ninesixteen—Ottawa Office

Process-driven and professional.

Founded in 2003, ninesixteen is an Ottawa-based creative studio. As professional designers, we bring to each project a well-refined process for creating great work that both inspires and helps to make things better in the world.

Work with us directly or in tandem with our Creative Network: we’d love to show how you can do more with branding, exhibit design, print, packaging, web design, and illustration.

Detailed, attentive service.

Clients benefit from our 15 years of experience in branding and strategy, environments and exhibits, print and packaging, web and interactive, and illustration to support both marketing and public engagement campaigns.

But more than access to our proven design skills, clients come back to us — again and again — because of our flexible, friendly and engaging approach to how we do business.

Meet your creative team

Ilesh Parmar

Principal / Designer
ilesh@ninesixteen.ca

As founder of ninesixteen, Ilesh has his critical eye on on all that we do — with the foresight and experience of a successful business owner and designer. He has guided countless creative projects and is a whiz when it comes to graphics, web design and illustration. His ever-present thirst for knowledge is unquenchable and he spends many of his off-the-clock hours poring over the latest design research and techniques. With warmth and clarity, he asks the hardest questions, pushing our creative team to find the best solutions for our clients.

Ilesh’s experience and love for design doesn’t end at our studio. He spends many hours each year in the classroom, spreading his knowledge of branding, packaging and exhibit design to industrial design students at Carleton University. Teaching keeps Ilesh passionate about the future of design, allowing us to stay connected to the ebb and flow of our field and the latest and greatest in the profession.

Danielle Parmar

Principal / Designer
danielle@ninesixteen.ca

Danielle brings a fresh eye and trend-setting approach to everything we do. Whether it’s naming, branding, or laying out a publication, her designs are always pushing the envelope. With a Masters of Design degree and an extensive background in design research, she makes it her job to ensure that everything we create is always targeted, on-brand and most importantly unique — making our clients stand out and look their best.

With her architectural background, Danielle is also an exceptional environmental graphic designer and loves to create graphics that transcend the realm of 2D. She has a knack for envisioning spaces that entice and stimulate imagination. This, combined with the right amount of level-headedness and persistence makes our finished exhibits and 3D graphics carry through from the imagined to the physical with ease.

William Ratke

Contract Web Developer
william@ninesixteen.ca

As a pixel perfectionist and programming pro, William is a designer’s ideal developer. With a background in fine-arts, William is a gem to work with. He understands that user experience and design are just as important as functionality and is always willing to figure out a way to make the things we need look stunning and function seamlessly — allowing us to deliver the best digital solutions to our clients.

Always accepting of the new challenges we’re continuously handing him, there’s little he can’t do. His knowledge is always growing and runs the full range of what our clients need to establish and grow a commanding online presence. From all the latest CMS platforms, to the multiple languages we can’t understand, William is our man.

Creative Network

The perfect team — every time.

Working with us gets you access to our in-house team and our extended Creative Network of photographers, copywriters, 3D designers, scenographers, and translators — all of whom share our DNA for producing bold and creative work.

This streamlined style of working allows us to hand-select expertise only when its needed, giving you an efficient and specialized team for your unique project.

Discover the benefits of working with professional designers with a proven record of executing stunning creative, backed by insightful strategic thinking.


“ninesixteen’s design work has been a highlight of my private practice, still gets tons of compliments, and has enhanced my life on a daily basis. It seems to me that design is the context and, while people may be unaware of it, it changes and makes things better in their environment.”

Dr. Patricia Gervaize
Reproductive Health Psychologist