A Creative Exploration Company
Frontier is a magazine, design studio, and ventures group. We believe that this combination of content, consulting, and entrepreneurship create a powerful engine for creative development.
Our magazine explores and celebrates the risks people take in the process of creating something original and worthwhile.
Our design studio capabilities include branding, communication, digital, graphic, spatial, and product design.
And our ventures team works on selected projects to bring new kinds of design driven product experiences to market.
Our magazine provides us with a platform for ongoing research into emerging trends, technologies, and talents that feeds our design work. And our studio based design work drives our creative exploration.
Our team consists of designers, strategists, writers, filmmakers, editors, and business specialists.
Paddy has over 10 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 is a designer and design director. He received his Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, with a specialization in Environmental Design. Since graduating in 2009, Paul has nurtured a more comprehensive design path, focusing on branding, communication design, exhibition design, web design, as well as architectural projects. Past clients include Unilever, Mount Sinai Hospital, Studio Gang Architects, Blackberry, MaRS Discovery District, and the WayHome Music & Arts Festival. Before joining Frontier, Paul worked at a variety of Toronto design studios, including Roundabout Studio, Bruce Mau Design, and Indigo Books as the Senior Designer for the Brand & Innovation Team.
Managing Editor & Project Manager
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 regularly writing about design and innovation. Prior to Frontier, she worked at Bruce Mau Design as an Account Manager for over four years. Past clients include Unilever, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Samsung Telecommunications America, Ryerson University, OCAD University and Pulitzer Arts.
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 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 E.R.A. Architects, Indigo Books, and Bruce Mau Design.
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.
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 where she frequently travelled to New York. In Toronto, she joined Publicis as a digital project manager in advertising, working with FCA Canada.
Kate is a Toronto-based graphic designer. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a Master of Design (MDes) from York University, where her thesis explored the relationship between graphic design and textiles. Since graduating, she has worked with various clients like the Smithsonian Institute, the Calgary Police, and the Toronto Zoo. Prior to joining Frontier, she was an environmental designer, with a focus on museums and exhibits.
Here’s a list of selected published writing and links to talks we’ve given:
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