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 – 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


As a Creative Director in the brand/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, whether through a full-scale rebrand, a new website, or an advertising campaign.

Before launching Stack, I spent time as an Art Director and Associate Design Director at agencies such as AJ&Smart, BBDO, DDB, FCB/SIX, Proximity, Teehan+Lax, and others. Key clients over the years include 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.

In 2019 I was named one of Canada’s top Creative Directors and Designers by Strategy Magazine. I’ve taught design at Humber College and RED Academy, spoken on numerous panels, been a podcast guest, had my work features in a popular book on typography, judged award shows, and written articles – with hopefully many more to follow.


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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Creative Director + Founder
Stack Creative
May 2018 – Present

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

Associate Design Director
August 2016 – July 2017

Art Director
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
George Brown College
RED Academy Events
Seneca College

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

Awards Won
Applied Arts
Art Directors Club/One Shpw
Canadian Marketing Awards
Cannes Lions
Media Innovation Awards

The Hits

Below are some of the highlights of key campaigns, brand identities, and websites I designed, art directed, or led the team on the creation of throughout my career before launching Stack. Check out the Stack website for a peek at what we’ve been cooking up since we opened our doors in 2018.


Advertising, Email, & Direct Mail

Brand + Design

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