WE ARE THE BLONDES

Our people are the sum of our parts, and we’ve got some pretty awesome people. Stay awhile and get to know a little bit about us!

 

JOLENE MACDONALD

Jolene is one of the partners at The Blondes. She’s a long-time entrepreneur with years of branding experience – she had her first business card at 12! – and has a love for logo design and brand strategies. She also has a history of fine art, and is our go-to blonde for hand-drawn illustration.

Passionate about volunteering, Jolene is also an advocate for accessibility – especially in her community. She also loves to cook – if it involves pickles, she’s there – and is crazy for thai food (hello, red curry!).

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Volunteering in the community

Vector Illustration of boy/girl flying a kit. Drawn for the children's museum.

 Old school film reel
 
View of plane wing and beautiful green landscape form interior of plane.

Julie Knowles

As a partner of The Blondes, Julie has been generating innovative ideas that turn into outstanding creative for many years. She’s our Photoshop guru, a lover of video and animation, and a long-standing detail-oriented perfectionist – who will play the devil's advocate any chance she gets. 

Julie’s a film buff – The Fifth Element and Good Will Hunting are her all-time favourites – and she even got married in a movie theatre! If she’s not at the cinema seeing a new movie, chances are she’s packing her bags in anticipation of her next travel adventure – her other big passion.

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 Running a 5k!
 
Russelle with a big fish.

RUSSELLE ESPIRITU

With many years of experience in sales and marketing, Russelle has a love for client services and is a strong believer that people will do business with those they like and trust. When it comes to The Blondes, Russelle is our sales, purchasing, administration, accounts and client services aficionado.

Russelle (ruhs-cell) is named after Kurt Russell (ruhs-uhl), a fact that we think contributes to why her name is so often mispronounced. When she’s not in the studio, Russelle enjoys running – both for herself and in charity races – as well as camping and fishing. She’s also never met a carb she didn’t like. 

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Nicole Staddon

Aside from being a natural blonde, Nicole has developed a reputation for her bright ideas, strategic foresight and intuitive creative solutions. She loves packaging – especially when it comes to food and beverage – an area of expertise in which she has many years of design experience.

When she’s not nurturing fresh design ideas, Nicole’s surprising friends and neighbours with produce from her vegetable garden. She also has a weakness for Dr. Pepper and sour candies (we’re slowly coming to terms with the fact that chocolate isn’t her favourite).

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ripe and red tomatoes fresh from the garden
 
Portrait of Nicole working at her desk
 Pink french macarons made by Melissa
 
Melissa discussing a project with a fellow blonde at her desk

Melissa Wagler

Melissa is armed with a great love for all things layout – magazines, reports and the like – and has a great aptitude for problem-solving and remembering numbers. Her highly organized approach to design is coupled with a fresh and thoughtful point of view.   

Her passion for solving puzzles extends beyond the studio to intricate French desserts – macarons included – and elaborate (and delicious) cakes of all kinds. She loves travelling, photography and has an everlasting obsession with corgis.

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Megan Lewis

Official studio DJ, our resident illustrator and occasional copywriter, Megan has an out-of-the-box approach to design. She enjoys packaging and unconventional design projects, and is quite the handywoman when it comes to outfitting the studio.

Outside the studio, her love of the unconventional blends well with the fact she’s bananas for all things DIY. She also has quite the fondness for cacti and tropical plants (despite her lack of green thumb), will never say no to a fancy cup of coffee and has a great love of both photography and travel.

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purple and green tropical leaves after the rain
 
Travel photo of Megan in front of a European building

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