Calgary Graphic Design Company: Tips For Finding The Right One

Calgary graphic design companyGraphic designers come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them may be freelancers while others are representatives of Calgary Graphic Design Company. And then there are those designers that just came out of college while the others have got years of experience to offer. Getting can play a big role in getting the results complete on time and getting them right.

Whether it’s a brochure that you want redesigned or a huge advertising campaign that needs some serious out-of-the-box thinking, one question remains the same. How do you know that you have found yourself the right Calgary graphic design company? How do you choose the right designer?


Are all designers the same?

Not all graphic designers have the same set of skills. Each one has a different industry experience to offer. They have a different set of design skills and their personal design flair that they’re proud of. Some graphic designers are good for making brochures while others prefer to work on packaging of products. And then there are those that focus on outdoor advertising. Depending on the project that you want them to work on, the designer you choose should be an expert on what you want done.


Is hiring someone local better?

Would you be happy to hire a graphic designer that lives four hours from you by train? Or would you hire someone who will require you to travel for two hours by plain to see the graphics he has made for your company? If you want to save on costs, then it is best to hire someone who’s also from Calgary. Not only will it be budget friendly, but it would be efficient too in a way that you can consult with them closely as they work on the graphics of your company. You can discuss the project often and improve it as it progresses.


Hire per project or hire for long term?

Depending on the kind of project you want to work with, hiring the right graphic design company depends a lot on it. If you only have one project that you want completed at a certain date, then hiring a graphic designer who specializes in just that would be a good move. However, if you are looking for someone to work on a long-term project, one design after another, then it is best to hire someone whose location is close to you.


Should I hire an experienced graphic designer?

Experience plays a big role in the kind of graphic design that a designer can come up for you. You need to find someone who can come up with a design not for the sake of having designs. You want someone who can deliver a design that will make a difference in the business that you do. Whether it’s a big advertising campaign or a small brochure you need to finish, then working closely with a designer who knows what he’s doing makes the project worth it.


How much should I pay the graphic artist?

Price is an important factor when you’re hiring. You know you can’t spend too much on someone who can provide very little work. It’s after all a business investment. You got to make sure that you stick to your budget and still get the end result that you want. Likewise, you can’t pay too little for something so good. The goal is to get the best deal possible. You want to get good designs then be prepared to pay for it for a good cost.


Portraits and Flower Portraiture


In the 30 years at Nortel, Donna held various positions including the manager of the Technical Writing & Illustrating dept. Early retirement, has allowed Donna to devote more of her time to painting. Donna is a member of the Foyer Gallery. She is also an active member of the Nepean Fine Arts League (held position as president). Her passion for painting now absorbs her on many fronts; working on her Fine Arts Diploma at St Lawrence College, participating in workshops, and entering exhibits and sales.

She has exhibited in the Homestead Gallery near Kemptville, the Artworks Gallery in Merrickville and the owaa Gallery in Ottawa. Her works were accepted into the 2nd annual Mayor’s Art Festival in Ottawa. She has been juried into numerous exhibits: The TAG annual juried show, the Salon Prize, the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, Kanata Civic Art Gallery, and Britannia Art Gallery. Her works have also been in Figureworks, the Atrium Gallery, Studio Gallery, NFAL Gallery, Ottawa Little Theatre, Carleton University, Nepean Museum, Artscene and the Tulip Festival. Her paintings are in private collections in Canada, USA, Switzerland, South Africa and St Helena.

“I take numerous photographs and then painstakingly search to find the one that captures my interest. This is true whether I’m painting flowers or people – to me they are all ‘portraits’. My floral paintings are influenced by the late Georgia O’keefe. The close up image brings the viewer a dramatic perspective that evokes an emotional response. My people portraits emulate the play of lights and shadows reminiscent of the old masters like Caravaggio.”…

New lights will shine on the arts featured at TAG Cornwall

“Changes like this is what Trillium is all about,” said MPP Jim McDonell.  “The grant will be used to update the lighting.”

“I know how much of an impact this grant will have on the gallery and on the community so it can showcase even more lovely art,” said Trillium spokesperson Paulette Hebert. “We are thrilled to allow you to have this money.”

Twenty something years ago Marc Trottier, who was the Art Gallery Executive Director at the time, secured the donation of a used professional lighting system from the National Art Gallery of Canada.   It was a great improvement for the art gallery then since the gallery only had generic commercial fluorescent lighting system.

The new lighting system will not only have an aesthetic function, they will also represent an important annual operational cost saving.  The new lights will only use 1/4 of the electricity consumption compared to our current system.  Therefore the Gallery will save over $1,200 annually in utility cost alone.  This cost saving could potentially be reinvested in the Gallery’s programs and multiply the benefits of a simple lighting system upgrade.

The new lights will also improve the ambient temperature in the Gallery.   Our current halogen bulbs produce more heat than light causing discomfort in the summer months.  The upgrade will also help save the environment by reducing waste as the new LED bulbs last for 50,000 versus 1,500 for halogen.…

“The Clothesline Says So Much!”

You are invited to attend the Catholic Education Coalition regional event “The Clothesline Says So Much!”, an art and poetry show that is being held at TAG Cornwall on April 2nd, 2014 featuring the work from our Kindergarten to Grade 12 students.  The exhibition will include French and English poetry as well as art pieces that the students created based on our board theme “Witnesses to Hope.”

Participating Schools include: Bishop Macdonell, Holy Trinity, Immaculate Conception, Iona Academy, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sacred Heart, St. Andrew’s, St. Anne, St. Columban, St. Finnan’s, St. George, St. Joseph, St. Matthew, and St. Peter.

Throughout the day, poetry will be read by some of our students visiting the gallery. The poetry and art will be on exhibit until April 4th and open for public viewing.

We hope that you are able to drop in to see the display of creative works from our students.…

“Complementary Contrasts” – New Exhibition

Marc Gagné and SooZ (Susan Jillette) never met before they were introduced to each other through TAG Cornwall.

Marc Gagné is a long-time resident of Ottawa who grew up in Kingston, Trenton, Ottawa, and later Toronto, attending the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU).

SooZ (Susan Jillette), a resident of Rigaud, Quebec, is an active member in numerous art associations & societies including the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) and the Autour de Nous (ADN) group of local professional artists.

Marc’s pieces are created by combining found objects such as sheet metal, weathered wood, old books and other items with more traditional materials like oil painting and encaustic; combining, distressing, cutting, burning, or otherwise altering and re-combining the pieces until they form an integral whole. He always has been drawn to the urban landscape with its aged and decaying surfaces.

SooZ works with acrylics and let the textures and colours evolve on the canvas during the painting process. Her new series called “Improbable Creatures” fits into the Steampunk category. Most of her work can be described as witty and whimsical, sometimes flashy at other times more subdued.

Both artists’ creations are clever, rich in texture and inventive.  Their similarity and their contrasting differences enhance one and other and will provide the viewer with an exciting visual treat.…