Meet Suzanne

Art. Soul. Design.

These 3 words sum up who I am and what I do.

Suzanne

Creative Director & CEO

Art.

I am in awe of the power that creativity has to capture attention, aid in communication, and inspire and delight audiences.

My love of creativity is the basis of my 20 years of experience in the design industry, my career as a designer and eventually a Creative Director, and led to me founding Art+Soul Design Studio in 2014.

I have a degree in Fine Art from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, have been in numerous art shows including two solo shows, and am also an illustrator.

Soul.

I am fascinated by human behavior, interaction and connection.

I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and use everything I know to help my clients connect deeply with their target audience.

I'm passionate about social good projects, am part of Giovanni Marsico's Archangel Academy, and am on the founding board of a new conscious business collective due to launch in 2019.

I believe that self-actualization and authentic connection with others is the key to just about everything great in life. I have a genuine interest in my clients as people and often ask clarifying questions about their own sense of alignment with their business (indeed, my services sometimes dip into "self discovery" territory).

Design.

Far from just “making things attractive”, design to me is about strategic thinking and intentional action.

There is a deliberate decision behind every choice I make, whether I'm creating brands, websites or any other kind of strategic communication or campaign.

Once I understand the overarching objective, I gain a deep understanding of the psychology of the specific target audience. Based on that combined knowledge, I develop a well-calculated, strategic plan that flows through to each and every aspect of the project.

Career Highlights

I spent the majority of my career at an international urban planning, landscape architecture and engineering firm. I worked my way up from graphic designer to Strategic Communications & Branding Specialist to Creative Director. I hired, directed and mentored a wonderful team of ten designers and developers. I was responsible for the creative direction of all marketing initiatives and worked on large multi-disciplinary international projects, such as the Master Plan for Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Since starting my own firm, I have had the distinct pleasure of being able to work with a wide range of clients: nonprofits seeking to empower women, thought leaders and solopreneurs looking to change the world, ecommerce visionaries, transformational coaches and facilitators, the largest kombucha distillery in New York State and an international toy company.

Personal Life

I was born in Palo Alto, California and currently live in Toronto, Canada. I adore movies (favs: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Thelma & Louise, The Matrix), get a kick out of performing (I'm a Second City Improv grad), crave reading (favs: Daring Greatly, Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes, Purple Cow), delight in adventures (next up: Barcelona!) and love hanging out doing just about anything with my soulmate, Kirk, and our two seriously adorable cats.

Testimonials

Kimberley Bell
Founder, Sage & international attorney
A unicorn in her field

“Suzanne can be best described as a ‘unicorn’ in her field. My experience working with her left me astounded.

She offers on-point insights that go beyond pretty surface level design. Her depth of understanding is unparalleled—combining her knowledge of design and the arts with a deep understanding of the psychology of her clients and their customers.

Beyond being a talented design professional, Suzanne is a wonderfully supportive partner and co-collaborator. She works with humor and grace, and her work ethic is incredible.”

Jim Kupczyk
Founder, Mindful Market
A kind, authentic soul

I've lost count of the number of people who have raved to me about how much they love the brand, website and video.

Suzanne took my vision and brought it to life. She knew exactly what needed to happen. Everything was flawless.

Suzanne is a kind, authentic soul whose integrity is off the charts. Her work is brilliant. I am both grateful and blessed to have worked with her.”

Heather Webb
Executive Director, Women in Film & Television
Inspiring Experience

“Working with Suzanne has been a highly engaging, collaborative and inspiring experience—not to mention fun!”

Kendra Boyles
Video & Motion Designer
A joy to work with

“Suzanne is a joy to work with. She is a builder of teams, a conquerer of design projects, and an amazingly authentic person.

She is committed to the work she does and thoughtful towards those she works with.

As a designer and creative thinker, she sees the whole picture and stays true to the underlying messages of a project.

10/10 people would work with this lady again.