The Art Department is a boutique, Ottawa-based web and digital creative consultancy built on the idea that finely-tuned experiences are shaped by innovative thinking, experimentation, and above all, collaboration.
We are creative strategists and strategic creatives: seasoned problem-solvers who remove the layers and overhead of agencies to work directly with your team, learn your audience’s story, and design experiences with impact.
- Brand + Story
- UX, Visual + Web Design
- Film + Motion
- Rights + Environment
- Arts + Culture
- Higher Education
Designed around speed, collaboration, and experimentation, Adept accelerates problem-solving and helps teams quickly identify opportunities for innovation.
By working with your team to collaboratively focus on issues and then design solutions as a group — on the spot — we ensure teams take ownership over business goals, start thinking like their customers, and unite on a vision for a better product.
Everyone has the capacity to be creative. We’ve chosen to spend our lives at it.
Our team is led by craftsmen with ten, fifteen, and twenty years under their belts, each with their own unique set of skills, and all sharing in a passion for delivering beautiful, functional, and meaningful creative.
Question. Listen. Think. Design. Repeat. Whatever you’re working on, there’s a good chance it’s been done before. So what? Do it better. Your work isn't yours, it belongs to your audience. Work with people who are better than you. Be thick-skinned. Listen and learn, dammit. A ‘no’ is just a ‘yes’ that hasn’t been impressed yet. Work smart, not late. Invest in good gear: it will save you time, and it looks cool. Failing that, find a pencil. Never do multiple comps: the best design is the best design… period. Break it. Clean it up. Make it better. If you use good design to do bad things, you deserve a punch in the neck. Be a better human. Never confuse social media with a social life: the dancing is better in the real world. Working down to the wire is exciting. It will also kill you in the long run. Take care of your eyes, your hands, your ears, and your back: you can’t create without them. Stick to your word. You can’t do business with out it. Always answer the phone. Parking is never easy, just show up early. Be honest, authentic and true to yourself. Teach someone, share what you know, and give back. Get out. Travel. Do something different. Be bold. Take risks. Be inspired.