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

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Frontier is a Purpose 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.

We design and manufacture 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.

Finally, it is important to note publicly that we are educating ourselves and committing to help fight systemic oppression and violence in all its forms, both in our immediate design community and beyond. Learn  more about our initiatives, which we call Doing Better.


Our Services:

Brand Positioning
Brand Architecture
Naming
Visual Identity
Web Design & Development
Employee Engagement
Writing & Content Development
Branded Environments
Exhibitions


Contact


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Business Inquiries
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Media Inquiries
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Mailing Address
2208 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R1X3


Selected Clients


Aleafia
ArtsHelp
ATB Ventures
Azure Magazine
Bridgeable
Canadian National Exhibition
Cushman & Wakefield
Daniels School of Architecture
Design Workshop
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Electronic Arts
EllisDon
Fogo Island Inn
Giannone Petricone Associates
Government of Ontario
Haven
Honnold Foundation
Interior Design Show
Interior Felt
Kilmer Group
KPMB
MaRS
Martin Prosperity Institute
National Arts Centre
National Capital Commission
Quaker
Radical Ventures
United Property Resource Corporation
Sacramento Kings
Teknion
The Design Exchange
TIFF
Toronto Botanical Garden
Tsinghua International Graduate School
Unilever
X University
Wayhome Music Festival
Woodgreen


People


Paddy Harrington — Founder, Sr. Creative Director

Paddy is the founder of Frontier, a design office focused on collaborations, media, and products with a philosophy of purpose-driven performance. After earning degrees in literature and architecture, he has worked for nearly twenty years in research, architecture, advertising, and design. He has collaborated with PepsiCo, MaRS, Unilever, The National Arts Centre, Electronic Arts, the Holy City of Mecca, and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, among many other clients. He is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at several design conferences as well as at Brown University, Harvard University, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Paddy is formerly the SVP Design Innovation and Digital Creative Director at Indigo Books and, prior to that, Executive Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design.

Portrait of Laura Sellors

Laura Sellors — CEO, Sr. Business Director

Laura Sellors is a passionate, charismatic executive and strategic thinker with a deep understanding of business strategy, creative processes, and the operations of design-related companies. For more than twenty years, she has shaped and led creative firms, from software startups to advertising agencies to environmental-design companies. She has degrees and post-graduate education in theater production, design management, business, and the creative arts. She earned her RGD designation in 2011 for her portfolio of collaborations in branding, marketing communications, and web/app design and development for such clients as Visa, the Canadian Cancer Society, Wine Rack, SNC Lavalin, SOCAN, and many more. Sellors is a frequent conference speaker and past board member of RGD and the Society for Marketing Professional Services’ Ontario chapter. She currently serves on the management committee and co-chair of the outreach committee of ULI Toronto.

Hannah Vance — Senior Business Lead

Hannah is a project and operations manager at Frontier. She cares most about making our team and collaborators feel safe and excited about exploring new ways to bring their visions to life. Hannah sets up projects, keeps them on track, and makes sure to celebrate studio successes, whether big or small. She’s known to bring calm to the office. Prior to becoming a project manager, Hannah was a cake maker and a fashion director. She’s worked in retail, advertising, and marketing at companies like Novelle Bridal, Publicis, and eBay. Hannah draws from this diverse background to solve unique challenges. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she studied Human Ecology—a multidisciplinary field that explores the relationships between people and their environments—and focused upon clothing, material culture, marketing, and design.

Jessica Leong — Senior Design Lead

Jessica is a detail-oriented designer who helps motivate and lead the design team to craft thoughtful and engaging experiences for clients big and small. She has taught graphic design at OCAD University and was previously a Creative-Professional-in-Residence there. Jessica was lead designer at Design Exchange, where she was responsible for creating and visualizing exhibitions and museum communications. She has also worked on teams at ERA Architects, Indigo Books, and Bruce Mau Design.

