Pinwheel Communication Design

We design great websites

And a lot of other fun things :)



We have over a decade of experience providing creative and professional web and print design with a focus on clarity, function and usability.

Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, our typical clients are non-profit/governmental organizations, small businesses and artists. We strive to be ethically, socially and environmentally responsible. We believe in small-scale sustainability, active transportation, conservation, healthy lifestyles and local food production. It is our goal to work with clients who share these values.

Our approach

1. Idea

It all starts with an idea. In our first conversation we identify what goals you’re trying to achieve. Whether it’s a website, rack card or billboard, we’ll discuss it and create a solution that fits with your needs and budget.

2. Design

We take your idea and present you with a concept. You have plenty of opportunity for feedback. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to ensure satisfaction.

3. Production

What’s important? The quality of the product, and your deadline. No matter what the scope of your project, we share progress and continue taking in your feedback along the way.

4. Success

Those goals we identified at the beginning? We just achieved them. Whether it’s launching a site, or sending the final print-ready package, we deliver a quality product, on time and on budget.

Dean Gallant

Principal Designer

Principal designer: Dean Gallant is a NSCADU graduate with a Bachelor of Design, Major in Digital Media.

In over a decade of professional design experience, Dean has been employed as Regional Website Developer for CBC/Radio-Canada, Graphic Design/Web Coordinator for the Halifax 2011 Canada Games, Graphic Designer (Eastern Woodland Publishing), Website Administrator (The Coast newspaper), Administrative Coordinator for the Khyber Digital Media Centre and as a Digital Photo Technician. Dean is also a hobbyist musician, winemaker and woodturner.

Dean has instructed design and web promotion workshops for Visual Arts Nova Scotia, a non-profit arts organization which he’s been involved with since 2003. Dean volunteers with the Ecology Action Centre and Halifax Crafters.

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Web design

We design custom websites that our clients can easily update and manage. We include training in our packages.

Our websites are:

  • fully content-editable
  • built on the WordPress CMS
  • simple & useable
  • search engine optimized
  • responsive
  • designed with best-practices
  • built on HTML5 & CSS3

Print design

Over the past decade, we’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects.

For example:

Crazy ideas

Do you have a fun idea, or need some creative help? We are always excited to take on new challenges.

Random Projects:

Web Design

Chef Michael Smith

television host & cookbook author

Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs is the host of television shows Chef Michaels Kitchen, Chef Abroad and Chef at Home. He is also is PEI’s food ambassador; a best selling cookbook author, teacher and professional chef. Pinwheel recently launched a successful redesign of Michael’s website—simplifying and streamlining the video & recipe content in a responsive, mobile friendly layout.

Check out the site

Debut Atlantic

classical music touring organization

Founded in 1979, and based in Halifax—Debut Atlantic is one of this country’s most dynamic and prestigious classical music touring organizations. Pinwheel developed a new look & feel where we designed poster templates, the tour programs and the recent launch of their brand new website.

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Hope Blooms

community social enterprise

Recently featured on CBC’s Dragon’s DenHope Blooms is a community social enterprise run out of the Halifax North end. They take care of community garden plots and a greenhouse, they provide food and cooking workshops for their community and as an entrepreneurial initiative, they produce and sell their own Fresh Herb Salad Dressings.

Check out the site

Mi’kmawey Debert

Non-profit First Nations organization

The Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre will be a meaningful and dynamic centre for Mi’kmaw people, and for visitors from across Nova Scotia, Canada and the world. Currently in the planning stages, the Centre will be built in Debert, Nova Scotia—a place where our ancestors lived more than 11,000 years ago, and a place where they still dwell today.

Check out the site

Uncle Leo's Brewery

Craft Brewery

Uncle Leo’s is a brand new craft brewer in Lyon’s Brook (near Pictou) Nova Scotia. Pinwheel was contracted to design a website, packaging design (boxes and labels) as well as incidental signage including some vintage style tin signs. Uncle Leo himself was a great uncle of the brewer, who ran a small general store and made beer out of Southern Harbour, Newfoundland.

Check out the site

Visual Arts News


Visual Arts News is the only magazine dedicated to contemporary visual art in Atlantic Canada.

The design of this site is simple and elegant, with a defined grid and considered focus on the artwork (images). The existing print publication has a strong modern design, and it was important to keep the website typography and layout consistent with that. The main content being delivered is current exhibition listings, along with selected articles and reviews from the print magazine and additional “online exclusive” content.

Check out the site

Get in touch

Looking for design help with your project or business? Just want to chat? Please, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact Info

224 Club Rd.
Hatchet Lake, NS
B3T 1R2

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