At Pondstone, being open means more than just open for business.
Open is about our commitment to open source technologies. To creating clean, open designs with balanced white space and flow. To building accessible, responsive websites that adapt to user needs and screen resolutions.
Open Hearts and Minds
Open means being open to constructive criticism, listening to and learning from our clients and peers. It means having open hearts and minds, and keeping our eyes and ears open for new ideas and better ways of doing things.
Open is about the way we approach our work — and our world.
It’s an intrinsic part of our attitudes, our values and our character.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, come on in. We’re open!
“What is it you guys do, exactly?”
In short, we help our clients tell their stories. Clearly. Honestly. Brilliantly.
Whether it’s crafting an identity for a fresh new start-up or a new approach for a long-established brand, we have the experience and talent to deliver great design that resonates. Whatever the project — from logos to brochures to annual reports, from conference displays to stationary to vehicle graphics — we’ll help you tell your story with beautiful print materials that stand out and make a lasting impression.
We use open source web technologies, clean modern code, and a brand journalism approach to help our clients tell their stories with rich, engaging websites and mobile applications. From data gathering and analysis to online community building, from event registration and membership management to truly effective PowerPoint presentations, we provide the tools and expertise to achieve your communications goals.
We know there’s a lot more to communications than eye-catching design and a great website, and we’re here to help. Whether you’re as small local business or a large corporation, we provide the strategic communications support to plan, craft and deliver clear, effective messaging across web, social, and traditional media channels — from writing and content creation to media training and social media strategy.
Our most valuable asset is happy customers.
"Our experience with Pondstone included professionalism, taste and punctual work. We highly recommend Pondstone to anyone."− Loïc Le Bihan, Language Industries Association
"We could not be happier with the services provided to us by Pondstone. The company's employees are very professional, have a great ear for listening and a keen eye for detail. They deliver very satisfying results which are easy for us to maintain."− Liliane Benoît, Canadian Toy Testing Council
"Pondstone produces our online Annual Report, a very complex but critical project for the organization. Without fail, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Their attention to detail, professionalism, work ethic and talent have made them an indispensable part of our team."− TS Buchanan, Export Development Canada
"You make it easy for us to recommend you in good conscience, with your rapid responsiveness to problems and queries, and the effort that you put into communicating well with your clients."− Deidre Van Leyen, Morguard Investments Ltd.
"Pondstone delivered an excellent end product with an attractive look and feel, and Sustainable Prosperity recieved nothing but positive feedback in regards to our website's overall design."− Jenna Dunsby, Sustainable Prosperity
"Duane is always easy to get a hold of and quick with responses to our sometimes many questions. They are reliable, trustworthy, and I have always been satisfied with the work they complete for us. We will be a client of Pondstone for years to come!"− Krystle Verhulp, Ring Electric Inc.
Meet the Pondstone Family (and the In-laws)
Duane KennedyPresident / Founder
Duane has more than 20 years experience in team and project management, graphic design, and web technologies and has led national campaign web operations in two federal elections. He's also an avid singer/songwriter and a pretty fun dad.
Nick HumphrysCreative Director
Nick brings with him over 15 years of graphic and user-interface design, project management, and digital video experience. A classically trained projectionist, he’s also a sci-fi geek, DIY foodie, and dog lover.
Lorena FrancoGraphic Designer
A recent Algonquin Graphic Design grad, Lorena likes to keep in front of graphic trends and sees design as a constant process of exploration, evolution and growth. Originally from Colombia, she’s a dog lover and an unabashed soccer nut.
Derek FergusonAssociate – Strategist
Derek is a results-oriented communications strategist with over 30 years as an award-winning leader in the federal public service and a provincial and national political journalist. His passions are football, music, literature and fitness.