Chad Roberts Design studio photo with Chad and his boston terriers, William and Henry.
At Chad Roberts Design we specialize in the creation and management of visual identities for creative people, organizations and the products they produce.

 

We approach branding holistically by creating identity systems that come alive in application. This allows us to consider how each element in the system is integrated and visually reinforces the core message of the brand, resulting in identity systems that are timeless and visually striking.

 

Our process is highly collaborative and tailored to each individual client. We strive to become a long-term trusted creative partner that can help you visually define your voice over multiple projects.
Chad Roberts, Creative Director
Chad has always been passionate about food. So much so that he studied to become a chef before discovering he was more interested in the visual culture of the food industry. He quickly shifted his focus to a career path that married his two loves: cuisine and aesthetics.

 

Chad studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where after graduating as Valedictorian, he became a faculty member. During his time in New York, Chad spent five years working as a senior designer with Louise Fili Ltd. creating brand identities for many leading gourmet food companies. He left the studio to become an art director at New York-based DesignWorks BBDO before moving to Toronto and establishing his own boutique studio.

 

Chad is a member of the Type Directors Club and served on the board of directors from 2006-2008. His award-winning work has been featured in multiple publications and in several books on design and the design process. More recently, Chad was a sessional instructor at OCAD University in the Faculty of Design.

 

 

What we do
Package Design
Brand Identity Design
Name Development
Web Strategy & Design
Environmental Graphics
Marketing Collateral
Custom Lettering
Custom Font Design
Book Design & Production
Joanna Todd, Senior Designer
After obtaining a Journalism degree from Ryerson University, Joanna instead found herself in a visual communications position at a consumer insights firm. It is here that she discovered her love for design and reawakened her love of illustration and went back to OCAD to study full-time. While in school she worked for TIME magazine, where she not only designed print materials, but also major events for film industry post-screening parties during TIFF, including Corpse Bride, North Country, Trumbo, Rocknrolla and Michael Clayton. After earning a Bachelor of Design (Hons) degree, she became the Senior Designer at The National Ballet of Canada, where she stayed for seven years, while simultaneously designing brand identities for small business clients. She has a knack for hand-lettering, calligraphy and performing Photoshop magic on sullied pointe shoes and bodysuits.

 

 

Ian Fotheringham, Project Manager & Developer
Hailing from the rural farmlands of Ontario, this country bumpkin landed in the big city as a competitive figure skater. After many years of sequins and glitter, he hung up his skates to attend OCAD University, becoming a graduate of the Industrial Design program. Ian has been with the studio for over four years facilitating print and web production.

 

 

Jacob Colosi, Junior Designer
A native of the picturesque Niagara Peninsula, Jacob attended the York University / Sheridan College Joint Program in Design to earn his Bachelor of Design (Hons) degree, receiving multiple scholarships for academic achievement. As a graduate with honours, Jacob is ready to be a part of the design industry and create award-winning work. In addition to collecting nutcrackers, he is a connoisseur of recipe books.
Selection of book covers Chad Roberts is published in
The work of Chad Roberts has been seen in the pages of Print, Step Inside Design, CMYK, Design Edge and HOW magazines as well as being included in the annual publications of the Type Directors Club and Graphis.
Select Awards
2012 DESIGN EDGE best logo design | finalist
2012 DESIGN EDGE best print design | finalist
2012 HOW International Design Annual
2005 Graphis Packaging Design 9
2005 Graphis Logo Design 6
2004/05 Graphis Design Annual
2004 Typography 25, the annual of the Type Directors Club
2003/04 Step Inside Design Top 100
2003/04 Print Regional Design Annual
2003 Step Design Annual
2002 Typography 23, the annual of the Type Directors Club
2001 Print A-Z
2001 CMYK No. 18 & No. 19
2001 HOW International Design Annual

Publications
Designedge Canada Vol. 2 No. 4 by Designedge Canada
Ontario Restaurant News Vol. 29 No. 4 by Canadian Restaurant News
Chois Package Vol. 6 by Chois Publishing
2012 Logo Agenda by RGD Ontario
2009 The Wilde Years, Visual Arts Gallery, New York City
Handwritten by Thames & Hudson
Logo Lab by How Books
Perception Process Practice by Rockport Books
Blogs
From Up North, Kitten & the Bear
Packaging of the World, Kitten & the Bear
Packaging of the World, Atwood Blend
Communication Arts, Fresh Studio Profile
The Blog of Mr Cup: Graphic Exchange, Packaging & Identity
For Print Only, Steffler CA Business Cards
Art of the Menu, Geraldine
The Dieline, Studio Spotlight
The Dieline, 30 Creative Coffee Packages
The Beauty of Letterpress, Steffler CA Business Cards
Art of the Menu, Best of 2012
Brand New, Friday Likes 23
The Dieline, Balzac's Coffee Roasters
Art of the Menu, Cafe Belong
The Canadian Design Resource, Atwood Blend
Paste Magazine, 50 of the Best Coffee Branding Designs
Design Instruct, 30 Beautiful Coffee Packaging Designs

Exhibitions
2009 The Wilde Years, Visual Arts Gallery, New York City
2004 TDC 50, International traveling exhibition
2002 TDC 48, International traveling exhibition