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watercolor illustration by Belinda Darcey

Profile

A brief overview of the company:

DOLCE
design

History

The company was started in a Smith College dorm in 1999. It was only meant to be a summer job. I agreed to help out a professor by building a departmental website. By the end of the year, I had built sites for eleven more college departments.

So we opened an office in Northampton, Massachusetts, and started offering web & graphic design to local businesses. Word spread. Due to the emphasis on simple, elegant design, we started attracting clients in the lifestyle category (travel & leisure, home décor, film, fashion) from New York City, to Boston, Massachusetts and Vermont.

In 2008, we re-located to Montreal, Quebec. Our clients now come from the USA, Canada and Australia. However, our goal remains the same: to design beautiful branding and websites for startups, entrepreneurs, and small to medium size businesses.

Why Montreal?

Montreal enjoys a highly desirable cultural blend of European aesthetic mixed with North American pragmatism. As a result, it attracts an unusually large pool of independent artists and technical talent. While the official language of Québec is French, most residents are bilingual in English and French, and many are trilingual, so global thinking is a part of everyday life, and Montreal is well-known as a marketing testing center for emerging technology. It's also incredibly convenient: 5 hours by car from Boston and New York City. And 7 hours by plane to Paris.

 

Belinda Darcey, Creative Director

Belinda has 14 years experience as a visual designer, front-end web developer, copywriter and digital marketing strategist. She has run Dolce Design since its inception in 1999. Originally from Australia, she spent 20 years in the US before moving to Montreal, Canada. More on LinkedIn.

Oscar Cartier, Technical Director

Oscar has 7 years experience overseeing back-end programming and systems. He is also familiar with front end design and iOS apps. Born and raised in Quebec, he is fluent in French and English.

Collaborators

In addition to our small in-house team, we maintain a flexible network of experienced, independent designers, developers and online marketing strategists across Canada and the US, with whom we contract regularly, depending on the size of each project. We manage all aspects of a project in-house so that nothing falls through the cracks. This enables us to provide mid-sized companies with the same services as a small ad agency, at a more affordable price.