Meet the team

At TIP, the team you meet with is the team that you’ll work with, from inception to completion. There is no hand-off to the junior squad. Our core group is lean and nimble, backed by a stable of creative partners and fabricators who help us deliver results on time, and on budget every time.

The best design is a diagram of the problem.

Charles Eames
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Galt, Ontario.
  • Favourite childhood toy?
  • Lego & GI Joe.
  • 3 things you cannot live without?
  • My girls, my books, my Volkswagens.
  • What is something you despise?
  • Pudding.
  • What do you collect?
  • Limited edition letterpress books & broadsheets.
  • 3 life changing bands/musicians?
  • The Clash, The Jam, Willie Nelson
  • What is your secret talent?
  • I can vibrate my eyes crazily.
  • If you were not working in design, what would you be doing?
  • Working at a small letterpress shop.
  • What would your last meal on earth be?
  • Peanut butter and crispy bacon on toast.
  • What inspires you?
  • Seeing my daughter on stage performing.
  • What is your favourite part of the job?
  • Working with the printer, checking the job as it's rolling off the end of the press... making those on the spot tweaks to perfect the final results. I also love being on-site installing graphics and working with the team to solve the inevitable unforeseen obstacles that always pop up.
  • What is your dream project?
  • To finally finish the illustrated Kid's Alphabet Book I started 25 years ago.
  • Most inspired statement, heard or said?
  • “The future is unwritten.” – Joe Strummer

Things don’t have to change the world to be important.

Steve Jobs
  • Where did you grow up?
  • I'm an Army Brat so a little bit of everywhere…England, Germany, various places in Canada. Ottawa was a hub.
  • Favourite childhood toy?
  • Barbies & Lego.
  • 3 things you cannot live without?
  • My peeps. My animals. My morning coffee!
  • What is something you despise?
  • Bullies…hurt my heart. High heels...hurt my feet. Red wine…hurts my head.
  • What do you collect?
  • Art, silk scarves, vintage bits & pieces.
  • 3 life changing bands/musicians?
  • KTEL Record – Dynamite circa 1974. Blondie – Parallel Lines. XTC – Making Plans for Nigel.
  • What is your secret talent?
  • I have a photographic memory…a bonus of being dyslexic.
  • If you were not working in design, what would you be doing?
  • Continuing to climb the corporate ladder in the world of finance.
  • What would your last meal on earth be?
  • Pizza & Strongbow followed by coconut cupcakes & Prosecco.
  • What inspires you?
  • I’m mesmerized by the chaotic beauty of nature & I’m heartened by the kindness of strangers.
  • What is your favourite part of the job?
  • Being part of a small but mighty creative team.
  • What is your dream project?
  • To collaborate with my daughter on developing a fashion brand.
  • Most inspired statement, heard or said?
  • “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow” - Vincent Van Gogh

Good design is a combination of intelligence and intuition.

Richard Glasser
  • Where did you grow up?
  • In the middle of a cornfield in central Illinois.
  • Favourite childhood toy?
  • Any of our 300+ farm cats.
  • 3 things you cannot live without?
  • Making art, audiobooks, coffee.
  • What is something you despise?
  • Bad umbrella etiquette.
  • What do you collect?
  • Vintage ephemera, taxidermy birds, house plants.
  • 3 life changing bands/musicians?
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jungle, and anything 70’s funk.
  • What is your secret talent?
  • Waking up 5 minutes before my alarm goes off.
  • If you were not working in design, what would you be doing?
  • I’d probably own a little oddities shop filled with strange stuff like taxidermy, skulls, and weird local art.
  • What would your last meal on earth be?
  • Homemade pizza and a sour beer.
  • What inspires you?
  • What inspires me most is having a wide range of interests and the curiosity to follow them. I cram my brain full of books and podcasts, challenge myself to try new activities, and spend a lot of time in different environments.
  • What is your favourite part of the job?
  • Every day is different. There are always new projects to get excited about, unique challenges to solve, and evolving technologies and design trends to keep on top of.
  • What is your dream project?
  • I’d love to illustrate an entire set of children’s encyclopedias!
  • Most inspired statement, heard or said?
  • The most powerful weapon on earth is a soul on fire.

Don't be the smartest person in the room

my stepdad
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Seoul, Korea and Vancouver, BC
  • Favourite childhood toy?
  • RC car
  • 3 things you cannot live without?
  • Wine, chocolate, and the ocean
  • What is something you despise?
  • Lazy apologies
  • What do you collect?
  • books, paintings, cat pictures, and more
  • 3 life changing bands/musicians?
  • The Beatles, Damien Rice, Lee Moon Se
  • What is your secret talent?
  • I can fold my ears
  • If you were not working in design, what would you be doing?
  • Back in school, maybe learning woodworking?
  • What would your last meal on earth be?
  • Lobster and wagyu beef hibachi with plum wine
  • What inspires you?
  • travelling, meeting new people, trip to a museum
  • What is your favourite part of the job?
  • Seeing an idea in my head materialize into something real
  • What is your dream project?
  • Build my dream house with my own two hands!
  • Most inspired statement, heard or said?
  • Nothing will ever transcend nature

The Idea Partner