About studio wyse
We are a design studio with 20+ years experience leading and learning from some of the best editorial teams the world has to offer—gathering buckets of awards along the way. This includes—a now defunct city weekly—being the first-ever publication to be named one of SND's World's Best Designed Newspapers for three consecutive years. We have served on numerous design juries, and received global recognition from the Society of Publication Design, ADCC, National Magazine Awards, and D&AD.
Partnering with local and global brands to tell their stories in a modern, compelling way, we specialize in narrative-driven editorial solutions—product launches, redesigns, streamlined workflows and beyond.
Founder, Creative Director
Vanessa is a native of Sydney, Australia now based in Toronto, Canada. She has over 20 years experience working in consumer magazines. She founded Studio Wyse in 2015, previous to that she was the founding Creative Director of the internationally recognized city weekly, The Grid. This included print, digital and the branding of numerous successful events. During her time at The Grid, she lead a team of talented designers, photo editors and contributors to over 70 national and international awards. This included being named one of The World's Best Designed Newspapers by the Society of News Design (SND). The Grid was the first ever back-to back- to back winner in the history of SND. Nothing makes Vanessa happier than pulling something apart and fixing it. Fun fact: she can’t wink with one eye, neither can Rihanna.
Nicola grew up in the teeny tiny town of Orono, Ontario. She eventually escaped to the big city, where she graduated from Humber College with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design. Nicola’s career in publishing began at The Grid, working under Vanessa. After The Grid’s closure in 2014, Nicola spent a year freelancing working on a variety of projects including a special edition for Canadian Business and a magazine-style museum design project for St. Joseph Media. In April of 2015 Vanessa recruited her to help redesign Chatelaine, where she eventually became the Deputy Art Director at Chatelaine before leaving to become a part of Studio Wyse. During her time at Chatelaine, she helped produce 23 issues including a redesign and art directed projects across all platforms, including video. You can see all that stuff over here.