My name is Stephen McMahon and I am a designer from Toronto, ON. I am passionate for design and business development, and want to bring that passion to your business. My mission is to offer outstanding, innovative design solutions for any demographic or clientele. My education in art history and graphic design has given me a solid foundation in design. In addition, I have over 7 years of professional experience in graphic, print, web, and industrial design, which has enhanced my technical and professional approach to my projects. I am highly proficient with the software used to create outstanding visuals and inspirational designs and I am dedicated to staying informed of current trends and developments in the field.
Your business' brand should reflect who you are, and look good doing it. I provide marketing and design solutions to build credibility for your organization. With careful planning and consultation, I will work with you every step of the way to make your vision become a reality. A detailed list of services that I offer can be found here.
Below is my five step process to ensure that our project will be successful and have an outstanding impact. Click the icons below to read more about my process.
The first and most important step, is for us to meet to discuss your needs and goals. Consultation is free of charge throughout the process because I believe it is crucial to ensuring our partnership will be mutually beneficial. This meeting will provide me with an understanding of who you are and what you are really looking for. This will also give me the opportunity to gain insight into your business and your brand.
Here is where I research, then start to put things down on paper and get organized. I develop objectives and create a timeline for getting things done. I prepare all the tools and elements I need for the project to ensure a smooth process throughout. During the planning phase, you provide all the copy required for your project, if required.
The design stage is my favourite part of the process. This is where the creativity takes hold and your project starts to come to life. When it comes to building a design strategy, a lot of the preliminary designs are done the old fashioned way. I use pencil and paper to sketch out my ideas as well as create wireframes, site-maps, and user-flows. Then I go into Adobe Creative Suite to create a full visual of your project.
When the imagery for your project is complete, we are ready to execute. This is where everything comes together to create the final product. Your flyer is print ready, your website is tested, clean and coded properly. Whether it is a printing job, a logo design, or a website, everything is fine tuned to give your project an exceptional outcome.
I believe this is the most important step in the whole process. At any time you have questions, comments or concerns, I am happy to discuss the project over the phone, via Skype, or in person. I will consistently, provide updates on my work throughout the process for your input and critique. At the end of the day, I am not happy unless you are happy with the final product and are confident that it will have a positive impact for your business.
I love what I do and I am very passionate about my work. I have extensive experience with the necessary tools to give you an outstanding result. I take each project very seriously and treat it with the same high standards that I have for my personal projects. Some samples of my previous work can be found here. My goal is to build happy and healthy partnerships with clients by providing consistent premium-quality designs. Below are some more reasons why working with me will be beneficial to you:
"Stephen, we want to thank you for your creative, concise and detailed work for us. You really came through on our deadline and the promotional material looks great! Thank you again and you can count on us coming back for all our artwork jobs, and next year’s brochure.”
— David Cubitt, The Logoed CD
"I hired Stephen to design a website for my business and I couldn't be happier with the work he has done for me. He was extremely professional every step of the way, and came up with some very creative ideas when I had none. He was extremely patient and punctual with me as well; any time I needed to change something on the website, he did so without question and in a timely manner. Since having completed my website, I have hired Stephen to design both my business cards and flyers for advertising. I would absolutely recommend Stephen for any graphic design/web design projects to anyone who is in need of such work. I can't wait to see what he comes up with for my business card and flyer designs”
— Corey Fenster, The Music Guru
"I have worked with Stephen on many projects over the past 2 years. Stephen always brings a high level of creativity and knowledge to any projects he works on. I would highly recommend him to anyone requiring design work.”
— Ryan Smith, Ride North
“Stephen is an integral member of the design team. He is a reliable, hard working and enthusiastic guy that pays attention to detail, and always meets deadlines. He's a wizard when it comes to designing logos and is well versed in many complex computer languages.”
— Kelvin M