ACME is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design studio providing creative strategy and custom design solutions for digital and print projects. Our client list is consciously focused on non-profits, educational and cultural institutions.

Our current and past clients include the critically acclaimed independent opera company Against the Grain Theatre, innovative performance mavericks Mammalian Diving Reflex, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Victoria College, and the Images Festival.

About Acme Art & Design

Acme works collaboratively with clients to develop creative strategy, and craft custom design solutions, across multiple media and disciplines. Services include branding and visual identity development, creative strategy, social media strategy, web design, graphic design, photography, photo illustration, and production management. Past clients include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Toronto, Victoria College, Emmanuel College, the Toronto Animated Image Society, the Images Festival, and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.

About Michael Barker, Creative Director

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Sculpture & Installation program, Michael Barker began his career as a design professional with Bruce Mau Design in 1999 working on the studio’s Lifestyle monograph as well as books for ZONE and the Gagosian Gallery. Since then he has worked as the Communications Coordinator and Publications Designer for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, as an in-house Graphic Designer with both the University of Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival, and as Design Manager at the Toronto Wildlife Centre. He is passionate about the potential of design to help non-profits and cultural organizations that don’t always have access to professional design resources or creative strategy.

Michael is a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers, a professional organization that promotes professional standards and best practices in the graphic design industry.

Selected Work

Bright Lights Dark City

Bright Lights Dark City: Niagara Custom Lab and Toronto Experimental Film

Death and Desire

Against the Grain Theatre

Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field Website

Kyo Maclear Kids Website

Kyo Maclear Kids Website

The AGO Youth Receptiveness Assessment Initiative

Mammalian Diving Reflex and The AGO Youth Receptiveness Assessment Initiative

Explosion in the Movie Machine Book

Explosion in the Movie Machine

Hello Amiga

Hello Amiga

The Pedagogical Impulse — Hazel Meyer

The Pedagogical Impulse

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