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


As a Creative Director in the branding 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 BBDO, Dare, DDB, Edelman, Idea Rebel, FCB/SIX, T4G, Proximity Canada, Teehan+Lax, and Trajectory. 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. My awards shelf contains recognition from the ADCCs, Applied Arts, Art Directors CLub, Atomic Awards, BILD, Canadian Marketing Awards, Cannes, Caples, Clios, D&ADs, Epica, Media Innovation Awards, One Show, Strategy, and the Webby’s. I’ve also judged both the New York Festivals Advertising Show and the Marketing Awards, and have previously served on the Design Proram Advisory Committee for Centennial College.

Growing up, I wanted to be a high school history teacher, and this teaching-focused mindset has stayed with me as I’ve progressed through my career. I’ve been fortunate to teach both Visual and UX Design at Humber College and RED Academy, as well as guest speak on the industry at various events to date.

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.


Full archive coming soon.

In the meantime, you can read previous articles on my Medium page, or susbcribe to Insights & Tactics, a once-every-three-weeks newsletter we put out from Stack containing curious insights and actionable tactics around branding, advertising, and the web.

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