Carmen Dunjko

Carmen Dunjko

Carmen Dunjko is an internationally recognized graphic designer and creative director with more than 400 awards to her credit. Since graduating from Toronto’s Sheridan College in 1973 and completing her studies at the Zurich School of Art and Design, she has art directed magazines like Saturday Night and Shift, and has launched designs and redesigns for many others, including Maclean’s and enRoute

After apprenticing with both Don Watt and Burns, Cooper, Hynes, she started her own design firm Carmen Dunjko and Associates in 1979 and where her client list included Alfred Sung, Club Monaco, The Heritage Foundation, Holt Renfrew, Jane Corkin Gallery, Imperial Oil, and The Canadian Cancer Association.

Carmen has designed numerous books for clients like Random House Canada, David Mirvish and Powerhouse Publishing, and has edited, produced and designed art and photography books for artists such as Gord Downie, Andre Kertesz, Tim Scott, Milan Sklenar, Mark Peterson and Bryce Duffy. 

In 2000, she founded Pod 10 Art and Design, with her husband Barnaby Marshall, an interactive designer, writer and editor. Together they designed websites and provided digital, print and branding services to a variety of clients, including Derivative 3D Software, the LCBO, and Slaight Communications and Music.

Pod 10 collaborated with 3rd Uncle on the design of Toronto’s Drake Hotel, helping conceive the project’s overall strategy and direction, as well as executing all print-related collateral and signage, designing all of the building’s technological infrastructure, and overseeing the staffing and training of a 6 person in-house design studio and culture department.

More recently, Carmen has masterminded branding and identity solutions for The National Ballet of Canada and The Toronto Arts Council, and with Jenny Armour, Soul Pepper Theatre and The Young Centre For The Performing Arts. With the team at Distility Branding, she developed comprehensive brand identities for Empire Communities, Sigma Systems, the Octane Medical Group, and Montag Wealth Management, among others.

Carmen’s work is consistently refined, witty, eye catching, and on-message. A master visualizer, she brings tremendous skill and discernment to every project she undertakes, and her network of creative collaborators allow her to draw on a deep international talent pool of writers, illustrators and photographers.

Carmen has given lectures and participated in workshops at several conferences and educational institutions and has served as a judge for many awards shows and competitions. In 2003 she received the Les Usherwood Award from the Advertising & Design Club of Canada in recognition of a lifetime of excellence in the field of communication arts.