Expo 86 in Vancouver BC Canada possibly could have started Brian Chard’s fascination with multimedia. As a youngster, Brian Chard had never seen anything as intense as a laser light show. Expo 86 rocked his world, and he was inspired. As Brian grew older in the late 80′s, he often played around on his family’s computer creating graphics, animations or experimenting with early primitive internet communication technologies.
After an Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia left Brian searching for the meaning of life, he decided to use his computer skills and started to design for the “new” Internet in the early 1990′s. Brian Chard learned to code, attended Emily Carr University of Art + Design to learn professional design skills, and then started Brian Chard Design in Vancouver BC. He spent the early years being a designer for national and international brands such as Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Race Face Components, The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), The Vancouver Real Estate Board, Sharp Electronics, as well as various publicly traded companies and Internet start-ups. It was an exciting time to be involved in the graphic design and internet industries. Changes were happening fast.
The highlight of this era for Brian Chard was moving down to Boulder Colorado and playing a key role in the online coverage of the 1996 Tour de France to millions of followers for VeloNews Cycling Magazine and Inside Communications. During this time, Lance Armstrong was also diagnosed with cancer. As part of the Inside Communications team, Brian Chard provided assistance with PR while Lance Armstrong was in the Boulder Colorado hospital. This fast paced environment in the publishing industry created the values and foundations for Brian Chard Design when he returned back to Canada.
Brian Chard Design flourished in the “boom” years of the internet and survived the dot com “bust” that came in the late 90’s. Brian Chard Design operated originally in Vancouver, then more than a decade in the mountains of Nelson British Columbia, before relocating to Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Brian Chard also served as a professor in The School of Business at St. Lawrence College in Ontario and in the Computer Science Department at Selkirk College in BC teaching web design, graphic design and advertising to the next generation of digital strategists and graphic designers.
“I answer my own phone and offer honest advice based on more than 20 years of experience with nationally recognized brands.”
Today, Brian Chard Design Inc. provides graphic design, website development, photography, and marketing consulting services to corporations & organizations of all sizes across Canada and the globe. Brian Chard Design helps clients in many industries implement their online goals and reach the forefront of their industry through the use of professional graphic design, strategic website development, and outstanding content creation such as photography. Brian Chard is a reliable and trusted expert in branding, graphic design, web design, digital media, integrated marketing strategy, ad campaign design, and graphics for social media, websites, and print.
Over the past 20 years, Brian Chard Design has come to realize the importance of good working relationships with clients, and Brian Chard Design tries to go beyond client expectations whether the project is big or small. Brian Chard Design creates high-quality design for almost any medium through the use of a proven creative design process.