A penny for our thoughts?

Kansas City or Bust


BBQ, Country Club Plaza, Power & Light District, Worlds of Fun, The Royals, The Chiefs and PDG+creative.  Just a few of the places that come to mind when you think about Kansas City, MO.  

Wait!?!   PDG+creative is in KC?  When did that happen?

I know, right?!?  Like you, when I found out about PDG expanding to Kansas City, I had many questions, so I sent said questions to PDG Owner, Andrew Oleson and as they say in the media world, here's the scoop...
What made you decide to open a branch office?

  Growth.  Both in terms of of clients and team culture.

Why Kansas City?

Through a few acquaintences I have had the pleasure of making some great connections in KC.  Most recently I was asked to help with the marketing for Rise Fast,  which is a conference that teaches millennials how to grow within their company by bringing value to the place they work.  On top of that, the market in KC is just absolutely exploding.  There are new start ups every day and we have the opportunity to help them grow.  

When is your official start date in KC?

Our soft opening was August 15 and our official opening is set for September 15.  

Do you already have clients in that area?

Yes!  They are definitely a big part of our ability to grow in KC by helping us spread our established reputation through introductions and word of mouth.  Honestly, it's been a bit like a bigger Bartlesville.  The people are very warm - it's refreshing!

Do you plan to hire staff in KC?

Yes.  For sure a couple of sales/account manager positions.  However, our main focus will be to increase our staff in Bartlesville to handle the majority of the workload.

How often do you see yourself going to KC?

At the get go, once a month.  As traffic increases I will need to devote more time there.  

What can we continue to expect from PDG?

This last year has been the most transformative since I began my role in leadership at PDG.  We've completely changed our approach to the way we engage with our clients.  All Access has given us the ability to serve clients in ways we never thought possible.  We will continue to excel and grow.  We are definitely far from perfect, but each day we are presented with challenges and opportunites to learn new lessons and exceed expectations.

Well, there you have it.  After 20+ years in Bartlesville, OK, PDG+creative has expanded its walls to Kansas City, MO!  Stay tuned for more updates as we settle in and don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you might have.  On September 15th, check out the relaunch of our website and find out more about PDG+creative!  Don't forget to keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook as we begin our journey in KC!  Go Royals!  Go Chiefs!  Go PDG+creative!

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PDG+ Operation Christmas


Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.  - Unknown

"Maybe Christmas", he thought, "doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!" - The Grinch

Christmas 2016 is a mere 6 days away and many of us have finished our shopping and are settling in and readying ourselves for the onslaught of travel, food, relatives, football, more food, presents and, hopefully, fun.  We have our traditions to follow which typically include our favorite food, games and sometimes even down to particular stocking stuffers.  In our family it is tradition to attend the Christmas Eve service at our church, then go home and open gifts from each other.  On Christmas morning we anticipate waking up to whatever Santa has left under our tree and in our stockings, enjoy some breakfast and then settle down to a football game on the TV with the smells of Christmas dinner wafting through the house.  Other families have their own traditions and we all tend to pass them down through the generations.  

Unfortunately, sometimes our traditions come to a screeching halt.  For the residents at the Lighthouse Outreach Center in Bartlesville, the traditions they grew up with probably will not take place this year.  For whatever reason, they find themselves away from home and family and will be spending Christmas with new acquaintences at The Lighthouse.  This Christmas the team at PDG made the decision to spend a morning cooking and serving lunch for these folks as part of our team Christmas event.  Once lunch had been served, we took the opportunity to sit down and visit with several of them.  Their stories aren't that different from our own, life just threw them a hardball and they are spending some time at a Christian based shelter who chooses to be a beacon in the dark and bring light to those in need.  in fact their mantra since opening in 1992 has been "Helping the Least, the Lost and the Lonely".  This message continues today under the leadership of Pastor Errol Hada, who has been serving as Director since 2013.  

I could regurgitate some rhetoric here about how spending time at The Lighthouse helped me see how fortunate I am and how much more I appreciate where I am in life, opposed to what we saw and heard from the Lighthouse residents.  While that does hold some truth, I also want you to know that not one person there whined or lamented on where they are in life, but rather sat and visited with us telling us stories of where they have been and sometimes what brought them to where they are in life. They expressed thanks to us many times for the meal we prepared and served to them.  They helped set the tables, helped clean up afterward and insisted on helping carry in the groceries when we arrived.  One of them using a crutch, but still managing to carry a few bags and came back for more.  They are thankful for where they are.  They are thankful for being taken in and provided 3 meals a day and a warm bed to sleep in.  They are thankful for a place to do laundry and clothes to wash.  They are thankful.  So what did I take away from our few hours spent at The Lighthouse?  I learned that I take too much for granted.  That I complain too much and I need nothing.  I learned how blessed we are as a community to have this ministry available to those who need it and I was reminded that we should look beyond ourselves this Christmas and find someone to talk to who is truly thankful for where they are in life - even if the world sees things differently.

