John Furneaux is the founder, chief ideator and creative and strategic quarterback at Projektor. John takes a hands-on approach to every project, and works directly with clients to understand their needs and deliver insightful solutions. His contribution to both strategic and creative processes creates distinctive visual and verbal communications that forge emotional, engaging connections with audiences.
For over 20 years, John has worked closely with organizations of all sizes – from entrepreneurial start-ups to global leaders. His experience spans a broad range of brand image and identity programs, as well as the communications and marketing initiatives that bring brands to life.
Prior to founding Projektor, John held executive positions at a number of Canada’s premier design consultancies including Ove Brand|Design, Identica and karacters Design Group. He is an award-winning, globally recognized designer who remains actively involved in the advancement of Canada’s design industry. He is a contributor to George Brown College’s Institute Without Borders and Design Management program and the Past President of the Association of Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario), and is an active speaker and contributor in the Canadian design industry.
Industry Expertise (3)
Areas of Expertise (6)
President, RGD Ontario (professional)
I was first elected to the Board Directors of the Association of Registered Designers of Ontario in 2003 and was privileged to served as first as President and then as Past President from 2005 until 2008. RGD Ontario represents more than 3,000 graphic designers, managers, educators and students across Ontario and a leading proponent on communicating the value of design to a wide range of audiences.
Awards and Accolades (professional)
Over the years I have been privileged to work with a wide range of talented people which resulted in our work being recognized in a wide range of prestigious competitions including:
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity,
Applied Arts Magazine,
Leadership roles with Branding & Design firms (professional)
2012-2011 Managing Partner, Ove Brand|Design /
2011-2008 Managing Director, Branding & Design, Identica /
2005-2008 Managing Director, Karacters Design Group /
1990-2005 SVP, Ove Design & Communications
Sheridan College: Graphic Design, Graphic Design 1988
- Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)
Event Appearances (10)
Designing the New Normal
Understanding the Visual Consumer
Future by Design DX, Toronto ON
Design & the Senses
Managing Creative Teams
Design at Work
Leveraging your Marketing Dollars through Design
Canadian Marketing Association Conference Toronto
Design Management Workshop: Bringing it together
Destination Design Management Santa Monica CA
Communicating the Value of Design
Branding for the Public Sector – Building consensus while building brands
RGD Design Thinkers Ottawa
The Future of Identity Design
Future By Design Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ON
Sample Talks (1)
Branding for the App Age.
As much as logos have evolved around the changing needs of commerce, they have also had to adapt to new methods of communication and the technologies available to reproduce them. In today’s mobile digital age, devices such as Smartphones and Tablets are rapidly becoming a primary medium through which people are exposed to corporate and consumer brands.
The talk focuses on helping organizations of all types answer the question: is my logo ready for the age of the app?
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