Branding is the life of a company — its heart and soul!

Contagious Designs Canada

Services

At Graphic a la Design, we believe successful design is built through genuine collaboration between our clients and our team. We will work alongside you from the initial contact through to job delivery. We will ask pertinent questions about your goals, potential and existing clients and competition; discuss with you, your deadlines and budget.

We encourage you to read through the testimonials throughout this website, on Google Reviews and on our social media pages. These authentic messages are endorsements of Lori’s professionalism and commitment to her clients and their business success.

What’s the pineapple all about? It is a symbol of welcoming and hospitality — you are sure to see at least one during an office visit. Lori has loved anything “pineapple” since the fall of 1999. While visiting family in California, Lori complimented her great aunt’s pineapple necklace pendant. Her aunt replied with the following quote by Kat Gaskin, “Be a Pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” 

Over the years, Lori has accumulated many things “pineapple” including this little lamp her husband purchased for her. He thought of the idiom, “The light just goes off with creative people” — just like it does with Lori.

View the list of services below and see how Lori can bring advantage and value to your company. Some samples of work can be seen on portfolio pages I, II, III, IV and V in the tabs above. Due to contractual restrictions with some of our corporate and trade clients, not all work is posted. Although we are not permitted to post on the Internet or through social media, we would be happy to show the portfolio items to you, in person. Please reach out!

I couldn't sing the praises of Lori loud enough. A huge help getting my business off the ground. Great work, efficient in every aspect of the word and a truly amazing resource for branding/building your business. If I could give her 10 stars, I would. Thank you for everything Lori!
Erik Burden
Owner, Adanac Rubber Flooring
We are always very impressed by Lori's creativity and attention to detail. Her progressive style is consistently fresh and evolving, keeping us one step ahead of our competition!
Barb Szabunia-Forrest
Owner and Director,
Theatre Dance Academy
Highly recommended! Lori's work is very professional and she is extremely efficient as well as being very personable. Her great communication and vision enables your vision to be met. She puts her everything into her work and wants you to be pleased with the outcome.
Sital Metivier
Owner, The Beauty Clinic, Ajax

With so many design studios out there, why choose Graphic a la Design?
Simply put, we offer affordable and effective solutions that will help you stand out, in all the right places.

BRAND, PROMOTION AND MARKETING
Graphic a la Design can build or revive your business. With the three pillars of sustainability in mind: people, planet and profit. We will collaborate with you, discussing your target market and your competition. Once we have created your brand strategy and brand identity, we will then create your brand guidelines — your go-to-guide!

Brand Strategy and Brand Identity (read our branding blog)
• The “thinking” behind your brand
• Purpose, consistency, emotion, flexibility, employee, loyalty, competition
• Naming and tag lines
• Mission, vision and value statements
• Logo design (see below)
• Business collateral (letterhead, business cards, etc.)
• Templates for business operations
• Storefront signage and vehicle wraps
• Press announcements

Promotion and Marketing (read our marketing blog)
• Direct mail, email and social media campaigns
• Advertising and media style guide
• Retractable and trade-show banners
• Lapel pins
• Apparel, pens, mugs, water bottles, and more
• Annual and corporate reports

LOGO DESIGN 
Should I just design it myself? (read our blog!)
As part of your brand identity, a well-designed logo is transferable to all print and digital media applications and should be used in all communications — paper and on-line.

Your final logo package will always include:
• Full copyright to your logo
• Vector formats (.ai, .eps and .svg) for professional reproduction
• Office and presentation formats (.pdf, .jpg, .tiff and .png)
• Favicon (website tab icon)
• Branded social media profile logos in circle and/or square (for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or YouTube)
• Branded social media cover imagery, if required
• Secondary logos (horizontal, vertical, square, circular) if required
• Patterns, textures and other graphic elements 
• Specification and use guide (visit our Facebook page for examples) containing full colour pallet (Pantone, CMYK, RGB, HTML and greyscale colour conversions), font names and weights, file type explanation and the do’s and don’t of your logo. For brand consistency, this package should be forwarded to anyone reproducing your logo.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Do you have an event coming up or need to promote a product or service? Do you need more followers or online presence? The social media landscape is continually evolving and progressing. We can support and integrate social media into your business or brand by developing a strategy then assisting with content creation and page development. In addition, we offer consultation and training services that include all the in’s and out’s of analytics including effective posting times, successful digital branding practices and strategic content writing/design.

WEBSITE DESIGN, HOSTING, DOMAINS, EMAIL, SSL and SEO
An affordable way to draw traffic to your business. We are a one stop shop for domains, hosting and websites. We can build and maintain your site, or build your site then train you and your staff to maintain it. 

Our responsive websites (desktop, mobile and tablet viewable) are professionally designed to align with your industry standards. All come with: Stock photos (backgrounds, accent photos, design elements, etc.), photo correction/editing of client supplied photos (unlimited); supplied text structured in Canadian Press Stylebook format (basic copy editing included); social media integration. 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) includes image compression, Alt tags on images, content keywords, indexing, page crawl, sitemap submission and more using Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools.

All websites, regardless if you host with Graphic a la Design or not, come with 30-minutes per month of edits and updates for the term you host with us or for 1-year after your website launch (you do not host with us). This way, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are protected and that we will live up to our commitment of always being there for you, your business and your brand. In that 30-minutes, we could add/edit/modify: monthly specials, product updates, workshop information, holiday best wishes, etc. 

COPYWRITING, EDITING AND TRANSLATION
Our experts offer copywriting, editing and translation services. We have extensive knowledge of multi-sector copy stylebooks, ensuring the production of clear, high quality written material that is consistent with the sector of your business and contemporary English.

We are experienced at formatting and designing accessible print and online communications and documents using Barrier Free Accessible Design, Design Best Practices, Clear Print Guidelines, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

We offer Spanish, French and English translation services for your next bilingual or trilingual print or online document.

BROCHURES, CATALOGUES AND MAGAZINES
Using grids and font couplings, we add precise contrast and visual hierarchy to draw in your audience. From detailed design of high-end magazines, corporate brochures and catalogues, we have the over two decades of experience of creating stunning, effective and accessible print communications.

PACKAGE DESIGN
It is estimated the average consumer spends less than a second scanning shelves, and in that time, will make a decision on whether or not to purchase. The proper packaging will sell your product while keeping it safe and protected.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING
Whether you require traditional portrait photography or family photos outdoors at your favourite location, we will capture moments that can be shared with generations.

We also offer clients custom, on-their-premise product photography, as well as the cost efficient and time benefit of stock photos.

"Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual re-invention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to imagination. It is easy to be cynical about such things, much harder to be successful." — Sir Richard Branson

File security, payment terms, legal and copyright

You can be rest assured, your files are safe. Our computer software and hardware are up to date. We secure all client files with back ups every three hours.

Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, e-transfer, direct deposit or wire-transfer (international clients, wire-transfer fees will be added to your final invoice).

A 50% deposit is required prior to the first proof and balance is due upon completion of the project(s).
HST will be added to all invoices.

Click to read Graphic a la Design’s terms and conditions. All stock photos supplied by, or purchased through Graphic a la Design remain under the terms of the download licence.

We can direct you towards information about the Marrakesh Treaty, copyright, intellectual property, ownership and record searches.