Acme is a graphic design studio in Toronto, Canada that primarily works with non-profits, educational, and cultural institutions. Acme works closely and collaboratively with clients to craft custom design solutions that are as considerate of the conceptual and cultural dimensions of the work as with the minutest details of production.
Services include branding and visual identity development, art direction, creative strategy, publication design, graphic design, web design, photography, and photo illustration.
Past clients include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Against the Grain Theatre, Emmanuel College, Images Festival, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, New College, OISE, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Animated Image Society, University of Toronto, and Victoria College.
About Michael Barker, Creative Director
A graduate of OCAD University’s Sculpture and Installation program, Michael Barker began his career as a design professional with Bruce Mau Design in 1999. Since then he has worked for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, the University of Toronto, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Wildlife Centre. He founded his design practice Acme Art and Design in 2008. 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.
In addition to his graphic design practice, Michael is a portrait and documentary photographer. His documentary projects include an ongoing portrait project in Sointula, a remote village on Malcolm Island (the historic and present territory of the ‘Namgis First Nation) in British Columbia established by Finnish utopian socialist miners in 1901; and “Fieldwork: Talking with Teachers in Alternative Schools”, an ongoing collaborative documentary project with performing arts producer, documentarian, and applied ethnomusicologist Ariel Fielding, interviewing and photographing past and present alternative school teachers in Toronto.
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.