They created annual reports for some of Canada’s top companies including the Royal Bank, Onex, Rogers Communications and American Barrick, to name a few. At that time, real estate development companies, such as Cadillac Fairview, Campeau and Trizec, formed a big part of their portfolio of logos, brochures, marketing materials, exhibits and signage.
They helped companies like Kinetics Furniture, Graphic Papers and Sleeman Breweries grow by building their unique brand identities, catalogues, packaging and marketing materials. And they developed a number of significant corporate identity programs including Celestica, Canadian Pacific Hotels, Abitibi Consolidated, Humber College and the Town of Oakville to name a few. During the dot-com era, they designed and launched early websites for the Toronto Stock Exchange and Teknion Furniture, among many others.
Part of the company’s philosophy was to support a number of non-profit and cultural organizations, which included doing work for Kids Help Phone, Hospital for Sick Children, Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Zoo.
Their work earned many national and international awards and were recognized by other professional bodies and magazines, including the AIGA, Communications Arts, Applied Arts, Financial Post Annual Report Awards, Package Design Council International, AR100 and STA 100.
A number of designers and staff that worked for Taylor & Browning (and later as Karo) went on to build successful careers or firms of their own. Collaborations with writers, photographers, illustrators, type designers and printers, also contributed to the collective pool of creativity. The reunion event, held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto in September, brought together many of these individuals to reconnect and celebrate the firm's accomplishments. A tribute to the people and a legacy of work.