About Stack

We’re a nimble, multi-disciplinary boutique agency of creatives, strategists, and technologists based in Toronto.

We Believe in Creative Modularity

Sounds nifty. But what the hell is that?

We’ll get there, we promise. But before we do, we want to talk about where this approach starts.

With you.

Every aspect of your brand and marketing is intimately connected: Your brand identity; your company’s messaging and positioning; the experience of your application, product, or store; the channels and tactics you use to advertise your services.

To you, these are all different touchpoint and initiatives that warrant specialized methodologies and approaches, and they may be handled by teams of one or teams of a hundred.

But to your potential customer, you’re just You, the company they’re considering purchasing from or learning more about — regardless of tactic or touchpoint.

There are hundreds of excellent agencies out there who specialize in every niche under the sun, and for companies at a larger scale, that approach makes a lot of sense.

But for those companies who aren’t trading on the stock exchange, we believe a blended approach leads to a better result that serves you better than looking at each service individually.

We believe in an approach that marries world-class creative, design, and production with flexible engagements and commitment models.

We believe in an approach that scales up or down the level of services required to suit the task at hand.

We believe in an approach that combines the twin benefits of unleashing the thinking and the the craft skills that had been previously locked up in big agencies, with the nimbleness inherent to smaller, focused teams.

Creative Modularity is simply a fancy way to say that we work with you to match the right tactics and outputs to the big-picture goals, and build the right set of services to get you there.

Sometimes that means we handle more of the work on our side. Sometimes that means we simply augment your in-house team. Every project is a little bit different, because every client is different.

So let’s get to know each other, and see how we can help.

Toronto is Home. But We Work Worldwide.

We’re proudly based in Toronto, but thanks to the new realities of remote work, software, and easy access to travel, we work with clients all over the world.

Stuart Thursby

Creative Director and Founder

Named one of Canada’s top Creative Directors and Designers by Strategy Magazine for 2019, Stuart has pursued a broad and deep range of experience throughout his career, spanning branding, digital design, traditional advertising, direct mail, and email/CRM marketing.

Stuart previously worked at agencies such as AJ&Smart, BBDO, Cossette, DARE, Edelman, FCB/SIX, Proximity, Teehan+Lax, Track DDB, Trajectory, and T4G. Key clients have included the Canadian Olympic Committee, CIBC, Fairmont Hotel, the Government of Canada, Kraft Canada, Mattamy Homes, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, PFLAG Canada, RBC, Rogers, Samsung, and Travel Yukon.

He’s judged the New York Festivals and Marketing Awards, and taught visual and UX design at Humber College and RED Academy. His awards shelf includes statues, plaques and pencils from the ADCs, Cannes, Caples, D&ADs, Marketing Awards, One Show, Strategy, and the Webby’s, alongside a host of other global shows, and he’s both spoken on panels and written a bevy of articles on advertising, design, and the web.

Teams and Partners

No agency is an island — and we fundamentally believe in the power of building the right team for the job. This flexible model to working with specialized talent or in-house teams brings the best of the Big Agency model down to a reasonable scale, while keeping costs and overhead efficient for everyone.

Benefits to you include a team built from a wider range of subject matter experts, merged with quality and process assurance and the daily push for unified creative excellence.

Get Started with Stack

We’re a friendly bunch, and we’re always up for a coffee or cocktail to see if we might be able to help with your marketing challenges. Don’t be shy; say hello!

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