We Love Ideas

The purpose of this blog is to share things that make us proud, things that make us think, or things that make us react. It is a place for ideas, because we know that the only way an idea can be valuable is if it is shared — if it sparks a debate, changes someone’s mind, or reinforces something they already knew. We love ideas. We live off ideas. The work we do wouldn’t be possible without ideas.

Overall, it’s our goal to contribute to the larger conversation of branding, design, and marketing. Why are they valuable? How can they be done well? How can they have an impact on an individual, a corporation, or a culture? Anyone who is engaged in what they do thinks about their industry, their inspiration, and their philosophy. We sure do, and this blog is a place for us to collect those thoughts and share them with anyone who is interested. If you decide to poke around, please consider joining the conversation — we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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JLSA Year in Review

2014 Year in Review


Hello Friends,

As another year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to bid adieu to 2014. It’s been a great year at Johnny Lightning Strikes Again!

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Meet Copywriter and Strategist Caroline Young

Caroilne Young

We used to have a hole here at JLSA. It was big and blobby and stuff—we didn’t exactly know how to describe it, but we knew it needed to be filled. That’s when Caroline Young stepped in. She’s our new copywriter and strategist, and she knew just what to say.

We plucked her from the top of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Strategic Communication program, and now she’s here to handle all our copy needs (and some strategy work too).

Want to get to know her better? We asked her questions. And she gave us answers—some well-worded ones.

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The launch of KVC.org

Example of KVC Health Systems branding

The month of May has been a busy one. This month, we marked the end of a phenomenal project by launching a brand new website for KVC Health Systems—a locally-based nonprofit organization that does really great work for kids and families throughout the country.

After closely working with them for more than a year, KVC now has a family of six websites all newly branded with a handmade look and a message that “People Matter.”

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Meet Project Manager Shawna Beckner

Shawna Beckner

Great project management is what ensures work gets done and we don’t all go insane. Needless to say, we value both of those so we thought it was high time to introduce the world (since everyone in the world obviously reads our blog) to the woman that keeps Johnny Lightning Strikes Again sane.

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JLSA and the future of Kansas City


As people who love downtown Kansas City, we believe there’s no more important project for the future of the city than the construction of the streetcar starter line. So when we were selected to design the new kcstreetcar.org, we were both tremendously excited and extremely proud.

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Twentypixel and Stark Collective join JLSA

Nick Greenup and Kris Flint

The principals of two Kansas City agencies, Twentypixel and Stark Collective, have joined our team at Johnny Lightning Strikes Again. Their respective talents in web development and brand strategy are a perfect fit for our ever-growing agency and are already having a tremendous impact on our clients’ creative initiatives.

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We’re hiring a project manager!

Johnny Lightning Strikes Again is seeking someone to be responsible for the planning, coordination and completion of projects, while serving as the primary point of contact between us and our clients. This special someone, possibly you, will be an essential part of our team, driving every one of our projects from beginning to end and ensuring we maintain great relationships with our clients.

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We’re hiring web developers

UPDATE: We’re pleased to say we’ve filled the role, but don’t let that stop you from reaching out. We’re a growing agency and we’re always interested in who our next hire might be.

JOHNNY LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN is a full service agency in downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads neighborhood. Our focus on design and marketing is backed by a process that emphasizes strategy and smart application of budget. We are a growing agency that welcomes enthusiastic thinkers who bring ingenuity to their work.

We are looking for developers with a passion for making things. As a member of our team, you will be involved in projects from the earliest concepting phase all the way through deployment. Hopefully you like to figure stuff out and learn something new every day.

Qualified applicants are experts in HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Knowledge of any of the following is a definite plus: Popular CMS frameworks (WordPress) and server-side stuff (PHP, MySQL, Rails). Of extra importance is the ability to encounter new things and figure them out, you guys.

Finally, we need candidates that want to be a part of our company and culture as much as they want to do amazing work. We value our team, and we want creative developers in this role to feel like an important part of it.


We offer medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a good time.

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Please include a resume and examples of your work.

Retail gone wild: How far is too far?

Fox 4 Kansas City Interview

David Cecil, Johnny Lightning Strikes Again co-owner and director of strategy, was interviewed by Fox 4 News in Kansas City last week and asked to share his thoughts on retail stores using new technology to ‘spy’ on their customers by tracking their movements in their stores.

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Client review from Overstock.com

Deborah Lewis is the Mobile Director at Overstock.com, one of the nation’s leading online retailers. We’ve worked extremely closely with Deborah on Overstock.com’s mobile website and their iPhone, iPad, and Android applications. If anyone can attest to our capabilities when it comes to mobile, it’s her. Here’s what she had to say:

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