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Yellowtail Residences

Nestled in the heart of Big Sky, Montana, are the Yellowtail Residences. From their location, right next to the Big Sky Golf Course & Nordic Center, to all the fixtures, every aspect of the Residences has been intentionally designed. This includes their community-centric approach when it comes to ensuring surrounding mountains are visible and developing housing solutions for the "missing middle" of Big Sky. 

The Yellowtail team came to Hardy to create a brand that would connect with their unique audience and then for help interpreting the strategy through brand execution. Through our brand strategy process, we identified that their potential buyers do not view Big Sky as only a travel destination, but a community they want to be a part of. By uniting their brand strategy with elevated visual elements, we created a brand that feels true to what Big Sky is now and where it is going in the next ten years.  

Scroll on to explore how we developed their brand and brought it to life.


Brand Strategy
Brand Identity
Brand Execution


Big Sky, Montana



The Yellowtail team is positioned with tools such as sales materials, advertising placements, and a website accompanied by a well-designed showroom to help sell the Residences.

Riverhouse event photography showing a couple eating BBQ togetherRiverhouse homepage mockup on an ipadRiverhouse Montana drivers license branded artwork with logo seal
three versions of the Security Title Co logo side-by-side
An image showing several of Security Title Co's brand book pages
Security Title Co merchandise and business set design
Image with the headline "we eliminate risk" above an illustration of two people putting items into a giant safeAn image of a mother and child with the Security Title Co logo in the corner

Several existing communities in Big Sky cater to Yellowtail's niche clientele. The brand needed to feel familiar yet different from the existing communities while catering to their target market and not alienating the greater Big Sky community. 


Develop a brand that will attract affluent individuals and families that value community and put a premium on lifestyle.


By drawing inspiration from art deco motifs in things like their iconic pattern combined with photography that emphasizes the invested and elevated nature of the brand, Yellowtail’s brand feels right at home in Big Sky.

Brand Launch

Hardy facilitated a multi-phase brand launch that considered everything from employee-owner training to the ‘why pay more’ signs. The first step was to train all leadership staff on the new strategy. By providing consistent language, their leadership team has the tools to communicate the brand to all employee-owners and customers, utilize it in hiring, and lean on it for business decisions. To support the high level of service T&C is known for, we created talking points, rack cards, and tools that empower employee-owners to answer questions customers may have.


The Bridger Brewing team wanted to be prepared to can and distribute its beer after opening its second location. AMS partnered with Bridger Brewing for packaging design concepts. The first step in the packaging process involved a strategy session in which the unique identity of each beer was explored and dissected. Several concepts were then sketched out. Once a concept was selected for each beer, custom illustrations were created for cans and boxes. The result is a full lineup of beers, each with its own design that is unique while still clearly a member of the Bridger Brewing brand.

Reason no. 8

The longest line you’ll see comes from a reel.

reason no. 12

Big ideas are best discussed on the back of a pickup.

Custom icon set done for the Riverhouse brand
Riverhouse BBQ food photography showing a BBQ sandwich and fries
low-contrast Riverhouse logo on blue backgroundRiverhouse BBQ menu designslow-contrast Riverhouse logo on brown background
examples of Security Title Co's website pages
Gif of various custom illustrations done for the Security Title Co brandA grid of the Security Title Co team members at community eventsCustom icon set done for Security Title Co
Our approach is to seek out the best people and businesses to help create the best and most desirable offerings within the confines of the perfect value proposition. In starting our search for a branding partner we quickly discovered Hardy Brands is the gold standard. We were pleased to then discover that Hardy Brands offers the perfect value proposition. We have been delighted by the Hardy Brands team in that they have fulfilled their commitments to us in-full, on-time and consistently exceeds our expectations.
Kenny Holtz
Managing Partner, Yellowtail Residences
Photo of riverhouse meat with tagline "It's a Smokin' Good Time" overlaid
An illustration of two people in front of a For Sale sign next to Security Title Co's tagline Grounded in Montana Rooted in Community

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