The power of the Buc-ee’s brand lies in the unique in-store experience provided for road tripping customers. With a website established several years ago, Buc-ee’s digital presence was aimed at directing traffic back to the store, but it became clear that the site was missing opportunities to engage with customers and accurately represent the brand. Seeking an updated website through the help of an agency partner, Buc-ee’s wanted to maintain the traditional feel of the brand while creating a modern digital experience for customers.
As the first step of Buc-ee’s web redesign, we dove into understanding the challenges of the current site so we could adopt strategic solutions in our design. The primary goal of the Buc-ee’s team was to modernize the site with an updated look and feel. With current limitations in accessibility, mobile-friendliness, and overall structure, we knew the new website needed to provide a better user experience for both visitors looking for information and team members making updates to the site. Most importantly, we wanted the website to serve as a seamless experience from the store to the digital space, so we knew the design would need to emulate the busy, fun energy of the store.
Excited by the challenge of representing an established brand in a fresh, modernized way. With so much stock in its witty and catchy messaging, we knew our best inspiration for design would be found in the popular Buc-ee’s billboards found along Texas highways. We based the site’s color scheme on the color palette found in the brand’s logo: black, red, yellow, and white. While the logo additionally utilizes a traditional, woody brown for Buc-ee himself, we shifted the site’s emphasis to sleek blacks for a more sophisticated, trendy look.
To recreate the bold, buzzing experience from the stores to the digital landscape, we added animations, parallax motion, and edgy fonts. We also incorporated fun car graphics to represent roadtrip vibes, with dotted lines that imitate a road, bring movement to the page, and guide the user’s eye to important elements. Throughout the overall design for the site, we kept in mind one main theme: fun.
By intertwining innovative design with Buc-ee’s long-standing brand equity, we were able to extend the same in-store energy to the online space, maintaining the exciting, world-class Buc-ee’s experience for all customers.
Overall, the fun, friendly vibe of the Buc-ee’s brand is now equally represented in both the digital and physical space. Though an in-person visit to a Buc-ee’s store will forever be unparalleled, the digital experience offers any type of visitor a small piece of the zesty, beloved Buc-ee flavor.