bay Area institution @yoshis_oak came to be. Our studio was fortunate to do re-branding work for Yoshi's Oakland, while also branding the San Francisco location back when it was first opening. We fused the cut-paper aesthetic of a classic jazz album cover with Japanese symbology and textiles to create a sophisticated, unique visual toolbox. - #chendesignvault, 2007

We're currently looking for a graphic designer, senior web designer, and studio coordinator to join our growing team. Check out the positions on our website and get in touch at

Our hearts go out to our friends, families, clients, and all those affected by the North Bay fires. We are looking for ways to help, and starting by donating to relief efforts in Napa and Sonoma county.

Sneak peek of our tasty shoot with @ashateahouse. We're excited to share more work from this project soon. #chendesign

Many thanks to our neighbors @itaniramen for a delicious team lunch today! 23 bowls of ramen = 23 happy and full bellies. #slurpsohard

On International Day of Peace, we're giving away two copies of Peace: 100 Ideas. This book provides ideas for peace that are about ways of being, working, and connecting with the world, and are ideas that all of us can put into practice. To enter for a chance to win, tag as many friends as you'd like in separate comments below and be sure to be following us. Contest ends Sunday, 9/24 at midnight PST. #chendesign

We're looking for a stellar Senior Web Designer to join our team! Email us at with your portfolio or tag a friend who might be interested.

We're excited to begin a new series where we'll be digging up projects from CDA's storied past and sharing them here, which we're calling #chendesignvault. Why the word vault? We'll get to that soon, but first we want to share our work for @juniperridge. CDA re-imagined the Juniper Ridge brand and packaging for its line of wild fragrance products, printed collateral and retail website. We helped them tell their distinct story authentically and simply to resonate with their savvy clientele and express a mutual love of the outdoors. - #chendesignvault, 2012

Turns out you don't need special glasses to watch the #solareclipse when the forecast is cloudy with an extra side of fog, but they do make for a great team photo op!

Peace: 100 Ideas emerged out of a desire to be responsible with the messages delivered through the medium of design. We are revisiting its pages in the midst of turmoil in our current political climate. We hope these ideas help examine how we act on behalf of peace in our own lives, and where there is room for improvement. - #chendesignvault, 2004

Emigre is a digital foundry started in 1984 in Berkeley, and our Interactive Director @bconery accumulated quite the collection and brought books into the office to share with us. The formats of the books changed numerous times over its 69 issues, with the last six ending as small paperback books. Check out our Story for more typeface inspiration!

Come on in and discover what we can create for you. #chendesign

The Laurel Inn is a boutique hotel in the charming Pacific Heights neighborhood in SF with strong mid-century modern sensibilities. We had the opportunity to build a new brand identity system, which included exploring and creating custom typography for the logo. Read through our lead designer's thoughts behind the concept below and swipe left to see more photos! - "I wanted to create something quiet and refined, elegant and practical. Instead of scrapping the previous mark concept (a laurel), I thought it would be nice to simplify the icon to something more symbolic, less illustrative. In contrast to the organic mark, the letters are angular (referring to the exterior) and funky — the contrast of the letters flares in a way that alludes to common shapes in mid-century culture."—@yehoshuawhite #chendesign

Can't beat the view from today's office.

We recently finished a collaboration with the passionate folks at @ashateahouse. This is a selection of icons designed to help differentiate tea types across packaging and signage—swipe left to see which icon stands for which tea. #ChenDesign

Want an in-depth look at one of our designer's creative process? @kimberlylow is currently crafting a cover for our client @samuelmerrittu’s Report to the Community—she started with a digital mockup and is now building the cover in paper by hand using a xacto knife, bookbinding glue, and tape. The theme for this year's report is the “dimensionality of who we serve and the human interactivity of community, teaching, technology,” so Kim chose paper as a medium to convey dimensionality, depth, and texture in a way that a flat illustration can't. Stay tuned to see the final cover and product of Kim's hard work! #ChenDesign

@stephencurry30 calls out his #chendesign fans on @warriors parade day! 🎉🎉🎉 "Club level" viewing + double decker bus = perfect eye contact. #gowarriors

Many thanks to our community for supporting and following us. Here’s to the creative journey ahead!

We’re looking for two designers (one print + one digital) to join our growing team! Are you the right fit? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at with links to your portfolio or tag a friend who might be interested.

Yes way, Rosé, especially to @redcarwine’s delectable 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir. #chendesign #nationalroséday

We had a blast at #AuctionNapa last weekend. Highlights included frenzied bidding for out-of-this-world lot offerings from our clients @freemarkabbey, @cliffamily, and other top Napa wineries, and a surreal evening at Raymond Vineyards hosted by the legendary Jean-Charles Boisset. It was our honor to brand this year's auction and work with the team at @napavintners and @inglenook1879—$15.7M was raised for local charities! Photography by @briana_marie.

The #ChenDesign library nook—where we have impromptu team huddles, find inspiration on the shelves, and take in the best view of the Fox Theater marquee.

We're here at @napavintners' #AuctionNapa and excited to see our design work in action while enjoying some delicious wine. Perhaps we'll even get a glimpse of the Coppola family, the honorary co-chairs this year! Follow along our Story for more 🍷

Shelves are looking pretty spiffy at the office.

It's #NationalWineDay and we're taking time to appreciate some of our clients in the California wine industry. Swipe left to view print, identity, packaging and website design for @napavintners' #AuctionNapa, @redcarwine, @cliffamily and @freemarkabbey.

Part of the creative process at #ChenDesign: sketching out our vision of the perfect product shot with trusty pencils and paper.

Finally out in the wild: @venusspirits' special release vodka! We designed the packaging back in 2014, and can't wait to see it in person at their distillery in Santa Cruz. 📷: @venusspirits

Slowly but surely unpacking and getting settled at our new-ish office.