A Dayton
creative agency

our skills tell your story

Founded in 2013, ruef Creative is a Dayton creative agency employing CAD designers, videographers, motion graphics designers, 3D animators, graphic designers, web developers, and photographers. We merge art and strategic communications to produce compelling brand stories and effective campaigns for clients in various industries, including manufacturing, heavy equipment, engineering, logistics and transportation, healthcare, and consumer products. We believe in being a creative force for our clients.

ruef excels in crafting captivating multimedia content. With a meticulous approach to understanding your business and a commitment to confidentiality embedded in our processes, we ensure that your products and services shine in the spotlight without exposing the proprietary details that make them truly unique. Choose ruef for a seamless blend of creativity, innovation, and security, and let us help you showcase your business to the world.



  • Cinematic video
  • Pro video production
  • Pro lighting
  • 4k, Netflix-approved cameras
  • Drone footage
  • Educational videos, commercials, thought leadership videos
  • Script writing services
  • Social media videos
  • YouTube optimization


  • Sophisticated, creative website design
  • Live build design mock ups
  • WordPress development
  • Pro-level web hosting and support
  • Local website hosting
  • SEO Research, reporting, & analytics
  • Blazing fast websites optimized for mobile
  • Search engine marketing
  • Google reviews
dayton creative agency

brand innovation

  • Logo design
  • Brand strategy consulting
  • Messaging and story development
  • Copywriting
  • Graphic design
  • Creative consultation
  • Media campaign development
  • Event marketing
  • Brochure and print design
  • Brand awareness campaigns
  • Email marketing

leadership team


Zack Ruef
Founder, President


Dane Coleman
Director of Communications


James Davis
Photography Lead


Brent Thurston
Design Lead


Drew Schetter
Web Lead

why  choose a Dayton creative agency like ruef?

ruef Creative is a small but passionate team of creative individuals who apply the latest tools and strategies to businesses and organizations of all sizes. You don’t need to be a Fortune 500 company to take advantage of this technology. We help businesses compete in a wide variety of industries and marketplaces.

ruef Creative helps companies around the world from our home base in Dayton, Ohio – long a hub of innovation and champion of the world’s doers and makers. We are proud to call Dayton home—a place that's always been buzzing with innovation and filled with folks who get stuff done. From here, we've been lending a hand to businesses all over the world, helping them stand out in crowded markets and make their mark.

But what sets us apart? Our biggest differentiator is that we are not about fluff and padding our invoices with unnecessary hours. We are more focused on getting results. Our roots are in marketing and design, but what really drives us is seeing our clients succeed with creative strategies. We take the time to understand your goals and listen to what you need. Then we get to work crafting campaigns that make a real impact. We customize our approach to helping your business by looking at your goals and listening to your expectations, and then develop creative campaigns that actually move the needle and make a difference.

Whether you're looking to boost sales, increase brand awareness, or just need a new website or promotional video, we can create stunning visuals that will grab your audience's attention and leave a lasting impression.

No modern business can afford to overlook the importance of a strong online presence. That's where our website design and WordPress development services come in. We will build you a site that not only looks great but also functions seamlessly, whether your customers are browsing on their desktop or their smartphone.

But the real reason you should choose ruef Creative is, we're here for you. As a local resource, we're always just a phone call or email away. Whether you need a quick brainstorming session, some last-minute tweaks to your campaign, or just a friendly ear to bounce ideas off of, we're here to help. At ruef Creative, your success is our success.

Your brand. Elevated.