Joe Borges Designer / Thinker /Type Devil / Doer

My passions are design, typography, letterpress and making. My enthusiasm allows me to have fun working in this crazy business, always learning along the way. Each project that comes along always requires its own approach, its own style, and its own solution. And I love a good problem to solve.

The goal for me is to use my talents to help others, to keep being challenged in life (and work) and to continue to get better in everything I do.


Visualizing and conceptualizing.
InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and still do things by hand.
Enthusiastic, confident, and highly motivated.
Years of big, small and start-up agency experience.
I get it: strategy, crazy deadlines and working with lots of personalities.
Typography, craftsmanship and quality.
Understands the production process.
A leader and team player, strives to make the place fun.
A member of R.G.D. Ontario.


16×9 Agency

2018-Current: Creative Director

Power the Possible. We started the agency to fill a gap for business + brand leaders looking to find new + agile ways to address rapidly changing marketing + business needs. We are a full-service marketing agency with a unique model 
created for the speed of today’s modern business.

Why 16×9? Because we believe creative solutions are discovered by looking beyond what’s in frame and by leveraging advanced intelligence in all we do. Our goal is to be your brand’s commercial accelerator – providing nimble, agile, creative solutions that change the behaviour of consumers and transform your business.

B+H Architects

2017-2018: Director, Creative + Graphic Design, Associate

At B+H we believe in the power of design to transform spaces, communities, and economies. We enable our clients’ visions through customized designs that exceed their business goals and inspire the people that live, work, heal, and play within them. We view every challenge as an opportunity for learning and we never lose sight of the people we’re designing for – regardless of the type of development, scale, scope, or geography involved.


2016-2017: Creative Lead

At dubdub we’re all about reducing the lag between epiphany, expression and reward. Our video creation application is the perfect way for you to capture, edit and share content in the moment and on the fly. All entirely on your mobile phone. Intuitive design reduces the hurdles for anyone wanting to create awesome 90 second videos. Or, as we prefer to call them, dubs. No tedious desktop software. No lag sharing that content natively into Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In our world you See It. Shoot It. Share It. And now, we’re on the Apple App Store. So get dubbing. We can’t wait to see what you share.

The&Partnership / The Box

2014-2016: Senior Designer / Art Director

Working as a creative on the TELUS account for both mobile and home services. Across all platforms including national retail promotions, in-store device merchandising and digitial boards, online banner and social campaigns, collateral, print ads, outdoor and key location/retail window installations.

Client: TELUS

Cheil Canada

2011-2014: Studio + Design Director

For three years I lead the Cheil Design and Production Studio. Built from the ground up, we went from a staff of two to having five designers, one PM and one proofreader. We handled print advertising, DM, corporate, branding, in-store promo, outdoor, plus web design for microsites, banners, email and social posts. Our billings for design and production services increased by more than 3 times and placed Cheil Canada in the top 5 offices globally for Cheil.

Clients: Samsung Canada, Hankook Tires, Horizons ETF, Causemetics, Personal Injury Alliance and Ontario Association of Radiologists.

Ogilvy Canada / RedWorks

1997­­-2011: Senior Designer / Art Director

Senior Designer working in RedWorks, Ogilvy’s design studio. Specialising in print advertising, DM, corporate, branding, in-store
promotions, outdoor, online banners and websites. Brand steward for Plan Canada and EDC.

Clients: EDC, DFAIT Canada, Kraft, Kimberly-Clark, Conyers Dill & Pearman, ICCA, duMaurier, Ministry of Health Ontario, Quiznos, Yahoo!, Blanco, CAA, CMA, AMEX, ICAO, Cisco, DHL, Lenovo, IBM, Timex, SAP, Mattel, Dove and Cogeco.

Advantex Marketing

1994-1997: Graphic Designer

Creating concepts from initial design through to disk load. Design included direct marketing and promotional materials, packaging, print advertising, corporate annual reports, and program materials for clients: Toronto Star, New York Times and CIBC reward programs.

Created materials for the launch of the CIBC Aerogold Advantex program, direct mail, newsletters, and in-store signage.