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I cannot speak high enough of the incredible service and value add that arithmetic creative, specifically Margherita Porra, provided to our company. We approached Margherita with a tall order - an extremely short timeline and a limited budget - and after careful consideration, Margherita confirmed that she could deliver... which she most certainly did and in the process exceeded our expectations. With only one phone call and one face to face meeting, she was able to capture our corporate essence and created a brand that reflects the quality and premium positioning that we were looking for. Our project consisted of a new logo, tag line, product labels, sell sheet and a very unique booth design - all of which has resulted in very positive feedback. We highly recommend Margherita for creative development particular game changing, strategic initiatives as she puts the client’s needs first, is professional in all her dealings and most importantly is capable of delivering creative content that is unique, diverse and impactful.

Munu Hicken-Gaberria, Live for Tomorrow Eco-Cleaning Products
Founder & President


As the president of Native Northwest, a company that manufactures and globally distributes high end gift ware for the Destination Tourism Market I have had the pleasure to work with Margherita Porra, Creative Director of arithmetic on a multitude of projects in varying degree. She has brought innovation to our many product lines and introduced a clean, approachable style aesthetic that can be seen in our new packaging design, product development, calendar design and branding. Many of our buyers have commented on the positive change in our brand image and store presence. One very important buyer in particular for the Smithsonian Institute commented on our new packaging design as some of the best designs she has seen pass through her store. This is a huge compliment towards Margherita's high level of dedication and skill-set as a designer. Margherita is very talented in design and a great, approachable person to work with. I would highly recommend the design services of somedesign to any company that is looking to refine their current brand image in the ever competitive retail market.

Larry Garfinkel
Native Northwest


As the director/designer for local fashion company, Mia Melon I have worked with Margherita Porra in the fashion industry for 6 years. During this time we have enjoyed a creative collaboration working on seasonal and thematic textile designs for allover prints and large scale graphics. We recently showed the collection at a prestigious Las Vegas tradeshow where not only the textile graphics were displayed but also the brand logo. We received a great response from allover Canada, USA, and Europe... EVERYONE LOVED the logo and branding. LOVED IT! Almost every person commented on it. I use her services exclusively for all of my graphic design needs. She is highly creative, very professional and conscientious, and I am always very satisfied with the results of her work, which never fail to add value to my product.

Polly Green
Director & Designer
Mia Melon


Arithmetic Creative provided me with a great branding identity and intergrated look for all my materials. as a branding proifessional i highly value Margherita's thorough and logical approach to understanding the brand and the key elements to be communicated. The resulting identity look and integrated product packaging, sales and promotional materials are amazing and beautiful - i am continually asked 'who did this?' I enjoy working with Margherita - she thinks about my business, what's needed next, and her professional attention to detail ensures amazing results.

Wendy Weir,
Libre Tea


As a communications professional, I know the meaning of “needing it yesterday.”  Margherita regularly comes through for me in very short deadlines, delivering professionally done projects on time and under budget. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Jerry Colman
Senior Consultant
Peak Communicators


As a professional photographer here in Vancouver, branding is a major factor in the marketing of photographers and differentiating themselves in today's competitive market.  I had the pleasure of working with Margherita to design my company branding and logo. As a photographer interested in compassion, green initiatives and making a difference in the world, I can say without a doubt that I went to the right person to help me express those mandates in my company branding.  I absolutely love my company branding because it so accurately captures in a subtle yet creatively modern way who I am as a photographer as well as the purpose and vision I see for myself.  Margherita is a consummate professional.  What struck me most and made me appreciate her all the more was her innate abililty to listen and interpret my vision and create it as a tangible visual piece.  I would love to work with Margherita again and would recommend her to anyone who wants quality and excellence for their design needs.

Linda Mackie

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Margherita Porra, Creative Director of Arithmetic Creative. 

Arithmetic Creativehas handled both artistic direction and styling for several projects of mine over the past year and has proven to provide continuous excellence in their services.  As a recording artist, proper branding and style plays a crucial part in my commercial success.  Ms. Porra has successfully executed both print and video projects for my career and has played a integral role in developing my signature style and image for various marketing campaigns a promotions. 

Margherita’s skills are limitless and her natural talents for all things design are incomparable.  Her attention to detail is a huge asset as she always comes prepared with the latest techniques and styling trades to keep my branding image fresh and cutting edge..  Recently, we have worked on a Live performance DVD entitled ‘Live Off The Floor’, an album set for release 2008 and a photoshoot with top Vancouver photographer Dan Jackson.

Margherita truly has a passion for her craft.  I really look forward to working with her again and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.  I am confident she will succeed wherever she goes.

