Freelance Designer - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

ONE MIND, MANY CANVASES

From Expo 86 to Coverage of the Tour de France, to Professor & Designer

The Early Years

Expo 86 in Vancouver BC Canada possibly could have started Brian Chard’s fascination with multimedia. As a youngster, he had never seen anything as intense as a laser light show. Expo 86 rocked his world, and he was inspired. As he 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 Chard searching for the meaning of life, he decided to use his computer skills, and he started to design for the “new” Internet in the early 1990′s. He learned to code, attended Emily Carr University of Art + Design to learn design skills, and started Brian Chard Design in Vancouver BC. He spent the early years being a designer for national 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 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 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.”

 

The Present

Today, Brian Chard Design provides graphic design, website design, photography, and 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 has come to realize the importance of good working relationships with his clients, and he tries to go beyond his clients’ expectations whether the project is big or small. He creates high-quality design for almost any medium through the use of a proven creative design process. He currently is proud to work for clients like Queen’s University, BOHO & HOBO, and MODO yoga. When not working, Brian enjoys cycling, fishing, and gardening.