A design firm with passion, drive and heart.
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Thornley Creative Communications
Vision, wisdom and ingenuity since 1989

Our Services

Customer service is at the core of our philosophy, and it is important to know that when working with you, we consider ourselves as part of your team. We are committed to making sure our work is something you will be proud to stand behind.

As a full-service agency with more than 25 years of experience, we provide our clients with a complete range of marketing and communications services from strategic planning and brand development to graphic design, web design & development, media planning and buying, print production and communications support services.

Branding

Your brand speaks for your company. It needs to illustrate and reinforce your philosophy and customer commitment. We can help.

Research & Planning

Want to know what your next step should be? Want to know where best to focus your efforts? We can help you better understand and plan your next steps. From Discovery Sessions to surveys, let us assist with analyzing your data.

Graphic Design

We’re passionate about good design. Whether its a sign, magazine, brochure or ad, we are committed to creating something engaging and beautiful. We’re fussy about typography, love illustrations and excited about colour palettes, find out what we can do for you.

Web Design & Services

Want a website that reflects your company? We design and build all our own sites. From large scale projects to one-page sites, we’ve got the expertise to help. Need something custom or more complex? We’re up for any challenge.

We Work with Everyone

We work with all different kinds of companies and individuals -- from municipalities, large scale industrial companies and chains to arts organizations, small mom & pop businesses and start-ups. Regardless of your goals, we are confident that we can provide insight and creative value to your strategy. We are proud of our long-term relationships and would love to join your team.

We have clients throughout the Fraser Valley, BC and beyond. Give us a call to find out how we can make your budget work for you.

Our Team

Meet our team and have confidence in the people behind our creativity.

Chris Thornley

Chris Thornley

President
Lawanda Thornley

Lawanda Thornley

Marketing Services
Andi Douglas

Andi Douglas

Production Coordinator
Michal Pandyra

Michal Pandyra

Web Developer
Lisa Noble

Lisa Noble

Graphic Designer
Susanne Rutchinski

Susanne Rutchinski

Graphic Designer

Creative, good natured and a team player, Chris is very aware of the value of surrounding himself with a team of talented and creative individuals. Fiercely proud of this company and our creative achievements, he firmly believes there is nothing we can't do.

With more than 40 years of graphic design, advertising and marketing experience, Chris Thornley brings a wealth of knowledge to all projects. A graduate of Douglas College and BCIT, Chris founded the company in 1989 and under his direction the firm has been responsible for the logos and branding of many Fraser Valley businesses and not-for-profits. He has served on a number of boards including the Cultural Development Advisory Committee (Surrey City Hall), Surrey Arts Centre Theatre Program Advisory Committee, Chairman of the White Rock Branding Review Committee and many more. As agency leader, Chris provides valuable insight, guidance and critical thinking – ensuring that objectives and goals always rise to the forefront. Chris has been recognized by the Arts and Business communities with a number of awards and honours.

With a flare for public speaking, a love of organization and natural strategic thinking, Lawanda brings positive energy and enthusiasm to all her client interactions and excellent humour to the office.

Lawanda Thornley has over 8 years of experience in communications including branding, marketing, leadership, writing & editing, public speaking and project & event management. She has worked with over 40 public companies, as well as those in a variety of sectors such as not-for-profit, tourism, and education. Her marketing experience guides our clients’ strategic planning and project management. Lawanda is an active community member and has served on a number of boards, including as president of Toastmasters where her public speaking skills were recognized. Lawanda studied at both Douglas College and Simon Fraser University.

The ability to juggle many projects, assess the appropriate materials for a specific job, and know which supplier will suit a project, makes Andi our superstar project coordinator -- but don't tell her we said so!

Andi’s role as Production Coordinator is to ensure that all components of the project are met on time and on budget. Her strong relationships with external suppliers and attention to detail helps the company to achieve a high quality product that often exceeds expectation, while being mindful of client resources.

With a creativity rarely seen in web developers, a drive to exceed expectations in user experience and the cutest dog, Mike breathes life into our web designs and digital projects.

Michal hails from BCIT and has over 10 years of industry experience. Having closely followed the evolution of the world wide web, he has a clear understanding of website requirements and best practices in today's market. Further, he actively monitors emerging technologies ensuring that we closely follow industry trends as they develop. Michal is familiar with the full software and service stack required to develop and operate a successful website or web application. This includes, but isn’t limited to, server configuration and administration, DNS management, handling of electronic communications, database design and management as well as both server-side and front-end software development.

Eager and always willing to start a new project, Lisa jumps in to bring her own unique style to our designs. Passionate about colours, and fussy about the details, she's determined to set the bar high. And, of course, she'd always argue that her dog is far cuter than Mike's.

Lisa is a skilled graphic designer with a diverse portfolio range. She has a wide range of experience with retail and not-for-profit marketing as well as an extensive understanding of print production. Lisa graduated from Kwantlen University's Graphic Design program.

Jumping with ease from project to project, Sue's a bit of a designer superhero, though she doesn't often wear her cape. Her creativity appears to have no bounds. With an artistic eye, keen sense of details and engaging personality, its hard not to love her.

Susanne is an award-winning designer with more than 18 years of experience. She has worked extensively on print design for a wide range of industries from municipal government agencies, hospital foundations and community organizations to newspapers, restaurants and property developers. Susanne brings a special level of creativity and know-how to all of our projects.

About Us

Celebrating over 25 years of business, thornley creative is one of the Fraser Valley's leading design firms.

We are a graphic design firm with passion, drive and heart. From the quality of our work, to our commitment to our clients, we are a firm that believes in working hard.

 

Community

We believe in supporting our community. Over the years we have played an integral role in many community-based projects — sometimes pro-bono, sometimes at a reduced rate with add-ons thrown into the mix, and always with a dash of enthusiasm. Check out our blog to read about some of our community work.

History

Established in 1989, thornley Creative grew from a firm of one to an award-winning boutique agency. Many of our clients have remained with us throughout the years — some for more than 15 years. Through the years we’ve been involved in many projects that we are proud of — from branding the Cloverdale Rodeo and our work with Bard on the Beach to branding the City of Surrey itself. We’ve learned a lot along the way, and continue every year to reach higher and higher standards.

Recent Posts

This year I was nominated for the Surrey Board of Trade’s “Business Person of the Year” and was one of the finalists. Each time either myself, or our firm, is nominated or wins an award, I feel a great sense of pride. As this is our 25th anniversary, it has particularly had special meaning for…

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the recent changes to the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). While we don’t deal directly with email marketing and its logistics, it’s something that is very relevant to some of our clients. We’ve done some looking into this issue, and the first thing we want to say is…

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or would like to meet about how we can help you.

File Upload Login

Our file upload system allows for easy transfer of one or more file between clients and our team.

It offers a simple solution to the challenges often posed by the need to send large files that are not accommodated by traditional file attachments.