...design for the greater good, to connect
people and place, to craft meaningful
messages and memorable experiences.
...design instigates positive change
when rooted in the stories of people and place.
...changing the future,
one cartoon at a time.
...developing the media, the aesthetic & the delivery of a message to ensure it reaches & resonates with the target audience
...creating physical designs and plans that enhance the experience of a place
Colorado Heritage Tourism:
We’ve got wanderlust. We love a good road trip. We believe the road is richer when the stories of CO’s history, natural wonders, and culture are unveiled.
Our Tourism Projects across the great state of CO:
- Denver Story Trek
- San Luis Valley Heritage Tourism Travel Itineraries & Brochure
- Northern Colorado Heritage Tourism Plan
- Northwest Colorado Cultural Tourism Plan
- South Park Heritage Tourism Site Planning
- Sangre de Christo and South Park National Heritage Area Feasibility Studies
- John W. Rawlings Heritage Center
Website design, brochure and map design, interpretive panels, travel itineraries, exhibit design, community engagement
Cache La Poudre National Heritage Area:
They say in the West that whiskey’s for drinking and water’s for fighting... We agree! Western water is precious and a story worth telling.
Interpretive master plan, marketing strategies
Mt Hood National Scenic Byway:
Known as Wy’east to the Multinomah tribe, one of the countries most beautiful and massive peaks holds stories of adventure, beauty, and terrible tragedy.
Comprehensive interpretive plan, design guidelines, prototypical kiosk, restroom, sign and monument design
Connecting East to West by rail, this tunnel was the first bore through the Continental Divide.
Interpretive structure and exhibit design, historic research, content development
Impact Finance Center:
“Impact” –generating a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact—is all the rage these days and “impact investing” is one great way to bring it about.
Animated explainer video
BLM - Guidelines for a Quality Built Environment:
The Bureau of Land Management manages an eighth of the total area of the United States. The Guidelines for a Quality Built Environment (GQBE) take an important first step to foster a strong culture of design within the agency and to help ensure that the facilities on our nation’s public lands are sustainable, attractive, functional, and cost-effective.
Illustration, graphic design, design consulting, document layout
City of Broomfield Open Space:
There’s nothin’ like some good ‘ole place making to help our local communities.
Park design, environmental graphic design, wayfinding, kiosk design, interpretive design
Gateway National Recreation Area:
[the challenge] How can the National Park Service make nature appealing to NYC kids and their families and get more folks outside and recreating?
- General management plan
- Nature play and recreation planning
- Stakeholder engagement
- Park promotion strategies
Broadway In Motion:
Broadway’s more than a main drag in Boulder, it’s a corridor with a story to tell.
Research and interpretive design. Glass panel interpretive design at bus shelters, cast interpretive footprints, bike and trolley tracks in the concrete.
Don't Feed The Wildlife!
Love me, don’t feed me! Feeding wildlife hurts the animals you love.
Campaign including animated public service announcements to educate people about the harm caused by wildlife feeding in the city of Aurora and Arapahoe County.
Mexican Canyon Trestle:
Hear that? It’s the ghost of “the cloud-climbing railroad” ascending 26 miles and 4,000 feet into the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico.
Site planning, trail design, interpretive structure design, cantilevered viewing platform design, interpretive structure design, interpretive media design including panels, a terrain model and a sound mechanism.
US Forest Service Framework for Sustainable Recreation:
We helped the USDA Forest Service develop a new look for its new approach to outdoor recreation and tourism.
National Wildlife Refuges:
This is where the wild things are… We make sure the habitat requirements of the critters are addressed and that visitors find opportunities to connect with the land and delight in nature’s wonders.
The many National Wildlife Refuges, we’ve assisted:
- Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
- Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Complex
- San Luis Valley National NWR
- Long Lake NWR
- Medicine Lake NWR
- Kirwin NWR
- Souris Loop NWR Complex
- Rocky Flats NWR
Comprehensive Conservation Plans. Conservation and recreation planning, facilitation and stakeholder engagement
Plains Conservation Center:
The Plains Conservation Center (PCC) is an outdoor education facility and state-designated natural area that tirelessly works to preserve the eastern Colorado High Plains in a sea of unchecked development. We master planned their 10,000 acre West Bijou property—a rich and complex site with a bison herd, wildlife management, historic homesteads, ongoing scientific research, archaeology, and a really nice little piece of the K-T Boundary.
