"Clarke is a prolific ad guy, both for conventional advertising media but also for the web. His digital work incorporates great advertising thinking with really nice, easy to use website design. And in this day and age, that's exactly what I look for in an art director."
Patrick Doyle / CD, Writer
"If I ever had to go to war, I'd want Clarke Smith by my side."
Terry Illes / CD, Art Director, Y&R
"Clarke Smith is a very good art director. Or maybe he's a very good copywriter. I forget which. That's because he's one of the best at being both at the same time. Neil French is actually better that way, but you'll save hundreds by hiring Clarke instead. Plus, Clarke comes up with way more good ideas than you pay for, he delivers on time, and he's a much easier guy to get along with. I've met Neil."
Paul Ruta / CD, Writer
"I have worked with Clarke for 15 years and I think that he is, hands down, the best freelance art director in the country. He has a great eye and a wonderful brain. Clarke is not just a solid art director, he is also great at coming up with concepts. Which is why I depend on him as much for ideas as I do for layouts."
Donna McCarthy / CD, Dory Advertising
"Clarke is an art director's art director. He knows and practices the fundamentals that very few practice these days. Yet as important as that is, it's simply the grounding for his ability to perpetually do new and original work. Work that always places the brand at the centre."
Peter Holmes / CD, Partner, Holmes and Lee Inc.
"Clarke is a talented art director and designer who is also one of the nicest guys in the advertising business. He really cares about quality work, and he always delivers strong creative thinking and valuable out of the box ideas."
John Kewley / Consultant, Writer
"Many people claim to be good at writing and art direction; Clarke truly is. For versatility and work ethic, he can't be beat. If I were an ad agency, I would have Clarke on speed dial."
Rich Cooper / Writer
"I enjoyed the experience of working with Clarke as we developed my mass campaign. He was able to translate the strategic direction of my campaign into a simple creative idea which could be integrated across all mass and direct channels. I found Clarke's upbeat and passionate approach to advertising refreshing and look forward to working with him again."
Brian Carey / Manager, Marketing Department, Rogers Communications Inc.
"Yes he understands his craft. Yes he's the consummate professional. Yes he's totally reliable. But these are things that should be a given when dealing with someone at Clarke's level. What sets him far apart? In a word? Concepts."
Grant Gordon / CD, Key Gordon Communications
"Clarke is one of a small handful of hired guns, that comes to every project with enthusiasm, curiosity and a deep desire to come up with great ideas. Clarke makes my job easier because he always delivers. He's a go-to guy."
John Farquhar / Exec. VP, CD, Rain43
"Clarke Smith is an in-demand creative resource who always delivers the goods."
Robin Heisey / Exec. VP, CD, DraftFCB
"It didn't cost me a fortune to get great work."
Irwin Prince / President & COO, Realstar Hospitality
"Clarke's strong strategic thinking and understanding of the brand combined with fresh, relevant solutions ultimately powered the business to move forward. And above all else he was a pleasure to work with. If you need any of the above, I suggest you call Clarke."
Duncan Bruce / Sr. VP, Exec. CD, Publicis Toronto
"I love a creative guy who can think ahead. Do you have any idea how rare you are? REALLY!!!!"
Ken Rodger / Producer Extraordinaire
"Working with Clarke has always been a pleasure. We have been working together on freelance projects over the past 2 to 3 years. Clarke is professional, hard working, utterly creative and has a flare for pushing his concepts to the next level. Every project that I have worked with Clarke has always pushed me to my full potential and even further. His aptitude for design and advertisement development is something to admire. I do not only see Clarke as a colleague but a teacher. I value all the time that we work together as a time to learn, to push myself and grow as a designer. If you are considering working with Clarke, do not hesitate, he will not only help you communicate your message, he will ensure that it engages your audience in a new and exciting way that they won't ever forget."
Andrew Garcia / Interactive designer, Atom Design Collective