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.

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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 Harrington


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

Design Director

Paul Kawai is a multidisciplinary designer and art director. He received his Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, with a specialization in Environmental Design. Since graduating in 2009, Paul has taken a more comprehensive design path, focusing on communication design, exhibition design, branding, web design, as well as architectural projects. Past clients include Unilever, Redpath Sugar, Studio Gang Architects, Blackberry, MaRS Discovery District, and WayHome Music & Arts. 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.

Keith Francis

Director of Strategic Outcomes

As an interdisciplinarian, strategist and researcher, Keith has worked as a professional in several design mediums such as wayfinding, human factors outcomes and brand design strategy. Keith holds a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University. His thesis work on conceptualizing dementia narratives has been presented at the Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in Vienna. Keith has contributed to education and social advancements for the promotion of accessibility within the built environment through the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Keith also serves as a professional advisory council member for the Culture, Communication, Information and Technology (CCIT) Professional Advisory Council at Sheridan College.

Raylene Knutson

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 Leong

Senior Designer

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 Marantos


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 Award 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.