Hey, I’m
Ben Stacey

Danish born, English / Icelandic raised, Canadian. Designer, Developer, Musician, Photographer. Lover of people and all things pizza. Living and working in lovely Toronto, Canada.

Hey, I’m Ben Stacey

Danish born, English / Icelandic raised, Canadian. Designer, Developer, Musician, Photographer. Lover of people and all things pizza . Living and working in lovely Toronto, Canada.


+ Graphic Design
+ 3D Rendering
+ Marketing
+ Front-end Dev

+ Strategy
+ Video Production
+ WordPress
+ Project Management


+ Graphic Design
+ 3D Rendering
+ Marketing
+ Front-end Dev
+ Strategy
+ Video Production
+ WordPress
+ Project Management

Last stop?
I was at Mosaic.

Experiential marketing is the name of the game here and when it comes to “XM”, Mosaic is the go-to agency for many of the world’s most recognizable brands.

Some of the brands I worked on during my time at Mosaic included, Nike, Coca-Cola, Xbox, Netflix, Samsung, Microsoft, Oracle, Walmart, RBC, Stella Artois, Tim Hortons and more (there are literally hundreds of brands I could list that we worked with at Mosaic but these will do, you get the point, it’s alot).

The design department at Mosaic is a hectic fast paced environment where my team and I got to engage in pretty much every design discipline there is, from editorial to environmental design, from 3d rendering to animation and beyond. Fast, focused and prolific.


Last stop?
I was at Mosaic.

Last stop?
I was at

Some of the brands I worked on during my time at Mosaic included, Nike, Coca-Cola, Xbox, Netflix, Samsung, Microsoft, Oracle, Walmart, RBC, Stella Artois, Tim Hortons and more (there are literally hundreds of brands I could list that we worked with at Mosaic but these will do, you get the point, it’s alot).

The design department at Mosaic is a hectic fast paced environment where my team and I got to engage in pretty much every design discipline there is, from editorial to environmental design, from 3d rendering to animation and beyond. Fast, focused and prolific.


Volunteering at
Founder Institute.

Based in Silicon Valley, Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program.

In the span of 16 weeks, Founder Institute takes fledgling entrepreneurs and helps define, validate and build their startup. Each week the group is lead through the essential steps needed to make ideas into viable businesses. A weekly session, stage-specific assignments, and mentorship from some of Toronto’s finest Tech-Entrepreneurs keep everything on track and momentum high.

For the past 2 years, I’ve been helping out at Founder Institute Toronto. On a weekly basis, I take care of all the video production needs and advise on any design questions the founders may have.


Volunteering at
Founder Institute.

Based in Silicon Valley, Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program.

In the span of 16 weeks, Founder Institute takes fledgling entrepreneurs and helps define, validate and build their startup. Each week the group is lead through the essential steps needed to make ideas into viable businesses. A weekly session, stage-specific assignments, and mentorship from some of Toronto’s finest Tech-Entrepreneurs keep everything on track and momentum high.

For the past 2 years, I’ve been helping out at Founder Institute Toronto. On a weekly basis, I take care of all the video production needs and advise on any design questions the founders may have.


Valuable Lessons from
“The Other Jobs”


Thrill Of The Sale.

Whether its taking admissions to a show, manning the counter in record and t-shirt shops or wrapping up a design project for a client, every time a transaction is completed it always gives me a little rush.

It’s not about the money really, it’s about making something happen.

Someone is going to wear that shirt, someone is going to listen to that record, someone is going to have a great night at that show and that new website or product could be the start of somebodies career. It’s about being involved in the whole production process from creation to transaction and making things happen, that’s what gets me up in the morning.

(Working retail at fashion and record store)

Professional-Patience In All Things.

Difficulty maintaining balance, a propensity to throw things at you, belligerence, disregard for authority and a tendency to vomit on you from time to time. These are just some of the traits shared by toddlers and drunk 20-somethings.

Regardless of how challenging, obnoxious or frustrating they can be, you’ve still got a job to do and you need to keep your cool. Stay level headed, methodically tackle any task, stay on top of your game and you’ll be fine.

Getting in a tizz isn’t going to help anyone.

(Bartending & working at a daycare)

Collaboration And The Creative Hustle.

