Kim Pickett is the creative principal of KIMBO Design Inc., an award-winning design firm. As a creative director, she’s a conceptual and strategic thinker who is well known for producing effective, innovative campaigns executed with a clean and elegant signature style.
Kim’s breakthrough creative direction and targeted marketing expertise guide the development of branding campaigns, visual identities, and interactive assets. She has worked with a wide range of clients, such as United Food and Commercial Workers 1518, Government Communications and Public Engagement, Coast Mental Health, Forest Innovation Investment, The Alzheimer Society of B.C., Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Spectra Energy and BC’s Premier Christy Clark.
The design industry frequently recognizes Kim’s talents and entrepreneurial accomplishments. Most recently, Enterprising Women Magazine selected Kim as one of 2017’s Enterprising Women of the Year, one of only six Canadian recipients. In 2015, PROFIT and Chatelaine ranked Kim No. 86 in the 17th annual W100 list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs. Her design work has been acknowledged by the international Green Dot Awards and Summit Awards, and in 2014, Kim was selected as a judge for the package design category at the JUNO Awards. She has been featured in Applied Arts Magazine, Business in Vancouver, Distinctive Women Magazine, and TELUS Talks Business, among others, and was profiled as a “Game Changer” by Arlene Dickinson’s YouInc.com. Other award nominations include: RBC’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, Business In Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Kim is a Certified Graphic Designer, holding a CGD designation from The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC); she also graduated with honors from Canada’s leading Design Program at York University and Sheridan College.
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Areas of Expertise (19)
2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award (professional)
The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.
Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award (professional)
Move Up Prince George awarded Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council.
PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 List (professional)
Kim Pickett Ranks No. 86 on the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 List.
The PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking and awards program is Canada's largest celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women. The PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranks female entrepreneurs by a composite score that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the companies they own and manage.
KIMBO Design wins Campaigns Category at 2016 Design Edge Redgee Awards (professional)
KIMBO Design won for our Move Up Prince George campaign, and received five nominations in four categories for the 2016 Design Edge Redgee Awards, the main awards show for Canada’s professional creative and design communities.
KIMBO Design Named #5 Largest Graphic Design Firm in B.C. (professional)
We are proud to have made the Business In Vancouver list of Biggest Graphic Design Firms in B.C. KIMBO Design came in at #5 on this year’s list.
KIMBO Design Announced as Graphex 2013 Finalist in 2 Categories (professional)
Branding and design firm KIMBO Design has been announced as a finalist for the Graphex 2013 awards, in both the Digital and Self-Promotion Categories.
The Graphex National Design Awards is a prestigious biennial competition that showcases the best of cultural,
social and business communications in all mediums. Graphex has a mandate to promote the value of design to the Canadian business community.
KIMBO Design Recognized For Creative Excellence By Summit Creative International Competition (professional)
The Summit Creative Awards recognizes and celebrates the creative accomplishments of small and medium sized advertising agencies.
Kimbo Designs’ winning entry, a holiday gift to their clients, helped to solve a common problem that is often experienced during the holidays—the inability to find a wine opener when needed. The gift illustrated the firm’s creative and elegant approach to solving challenging
problems for their clients.
Finalists in Regional Design Awards Competition (professional)
La Petit Souris packaging design won a 2012 Summit Award for the Chocolate Garden series. KIMBO Design was also a finalist in the 2012 Design Edge Reggie Awards for the Garden series.
KIMBO Design wanted to have the new series complement the essential ingredients of each handcrafted bar, and maintain recognition/continuity with the original theme we had created for Scarlet. Our challenge was to entice chocolate lovers to try each flavour in the Garden series.
Green Dot Awards (professional)
KIMBO Design was recognized among thousands of entrants for their green design work in the Service category of Sustainable Design. The Vancouver design company was a Third Place winner of the 2011 Green Dot Awards.
Woman of Worth Award - Business & Prosperity (professional)
Recognized for creating a respectful and productive workplace, and promoting employees' and/or colleagues' healthy lifestyle and career development. She excels in her commitment to successful and prosperous business management and utilizes her sustainable achievements as foundations for the future.
York University: Bachelor of Design, Design 2001
The first and largest Bachelor of Design (BDes) program in Ontario is offered jointly with Sheridan Institute. Joint programs allow you to combine your university education with specialized, college-based training.
