good designer, 20 years, exceeding expectations, design matters, testimonials, experience

When It Comes to
Exceeding Your Expectations,
Design Matters.

Brian has been a graphic designer for more than 20 years. He believes that good graphic designers are more than "software technicians,” and that while computers and a knowledge of design software help you design, they don’t necessarily make you a good designer. As Duke Ellington used to say, "It is not the piano that makes the music, it is the person sitting at the piano."

Over the course of Brian's illustrious career, his designs—and his ability to share what he knows about effective design—have hit many a high note:

  • Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories, a book designed by BG Communications for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto, won the 2013 Award for the Outstanding Publication by a Member Organization of the International Association of Jewish Geneological Societies
  • "Best Work" award in the publishing category, Graphic Design Show
  • Finalist in "Excellence in Book Design" for The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards
  • President's Award for service to the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
  • Featured guest on Inside Elgin, Rogers TV, St. Thomas, Ontario
  • Judge for the student graphic design contest in Applied Arts magazine
  • Author of "Elements of Design," a series of monthly articles in Communication Times (the monthly newsletter of the Society for Technical Communication, Toronto branch)
  • Creator and presenter of Taking Up Space seminar
  • Instructor in Communications, Toronto's George Brown College
  • Served as National Publications Chair, (Freelance) Editors' Association of Canada
  • Featured participant on industry panels dealing with such subjects as professional ethics and how to choose and work effectively with graphic designers
  • "Best Club Bulletin" award, Rotary International district (Toronto and surrounding area)

That's why when it comes to exceeding your expectations, design matters.