We are Art and Words

Nice to meet you.

We are an Ottawa design agency specializing in branding and identity design. We are communicators who believe in the value of creativity and the power of collaboration. We are advocates for strategic design that connects you with your audience. We are passionate about the big idea and the tiny details, and we love the process of discovery.

Our Services include

Branding and Corporate Identity / Creative Direction / Corporate Communications and Information Design / Books and Publications / Exhibition and Environmental Graphics / Research and Design Management /
Registered Graphic Designer

More about us


Passionate about the value of good design, Elaine skilfully guides clients through the creative process. She excels at untangling creative problems, clearing the path for refined, engaging solutions that exceed project objectives. A type nerd at heart, Elaine loves letters as much as a beautiful turn of phrase. With more than twenty-five years of experience, her expertise includes branding and corporate identity, exhibition and environmental graphics, and design management. Away from her desk, Elaine is a devoted cat-mom and food enthusiast.


Diploma, Graphic Design, Algonquin College, Ottawa ON (1994)


Registered Graphic Designer and Certified Senior Designer, Association of Registered Graphic Designers


Shannon is a versatile and creative designer whose love of design and meticulous attention to detail is evident in all her work. Throughout her 18-year career she has brought a wide variety of projects to life, and she especially enjoys transforming complex data into stunning infographics that tell a great story. She enjoys giving back to the design community and has served on the Algonquin College Illustration and Concept Art advisory board. When not designing, you’ll likely find her hovering over a Scrabble board. You might consider it an addiction. She can quit anytime she wants though… maybe, well probably not actually.


Diploma, Graphic Design, Algonquin College, Ottawa ON (2002)
Diploma, Illustration, Sheridan College, Oakville ON (1998)