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Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Turning spirits into love and goodness

When Tito’s Handmade Vodka reached out to us, our creative director and principal, Tito Bottitta, replied immediately: This is the email I’ve been waiting for. It turned out we had a lot more in common with Tito’s Handmade Vodka than just an in-house Tito, and before we knew it we were on a plane to Austin, Texas.

Tito’s isn’t your typical vodka brand. They consider themselves a philanthropic company that happens to make vodka. Tito’s did over 6,000 charity events last year. All online store proceeds go to nonprofits. They support disaster relief across the country. They work with Emancipet to make veterinary care affordable for pet owners. The list of good deeds goes on and on. Tito Beveridge (yes, that’s his real name) is the best person to tell you about why they give back.

Our challenge was to design and build a new digital home for Tito’s Handmade Vodka. It needed to be a place for the Tito’s team to share all of their amazing stories, and it needed to stay true to the fun, quirky, warm brand that is distinctly Tito’s.

Screenshot of a recipe on titosvodka.com
Promo to buy a dog bowl for charity on titosvodka.com
A headshot of Tito saying: Everyone thought I was just nuts
Screenshot of a promo for infusions on titosvodka.com

Setting up the brand for success

Tito’s has a home-spun vibe that we didn’t want to lose (the logo was done by Tito himself). Our design needed to feel like a natural progression of the brand—one that complemented unchanging elements like the logo. To do that, we started with a few small but important upgrades to the type and color palette.

Before
Old color palette
Clarendon typeface sample
Clarendon
Trade Gothic typeface sample
Trade Gothic
Hipster Script typeface sample
Hipster Script
After
New color palette
Eames Century Modern typeface sample
Eames Century Modern House Industries
GT America typeface sample
GT America Grilli Type
Suti typeface sample
Suti Mika Melvas
Heart stamps from the Love, Tito's campaign

Starting with recipes

The Tito’s site brings in a lot of visitors through its cocktail and infusion recipes. Our goal was to to establish a stronger relationship between recipe content and store content, so we built a system that allows any part of a recipe to be potentially purchasable. That means you can buy the copper mug and the vodka for your American Mule directly from the recipe. Previously, this content was isolated in separate areas of the site.

Screenshot of Tito's website
Screenshot of Tito's website
Screenshot of Tito's website
Screenshot of Tito's website
Stamp that says 'Distilled and Bottled in Austin, Texas'

Connecting the rooms of the house

Tito’s has a lot going on—from events to dog charities to the vodka itself. We knew people were often grabbing a recipe from the site and leaving, and wondered how we could guide them to other areas of the site. We wanted people to know about Tito’s philanthropic work and about the backstory of the brand. Almost every page has a fixed tease that serves as a path to another corner of the Tito’s universe. We also cleaned up navigation and built on-site search to help users move seamlessly through the site.

See how it all started
See what's in the bottle
Tito-ism #12: 'I make a filet mignon at a pot roast price.'
Tito's is vodka for dog people
Become a Tito's taster
Dashed background lines
Screenshot of global search
Screenshot of global menu

Beyond launch

After the initial launch of titosvodka.com, Upstatement’s Growth Team took the reins and set to work enhancing the site. One of our larger tasks was to rebuild Tito’s online store using Shopify. We helped simplify their e‑commerce workflow to make space for more creative opportunities.

Screenshot of Tito's online store
Screenshot of Tito's Greyhound cocktail
Screenshot of homepage

What We Did

  1. Research
  2. Strategy
  3. Brand Polish
  4. UX Design
  5. Front-End Dev
  6. CMS Development

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