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At Free Agency, our passion and ambition to elevate the Urban Experience has truly redefined the way we create. We've stopped chasing after ideas and gotten better at creating the right type of structure and dialog to create the right type of influence.

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Project Initiation

The first thing we need to establish before beginning a project is whether we are the right fit for each other. We know that in any great relationship, there is a foundation of trust and respect. Amazing things come from a give and take process where everyone is engaged and has the capacity to contribute in meaningful ways. During this step we assess needs, corporate culture, goals, and intentions before stepping into the type of long term relationship required to create deep results

Planning & Scope

At FAC, strategy begins with a plan. During this stage in the process, the partners and project managers work closely with clients to work out project timelines and the resources required for complex brand rollouts. Most often there are several teams involved, whether they be architects, developers, PR firms, or digital production companies, FAC leads the process and serves as the facilitator between the individual teams. Through this process, an accurate project scope can be developed to ensure that the right resources are allocated to the project. 

Research & Discovery

We believe that positive change comes from the sharing of knowledge. What’s required is a platform for the sharing of knowledge in a constructive manner, we call this co-creation. At FAC, co-creation is a series of workshops designed to help us, and our clients, deeply understand the inherent foundations of their brand. As Free Agency creates outcomes from the co-creation process and engages in independent project research, an insightful and authentic brand story can begin to be crafted. 

Brand Platform Development

A brand platform is not just a graphic identity or marketing campaign, it’s a powerful voice for transformation. Its purpose is to not only inform external communications but be a positive influence on internal operations and culture. When an organization embraces the true potential of their brand platform, the resulting change separates them into a unique market category not cluttered by imitators. A space where customers are advocates and value isn’t determined by cost alone.

Integrated Design Rollout

At FAC, we are industry leaders in producing a wide range of communications materials in mediums specific to client needs. Today, brand engagement isn’t about a single touchpoint but rather an integrated program that utilizes digital storytelling, experiential environments, and tactile print media to invite people into a conversation. Our ability to envision and produce these experiences from a deep understanding of the brand platform maintains the integrity and focus of the design execution. 

Sourcing & Production

From the beginning, a core part of our culture has been teamwork. This comes from an understanding that we can’t do it all on our own and that the best talent is specialized talent. Our passion is to work with great people who are specialists in their field, to give our clients the highest quality of work across an entire program. Because of this belief, our supplier partnerships are important to us in getting the work done right.

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Post-Project Review

At FAC we truly believe that the success of a project depends on the last 5 percent. This is where we make sure that the work everyone has poured their energy into is delivered right. We also know that every project is unique and contains learning opportunities for us and our clients. Our post-project reviews facilitate learning because we care about long-term partnerships with our clients. 

Maintenance

Maintaining the vision of a brand over time can be a complex challenge. This requires leadership and a team committed to helping bring a focused voice to every customer engagement. FAC believes in facilitating this process through an ongoing maintenance contract to ensure a cohesive strategy as an organization grows and evolves.

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“Having a team of 5 share a few projects is always better than having individuals work on their own.”

At Free Agency we’ve always believed in the power of the team. We also believe that unique people have unique skills, and in today’s world a team of specialists is required to deliver the best in interaction design, print, and environment. The architecture of our teams has been designed so that individuals can work in their strengths while contributing to the vision of an integrated brand program.

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“Meaningful influence is about creating the right environment, both mentally and physically.”

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Brand Designer

Arnold Chow

Arnold Chow is a Vancouver-based Designer specialized in developing modern, holistic and honest brand systems. He believes good design should have high visual impact, be appropriate and be able to adapt across all medium. He is born in Hong Kong and has a Fine Arts degree in photography from UVic. He is also a tennis fanatic, a coffee addict, an old-school sneaker freak, and a design book maniac.

Interactive Strategist

Jasmin Yip

Jasmin holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and certificates in Urban Studies and Electronic Media Design. Her interests come together at FAC where she specializes in interactive design and enjoys working at the intersection of creativity, technology, and urbanism. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and staying active.

