About

We are an independent design agency based in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood. We provide design and communications services for arts & culture, technology, and professional services sectors, including interactive, brand development, graphic identity, print design, and social media.

Our goal is engagement: to leverage digital and print media to create meaningful connections between brands and their intended audience. To communicate intelligently and emotively. To create data-driven, intuitively orchestrated narratives that resonate and inspire action.

Our process is at once constant and constantly evolving, based on our clients’ needs.

We listen. We push up against assumptions. We don’t get started until we’ve defined the challenge at hand, and that means having a clear understanding of our clients’ goals.

Corpus callosum. It’s that bridge connecting the right and left sides of the human brain, and we’re all over it throughout the course of each project. We strategize and conceptualize, sometimes at the same time. We stay open to inspiration while calling out preconceptions.

We test and we execute. We collaborate with our clients. We break things apart and put them back together. We get it done, and it’s awesome.

BRAND IDENTITY
Brand strategy, identity, logo design, brand refresh, messaging. If an identity doesn’t exist, we create it. If it already exists, we elevate it.

WEB DEVELOPMENT
UX/UI, information architecture, design, production, maintenance, security and SEO. Websites from concept to launch and onward.

PRINT MARKETING
Design, layout, production. Reports, brochures, stationery, advertising, environmental signage and displays.

MOTION
Video, animation, motion, sequential imaging. Concept & narrative development, storyboarding, production.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Research, strategy, content creation, management, and engagement, with optional integration of SEO.

KEITH HAMILTON • PRINCIPAL & SENIOR DESIGNER

For over twenty years, Keith has elevated the brands of businesses and organizations using leading-edge digital, web, and print communications. His award-winning work has been recognized nationally, including induction into Library and Archives Canada. He founded Rare Design Group in 2004.

Keith is co-author of/featured speaker for FocusFwd, an educational seminar series for the development of small- and mid-size businesses.

VALERIE MCALLISTER-HAMILTON​ • PROJECT MANAGER

With almost twenty years of client- and agency-side marketing experience, Valerie brings both big picture and granular-level perspectives to the planning, execution, and management of large-scale web platforms and results-driven communications plans.

MIRA DAHN • UX DEVELOPER

As a graduate of Concordia University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program and BCIT’s New Media Design and Web Development program, Mira is driven by a zeal for technology, scientific research, psychology, and artistic expression, combining design theory and code to help organizations and brands develop their services and products while producing outstanding customer interactions.

CLAYTON WINTERBOTHAM • FULL STACK DEVELOPER

A graduate from both BCIT’s New Media Design & Web Development program and Software Systems Development program, Clayton is a natural problem-solver, drawing on a wide range of programming languages (including HTML/CSS, SQL/NoSQL, PHP, Javascript, Node.js, React.js, GraphQL, Gatsby, and Strapi) to create a seamless integration between industry-forward backend efficiencies and fluid user experience.