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About the Studio

We help your brand shine.

We are a boutique branding and graphic design studio located in Calgary, Alberta, that works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to elevate their brand.

Through a well-grounded and collaborative process we create a purposeful design and brand strategy that helps businesses increase their value. A strong first impression is everything! And our approach ensures you’ll have a visual identity that reflects your company’s values and mission, so that you can really shine.

Red Bear design studio Sarah Nealon McMenemy Sarah Jeanne
Sarah Jeanne Nealon graphic designer Calgary

About the Designer

Sarah, a visual storyteller.

Hey there, I’m Sarah, the founder and creative director here at Red Bear design studio. I have a knack for visual storytelling and bring a playful approach to my work. I love what I do and I’m excited to get out of bed in the mornings to work on my next project.

I have a bachelor of design (specialized honours degree) from York University and Sheridan College. I’ve spent the past decade working as a designer for companies of varying size, from national publications like Sportsnet magazine to a city publication in Calgary, Alberta. My years spent working in publishing has given me the unique ability to succinctly tell a visual story.

I’m naturally curious about the world and that often steers my approach to design. I get inspiration from the beauty of everyday life, whether that’s wandering through my neighbourhood and spotting a really great front door colour, driving through the country to admire the beautiful Rocky Mountain landscapes or perusing through local artisan shops while on vacation (gimme all the hand painted skulls in Sayulita, Mexico). This world is a constant source of inspiration.

Get to know Sarah

My friends would tell you that …

I love a themed party. Every year for my birthday, I host a Lobster Fest bash with a Fisherman’s Wharf theme. So yes, technically, that’s a theme on top of a theme.

I’m just a little obsessed with…

My Rhodesian Ridgeback named Moose. He’s my number one sidekick and is an endless source of entertainment. I never get tired of tossing popcorn in the air and watching him catch it every time, without fail!

Besides design, I’m really passionate about…

Health and wellness. You can find me picking things up and putting them down in our home gym, or running, hiking, swimming, spinning and dancing! 

I feel most at ease…

Next to water. Hearing waves roll against the shore is by far one of my favourite sounds, next to a crackling campfire! Put the two together and its a match made in relaxation heaven.


Magazine of the Year

Avenue Magazine Calgary

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

April 2020

Package Design - Silver Medal

Urban Survival Guide

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

April 2020

Package Design - Silver Medal

Ready, Set, Summer

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

April 2019

Package Design

The Haters Guide to Camping

Alberta Magazine Publishers association

April 2018

Awards Judge

2022 International Regional Magazine Awards judge,
in the categories of Art Direction, Photography, Package Design, Illustration, Cover and Magazine of the Year

Let’s wow your people.