Tristan Marantos — Senior Design Lead

Tristan helps organizations figure out who they are and where they want to go, translating research into strategic ideas and visual expressions. He has taught Graphic Design at OCAD University and was previously a designer at Bruce Mau Design. Tristan is a graduate of OCAD University, where he was awarded the Medal for Graphic Design.

Sarah Paul — Design Lead

Sarah is an ever-curious multidisciplinary designer with experience in branding, editorial, digital, and product design. Her approach with clients is to learn, distill, and visually communicate their essence through branding and editorial design. She is enthusiastic about collaborating with organizations that instigate change and advocate for something greater than themselves. Prior to Frontier, Sarah worked as a designer at The Felt Store for five years and as a freelance designer in Toronto with companies such as The Globe and Mail, RallyRally, and Van der Pop. Outside of studio work, Sarah has championed outdoor experiences in the Canadian landscape through initiatives such as Outdoor Studio and continues to support environmental activism through organizations such as Friends of Temagami. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Sarah immigrated to Toronto in 2006, where she studied in York/Sheridan’s Bachelor of Design Program.

Brian Sholis — Media Director

Brian leads Frontier’s media projects and serves as strategist, editor, and copywriter for the company's collaborations. He brings to this work twenty years’ experience in the fields of contemporary art, photography, and publishing. He was most recently executive director of Gallery TPW in Toronto and, before that, curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Earlier in his career he worked as an editor at Aperture Foundation and at Artforum.

Maddie Cochran — Project Coordinator

Maddie is a Project Coordinator at Frontier who believes that strong relationships lead to the best work. She is driven to ensure that our clients and our team feel heard and supported. Before joining Frontier, Maddie worked at a micro-investment firm and in custom fine-jewellery design. She is an honors graduate from York University, where she majored in Art History. Today, she is studying part-time toward a degree in Psychotherapy. These experiences have shaped Maddie's approach to problem-solving and relationship-building at Frontier.

Portrait of Lisa Qin leaning against a bookshelf

Lisa Qin — Designer

Lisa is a graphic designer creating work that blends visual art and strategic thinking. She helps people tell stories and clarify their purpose through design and is optimistic about the potential of design to better the world. She has exhibited at the MaRS Centre and the Design Exchange and has worked with clients such as the Manitoba provincial government. She has an endless curiosity about the people and places around her and continuously seeks growth and new possibilities through a wide variety of creative mediums.

Portrait of Eric Francisco

Eric Francisco — Designer

Eric is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary graphic designer with experience in brand identity, editorial design, web design, and exhibition design. His design work focuses on research, critical thinking, and conceptual storytelling. Writing, graphic form, refined typography, and material exploration are also critical to his approach. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from OCAD University and has previously worked for a variety of clients in the cultural sector.

Portrait of Deborah Khodanovich

Deborah Khodanovich — Designer

Deborah is a Toronto-raised graphic designer with experience in brand identity, exhibition design, publications, and web design. Her practice focuses on building foundations and frameworks for people, projects, and ideas through collaboration. Deborah graduated from OCAD U in Graphic Design and spent a semester at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Phillip Novak — Environmental Design Lead

Phillip is a graphic designer with a specialty in environmental graphics and signage systems for wayfinding. Working with creative teams, clients, fabricators, and end-users from the design and planning phases through to realization and implementation, Phillip creates work that is compelling, effective, and accessible. As a graphic designer and avid photographer of the everyday, he draws inspiration from a life lived around the world, from Germany and South Africa to the United States and now Canada. His experience includes working with a variety of specialty consultants and as an integrated member of graphic, architectural, and interior design teams. He has worked for clients in healthcare, education, cultural, and corporate environments.


Careers


We are currently hiring a Junior Graphic Designer with brand and web experience. To learn more, click here, and to stay updated on new opportunities at our studio, you can subscribe to our Job Listings newsletter, which is used to share job opportunities as they become available.


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