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Small Dog Design

With over 30 years of design experience in the music and film industry, Small Dog Design is your trusted partner for custom designs with impact. From visual identities to key art, posters, and more, we’ve collaborated with both the industry giants and the up-and-coming talents.

We believe your indie film poster deserves the same visual excellence as blockbuster key art, and your album should rival major labels. Our expertise working with filmmakers, distributors, and major labels ensures design that stands out, no matter the project’s size.

At Small Dog Design, we’re passionate about bringing your vision to life and helping you thrive in the competitive music and film industry.

Join forces with us today to experience our expertise and personalized approach. Together, let’s create designs that resonate with your audience and propel your career forward.

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Joanne Howard

Designer, Artist & Metal Head

Design is not just a profession for me; it’s a part of who I am. With a lineage rooted in the printing industry, courtesy of my grandfather’s business, Croft Printing Ltd., I developed an early passion for art, music, movies, and, of course, dogs. In 1992, I graduated with honors from Durham College’s Graphic Design program, setting the stage for my journey in the field.

Since 1998, I’ve been working directly with artists, publicists, and marketing departments from big labels like Universal Music, Sony Music, and HMV Canada. I’ve fine-tuned my skills to perfectly suit the unique needs of the music and film industry.

Today, with over two decades of experience and a distinct style that is truly my own, I continue to fuel my passion for design. My dedication to crafting visually stunning and impactful designs remains unwavering, as I collaborate with clients to bring their artistic visions to life.

With Small Dog Design, you can expect nothing less than top-notch expertise, personalized attention, and designs that leave a lasting impression.

Let’s embark on a creative journey together, where we’ll transform your ideas into captivating visuals that elevate your presence in the music and film industry.

Bill Howard

Designer, Author & Film Lover

I worked in entertainment retail management for over 25 years, 15 of those with HMV. This experience has not only honed my knowledge of music and film to such a degree that I’m killer at bar trivia (which enables me appear much cooler than I actually am), but it also gave me unique insight into what people will buy when they’re looking for music or movies. The good news is, you benefit from this (ultra cool) knowledge when it comes to customizing your designs to appeal to your desired audience.

My first full length fiction novel, 10 Minutes from Home published by Books of the Dead Press has been optioned for a film. You can also benefit from these skills, as I have become quite adept at synopsis’ and taglines.

In 2010, I left retail and joined Joanne at Small Dog Design where we have truly made it into a family business.

Get design that gets you noticed

Reach out today to see how we can elevate your project with artwork that captures its essence and leaves a lasting impression.