r.vH design is a boutique graphic design firm that is focused solely on the food and drink category. This specialization has given us a wealth of knowledge both of the industry itself as well as the consumers and targeted clientele. We work with startups as well as rebranding existing companies, all with the focus to create a better dining experience and help our clients achieve a strong return on investment. Although we are narrow in terms of the industry we work with, we are broad in the capabilities we offer to our clients. Specifically, we do identity, packaging, menus, web, print collateral, naming, signage, and brand strategy. We have a network of collaborators and vendors who we partner with to appropriately take on each project and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of production. Our designs are evocative and unique and have proven to enhance the businesses to which they are attached.
Robert van Horne is principal and founder of r.vH design. His family has a long standing history in agriculture, starting in 1875 when his ancestor Sherman Stow planted 3,000 lemon trees in Goleta in what is considered the first commercial lemon orchard in California. The family continues to grow lemons and avocados on the same piece of land. Robert grew up in Santa Barbara, Goleta’s neighbor to the south, and worked throughout his childhood in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2000. He later went back to school at California College of the Arts to study graphic design and in 2007, took a job with professor Tom Ingalls. It was at Ingalls Design that Robert was mentored in the design of food, wine, and spirits. Robert started his own studio in 2009, taking his knowledge and passion for food and coupling it with his literary and visual design education background to create the eponymous r.vH design.
Working with us
r.vH works with clients in different ways depending on the project, budget, and over-all timing. We most often set up a proposal for a project based on the pieces being designed and our estimation of time that will be spent on the project. We do some hourly work but mostly for smaller projects for our ongoing clients. We do some venture based design work as well but only in the rare case. In general, once we understand the scope of the project we are better suited to finding a working relationship that is mutually beneficial.
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