Way back in 2002, Amanda Schutz struck out on her own as an independent designer and illustrator. In its first decade, her little studio thrived. Over the past decade, Graham Johnson and Matt Steringa joined the team, making Curio Studio three times as clever.
Today, we enjoy days full of good conversation, fulfilling collaborations, and friendly clients.
As a company, Curio acts and operates just like the team does in their daily lives: authentically, responsibly, transparently, and empathetically. We’re good listeners and creative problem solvers — and we have a reputation for exceeding our clients’ expectations with memorable work and personalized service.
Curio’s diverse client list includes arts and professional organizations, music festivals, food producers, established corporations, and exciting small businesses. We welcome inquiries from anyone who is interested in hiring us for projects that need branding, illustration, animation, or graphic design.
What We Offer
The Curio Team
Amanda Schutz loves to grow things — in her garden, in the design industry, and in her community. As the founder and creator director at Curio Studio, Amanda planted the seeds of kindness and creativity that have grown into a successful design studio. Between client projects, she profiles her peers on the Canadian Women in Design website, indulges a healthy obsession with lichen, loves to paint, and loves to parent. Amanda has taught design & illustration at her alma mater, MacEwan University, and is a two-term past president of the Graphic Designers of Canada, Alberta North Chapter.
Graham Johnson has an insatiable appetite for potato chips, mouth-watering design, and heaping helpings of time spent with his adoring family. After a brief foray into science, Graham discovered a passion for design. He graduated from MacEwan University’s Design & Illustration program in 2003, and co-founded Edmonton music label Pop Echo Records a year later. Graham joined the Curio team in 2015, where he’s famous for sharing good food, good ideas, and good advice.
Matt Steringa is not the Moon; he is the finger pointing to the moon. The moon in this case is Curio Studio. The analogy makes sense if you’re deprived of oxygen. Point being: Matt is not a designer, but he is ecstatic to promote the work of our design team and support them with the skills he’s picked up in his 20+ year career in marketing, communications, sales, and respiratory therapy. Matt’s work with Curio is in copywriting, business development, marketing, odds, sods, and anything else that no interesting person should ever care about.
Per his contract, he has no interests outside of work.
Select Client List
We have worked for clients from the arts, business and public sectors including:
- Alberta Capital Airshed
- The Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C)
- Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
- Alberta Pork
- Brian Webb Dance Company
- Campers Village
- Catalyst Theatre
- City of Edmonton
- Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC)
- Edmonton Heritage Council
- Royal Alberta Museum
- University of Alberta