Hello There!

I’m Stuart Thursby, the Founder & Creative Director of Stack Creative, a branding and creative agency based in Toronto, Canada.

This is my personal website, a holding place for writing, a shot bio, and ways to get in touch with me personally.

I’m actively seeking writing, speaking, and teaching engagements in 2019 – so if you’re looking for a new voice to add to your mix, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Stuart Thursby

Bio

As a Creative Director in the overlapping brand, advertiisng, and digital space, I spend every day trying to make my team, the work, and the process better, smoother, and more creatively impactful than the day before. The pursuit of doing right by the client, the customer, the project, and the team is my guiding philosophy.

2018 marked a new chapter, as I founded Stack Creative with a view to helping organizations find ways to more accurately, succinctly, and compellingly present themselves to the world. Regardless of whether this involves a full rebrand or a simple ad, we approach every project the same way: clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose (thanks Coach Taylor).

Before launching Stack, I spent time as both a full-time and freelance Art Director and Associate Design Director at various agencies in both Toronto and Berlin. Key clients over the years have included the Canadian Olympic Committee, CIBC, Fairmont Hotels, Mercedes-Benz, Ontario Ministry of Health, Partnership for a Drug Free Canada, PFLAG Canada, RBC, Rogers, Samsung, and Travel Yukon, amongst many others across virtually every vertical out there.

in 2019 I was named one of Canada’s top Creative Directors and Designers by Strategy Magazine. I’ve taught design at several institutions, spoken on numerous panels, been a podcast guest, had my work features in a popular book on typography, judged award shows, and written articles that were published in more places than just my blog! Growing up, I wanted to be a high school history teacher, and this open, collaborative, and grounded mindset of a teacher has stayed with me as I’ve progressed through my career.

If you’re looking for a new face to join a board, judge a show, or teach a workshop or class, I’d love to chat.

Articles

You can read any of the previous articles I’ve written on advertising, branding, agency life, or client relationships on either the Stack Blog on my Medium page. Feel free to susbcribe to Insights & Tactics, the newsletter we put out from Stack containing curious insights and actionable tactics around branding, advertising, and the web!

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C.V.

Creative Director + Founder
Stack Creative
May 2018 – Present

Freelance Senior Art Director/ACD
BBDO, DDB, Idea Rebel
July 2017 – May 2018

Associate Design Director
FCB/SIX
August 2016 – July 2017

Art Director
T4G
January 2015 – August 2016

Freelance Art Director
AJ&Smart, DARE, Edelman, Ryan Edwards, T4G, Teehan+Lax, Trajectory
July 2013 – December 2014

Art Director
Proximity Canada
November 2010 – July 2013

Online Editor/Community Manager
Applied Arts
September 2009 – November 2010

Side Hustles

Instructor, Design
Humber College
RED Academy
Centennial College (Program Advisory Committee)

Contributing Writer
Applied Arts (Magazine & Website)

Awards Show Judge
Marketing Awards
New York Festivals

Speaking & Panels
Applied Arts Events
RED Academy Events

Guest / Interview / Featured In
North Report (Quantum Mob Podcast)
Design Juices
Type Rules

Awards Won
ADCCs
Applied Arts
Art Directors Club/One Shpw
Canadian Marketing Awards
Cannes Lions
Caples
Clios
D&ADs
Epica
Media Innovation Awards
Strategy
Webby’s

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