About Us


About Us
Sage Media is an established and trusted corporate graphic design studio in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). Founded in 2004, we've provided highly tailored graphic design and web development solutions to satisfied clients across the globe, ranging from local mom&pop brands, to educational and charity organizations, to Fortune 50 corporations.


Accessible Design   Qualified Designers   Efficient Designers   Design ROI   Relevant Design
We
Respond.


When you write us, we answer - quickly, and in plain English.
  We're Experienced.

We've been doing this for a long time, and only employ experienced professionals.
  We
Work.


We take the time to do things right...
no more, no less.
  We
Think.


Design for business is about results, not empty fads.
  We
Communicate.


Strategic design speaks the right language,
to the right people.


Who We Are


We are a small, agile Canadian design team with a unique multidisciplinary approach, incorporating strategic design, development, business know-how and research based consumer psychology.

Over the years, we've earned international acclaim and a myriad of industry awards, not to mention the undying support and gratitude of our rapidly growing client base.



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How We Work


We follow a tried, tested and continuously improving workflow for all of our design and development projects. While we make a concerted effort to simplify the process for our clients, quite a bit happens behind the scenes.

We pride ourselves on being exceptionally easy to work with. For most, that includes managing our projects in an efficient and thoughtful manner - leaving our clients to the business of managing the day to day operations of their growing companies.

A Note on Discovery: Every project, regardless of its type or size, begins with a discovery phase. These foundation-laying steps are imperative to the development of a meaningful design that works for your audience. In this phase, we have our clients fill in a customized planning questionnaire, before engaging in contextual brand research to familiarize ourselves with the client's company, competitors, and target audience/customers. The knowledge gained in this phase informs everything that follows.


TYPICAL GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKFLOW

Sage Media Design Process


OUR WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT PROCESS


Web design may not be rocket science, but it's not child's play either. For today's companies, the website has become one of the most important facets for communication with their client base, partners and investors. In the case of e-commerce businesses, the website IS the company's storefront. All the more reason it needs to (A) do what you need it to do, and (B) not look like every other website out there.

Graphic design is an important element of web design, but an effective website requires more than (just) engaging visuals. Accordingly, our process for web design and development is slightly more complex:

 Web Design Process and Web Development Process

This is just one of many possible project flow scenarios.
Our clients come in all shapes and sizes, as do their respective bank accounts. While some project steps are mandatory, we can customize our processes somewhat to suit most client needs and budgets.


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Accolades, Awards and Recognition
The Short List:
• Abduzeedo
• American Design Awards
• Astral Design Award
• B2B YellowPages Best Site
• Best of the Web Featured Co
• Coolyan Green Websites
• CWA Canadian Web Design Award
• DF GD Award Nature's Envy

• DF GD Award Mi Abuela Coquito
• DF Imaging Award Ella Ruth Brand
• DesignFirms Web Design Award
• DesignFlakes Featured Company
• DesigNet Top Rated Web Design
• Dexigner Featured Company
• eCreative Featured Company
• eDesign Magazine Featured

• Fubiz
• Entrepreneur.com Featured
• InternetVibes Top Rated
• MoLuv
• NewWebPick's Pick of the World
• Nodus Silver Award
• OneCSS
• O.N.Z.C.D.A Nominee

• Quicken/Intuit Business Spotlight
• 68Design Cool Site Award
• TechVibes Featured Company
• The Best Designs Featured
• UltraWeb World's Top Award
• WebThrower Design Award
• Who's Who in Graphic Design
• WM8C Stamp of Excellence