Interactive Strategist

Yurie Midorikawa

Yurie is a Vancouver based interactive designer born in Tokyo. As much as she loves digital design, she also has print design experiences that have been brought from a package design industry. She is a graduate from BCIT New Media Design program in Vancouver and also has a BA degree from Musashino Art University in Tokyo studied industrial design. Her variety work experiences from both Asia and North America help her to deliver versatile, thoughtful and intuitive designs.

Art Director

Lisa Boersma

With a passion for quality design, Lisa is driven to create relevant and thoughtful stories and user experiences that communicate the heart of your brand. From print to environmental design and digital, Lisa works across mediums to deliver holistic brand solutions making her an invaluable asset to the creative process for any client in any industry.

Art Director

Max Olson

Max crafts considered, expressive design solutions that help his clients express their identity; developing unique brand experiences designed to function across tactile, digital and environmental applications. His work focuses on creating bold communication strategies that empower the voice of passionate, ambitious organizations.

Art Director

Kat Yanova

Kat is a Ukrainian born, Vancouver-based designer. For the past nine years she has embraced the city and completed her Bachelor of Design degree at Emily Carr. Kat's genuine love for design grew out of her strong visual arts background and ongoing interest in what shapes contemporary culture. 

Project Manager

Megan Barnes

Born and raised in Vancouver, Megan has an Art History degree from UVic, and has worked in boutique design studios for the past 15 years. She has experience working with clients in industries as wide ranging as real estate, publishing, fashion, music and financial. Megan values and enjoys building collaborative client and supplier relationships.

Project Manager

Karen Mah

Karen has been involved with managing the production-end of several industries that range from film, video games to interactive design. Working in boutique firms to large-scale corporations, she offers a mix of experience with team collaboration, client relationships and process management. 

Project Manager

Evelyn Lee

Evelyn has worked with small to large scale clients in several industries including real estate, automotive, food & beverage, tourism and telecommunications. She has experience managing everything from events/activations and public relations initiatives through to integrated traditional and digital marketing campaigns.

Designer

Brittany Cheyne

Born and raised in Northern Alberta, Brittany moved out to Vancouver to attend Emily Carr University, where she graduated with a Degree in Communication Design. If Brittany's not found glued to her computer, she is probably hanging out with her French Bulldog Ralphie, feeding her severe coffee addiction, or on the hunt for the best bagel and schmear in town.

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Emily McLean

Emily grew up in the Fraser Valley and graduated from UFV with a diploma in Graphic & Digital Design. Emily loves hand lettering, branding, and abstract illustration. Outside of work, she eats way too much sushi, spends too much on coffee, and has an extreme Netflix addiction. 

Brand Designer

Jean Chisholm

Originally from Prince George, Jean moved to Vancouver in 2011 to pursue Communication Design at Emily Carr University. With a background in English and Cultural Studies, Jean pulls inspiration from pop culture and her local community, and strives to create honest, effective, and sustainable design. She fills her free time by reading movie and television reviews, smashing the patriarchy, working on collaborative projects, and sleeping.

Creative Director

Tak Yukawa

Tak is a founding partner of Free Agency Creative and has been working in the field for over 14 years. His creativity is fuelled by his love of pop culture, a commitment to contemporary issues, and a strong background in fine arts. Tak's responsibilities with FAC have revolved around harnessing the creative potential of the group through a respect for design process and a sound understanding of relevant design aesthetic. As a Creative Director, Tak brings his understanding of digital media and brand strategy to the development of integrated campaigns for clients in fashion, retail, technology, hospitality, and real estate. Tak has been a design instructor at Emily Carr University for the past 9 years. 

Creative Director

Don Williams

Don’s passion for design is only trumped by his love of entrepreneurship. His desire is to bridge the gap between business objectives and creative strategy, through the effective writing of brand messaging platforms. Don has been responsible for business development in a diverse range of industry verticals that include technology, outerwear, event marketing, and real estate.  As a Creative Director, Don brings his experience as a teacher, writer, typographer, foodie, and family man to the development of new brands and complex marketing programs.