Comprehensive master plan, mapping, historic research, trail and feature design, interpretive exhibit center planning, project budgeting and implementation planning
The development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean energy technologies will have long-term benefits. It’s true. And, we support companies like Namasté Solar that are working to bring renewable energy to the people.
Worked with JME Productions to create promotional video, motion graphics
These wind-swept seas of grass and wildflowers—four million acres in all—have witnessed the pageant of the frontier, the Dust Bowl, and the dramatic recovery into a great national treasure.
Interpretive master plan for all 20 National Grasslands and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, branding and logo development, exhibit design for the National Grasslands Visitor Center
Grand Canyon National Park:
Whether you know it as Ongtupqa (Hopi), Wi:kaʼi:la (Yavapai), or the Grand Canyon (English), it is one of the most impressive geological features on planet Earth.
Site planning at Yavapai Lodges, branding, environmental graphics, signs and wayfinding design
Statue of Liberty:
Lady Liberty beckons, come and get some!
- Creative interpretation and site planning to show visitors frustration by long lines a good time on Liberty Island
- Development of an Interpretive Guide for Liberty Island
- Post 9/11 planning for new security measures
- Historic Preservation
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda:
Doing our part to conserve one of the most beautiful places in central Africa.
Conceptual master plan, concept design sketches
Ever wonder what’s in your gut? Ever wonder how your diet or simple lifestyle changes may have dramatic impact on your gut and overall health? Well, trillions of microbes living on and in our bodies are changing both the way we think about health and disease and even how we define Self.
Production of educational video on ground-breaking gut microbe research
US Forest Service Volunteer Program:
Nature Needs You!
Promotional campaign for the US Forest Service Volunteer Program, print media design
These social entrepreneurs mix strategy with technology to assist do-gooders around the world.
San Luis Valley:
This Colorado valley sports a whole lot of top-notch recreation. We’re helping make it even better and working with the San Luis Valley Great Outdoors Coalition to spread the word about all there is to do and see in the SLV.
Recreation planning, branding and promotional strategies, logo design, social media campaign, stakeholder engagement
Cutting-edge, online learning is changing the game!
Red Rock Canyon:
Need a haven from the Vegas strip? Check out the trails at the nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
System-wide interpretive plan and exhibit design concepts, trail system design.
Legacy of the Plains Museum:
Mix the largest collection of farm equipment you’ve ever seen with long horns, log cabins, crazy quilts and Georgia Arbuckle and you’ve got the Legacy of the Plains.
Site plan for 100 acre museum site, outdoor exhibits and childrens play area design, museum exhibit design, web design
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado:
Steward the land. Just do it! Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) will help.
Campaign to help VOC inspire the next generation of stewards, print media, digital media, video, social media.
City of Conifer:
More recreation. Neato!
Community engagement. Trail and recreation planning. Website design. Tourism marketing strategies
Where Boulder Residents go to play. Send it!
Park master plan; bike park, trail and recreation planning.
Yellowstone National Park
Some think historic preservation is dullsville. We beg to differ. The early National Park Service designers were swell and the craftsmanship of the CCC boys at Yellowstone is amazing.
- Old Faithful Site Planning
- Cultural Landscape Inventories for Artist Point, Old Faithful, Lake Hotel, Roosevelt Lodge, Fish Hatchery, and Northeast Entrance
- Tracing historic trails through boiling mud pots and spouting geysers
From the neighborhood 5k to world-class marathons, the industry runs on ChronoTrack. Get out there and get moving!
