The Design House is owned and operated by Jill McDonald. Jill has been working as a custom colour technician for more than 20 years. She holds a diploma in applied photography from Sheridan collage. While studying at Sheridan Jill focused on colour darkroom printing and digital imaging, she went on to work in professional colour darkrooms for years before going digital.
Jill's darkroom background and years of experience working with colour in both digital and darkroom applications has made her the master printer she is today. Her prints are often mistaken for original paintings and have been on display at the New York State Museum, the Canadian Prime Minister's house and the Smithsonian Institute, among others.
With clients coming from all over Canada and the United States, The Design House Studio is centrally located in Southern Ontario, on the sandy shores of Lake Erie.
The Design House is proud to work with all artists and photographers from beginner to professional. If you are new to the print industry and want to know more Jill will be more than happy to sit with you and explain the process and what you need to know to get started. We offers no minimum orders so prints can be ordered on demand eliminating the need to store quantities of prints until they sell.
"When you tried the rest, now try the best. Jill McDonald is The Design House. Professional service, professional quality and a pleasure to work with."
Pam and Bill Biddle
William Biddle Gallery
"Mozart's Studio has been working with the Design House for over 12 years now, and in all that time not once have we regretted it! The Design House takes the utmost care in scanning, preparing and printing each and every piece as if it was their very own. Always spending quality time to produce quality work. We have and always will highly recommend The Design House to Artists, Photographers and Commercial Clients as well. Thank you for all your hard work, and making dreams come true!"
"For over a decade I have been a very satisfied client of The Design House. Jill McDonald is one of the most talented, creative and dedicated reproduction masters I have ever met. Her attention to every detail makes her an exceptional collaborator in the process. From start to finish Jill efficiently handles all aspects with a very skilled eye and uses her creative imagination to support an amazing end result. Jill has a great deal of experience that combined with her common sense results in a flawless end product. Her ability to accomplish on deadline is always met. Jill is also a very talented visual artist and this lends itself to her ability to manifest the highest quality of reproduction. I highly recommend Jill and the Design House and look forward to a very long association with her."
Patricia Karen Gagic
Artist and Author
"The Design House consistently goes above and beyond the call to make sure all my printing needs are met. Whether my photos are being printed on gallery quality paper, canvas or satin, Jill has always managed to exceed my expectations. The quality, professionalism, and Jill's eye to detail will continue to keep The Design House as my exclusive printer."
"I have known Jill McDonald for approximately nine years now. When I first learned about The Design House from a few other artists I know, I decided to pay her a visit. I found exactly what I had been searching for. Jill's expertise in printing impressed me right from the start. She is very meticulous when it comes to reproducing an exact copy from an original piece of art. Her skills also extend into other areas of graphic design. I can definitely attest to the quality of the work that she does, and continues to do for all her clientele. Jill's dedication to quality proves that my work is as important to her as it is to me. That is what every artist looks for in a print maker. "
Raymond R. Skye
Dear Jill, After having been introduced to you through my long time gifted artistic friend Raymond Skye I can say that I was and I still am very pleased with your professionalism, courtesy and attentiveness to my War of 1812 limited edition print, "They Mourn". Raymond, as I, is very particular about his art especially, in my opinion as he represents the Grand River Six Nations on so many levels. His international status is growing due in part to recent national projects he is completing. His work has to be presented in the highest quality. Rays 'word' about you was good enough for me and after I met you and conducted business with you I know why he speaks so highly of your abilities. As an author, now with my new book coming out this month, TONTO: The Man in Front of the Mask, I too have a responsibility having to project quality. I am involved with hundreds of schools, Native and non-Native, across the country. I am pleased to know you and I will continue to support you. Kindest regards,
"As an Artist I have known and worked with the The Design House and in particular Jill McDonald for over 15 years. If you're looking to establish a lasting impression for your artistic requirements and brand I can strongly recommend The Design House to deliver the best product for your creative needs."
Dear Jill, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the service you have always provided me. Your passion for what you do is evident in every call, meeting and email. I really feel like you are on my team and that makes all the difference when it comes to understanding my needs and requirements. I take great pride in my work and have the same confidence showing my reproductions as I do my originals. Your service from start to finish has always been exemplary and on a professional, knowledgeable, yet friendly level that far exceeds other print companies I have dealt with. Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble to you and I am made to feel unique, never feeling that I am just one of many clients that you have to deal with each day. It has been a pleasure giving my wholehearted and thorough recommendation to other artists, photographers and companies on what is like a breath of fresh air working with The Design House. May you continue to set standards for others to follow. Kind regards,
Suzan Love Artist,
Poet and Writer
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario