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About Lori Thompson

Lori discovered her love for editorial design and creative promotion as a visual merchandising student at Seneca College. She loved all aesthetic and marketing aspects but particularly enjoyed the ‘design graphics’ course that was embedded into the program. She decided to broaden and advance her career by going back to school at Durham College where she later graduated from the graphic design program with honours.

In 1995, Lori launched Graphic a la Design, providing graphic design and branding services to prestigious companies from multiple design and creative sectors downtown Toronto and across Durham Region. Having worked with a variety of creative professionals she has embraced a passion for editorial design, typography (read typography blog), colour theory (read colour blog) and photography.

In addition to supporting her clients and managing her graphic design business, Lori spent many years working at an established print company. Her creative insight, knowledge and leadership helped to establish the design department as she trained new designers and initiated a variety of client services. In this capacity, she oversaw design production and all aspects of pre-press work and design consultation. She became a specialist with numerous advanced design programs, typographic principles, layout and photo editing.

As she grew her business, knowledge and expertise, Lori discovered a new passion, which she quickly fell in love with — teaching. Lori loves to learn and share her experiences and expertise; she graduated at the top of her class at the Technological Education Program at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. Since then, she has obtained a Specialist in Technological Education and has taken several Additional Qualification courses through the University of Toronto and York University. Her strong work ethic and love for design allows her to balance Graphic a la Design and teaching.

Through various small business and corporate branding projects, Lori has contributed to the success of an array of local and internationally known businesses. As an industry leader and teacher of marketing and communications technology — creative, enterprising design and lifelong learning is a way of life. 

Contact Lori directly or visit our services page and see how Graphic a la Design can bring advantage and value to your company’s branding, marketing and promotion needs.

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We reached out to Lori after feeling frustrated with our previous designer's shortcomings. Lori responded immediately and provided a quote that we felt was completely reasonable without undervaluing her ability. She has been such a joy to work with, and really took our ideas and brought them to life only better than we envisioned. So far, she has designed mailers for our orthodontic offices and beautiful Christmas calendars with a shockingly fast turn around time. We plan to work with Lori on every project required in the future. If you value honesty, talent, great attitude and fast turn around time, then Graphic a la Design is for you. The best part about Lori is that her passion is evident, and passion drives success in our book. When you receive your pieces from her, you receive her love for beautiful design in tangible form.
Laura Thomas
Treatment Coordinator, Durham Orthodontic Centre
We have worked with Lori for several years and consistently have a great experience. When we first met with Lori, she asked thoughtful questions to ensure she understood our event, our objectives and the message we wanted to convey. She’s a great communicator, always ensuring we are in the loop regarding the status of our project and answers emails and phone calls promptly. The quality of work she produces is outstanding — we continually receive compliments regarding the professional design work from prospective and current sponsors of our event. Lori truly is a professional, we highly recommend Graphic a la Design for your next project; you won’t regret it.​
Matt Baca
Oshawa FireFit Event Team (2019 Canadian and World FireFit Championships Host)​
There is so much that we could say here. Time after time, Graphic a la Design has been wonderful to work with — Lori just gets it! Lori genuinely cares about our spa, making herself available for any questions our staff has about marketing and communications. She is extremely creative and professional; her work is outstanding. We've had a great response from the branding she created from our logo to storefront signage; website, inner-office forms and social media; she’s does it all. She even works with our staff creating Facebook live-feeds and contests, YouTube videos from the footage they send her as well as spa and product photography. She is data driven, sending us monthly analytic reports and comparables, and stays up to date with our marketing prospects. We highly recommend Lori without reservation.
Management and Staff
Brooklin Laser Hair Removal Clinic & Spa

Meet The Team

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Jolene

Illustrator / Designer

Her approach to illustration and design is sophisticated and clever. She combines arts, design and creative skills to develop ideas and produce original visual images.

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Jenna

Copywriter / Creative Communications

She adores copy — researching, thinking, writing and tweaking — and it's evident in all that she produces. Writing with an agenda in mind, she uses her craft to push our clients' product and service.

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Jasmine

Translator (French / Spanish)

She is the master of translation — there's no room for error with her on your project! She will ensure your message is accurately translated from English to French and/or Spanish, completely error free.

Chris

Photographer

A natural born shutterbug! With over two decades of experience, he knows how to capture significant moments, giving clients the opportunity to tell their story through the lens.

Dani

Office Assistant

She takes pride in her efficiency and organization skills! While staying focused and self-motivated she ensures all office supplies are on hand, files are in order and our month-end reports are up-to-date and ready for Gina.

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Gina

Bookkeeper / Accounting

She loves numbers and "the books" — she stays on top of the accounts, ensuring everything behind the scenes is running smoothly.

Click to read a little more about our team and click here to learn more about the history and growth of Graphic a la Design.