Warren Flandez
Singer, Recording Artist


As one of Vancouver’s top comedy performers I’m always having to compete for performances with other top talent in the competitive entertainment industry. Recently I had a chance to preview all of my competitions design work at our industry trade show. I would say without hesitation that my brand and promotional brochure, business card designs were way beyond the quality of any competitor.

Arithmetic’s services have been one of the best business investments I’ve made!
Margherita Porra, Creative Director was so committed to my success that one could have easily been fooled into thinking she was a co-owner of my business!

Daniel Zindler
Comedy Perfomer


Margherita gives her designs this little special touch. Her work is expressive, clear and without clutter yet stylish. This has been very important for me and hard to find. You can tell when there is a lot of work in the little detail - that to me is art. Responses from my clients go from " Wow, what a beautiful card" to "I like your new brochure" - It's fun to work this way in your business.
Birgit Michels
Body Dynamic Massage


Limitless creativity and timely delivery are signs of Margherita’s work. The work that she has created stands out for its quality and the distinctive concepts. She has designed my company logo, some excellent brochures and managed the printing. She also designed some great business cards and delivered three trade show banners that stood out for their clear message, design and practicality. She is very easy to work with. I look forward to her next designs with my company.

Paul Tim Whillans
Whillans Mine Studies


I have had the pleasure of working with Margherita and arithmetic on a variety of projects.  The professionalism, attention to detail and outstanding creativity that Ms. Porra brings to her projects is next to none that I have seen!  Her talent is so diverse.  She has done everything from styling and set design for my photo shoot for my album cover, design the CD artwork and layout (with such unique creativity), design promo materials for concerts and clever labels and packaging for various projects.  I will personally never use another graphic designer and you shouldn’t either! 

Get the job and the quality you want, done right and on time-every time!

Tamara Rhodes
Performing Artist


I have worked with Margherita Porra, Creative Director of arithmetic for six seasonal fashion collections on a variety style inspirations to develop textile garment graphics, catalogues and marketing initiatives. She is not only a talented and creative designer to work with but also professional and efficient. I am continually impressed by her ability to get a job done well, within budget and under tight time lines, all while keeping in tune with my vision and taking it to the next level.

Cara Long
Creative Director
Sweet Soul


It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Margherita Porra, creative director of arithmetic boutique design studio, to create a company logo and materials. Margherita designed a sleek, fresh, trendy yet timeless, attractive branding package and logo that is unique to any other in our industry. Our company logo is constantly complimented and is distinct which reflects Margherita’s innovative, artistic, original style. The process was exciting, efficient, and stress free and we are thrilled with how well Margherita accurately reflected our vision! We have been so pleased and inspired, that we are now working with Margherita to create a web site and promotional material. We thank Margherita for her amazing creativity, attentiveness, service, and are looking forward to working further with this gifted designer!

Barry and Terran Nestransky
Grassi Custom Homes Ltd.


Working with Margherita Porra and arithmetic was an absolute pleasure. I had asked around for a referral to a great designer after having done some unsuccessful searching on my own. After meeting with Margherita I can see why she was recommended. From the first initial interview to conceptualize the project to the first proofs delivered she was nothing but outstanding in her design and professional in her results. She also arranged all the printing quotes and took care of all the deliveries to me. The end result was a brochure which definitely communicated all that was needed in a way that truly grabbed my potential client's imagination. There have been many positive comments from my clients and leads. I can also definitely assert that my business has grown, in part, due to the very attractive brochure she created which is used to generate a positive first impression. In my business, real estate, positively standing out from the competition is everything. Margherita helped me do that. I will be using her again in the future and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of some design.

Will Wertheim
TRG Realty


During my first meeting with Margherita, she had me sit down and fill out a personality profile, then sent me home with an assignment to write down a vision for my company and uncover the values behind it. At the time I didn't see where it was leading but her manner was warm and professional so I did as requested. Several weeks later I again found myself in Margarita's office where she sat across from me with a presentation board, laying face down in front of her. With growing interest I watched her flip over the board and listened to her explain what she'd come up with for my brand. My jaw hit the floor. She had managed to capture, in one word, the essence of what my business was and what it was to become. I knew immediately that I had a brand that could keep me passionately motivated for decades. I'll never fully know what process she went through to come up with the concept, but being an artisan and a creative entrepreneur, I know it was an intense and elaborate one. Her work is exceptional, her manner professional and her communication clear and timely. A deep appreciation goes out to her and her team for their stellar work.

Lee Mason
lome eco-artisan carpentry