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Getting your archived files and web info before we close

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We value the work we have done together. We want to ensure your transition to your new supplier is smooth, and that you have everything you need to carry on.

Print clients

If we have done a print design project for you in the past five years, we have archived the digital files of the completed piece. These files may be in Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat or Photoshop. They could include photo and graphics files.

If you would like us to send you any files for your own use, please let us know. We will arrange to send you a zipped archive of your materials via digital transfer.

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Working Design is winding up

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by Kris Klaasen / Founder

After almost 30 years in business, Working Design closed at the end of August 2016.

I’m looking forward to a gap year. I’ll be taking stock after more than 40 years as a communicator in roles ranging from print, TV and radio journalist to graphic designer, art and project director, web strategist, content developer and small business owner.

Elaine, who’s been a Working Designer for close to 25 years, will be seeking a position in a larger organization, where she’ll bring her considerable skills in online communications, web and identity design and communications strategy to meet new challenges.

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Happy New Year from Working Design

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How you can vote for justice for Canada’s war vets

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When you go to the polls on October 19, give some thought to Canada’s veterans.

During this marathon campaign Working Design helped out Veterans Against Conservatives with a bit of pro bono design work, developing some strong and simple social media graphics to be shared on Facebook.

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The Versatile Union Bug

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A few years ago our friend and illustrator Barbara Klunder did this illustration of a “union bug” for Working Design. Traditional union bugs are used to indicate that work has been done in a union shop. It’s a guarantee that the people who worked on the project – whether it’s a website, poster, logo – have a good contract with fair wages and benefits.

Working Design has been unionized for more than 20 years. We’re members of the newly formed Unifor that in September of last year brought together the CEP (Communications, Energy and Paper Workers) and CAW (Canadian Autoworkers).

We like Barbara’s interpretation of Working Design’s range of abilities, dexterity and fun. Klunder is a well regarded Toronto-based illustrator and collage artist also known for her textile work, font development and wry sense of humour. Check out her site: barbaraklunder.com

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Happy New Year to you

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Each year we design an original seasonal card. We also design free and unique baby birth announcements for our friends and clients. Have a look at the collection.

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Helping your school community get organized

Are you looking for a way to keep everyone in your school community informed about important dates, activities, procedures and more? Would a comprehensive source of information about all aspects of school life save school staff time answering the same questions?

The Elementary School Calendar Handbook is a unique 40-page, 12-month calendar and handbook

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What’s in a name: Working Design (and some other “working” titles)

When we named our company more than 20 years ago, we chose Working Design because of its multiple meanings.

A “working design” or drawing is a step along the way towards preparing a finished piece of art or design whether it’s for a magazine, product or something else. It refers to a work in progress.

We like the name because it speaks to our approach of client collaboration as we work together to build a website, a brand, a poster or piece of direct mail.

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Machines of Loving Grace

Late California poet Richard Brautigan wrote in the 60s and 70s, well before personal computers became ubiquitous. Sweet vision!

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Thanks for entering our contest!

We want to thank all of you who entered the Working Design contest and provided us with many useful comments about our new site. Much appreciated.

We’ll be announcing the contest draw winners next week.