Viva & Co. is an independent branding and design agency that creates online, print, visual identity, packaging and environmental solutions for clients, both large and small. For us, it’s about results, relationships and trust – in that order. If we’re lucky enough to win your business, we’ll do our best to create work that gets quantifiable results. In our experience, this leads to long-term relationships and the trust required – on your part – to reward us with new opportunities.


People

People

Frank Viva

Managing Director

Frank came to illustration through fine art, design through illustration and writing through design. He is a frequent cover artist for The New Yorker magazine and his first book, published by Little, Brown (New York), was a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection. His fourth book, Young Frank, Architect, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department. Translated from the original English into ten languages, it has gone on to win recognition from American Illustration, AIGA, Communication Arts and has been cited on many ‘Best of 2014’ lists. His first full-length novel, Sea Change, came out in 2016. The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life magazine included it on their most anticipated spring books lists and Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review. Recent lectures and presentations include The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Apple Store (Grand Central Station) and Oakland University.

Todd Temporale

Creative Director

Todd might decide to rebuild a two-stroke engine one weekend and invent an entirely new system for trade show booths the next. He lives to go fast and has the dents and scrapes to prove it. Todd likes to get his hands dirty on the projects he designs, but also leaves his fingerprints on many other Viva & Co. projects. His work has received recognition from Communication Arts, the New York Type Directors Club, Applied Arts magazine and The Advertising & Design Club of Canada. His industrial design work includes custom seating, lighting and store fixtures. The Temporale family has been on the design scene in Canada for three generations. Todd’s grandfather, Louis, was a well-known sculptor who was responsible for the bas-relief on Toronto’s historic postal delivery building (and many other projects) and his father Alexander is a renowned architect.

Arron Gibson

Director of Digital Projects

With a profound knowledge of web platforms and online applications, Arron filled the role – for almost three years – as Viva & Co.’s freelance guru when it came to solving impossible online problems. A kindred spirit, we recognized his unique talents and finally stole him away from Shaw Media, where he worked as a senior web developer. As Viva & Co.’s web wunderkind, he not only solves every puzzle we throw his way, but he has brought a digital depth to Viva & Co. that has helped us to become an acknowledged leader in the fields of web development and mobile design. The very first project we created together was recognized as a Communication Arts Webpick and was listed as one of HOW magazine’s Top Ten Websites for Designers.

Indira Wulf

Financial Director

If Indira catches anybody working on a project without first having an official docket number and the requisite matching folders, she will produce a glance so withering it will singe your eyebrows. She has a thorough knowledge of everything at Viva & Co. that has a dollar sign in front of it. Our suppliers love her and our accountant thinks she’s the best in the business. Indira has worked with Frank for over 20 years. She is family.

Charlie Scott

Strategist / Writer

We first met longtime co-conspirator, Charlie, in the Loire Valley when he worked as a guide for Butterfield & Robinson. From there, he went on to hold various management positions at B&R before co-founding Trufflepig, a highly respected trip planning company. Flash forward twenty years: Charlie has sold his stake in Trufflepig and is footloose and fancy-free. Our first project together was a 50th anniversary book for Butterfield & Robinson (Slowing Down to See the World). Since then, we’ve worked on a complete rebrand for an international private bank and an investment management firm. You can often find him tinkering away on his laptop in our boardroom. If not, he’s probably searching for antique carpets in Turkey, lounging on a beach in Maine, or cycling through the Eastern Townships. Turkey!

Siavash Khasha

Associate Creative Director

After becoming a Toronto homeowner, Siavash decided his house needed a bit of work. Twelve months later, he has yet to move in. Siavash is a passionate designer and creative leader who joined Viva & Co. in 2015. His experience includes print and online platforms as well as environmental and experiential design. He has worked with international brands like Sonos, Air Canada, Le Creuset, Butterfield & Robinson as well various art and cultural centres. His work in these areas have earned him numerous awards across North America and Europe.

Jason Michael Green

Senior Designer

Jason is just so full of raw talent; he needed three names to contain it all. Before landing at Viva & Co., he worked for Azure Magazine, Grip Limited and Format Inc. At Viva & Co. he has worked on large branding projects for an international private bank and a leading capital management firm. A creative thinker and an idea builder, Jason has a strong design and illustration aesthetic. Motivated by the pleasure of creating extraordinary design with a purpose, his work is thoughtful and deliberate.

Casey Bettridge

Online Developer

When not bringing brand new ones and zeros into the world, Casey is the bass player in a “noisy post punk” band called Lifestyle Sub (we don’t ask). She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration and a minor in computer science. She did a stint in Copenhagen, Denmark where she worked as a user experience designer at a digital agency. Her foundations in design thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration, means she is not afraid to embrace big, messy problems. Her ongoing interests include experience design, ubiquitous computing and finding a sense of play in her daily workflow.

Amal Chandaria

Design and Motion Graphics

Unable to attend our photo shoot, Amal recently made the move to San Francisco, but continues to works with us from afar. A talented designer and video producer, he received a dual degree – a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations – at Boston University. At Viva & Co., Amal has worked on projects for MoMA, Le Creuset, Little, Brown and landscape designer, Joel Loblaw. His talents include typography and design, but his ability to read storyboards, edit footage and create compelling motion graphics is rare.

Awards

In eight years, Viva & Co. has received over one hundred design and illustration awards from the British D&AD, The New York Times (10 Best Illustrated Books of 2011), the New York Type Directors Club (3 awards), Communication Arts (5 awards), AIGA (50 Books/50 Covers), The Governor General’s Literary Awards (finalist), The Advertising & Design Club of Canada (6, including gold), American Illustration (11 in book), the Society of Illustrators (4 awards), Amazon, Applied Arts (17 awards), Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and others. As the creative director at Viva Dolan Communications and Design, Frank Viva’s work was profiled with feature articles in Communication Arts, @issue, Applied Arts and many other magazines (and books). To date, his work has received more than 500 awards from:
  • The Advertising & Design Club (including 8 gold awards)
  • American Illustration, New York
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), New York
  • The New York Times (10 Best Illustrated Books of 2011)
  • The Governor General’s Literary Awards (finalist)
  • AR100 – Annual Report Awards Show, New York
  • The Type Directors Club (TDC), New York
  • Applied Arts Magazine, Toronto
  • Art Directors Club (ADC), New York
  • British Design & Art Direction (D&AD), London
  • Communication Arts, Palo Alto
  • Coupe Magazine, Toronto
  • Critique Magazine, Los Angeles
  • Graphis, New York (including platinum)
  • How Magazine, Cincinnati
  • Print Magazine, New York
  • The Society of Illustrators, New York
  • National Magazine Awards (including gold)
  • Studio Magazine, Toronto