We harness the power of clarity to solve brand and communication challenges.

Clear Space is a brand and digital design studio founded in 2004.

From ambitious start-ups to established companies and institutions, we help them better connect and resonate with their audience in deep and lasting ways.

We believe that thoughtful and creative design can elicit emotion, spark imagination and compel people to act.

What we do

Integrated strategy and design for ambitious brands.

Strategy
Research, stakeholder engagement, positioning, naming, messaging
Design
Brand identity, user experience and user interface, motion, systems and toolkits

Our approach

Get informed
We learn about you, your business, your pain points. We ask a lot of questions to get to the right answer.
Find the story
We create narratives that compel, resonate, and inspire loyalty to your brand.
Make the point
We chip away excess, revealing a single powerful idea that cuts through the clutter.

Who we work with

We partner primarily with companies in the B2B and not-for-profit space. Though we’re not sector specific, we have deep expertise in healthcare and education. Above all, we seek to partner with clients who value creativity and aim to do things differently and better.

ALS Canada
Altas Partners
Bayview Glen School
Branksome Hall
Bridgepoint Group
Build Toronto
CBI Health Group
Canadian Bankers Association
Canadian Chiropractic Association
Casey House
Centreon
Children’s Aid Foundation
City of Toronto
Cleveland Clinic
CreateTO
DCL International
Enginess
Enterprise Canada
Exhibition Place
Family Navigation Project
IFIC
Invest in Canada
JDRF Canada
Markham Museum
Markham Stouffville Hospital
Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation
Maxit Capital
Muskoka Woods
Navigator
Neuchatel Junior College
North York Harvest Food Bank
Providence Healthcare
Rosseau Lake College
Royal Bank
Runnymede Healthcare Centre
Ryerson University
Sarcoma Cancer Foundation
Sinai Health Foundation
Southlake Regional Health
St. Michael’s
Sunnybrook Foundation
TFS School
Teranga Gold
The Sterling Hall School
Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Global
Toronto Lands Corporation
University of Toronto
YMCA
YWCA-GTA

Who we are

We are design thinkers and creators with a singular focus on doing amazing work for great clients.

Will Hum
Principal and Creative Director
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Will Hum
Principal and Creative Director
Paul Ratchford
Principal and Director of Digital Strategy
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Paul Ratchford
Principal and Director of Digital Strategy
Korneliusz Izbinski
Senior Designer
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Korneliusz Izbinski
Senior Designer
Tahirah Abrash
Designer
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Tahirah Abrash
Designer
Eitan Zohar
Designer
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Eitan Zohar
Designer

Who we are

We are design thinkers and creators with a singular focus on doing amazing work for great clients.
Will Hum
Principal and Creative Director

Will Hum is a principal and co-founding partner of Clear Space and leads the strategic vision and creative direction. He is an advocate for smart and minimalist ideas that make a big impact. To Will, design is only as successful as its ability to solve a client’s specific challenges. With that in mind, he approaches every assignment with a combination of clear thinking, calm demeanour, imaginative design and an eye to the big picture.

Will has shaped the identities and communications for some of Canada’s most notable organizations, garnering numerous awards and accolades for his work along the way. He is an active contributor to the design community, frequently working with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers and local and US colleges like George Brown, Humber, Centennial and San Francisco State University, where he provides mentorship to young designers, participates in discussion panels, conducts speaking engagements, and judges award competitions.

Paul Ratchford
Principal and Director of Digital Strategy

Paul Ratchford is a principal and co-founding partner of Clear Space where he leads communications strategy and directs all digital projects, including user experience design. Paul is driven by a strong belief in the emotional and persuasive powers of design thinking. For Paul, good design is the key to attracting, engaging, and compelling people to interact with a brand. He is passionate about helping his clients harness the vast potential of outstanding design combined with technology to achieve their business goals.

Paul is a past director on the board of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. He has developed award-winning solutions for clients in industries ranging from financial services to retail to not-for-profit. With almost 25 years in the industry he continues to love learning something new every day.