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“The greatest thing to be achieved in advertising, in my opinion, is believeability.” – Leo Burnett


“Readers find the endorsements of fellow consumers more persuasive than the puffery of anonymous copywriters.” – David Ogilvy


“Mike’s talent goes far beyond website design. He really is a master at looking at the overall branding and making sure that the brand connects with your audience. He is artistic enough to create such a brand and then to weave it into the website and the other social media platforms that companies use. This concept can then be easily extended to print and other media.

Mike helped us perform a complete overhaul of our website. Early on in this process, as Mike came to understand our business, he pointed out that our branding did not stand out from our competitors. Mike was astute enough to realize this shortcoming and he was able to demonstrate why he had this concern. It was not obvious at the outset and it takes someone with an eye like Mike to see this.

Mike has a lot of patience and kept us on task to keep the process moving forward and achieve the results that we desired.”

Patrick Bongers

Partner, CedarCoast Timber Homes

I have had the pleasure of working closely with Mike Beard on a number of projects, including both corporate and as a volunteer.

Without exception, Mike’s work has been outstanding. His beyond-the-call-of-duty efforts as a volunteer for the Queen’s York Rangers Association fits this category…

The Queen’s York Rangers Association raises funds to support the men and women of the regiment and their families. As Chair of the 2011 inaugural event, I approached Mike to help with concept development, branding and marketing. He immediately saw the need to support our troops and their families and said “yes.” He devoted considerable time to both the inaugural and 2012 events.

I can honestly say that without Mike’s enthusiastic support, branding insight and graphic design expertise, the levee would not have been the success it was. His branding was identified by many donors as key to winning their support. Countless times Mike was asked to undertake a task outside the scope of his commitment, and he did so without complaint, all in order to make the events a success.

Barrie is fortunate to have a fantastic community development asset in the form of Mike Beard.

Chris Ballard

Member of Provincial Parliament, Ontario; Chair, Lt.-Gov. Simcoe’s Levee (2010-2012); Vice-President, Queen’s York Rangers Association (2010-2013); Councillor, Town of Aurora; President, CSB Communications Inc.

“Mike and I did not know each other, and were assigned to a project with extremely tight timelines.

We made the deadline with a quality product, in large part because Mike was a pleasure to work with: he was willing to be flexible and work “on call” to get the job done, had an unfailingly positive attitude, and saw us as a team.

Thanks, Mike.”

Judy Irwin

Senior Manager, Communications, Ontario Long Term Care Association

“I had the pleasure of working with Mike in designing OtterWood’s corporate website. He recreated the vision that OtterWood had presented him with and developed a strong, professional, easy to navigate site.

What I appreciated the most was the time Mike took to really understand what I needed from the website, and he was always ready with suggestions on improvement.

Mike is completely professional and worked extremely hard to produce a website that was tailored to my exact needs. He also provided training on how to maintain and update the website ourselves.

I am thrilled with the response I’ve been receiving, and recommend his services.”

Christine Hughes

President and Chief Investment Strategist, OtterWood Capital Management Inc.

“Mike and I have I guess what you would call a long distance relationship, in fact we have never met.

I knew him because he created our Tack Data branding and site, so when it came time to renew the RCR Technologies web site, I thought Mike would be up to the task. He was.

Mike has a great ability to speak directly to executives and his creative ideas enlivened the presentation. His visuals have a way of making technical subjects easier to understand.”

Rob Rutherford

President, RCR Technologies Inc.

For more testimonials, please see Graphic Design in Barrie, my studio site.