Born and raised in Toronto, Joanna Bryden’s relationship to art and design has always been a free-wheeling, ever-evolving and exploratory one. Jo spent her formative school years at The Mabin School, a liberal elementary school where artistic expression was encouraged in every aspect of the curriculum. From painting murals on the school interior and exterior walls, to designing and creating the costumes for the school play- no creative outlet was off limits. The foundation for a life in the arts was laid.
Both her guided and self exploration as an artist continued consistently over the next ten years. At an academically rigorous Havergal College, the art program became a respite from pressures of scholastic achievement. Then, after completing her BA in Media, Information & Technoculture at Western University, she began her professional career in film production at Partners Film, but not before she booked one flight into Bangkok, and a flight out of Sydney, Australia 4 months later, armed with only her camera and a backpack.
In 2011 Jo began working for the marketing department of CCI Entertainment, an independent film distribution and licensing company. It was here, working on ad campaigns and film posters, that she found a passion for design, and took a leap of faith moving to Boston to study. She completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in May 2014. It was here that she really began building a diverse yet cohesive identity as an artist and designer.
Today, back in Toronto, Jo works as a Sr. Designer for a rapidly growing business agency, concepting and creating digital experiences for a wide variety of clients. She is a design thinker, problem-solver and collaborator with a passion for her craft.