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Blair Kelly

Blair Kelly - Designer

Toronto, Canada

Award-winning illustrator and designer specializing in bold, conceptual images.


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I'm an award-winning illustrator and designer whose work incorporates both traditional and digital media. My images have appeared in major magazines, newspapers, on posters, pillows, t-shirts, toys and packaging.

I specialize in bold, conceptual images that avoids cliches, forcing the viewer to think twice and take a second look. Regularly contributing to business and financial publications such as Worth, Boss, Forbes, Bloomberg Markets & CPA Magazine I can quickly develop images for complex subject matter such as taxes, investments and legal issues. Health, fitness and sports are recurring themes for clients such as The New York Times, Scientific American, Runner's World and Golf Digest. Many colleges and universities such as Harvard, Brown, UCLA and Tufts have also commissioned my work for articles regarding teaching, learning and student issues.
Social issues are also a personal favourite.

Major projects include:
Collective Arts limited edition beer can featuring my 'Pumpkin Ride' image
Poster series for Johnson Controls on growth. Pieces of the images were also animated as part of this international campaign.
Texas Monthly moo-cow toy label sent to subscribers to promote their annual Bum Steer Awards

Other clients include Time Magazine, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Newsweek International, Reader's Digest, Cottage Life, Business Week, Golf Digest, Scientific American Mind, Hemispheres Magazine, Cigar Aficionado, Fortune, Macworld Magazine, Out, The KRW Awards, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, LA Times, Wine Spectator, The Bend Independent Film Festival, Matador Records, National Post and The Globe & Mail.

Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry Technology
Children's - Middle Grade Holiday Inspirational Young Adult & Teen


  • American Illustration
  • 3x3
  • Applied Arts
  • KRW Awards

Work experience

Illustrator & Designer

May, 1999 – Present (about 19 years)

Graduating from Sheridan College's Interpretive Illustration in 1999, I have 17+ years experience as a freelance illustrator and designer.

Blair has 1 review


Brian Kindall

Wonderful working with Blair. We love the work he did, and it all went smoothly with easy communication back and forth and everything done within our time frame. I highly recommend him as a designer for your project - we already have another project in the works for him.

, April 2018

Blair Kelly
Reply from Blair Kelly

This was such a fun project! Brian is very open to ideas with a lot of creative freedom which was amazing.
Looking forward to the next one!!

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