We believe that good design is reflected when things are simple, beautiful, and a joy to use. We adhere to these standards to ensure that your audience has an enjoyable experience. Client successes are our triumphs so we believe in working closely with you to reach your goals on time and on budget. Our team is small—typically no larger than four rockstars per project—and carefully selected to tackle problems through collaboration and client-focused approaches.
Our creative studio specializes in branding, communications, and web design and is located in downtown North Bay, Ontario. We have been providing full-service design and crafting communication solutions since 2008. We gained our graphic and web design experience working in fast-paced agencies in Toronto with well-known brands across Canada. Dave and Jade Nighbor are pleased to provide quality design to businesses in Northern Ontario.
Founder / Creative Director
Raised in North Bay, Dave attended Chippewa High School and skied for Team Canada in eight world championships. He retired from skiing to pursue a career in design and attended York University for a Bachelor of Design with Honours. During his time there, Dave graduated Magna Cum Laude, co-chaired his grad show, and received national recognition from the Graphic Designers of Canada for his work in Branding & Wayfinding.
Dave worked as a UI/UX Designer at Bright Space (Formerly Desire2Learn) where he designed interfaces for mobile applications and a learning management system used by millions worldwide.
In 2014, Dave returned home and moved the business to North Bay with the hopes of contributing to the community that supported him during his ski career. He maintains involvement with skiing through volunteering at the North Bay Nordic Ski Club and coaching part-time for the Nipissing University Lakers.
Raised in a farming community outside of Guelph, Jade's childhood of camping and rural living inspired her to head North for post-secondary education. She earned a Bachelor of Psychology from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Education from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.
Before joining 9 Lives, Jade worked as an Instructional Designer at Bright Space (Formerly Desire2Learn) where she wrote and designed e-learning courses, managed digital media projects, and worked directly with clients to ensure materials were accessible, engaging, and usable.
Jade has shared her knowledge on educational technology, learning design, and social media with post-secondary institutions, multinational corporations, and government agencies.
Photo credit: JB Smith Photography