Be more than thankful this Christmas -  Be aware of those around you and be reminded that to keep Christ in Christmas we need to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty and welcome the unwanted.  

To donate or for other ways you can help support The Lightouse, visit their website.

Merry Christmas from PDG+creative!

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​PDG+creative Wins Awards for Work Created with OKWU


BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma – During their 2012 ADDY® award ceremonies, the Tulsa Advertising Federation recognized local creative firm PDG+creative with two ADDY® awards and one Citation of Excellence for work they created in partnership with Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

The annual ADDY® Awards represents the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world. The awards are the largest creative competition in the country with about 55,000 local entries competing in 200 cities coast to coast. PDG+creative’s winning entries will now advance on to the regional level competition.

The winning entries included publication design for OKWU’s TOWER magazine, OKWU’s admission marketing brochure collateral, and a magazine print ad campaign.

“It is always nice for our team’s creative to be recognized in this way,” says Matt Pendergraff, PDG+creative Executive Creative Director/Principal and OKWU alumni. “We have a fantastic partnership with the university and we share a common vision. That allows us to be able to create targeted collateral that gets results for them.” 

In the last 20 years, PDG+creative has earned numerous ADDY® awards and Citation of Excellence awards, including Best of Show. They have also been recognized multiple times by Graphic Design USA, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. Their award-winning work has included identity systems, non-profit collateral, event collateral, interactive development and direct marketing, among others.

PDG+creative fulfills a variety of marketing and design needs for local, regional, national and international clientele who demand innovative solutions. To learn more about PDG+creative and their marketing and design solutions, visit their website at The firm can also be reached by calling 918.337.0414. PDG+creative operates in Bartlesville’s historic Pioneer Building at 319 S. Dewey, Suite 200. Permalink to Post »

​PDG+creative Celebrates 20 Years with Company Rebrand


Bartlesville, Oklahoma – February 13, 2013 – In February 2013, local design agency PDG+creative celebrates 20 years in business, and to honor the occasion, they’re relaunching the company’s brand, to include an all-new iteration of their iconic logo.
PDG+creative is a Bartlesville-based design agency, whose team of nine operates from a 4,000-square-foot commercial space downtown in the historic Pioneer building. Combined with a portfolio of almost 500 logos and countless advertising campaigns and websites, not to mention their impressive collection of industry awards, it’s hard to recall that 20 years ago this company was a one-man operation in an 88-square-foot room in his apartment. 

“We’re definitely not resting on history,” said Matt Pendergraff, PDG+creative’s founder and Executive Creative Director, of his company’s 20 year anniversary. “We’re happy to celebrate this milestone, but we’re also using it as an opportunity to hit the reset button, and we’re going forward with a renewed sense of passion and energy.”

Early iterations of the PDG+creative client list were an exclusive “who’s who” of Bartlesville establishments and individuals, but the company has grown to serve national and international clientele as well, and has worked with such recognizable names as CBS Network, Microsoft UK, The New York Times, AOL, Facebook and Guy Kawasaki.

On the other side of these creative endeavors is the company’s generous support of various community organizations and non-profits. PDG+creative has donated more than $2.5 million in pro-bono hours and expenses to organizations like Big Brother Big Sister, YMCA, Relay for Life and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Plus, Pendergraff himself has served on numerous committees and service boards, including the local Chamber of Commerce board, and is Vice-President of InSight Ministries.

“20 years has afforded us the opportunity to do a lot of things on a lot of different scales,” said Pendergraff. “That’s given us both diverse experience and a diverse body of work, and that leaves us particularly well-equipped to serve a broader audience.”

PDG+creative’s branding relaunch includes an all-new logo, website, signage and office entryway, all being unveiled this month. To view their current portfolio or works in progress, or to learn more about their services offered, visit them online at 

Matt Pendergraff, Executive Creative Director
319 S. Dewey, Suite 200, Bartlesville, OK 74003
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