Dave Mason

Principal / Strategy Director

Dave Mason was born in England and raised in Canada.

The things he learned as a CJFL quarterback, while working in a women's prison, a forensic psychiatric hospital and a subatomic physics laboratory and while coaching high school football naturally prepared him to start a design firm immediately after graduating from college in the late 20th century. He subsequently co-founded internationally recognized Chicago/Vancouver-based SamataMason.

Honored for excellence in virtually every significant design publication and competition, Dave's work has been exhibited at The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. He has served as a juror for international design competitions including Communication Arts Design Annual, The Mead Annual Report Show, AR 100 Annual Report Show, Taiwan International Poster Competition, and Applied Arts, and as a guest speaker at design and business schools, conferences, and events throughout Canada, the United States and Asia. In 2010 he was named a Fellow by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

Dave has also co-founded of a number of additional ventures including OpinionLab Inc., the leader in web and mobile voice of customer feedback systems (acquired by Verint / Nasdaq VRNT), Cusp Conference LLC, the annual Chicago-based conference about ‘the design of everything,’ PowerPlayer Inc., a company dedicated to helping youth hockey coaches teach young athletes through feedback, and ForthLevel, a corporate off-site rental facility in Chicago's West Loop.