About Cam

Graphic designer; brand developer; packaging designer; web designer; video editor; vinyl collector; indoor rock climber; bicycle enthusiast; handyman.

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“Despise not the labor which humbles the heart.”

For the past 20+ years I have immersed myself in the world of design. I believe every idea needs a place to grow; a place to evolve, and become something bigger.

Design is at the heart of almost everything I do. From how I spend my free time, to how I understand and appreciate the world... it’s the journey I take from initial idea to final product.

It’s on these ‘journeys’ that I have the opportunity to practice my love of branding, typography, and timeless design principles. It’s where I get to create beautiful material for print, screens, and everything in between.

I value the opportunity to put my ideas into the world, and I recognize that design—like life—is constantly evolving.

TL;DR

The more I learn, the more I realize how much I have yet to learn.

...read more below...

Featured In...

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CBC logo

Eastbound Brewing Company logo

Hallmark Channel logo

High Commission logo

HGTV logo

Home Depot logo

Indigo logo

Palatine Hills logo

Best of Society6 logo

Spicers logo

Tastemade logo


I’m the graphic designer behind the original, and ever-growing collection of Canada’s Parks posters.

Canada’s Parks


And here’s the collection of Canada’s National Parks posters.

Canada’s National Parks


I’m the graphic designer behind the beautiful collection of US National Parks posters as well.

US Parks Posters


I’m also the graphic designer behind the 14 Peaks poster design collection... for those obsessed with (climbing) the highest mountains in the world.

14-Peaks


I’ve always admired artwork by The Group of Seven, but never found a website that did their art or story any justice. So, I built and run a site for everyone to enjoy.

The Group of Seven

    Career Highlights

  • Graphic Designer - Mappedin
  • Brand Designer - HLC
  • Creative Lead - The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
  • Graphic Designer & Web Designer - The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
  • Senior Graphic Designer & Web Designer - Creative Guild
  • Won Hermes International Creative Gold for Best Government Site Design
  • Won MarCom Gold for Best Municipal Site Design
  • Graphic Designer & Web Lead - City of Burlington, Ontario
  • Won Silver for print ad at Big Rock Eddies – Calgary, Alberta
  • Won Silver for print ad at Big Rock Eddies – Calgary, Alberta
  • Web Designer - Robert Kennedy Publishing
  • Founded Canada’s Parks Posters
  • Senior Packaging Designer - Iovate
  • Graphic Designer & Web Designer - Freud / Bosch
  • Graphic Designer - Dynamic Paint Products

How I got here

Discovering

As a kid, I was pretty good at visual art and building things. By the end of high school, I recognized my academic strengths and weaknesses and followed my skills in art into college, where I enrolled in an Art Fundamentals course to further my skills.

After completing that course, I completed a year of Media Arts, and finally went on to study Graphic Design in an age when QuarkXPress was the page layout software of choice, iPhones did not exist, dial-up internet was prevalent, and the internet itself was relatively new.

Practicum

I landed a design job right out of school, doing graphic design and packaging design for a reputable company. Around 2003, Adobe Creative Suite arrived and I made the jump from Quark to InDesign. It was also around this time that I discovered Adobe GoLive and started to dabble with this new website software.

As an artist at heart, I continued to paint landscapes in my spare time, and decided to put my art out there on the growing web. So, I dove in and learned to build my first website using GoLive’s intuitive interface and tool set.

At this point, the internet was really taking-off and I was hooked on perfecting HTML and CSS with help from online tutorials and good ol’ trial-and-error. I used my own hosting plan as a sandbox where I could freely build and experiment. My test sites weren’t great at first (as seen in some of the relics below from 2005 and on), but I used every project to gain further experience in web design, UI, and UX design.

Old sites

My training and experience in graphic design, along with my new-found skills in web design, were highly sought-after by the companies I worked for, and my career marched onward.

Since those early days, I’ve been fortunate to work on some really cool projects with even better people. I’m still humbled (and honoured), to see my work on store shelves, in magazines, on screens, and even in film and on TV to this day.

Here are a couple takeaways I’ve learned during my career as a designer...

Less is more
Design is not only functional and creative, it’s also logical and scientific. I enjoy producing beautiful work, but I also believe that every detail of a product, design, or UI must have a specific purpose.

Practice makes perfect better
In any profession, it’s easy to get comfortable. I believe it’s important to learn new things, practice them, and absorb as much as I can, while I can. I continually challenge myself to learn new techniques, improve on what I already know, and learn new software skills. As a result, my drive to succeed is maintained, and I’m able to stay current and passionate about my craft.

In a nutshell; the more I learn, the more I realize how much I have yet to learn.


Find me here and there

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go...”

— Dr. Seuss