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Paper Leaf Makes Clutch Top Agencies in Canada List

Guess what? We were recognized as a leading service provider in Canada by Clutch.co, ranking number 12 in Canada for Design services. Clutch is a market research company who interviews real agency clients, collects a variety of data, and compares competitors to help clients find a firm for their next big project – and we're happy to be a recommended firm.

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I’ve always liked the word “build”. To me, it has obvious connotations of creativity, but also of hard work – and there’s something ultimately rewarding in creating something that took a lot of work. I also enjoyed the scene in Napoleon Dynamite where they used the phrase “build a cake”. Thus, this week’s Free Friday […]

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This post is based on an old version of WordPress. Here at Paper Leaf, we do a decent amount of WordPress blog design & implementation for our clients. While WordPress is super easy to learn, you can’t just build your clients a blog, send them the login information and then disappear off of the face […]

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Welcome to 2010, people! Weren’t we supposed to be in flying cars and eating meals in pill form by now, a la the Jetsons? Alas, these things have yet to come to fruition. However, it’s a new decade, and time for a new tradition. Allow me to present to you the first in a new […]

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from us to you! We’re closed for the holidays until Jan 4th, but feel free to browse our website or blog archives to sate your design thirst in the meantime. While we have you here, we’d like to thank all of our clients and all our readers for a […]

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I read a lot of design-related articles & blogs online – I mean, really, what else can you do when you live in Edmonton, which was the coldest place in North America on Dec 13 at -58C with windchill? Anyway, I’m constantly bookmarking items I think might be useful for me as a designer in […]

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Every once in a while, a design calls for a somewhat sketchy, hand-drawn font. Perhaps it’s a gig poster; perhaps it’s for an !!ENERGY DRINK!! company; perhaps it’s something completely different. As a designer, chances are you usually have a ton of work on your plate and can’t always hand-style lettering unique to each project. […]

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It’s (almost) Christmas! We’re a little late on the uptake, as this wallpaper is a calendar and we’re already 11 days into December – but better late than never, right? I’m specifically looking at the dates after December 20 – when we’ll be on our holiday break. Considering it’s supposed to be minus 34 C […]

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Welcome to From A to Z, where I outline all the steps taken in a specific project. In this particular instance, I’ll outline the workflow from initial brainstorming through to delivery for a complete “identity build” for a chocolatier/artisan chocolate business. Warning: you will want to eat chocolate after reading this post. Paper Leaf was […]

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White space is nice space. If you ever are stuck for what to do in a design, remember that saying. If you’re ever wondering why a certain design  you’re working on isn’t looking quite as awesome as you had envisioned, remember that saying. White space is nice space, and you can never go wrong with […]

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Yes, another Friday, which makes us all happy I bet. That’s why this guy, in this week’s wallpaper, is so happy. It’s Friday! Well, that and he’s standing under a rainbow, which is always pretty sweet. As well, I gotta give props to my man Kevin over at No Rush On That, who makes a […]

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