We’re a branding and digital marketing agency helping only A/E/C firms attract clients and talent.

Our Short Story

100% Focus on A/E/C

By specializing in your industry, we feel your pain. Our narrow focus provides insight on how your firm compares to your peers and best practices.

    

You won’t have to waste time teaching us about your industry because we’ve helped lead it since 1995.

Senior Experts Only

All we have is an elite team of seasoned professionals. There’s no bait-and-switch handoff to junior staff doing the work.

       

Staying small allows us to be selective and focused on a few projects at a time. Our proven alliances with senior consultants ensure top-notch, reliable creative output.

You’ll Enjoy the Process    

We’re committed to making our work together fun. You’ll appreciate our efficiency and love of sharing best practices for project management. Clients tell us we communicate well—listening closely, while challenging long-held assumptions.

Services

Strategy

Discovery & Recommendations
Marketing Audit
Marketing Planning
Brand Strategy
Purpose / Vision
Core Values
Positioning & Personality

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Branding

Brand Audit
Positioning
Messaging
Naming
Logo Design
Brand Touchpoints
Print Design
Experience Design
Brand Management

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Web & Digital

Website Design
Content Marketing
Email Marketing
Podcast Consulting
Social Media Strategy
Slide Deck Design
Video

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A Longer Story

By David Lecours, Principal

When I launched LecoursDesign in 1995, we were like most start-ups—no clearly defined brand positioning. I would soon discover this was a mistake.

In 1998, KAA Design, a prominent Los Angeles architecture firm, hired us to update its brand identity. Building on our success, we created nearly all of the firm’s marketing communications materials over the next five years. This included branding a new KAA division focused on brand experience. Unfortunately, because our firms now offered similar services, we were informed that our services were no longer needed.

As you probably know, losing a great client is hard. The work we created together was intellectually challenging, fun, creative and financially rewarding. The loss was even more painful because the leaders at KAA had also become my friends. But through the experience, I learned an important lesson: if my firm could so easily be replaced by a new in-house branding division, we were simply a commodity.

Over the next 10 years, I made a deliberate choice to deepen my expertise in the architecture/engineering/construction (A/E/C) industry. That included serving as a board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and achieving my Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) professional designation. By writing and speaking about A/E/C branding and digital marketing, I got smarter. And through sharing my expertise, LecoursDesign now had a compelling brand positioning.

Receiving this phone call was so validating. When Grant and I worked together previously, my firm was unfocused and essentially a commodity. Now I’d positioned LecoursDesign as an expert, and had shared that expertise in an email that inspired him to call. This call led to a new consulting project where we were the only firm considered for the assignment.

In 2013, after not working together for a decade, I received an unexpected call from Grant Kirkpatrick, the CEO of KAA Design. He had just received one of our regular advice emails. “I get a lot of email newsletters from vendors, and I mostly unsubscribe because the content is all about them,” he said. “But I’ve read yours through the years because they are thoughtful, helpful and I like your voice. We’re going through some big changes here and I’d like to discuss using your voice to help us express ours.”

The Lessons of This Story

  1. Decide where to position your firm in a crowded market
  2. Continually build, share, and archive your expertise
  3. Create emotional connection through creativity, story and experiences

Our Guiding Principles

Continually Evolve

Humans, firms, and marketing are never done and never perfect. We love improving our craft by learning from clients, courses, books, podcasts, and all forms of personal development. Small, incremental improvements done consistently compound into big results.

Advocate Fiercely for the End User

You aren’t our real client. We prefer to fiercely advocate for your communities and employees­—current and future. They’re the real users you need to attract via your branding, website and entire experience.

Surprise and Delight

We use design, writing, beauty and wit to help you stand out and make your story stick. We get hired for our empathy and creative sensibility. So, we aren’t shy in sharing our expertise about what will move your audience.

Input = Output

We nourish ourselves well in order to create well. This means living an interesting and integrated life. We passionately pursue passions away from the computer. Things like skateboarding, succulents, surfing, pickleball, yoga, hiking, sleep, meditation, farm-to-fork restaurants, travel, and reading all inspire unexpected creativity.

Communicate Clearly and Simply

Enough said.

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LecoursDesign is a branding and digital marketing agency helping A/E/C* firms attract clients and talent.
* A/E/C = Architecture / Engineering Construction (but you already knew that)
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