Sure, you may be a unique snowflake of artistic brilliance and depth but if your band isn’t playing together you might as well not be playing. You’ll have to make creative compromises for the greater glory of the music. If people aren’t collaborating, someones not happy and the process is broken.

If you’ve got good tunes and you’re well prepared, being on stage is tons of fun for both you and the audience. If you don’t and your ill prepared, it’s the worst. Keep a tight ship and everyone will have a good time.

Bands need a lot of work besides making the music. Networking, event organization, print production for album covers, posters, flyers and t-shirts, dealing with the press, some occasional crisis management, also being handy with a soldering  iron is a lifesaver.Beef up your technical diversity and get comfortable with talking to total strangers.

(Writing, performing and generally hustling for my old band)

To Workflow Or Not To Workflow.

Making pizzas is a pretty predictable task and Pizza Hut has it more or less down to a science. Dough goes down a production line and into the oven and out to the customer. X + Y + Z = Pizza.

But if the workflow is to rigid and can’t adapt to changing demands or diminished resources, things can go horribly wrong. ⚠ Side note: a cup or two of burning oil isn’t great for your skin.

Being able to adapt to changes in a projects trajectory or scope is just as important as being able to power through predictable tasks with pre-canned workflows and protocols. Develop your process, strike a balance and be ready to adapt when things go south. Plan for chaos.

(Working at a highly-dysfunctional pizza-hut and freelancing)


Valuable Lessons from
“The Other Jobs”


Thrill Of The Sale.

Whether its taking admissions to a show, manning the counter in record and t-shirt shops or wrapping up a design project for a client, every time a transaction is completed it always gives me a little rush.

It’s not about the money really, it’s about making something happen.

Someone is going to wear that shirt, someone is going to listen to that record, someone is going to have a great night at that show and that new website or product could be the start of somebodies career. It’s about being involved in the whole production process from creation to transaction and making things happen, that’s what gets me up in the morning.

(Working retail at fashion and record store)

Professional-Patience In All Things.

Difficulty maintaining balance, a propensity to throw things at you, belligerence, disregard for authority and a tendency to vomit on you from time to time. These are just some of the traits shared by toddlers and drunk 20-somethings.

Regardless of how challenging, obnoxious or frustrating they can be, you’ve still got a job to do and you need to keep your cool. Stay level headed, methodically tackle any task, stay on top of your game and you’ll be fine.

Getting in a tizz isn’t going to help anyone.

(Bartending & working at a daycare)

Collaboration And The Creative Hustle.

Sure, you may be a unique snowflake of artistic brilliance and depth but if your band isn’t playing together you might as well not be playing. You’ll have to make creative compromises for the greater glory of the music. If people aren’t collaborating, someones not happy and the process is broken.

If you’ve got good tunes and you’re well prepared, being on stage is tons of fun for both you and the audience. If you don’t and your ill prepared, it’s the worst. Keep a tight ship and everyone will have a good time.

Bands need a lot of work besides making the music. Networking, event organization, print production for album covers, posters, flyers and t-shirts, dealing with the press, some occasional crisis management, also being handy with a soldering  iron is a lifesaver.Beef up your technical diversity and get comfortable with talking to total strangers.

(Writing, performing and generally hustling for my old band)

To Workflow Or Not To Workflow.

Making pizzas is a pretty predictable task and Pizza Hut has it more or less down to a science. Dough goes down a production line and into the oven and out to the customer. X + Y + Z = Pizza.

But if the workflow is to rigid and can’t adapt to changing demands or diminished resources, things can go horribly wrong. ⚠ Side note: a cup or two of burning oil isn’t great for your skin.

Being able to adapt to changes in a projects trajectory or scope is just as important as being able to power through predictable tasks with pre-canned workflows and protocols. Develop your process, strike a balance and be ready to adapt when things go south. Plan for chaos.

(Working at a highly-dysfunctional pizza-hut and freelancing)


Would you like
to know more?

Feel like discussing how Caravaggio informs lighting effects for mockups? The modern day application of Walter Gropius’s principles in the context of UX? The cultural theory surrounding the design and production of the Apollo Spacesuit?

or

Maybe you have a nifty project
you’d like me to work on?

Drop me a line, let’s chat.

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