The York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design reflects the distinct practical, research and theoretical needs of the design profession. Courses in design studies provide an integrated approach to the history, research and theory, management and critical issues of design. Focuses on three major areas of visual communication:
* Communication/Graphic Design
* Information Design
* Interactive/Multimedia Design
- Certified Graphic Designer, CGD - Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
- WSET Level 1 Award in Wines - The Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Media Appearances (9)
From employee to entrepreneur: advice on how to break out on your own
Kim Pickett shares her advice on how to move from employee to entrepreneur with TELUS Talks Business. Reflecting on her past business experiences, Kim highlights what it takes to make the leap to successful entrepreneur including not being afraid to take risks. She encourages entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and never settle.
PowHERHouse Portrait on Kim Pickett
PowHERhouse, the only Canadian media platform that accelerates individual performance, business growth, and social impact, profiled KIMBO Designs’s Kim Pickett this month. Kim talks about the mission and vision for the company, highlights and successes, and tips on juggling business and life as a powHERful career woman.
500 Coffees #84 Kim Pickett
Vancouver Is Awesome online
Meet Kim Pickett. Principal and Creative Director at Kimbo Design, and number 86 in the 17th annual W100 list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs (amongst other accolades). We met at the Kimbo office on Granville Street downtown and headed to the nearby Artigiano for coffee and a chat.
We-Rule Shines the Spotlight on KIMBO Design’s Kimberley Pickett
Kimberley Pickett from KIMBO Design shares her entrepreneurial journey and formula for success with We-Rule, the global community of female entrepreneurs and mentors on a mission to build successful, lasting and diverse businesses. Her entrepreneurial wisdom will inspire fellow women to follow their dreams and plan to succeed in business.
Kim Pickett’s Trends & Insights on a Healthy Workplace
EWN Radio Network online
Kim Pickett was interviewed by Johnell and Michael McCauley of the Turn Knowledge to Profit podcast on the eWomen Radio Network. In this Trends & Insights Interview, Kim talks about the importance of wellness to work-life balance for driven entrepreneurs, and creating an open and collaborative workplace.
Kim Pickett Top 100 Female Entrepreneur in Canada Shares Her Story
Biz Women Rock: Radio Interview with Katie Krimitsos online
Kim Pickett started as an "artist who didn't care about making money" and has evolved into one of Canada's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs who runs a multi-million, boutique Advertising, Marketing and Branding Agency, KIMBO Design. Quite a transition! In this incredible interview, Kim talks about how she leads her team and keeps them motivated, how and why she puts the time into applying for awards (and what effect it has on her company), what social media strategies she uses and why she likes being the test dummy for her clients. Her resilience will astound you! Listen especially for one of the best business tips I've heard so far!! (hint: it's about learning from what you don't get awarded).
Game Changer - Kim Pickett, Principal and Creative Director, KIMBO Design
Because of her years of experience Kim was sought out by YouInc., the entrepreneurial online information hub owned by Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den. She was interviewed about her strategy behind building KIMBO.
Turning Risk into Reward
Ovation Magazine, Sheridan College online
Ovation is Sheridan’s digital alumni magazine celebrating people and achievement. Published annually by the Advancement Department, Ovation is sent to Sheridan’s graduate community of more than 130,000.
Launched in 2014, the online publication is in keeping with Sheridan’s commitment to sustainability, conservation and waste reduction. The college aims to decrease its overall energy and carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and transition to a zero waste campus by 2020.
A Vending Machine That’s Got The Juice
Design Edge Canada online
warm cream tone to reinforce a connection to fresh and organic. We also used textural photography of fresh oranges using images of the skin and flesh with the intention of arousing thirst and further driving the concept to drinking orange juice to quench thirst.
The machine’s wrap makes it look like an orange with peeled skin, revealing the fresh fruit within — or in this case, a window for the consumer to watch the juicing in progress.
The Women’s Enterprise Centre network helps women start and grow their businesses. On their blog, Kim Pickett from KIMBO Design shares insights on how to do good while doing good business. She shares three ways to make an authentic commitment to the environment with the incorporation of sustainable business practices.
Kimberley Pickett from KIMBO Design shares her experience with fractured media and the evolution of interactivity in design on DesignEdgeCanada.com, a website dedicated to Canadian graphic designers. The post assesses the next transformations in the design industry including virtual reality.