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Distinctive Designs & Innovative Web-based Development

Mad Dog Studios is a small design firm specializing in web design & development, graphic design & branding, marketing material, and more.

Welcome to Mad Dog Studios

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Don't let the name fool you, we won't bite. Welcome to our online design studio that will give you a glimpse into the creative work we do, the clients that we're passionate about, and the fruits of our labour. At Mad Dog Studios, designing intuitive web sites and eye-catching graphics is only part of what we do -- where we excel is through our customer service. Catering to the small business owner, we will walk you through every step of the design or development process, ensuring you receive one-on-one consultation and support and offering free, no obligation quotes, and on-the-house meetings. Indeed, it's largely because of our down-to-earth service while delivering quality work that the majority of our clients are received from word of mouth referrals!

We develop using the latest Internet technologies like HTML5, jQuery, PHP/MySQL, and CSS while following the best technical practices. Please take a look at our portfolio or learn more about us and the creative services that we can offer you. A few highlights of our most recent work can be viewed below.

Compliance Safety Solutions

Compliance Safety Solutions Compliance Safety Solutions (CSS) provides health and safety training and consulting to hundreds of organizations in a variety of sectors including industrial, construction, municipalities, landscaping and health care.

Patrick Evangelisto came to MDS with a challenge: revitalize my brand and reshape my website. After a series of design briefs, we designed a new mark that would bolster a stronger image for CSS and developed a WordPress website to provide access to training courses and program development in Patrick's many areas of expertise. Together with a fresh brand online, we designed business cards to complement CSS' marketing campaigns offered through the consulting his company provides.

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Heaney's Hairstyling

Heaney's Hairstyling Heaney's Hairstyling is a very good example of how we can help modernize your brand. Heaney's has been in the Bronte community in Oakville, ON since 1956, providing colours and tints, cuts and styles, and permanent waves to the community. Heaney's wanted to update its look while maintaining its heritage and image to the locals. We tweaked their iconic logo to modernize the front of the card and designed a much needed stylist appointment notation on the back. The final product was offset printed (to enhance the sharpness), given a UV (glossy) coating on the front to improve durability, and we used a 14pt card stock to provide a quality feel.

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Spa...ahh

Spa...ahh Spa...ahh is a weekend retreat in Southern Ontario hosted by registered massage therapist (RMT), Angela Mills. Its purpose is to provide guests an opportunity to reconnect with each other, indulge and enjoy in relaxing spa services and leave your cares behind. MDS developed a brand for Spa...ahh, linking the wellness stones from Angela's work to the outdoor aspect of her weekend retreats. A website was designed around this brand and instead of designing another relaxation-themed spa site, we decided to evoke a feeling of excitement in the palette while using soft, contoured edges to bring it all together. A content management system (CMS) was used as the backend to enable Angela to provide updates on her events, modify prices for her spa services, and allow guests to create their own events.

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Antique Chevrolet Parts

Antique Chevrolet Parts We've worked with the Antique Chevrolet Parts team in the past to provide a bit of modernization to their aged computer systems so with the behind the scenes infrastructure updated, it was time to align their business cards with their affiliates, Bay Ridges Classic Chevy (below). This is the end result.

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Emerald Staffing

Emerald Staffing Emerald Staffing is an employment agency in the hospitality & food industry, specializing in temporary and contract jobs. Opening in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in January 2010, this vibrant staffing agency takes a personal approach with every applicant to find the job perfectly suited to their needs. MDS worked very closely with the Emerald Staffing team to create a brand that spoke to the professionalism, dedication & knowledge values that the company stands for, and created a brand identity, a website, business cards, and a set of brochures for job applicants & employers alike.

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Northern Stars Dance Competition

Northern Stars Dance Competition Northern Stars Dance (NSD) is a competition for young performers to showcase their talent across a variety of dance styles and venues in southern Ontario. The NSD site already had a stylish design but the team didn't want to deal with HTML and CSS to update their content for the many upcoming dance competitions. After sitting down with the NSD team to fully understand their requirements, MDS customized & implemented a content management system (CMS) to enable quick and efficient updates via easy-to-use graphical web interfaces. The existing design was updated, then converted into a template and seamlessly integrated with the CMS.

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Bay Ridges Classic Chevy

Bay Ridges Classic Chevy John O'Hare and the crew at Bay Ridges Classic Chevy (BRCC), a classic Chevy car and truck restoration parts company, needed a set of business cards that immediately identified them with the classic era without making them look dated. MDS worked within a very tight timeframe to get these cards ready for an upcoming car show that BRCC was attending, managed the relationship with the print shop and delivered the finished set of cards on-time, and under budget.

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Ingram Cottages

Ingram Cottages Hot off the heels of our latest project, we have updated our portfolio with some of our more recent work. The Ingram Cottages site serves as an informational and booking portal for a pair of cottages in Muskoka and PEI. The site features a custom-tailored CMS backend, which allows our clients to dynamically update the site regardless of where they are. Visitors are able to see in real-time the availability of the two cottages and submit reservation requests to be verified by the owners. This was a really fun project and we worked with some great clients -- looking forward to meeting up with them in the future.

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LATEST PROJECTS

Compliance Safety Solutions
Spa...ahh
Northern Stars Dance
Emerald Staffing
Ingram Cottages