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Deborah Barnett

creative director, artistic director, project developer, marketing strategist, content developer, focus tester, and brand strategy facilitator

Deborah brings her high-level creative director's skills to your initiative as a consultant, making sure that her services accomplish positive ROI, beyond your expectations, every time.

Deborah apprenticed at the Dreadnaught Press in the seventies, working with Robert MacDonald and Alan Fleming to develop her skills in design and typography. She was a key contributor to Dreadnaught's publishing and book-packaging business at the time, including the early written and visual works by Margaret Atwood, Greg Gatenby, Ludwig Zeller and Susana Wald, Susan Musgrave, John Robert Colombo, A.F.Moritz, George Bowering, Robert Priest and Steve McCaffery.

By 1990 Deborah was the driving force at the new Dreadnaught Design, a studio that produced design solutions for a wide variety of organizations across the country. Some of her clients in those days included Price Waterhouse Cooper, Federal and Provincial Governments, The National Arts Centre, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canada Dance Festival, GAMI Artists' Management, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Reed Books Canada, and more.

Deborah has also lectured on design, art direction and colour theory at the Banff Publishing Workshop for more than a decade. She supported participants’ design solutions with art direction and design consultation in the workshop portion of this intensive and demanding course of studies.

With Someone, Deborah continues to provide strategic brand and promotional solutions for several of Canada's most respected companies. She remains connected to projects from start to finish, because she has a strong intuition for understanding the client's needs, and can communicate productively with the creative team.

Often as the project leader, Deborah builds the teams, keeps the project on-message, on budget, and on time – representing both the client's requirements and the overall creative vision.

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