About Nigel Gordijk

Nigel specializes in community-based marketing for small businesses and non-profits, using graphic design and social media.

Qualified and experienced

I have a B.A. (Hons) in Graphic Design and I've been a professional designer for 29 years. (Remember that before trusting a novice with your valuable reputation). I've been working with some of my loyal clients for a decade. I bring a visual clarity to complex communication issues.

My work has appeared in Jeff Fisher's The Savvy Designer's Guide to Success and Identity Crisis!: 50 redesigns that transformed stale identities into successful brands.

Personal stuff

I was born in London, England and lived in Brighton. Now I'm based in New Hamburg, ON, where I argue with locals about which one of us has an accent.

I married Torontonian Cheryl in 1997 and moved to Canada in 2007. I served 8 years on the executive of the New Hamburg Board of Trade as marketing director. Cher and I organize the Wilmot Terry Fox Run, including the record-breaking 2017 cancer research fundraiser.

With three decades of experience, I've worked with small start-ups, multinational organizations, and everything in between. I've learned that effective design is the result of intelligent thinking, resulting in ideas that are engaging, memorable and relevant to you and your audience.

Community involvement as a volunteer

Organizer of the Wilmot Terry Fox Run (with Cheryl)  |  Core member of the Wilmot Healthy Communities Coalition  |  Wilmot Responds marketing and communication coordinator  |  Donates design services to the Lioness Welcome Home Tour  |  Volunteer at Wilmot Family Resource Centre Poor Boys Luncheon, New Hamburg Santa Claus Parade, New Hamburg Canada Day celebrations, and St. Agatha StrawberryFest  |  Executive member and Marketing Director of the New Hamburg Board of Trade 2007-2015  |  Deputy Chair of New Hamburg Flood Relief Committee in 2009.

Read my interview with Waterloo Region-based WR Talk.


Graduated with B.A. (Hons) in Graphic Design

Founded Common Sense Design

Immigrated to Canada

Nigel and wife Cheryl, with whom he organizes the Wilmot Terry Fox Run.

Some of CSD's clients