The start of something awesome

Aegis Design Inc. + The York School
Increase Sales


The York School wasn’t looking to change the conversation around the private-versus-public-education debate. The real opportunity was to gain visibility in a niche market that already knew the value of private kindergarten education. Although independent schools were competing for a limited market, there were few strong brands.


  • Branding Strategy
  • Video Production

This presented an opportunity. We created the “Start of Something Awesome” campaign to help establish The York School as a visible and differentiated brand in the market.

When approaching this anthropologically, differentiation arises from revealing and amplifying what is true and authentic about a brand, its culture and its relevance. As such, our creative intention moving forward was to make the heart and soul of The York School experience the platform from which to build the brand campaign. Capturing the story from a child’s eyes, our filmmaking team led by long-time partner Sandy Nicholson immersed themselves into the colour and energy of a typical York School kindergarten day. The resulting footage became the raw material for the campaign.

Animating values
It was also clear to us that the campaign needed an additional quality to strengthen its visual differentiation. We worked with animators to deliver the humour and playfulness of a child’s imagination. Lu Lu & Tomie, a Dutch animation studio, created a trio of delightful three-second cartoon vignettes to lead each video. Great creative needs to marry with great distribution. In order to reach such a select audience, the “Start of Something Awesome’’ campaign was powered through a targeted social media strategy (implemented by partner Prospect Media).


It worked. Shortly following the launch of the campaign, The School experienced full kindergarten enrolment — and even started a waiting list.

The York School

The Client
The York School

Education Services
~120 Employees
Aegis Design Inc.

The Agency
Aegis Design Inc.

Toronto, Ontario
~26 Employees