Port Hope Designer, Among Canada’s TEN Young Designers to Watch!
Article written by Northumberlandview.ca
Photo by Oliver Steins
October 31, 2012, Port Hope – Luke Despatie, Art Director at Limelight Advertising & Design and owner of Port Hope Press, is now also among “Canada’s TEN Young Designers to Watch!” as announced in the latest issue of Design Edge Canada.
If you are unfamiliar with this Port Hope graphic designer, you may have seen his work on the iconic Robin Hood Flour package, or locally on packaging for Bellissima Chocolates, the Apple Crumble Company and Atomic Roasters. He has designed and art directed work for HKPR, the Northumberland Hills Hospital, the NSSL and Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks.
Design Edge Canada was searching for an elite group of young designers, 35 years of age and under, from across the nation – from TINY towns (Port Hope!) to big cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Calgary) to showcase for its third annual roster of ‘Ten young designers to watch.’
“When Limelight heard that Design Edge was seeking nominations for the top young designers in the nation, we jumped at the chance to recommend our agency’s art director (as did many of our clients!) for this national recognition.” says Peter Gabany, Creative Director, Limelight. “We knew from there, the work would speak for itself.”
The Design Edge judging panel, were “utterly impressed with the breadth and depth of nominees”, says Toronto-based writer and designer, Cassie McDaniel. The feature article described that the group of 10 young designers profiled “demonstrated a mastery of various design applications, including animation, mobile, branding, packaging, illustration and more.” What set Luke’s work apart, was that they liked his “vintage, whimsical style” which he successfully applied to different mediums from soap to wine, to websites.
What motivates Luke as a designer is doing good, relevant work that gets recognized, but keeping the client happy is always the priority. He has won numerous national awards for logos, package designs, and book design. He has also won first place for his dill pickles at the Port Hope Fall Fair!
Design is not a 9 to 5 lifestyle for Luke. When he heads home for the evening, he jumps into his printer’s apron at Port Hope Press and gets his hands dirty on his antique letter-press. He produces witty cards, soap packages and other printed items, which can be purchased through http://www.etsy.com/shop/PortHopePress
Possibly, his most recognizable design work in Northumberland County has been for the Limelight’s adopted charity – Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks. “Our marketing attracts a lot of “Out-of-The-Blue” donations so we know its hard working stuff. We are definitely “punching above our weight level”, says Executive Director, Duncan MacKinnon, “Cheers to Luke. Always a great pleasure working with you because you consistently deliver beyond expectation and demonstrate thoughtfulness.”
“Limelight is proud to have one of Canada’s top talents as its art director. Luke has helped secure many industry awards in recent years for our agency; either through his art direction or directly by his hand and vision.” says Gabany. “With Luke, we are happy to continue to provide award-winning design for our clients.”