about

Steelie Design is dedicated to designing creative + effective visual communication, with a commitment to operating responsibly for environmental sustainability and prosperity.

A Feel-good Experience

From our initial meeting, through inspiration and concept development, to the final delivery of your product, and years well beyond its life cycle – it’s important that you feel good about every aspect of your design experience.

Steelie Design is constantly working to make every aspect of operations greener, more sustainable, and all around more ethically sound. It’s an organic process, where each tiny improvement inherently betters every future collaboration.

eco+initiatives

Fsc-Certified Printing

Every project printed through Steelie Design is FSC-certified. This means all aspects of the printing and paper-handling processes are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) – an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

Eco-Inks

Steelie Design strives to ensure that all printed items use the most environmentally friendly inks available. That means printing offset using only vegetable-/ plant-based inks and printing large-format products using eco-friendly pigments.

Eco-friendly toner for colour laser printing is less readily available, so only suppliers who adhere to proper recycling procedure and environmentally-friendly disposal practices.

Energy Star Office Equipment

Energy Star–compliant products are given first consideration when buying new electronic office equipment. As older equipment gets retired, it’s either, repurposed, given a new home or recycled responsibly, then replaced by an Energy Star–compliant successor.

Photo of Stephen Sharkey-Chouinard, owner and principal designer at Steelie Design

Hello, and welcome! My name is Stephen Sharkey-Chouinard, and I am the owner and principal designer here at Steelie Design.

I graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1999, obtaining a Bachelor of Design (honours) with a Major in Communication Design, and I have been working professionally as a designer ever since.

I have lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, for almost my entire life, and I consider myself fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living, in a place I’m happy to call home.

I have been fascinated by graphic design / visual communication since before I knew what it was called, designing identities just for the sheer enjoyment of it.

I love the creative challenge every new project brings – researching for inspiration, developing initial concepts, refining the final solution and preparing the final artwork for fabrication.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the design process, is collaborating with clients to see their projects through to fruition – creating something we can both be proud of.

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