*concept by angrybovine.com
Owner / Producer
Owner / Creative Director
Owner / Producer
Who she is:
• a stickler for the mean execution of creative work that warrants high fives all around
• a sucker for the U.S. of A's public lands and dedicated to the challenge of conserving, celebrating and connecting people to these lands and their stories
• fired up about the power of design and the use of multiple media platforms to share, provoke and stir positive change
• patient/crafty enough for facilitation and helping groups understand their common objectives and chart out implementation strategies
• a Leadville 100 belt buckle winner... BOOM!
• the gal who coworkers ask: so... do we still get flag day off?
• B.A. in Sociology from Middlebury College
• Masters in Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan
• Registered Landscape Architect / LEED AP / Certified Interpretive Planner
Owner / Creative Director
Who he is:
• the guy who can verbally and visually illustrate the design ideas that get clients excited to take the leap into uncharted territory
• a designer of landscapes, architectural features, exhibits, & media – a self-proclaimed "kioskitect"
• a large-scale land planner and resource management consultant who gives a damn
• the developer of our design vocabulary here at Root House – aimed at infusing creative design with important cultural and ecological stories
• in charge of striking the office gong
• a natural synthesizer who can create a vision from a stream of apparently random concepts
• a builder of his very own mountain cabin in Colorado & mud hut in eastern Senegal
• the guy who coworkers ask: so... happy hour?
• B.A. in Anthropology & Fine Arts from The University of the South (Sewanee)
• Masters in Landscape Architecture from The University of Georgia.
• LEED AP
• Watson Fellow (Ireland, Switzerland, Senegal, & Guadeloupe)
Who he is:
• bringer of the steez in the Root House
• a nimble designer from print, to web, and video design
• the fresh perspective on how design can be used in new ways to tell stories
• inspired by the challenge of communicating fresh ideas to new audiences
• is a student of the internet, constantly researching and monitoring the rapidly evolving design world
• a web design aficionado
• the guy who coworkers ask: so... how do I open this PDF?
• B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado Boulder
• Root House Studio Certified Master of Adobe Suite
• musician who performs live music all over Colorado, under multiple monikers
Who he is:
• a recreation planner and landscape architect in the American West, Bob considers himself a lucky dawg.
• combines the world's most awe inspiring and diverse landscapes with an amazing array of outdoor activities and pursuits, then mixes in a lot of passion for all of it and BAM! You've got Bob.
• designs parks and trails that facilitate enjoyment of the outdoors and build greater connections between people and the natural environment.
• when he's not balancing recreation and conservation, you may find Bob building a Farm Tub, whipping up a delicious pedal-powered smoothie, or delivering sustainably caught fish from the Puget Sound. #RenaissanceMan
• the guy who coworkers ask: so... hit the trails at lunch?
• Masters in Architecture in Urban Design from The University of Colorado
• Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
• Registered Landscape Architect
Who he is:
• user of a mouse, phone, and all things Adobe to keep things fired-up at Root House. A musician at birth and a multimedia designer, Perry is wired for creativity and making sure clients are tickled pink
• a producer of online multimedia marketing content such as websites, animation, music
• a powerhouse animator who can take a concept from storyboard to the big screen in a flash
• student of topo maps of Colorado for lesser-known mountain bike single-track
• a midi geek who rocked a synth band through college
• the guy who coworkers ask: so... what are you, some kinda...?
• Masters in Experiential Education and then worked as a youth instructor for several organizations including Outward Bound and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America
• produced, wrote, animated, edited, scored and created voices for a 36-minute award-winning Flash animation: www.thefruition.com
• loves watching his 4 and 8 year old daughters dance, play, and sing
Who she is:
• along with a hot cup of green tea, Hoogie brings a passion for graphic arts and interpretive media to the Root House.
• a design ninja of sorts, Katy searches out the balance between trends and timeless designs and adds spice with healthy doses of creativity and innovation
• life inspires design, & design inspires Miss Katy.
• born and raised in New Orleans [who dat?]
• the guy who coworkers ask: so... what cleanse is in this week?
• MLA from University of Arizona
We live at the Impact HUB in Boulder, CO.
Root House Studio
1877 Broadway #100,
Boulder, CO 80302
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