Frontier is a design office dedicated to purposeful and inspiring ideas.

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Frontier is a design office. We’re built to deliver an idea: Purpose-Driven Performance. To deliver on this idea, we do a few things.

We collaborate with organizations using a process called Purpose Design to help define their core purpose and long-term ambition, then build all the communications tools they need to express that internally and externally. That could be a logo or a website, a product or an environment.

We create media to help ourselves and others discover the leaders of Purpose-Driven Performance who are making the world a better, more inspiring place.

Finally, we design high-performance products built on socially and environmentally responsible foundations. By designing, manufacturing, and selling our own products, we understand all the parts of a business in a way that many other design and advertising agencies cannot.

We believe this combination of collaboration, content, and product development helps us create better companies, stories, and products because we understand how businesses work from idea to execution.

Dedicating ourselves to a big idea instead of a single product means we are really good at figuring out how to get lots of things done. And it means we have a pretty deep toolbox. Our capabilities include content, brand strategy, communication, digital, graphic, spatial, and product design. We create exhibits, websites, products, logos, names, and films that all express an organization’s core purpose.


Contact


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General Inquiries
hello@frontier.is

Collaborations
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Media Inquiries
media@frontier.is

Mailing Address
2208 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R1X3


Selected Clients


Azure Magazine
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Electronic Arts
Ellis Don
Fogo Island Inn
Interior Design Show
KPMB
National Arts Centre
Quaker
Ryerson University
Teknion
The Design Exchange
Toronto International Film Festival
Unilever
Wayhome Music Festival


People


Paddy Harrington — Founder

Paddy has over fifteen years experience in branding, strategy, and design. He has degrees in literature and architecture and has worked in research, architecture, advertising, and design. His clients have included The New York Jets and Giants, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Unilever, the Holy City of Mecca, Li-Ning, and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. He is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at several design conferences as well as at Brown, Harvard, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Paddy was formerly the SVP Design Innovation and digital creative director at Indigo Books and, prior to that, executive creative director at Bruce Mau Design.

Paul Kawai — Design Director

Paul received his Bachelor of Design from OCAD University with a specialization in Environmental Design. Since then, Paul has nurtured a diverse design path, focusing on branding, communication design, exhibition design, web design, and architectural projects. Past clients include Unilever, Mount Sinai Hospital, Studio Gang Architects, Blackberry, MaRS Discovery District, and the WayHome Music & Arts Festival. Prior to Frontier, Paul contributed to teams at Roundabout Studio as an architectural designer, Bruce Mau Design as an environmental and graphic designer, and Indigo Books as the senior design lead for the Brand & Innovation team.

Raylene Knutson — Senior Project Manager & Managing Editor

Raylene is a project manager and editor based in Toronto. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program and in her final year was Editor-in-Chief of the Ryerson Review of Journalism Magazine and recipient of the John A. Honderich Gold Medal in Journalism. Upon graduation she worked as assistant editor at a media startup where she wrote regularly about design and innovation. Prior to Frontier, she worked for more than four years as an account manager at Bruce Mau Design. Past clients include Unilever, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Samsung Telecommunications America, Ryerson University, OCAD University, and Pulitzer Arts.

Jessica Leong — Senior Designer

Jessica is a Toronto-based graphic designer. Since graduating from OCAD University in 2011, she has worked on a variety of projects for clients including Maple Leaf Gardens, General Electric, and OCAD University. Prior to joining Frontier, Jessica was the head designer for the Design Exchange Museum, where she was responsible for developing exhibitions and all museum communications. In addition to this role, Jessica has also spent time at ERA Architects, Indigo Books, and Bruce Mau Design.

Tristan Marantos — Senior Designer

Tristan is a multi-disciplinary designer and graduate of OCAD University. His thesis work—a speculative design project exploring the nature of our relationship with mortality—was awarded the OCAD U Medal for Graphic Design. More recently, Tristan has worked on projects for clients such as Ryerson University, Waterfront Toronto, and Humber Galleries. Prior to joining Frontier, Tristan was a designer at Bruce Mau Design.

Hannah Vance — Project & Operations Manager

Hannah is a project manager and graduate of the University of Alberta. There, she studied Human Ecology—a multidisciplinary field that explores the relationships between people and their environments—focusing on clothing, material culture, marketing, and design. Prior to joining Frontier, Hannah was on the brand and communications team at eBay Australia, as well as fashion director of Novelle Bridal in Edmonton. In Toronto, she joined Publicis as a digital project manager in advertising, working with FCA Canada.


Careers


We’re always looking for great people. Send us a note at hello@frontier.is along with your résumé and portfolio (if applicable). Please, no unsolicited drop-ins or phone calls.


Talks


Design and Magic — Creative Mornings

Branding Is for Cows, Stories Are for People — Brand New Conference


Writing


Why Designers Must Put Invention First — FastCo Design

The Power of Networks — MAS Context

News Logic — FastCo Design

Straight Talk on American Design — FastCo Design

The Power of Stories — FastCo Design

What’s Next for Nest — Azure Magazine