Stuart Ash was born in Hamilton, Canada on July 10, 1942. He studied graphic design at Western Technical School from 1957 to 1962 and then continued his studies at Ontario College of Art from 1962 to 1964.
Ash drew some of his inspiration from Allan Fleming and Carl Dair's approach and international outlook. As an apprentice to Anthony Mann FGDC at Cooper & Beatty Ltd., he benefited not only from the practical experience but philosophical discussion. There, he designed the highly stylized and geometric maple leaf as the symbol of Canada's Centennial. It was to prove wildly popular, appearing across the country in a wide variety of applications, from flower beds to civic monuments.
Beginning to work with the Swiss-born Fritz Gottschalk FGDC in Montreal, Ash suddenly found himself in charge of a major project for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and an important partnership was born. The firm of Gottschalk+Ash were leading exponents of the remarkable sensitivity and clarity of modernist typography, developing an effective philosophy of design, healthy internal competition to produce the best design, and as a result, developed an admirable client list.
As the firm expanded, it developed offices in several cities, and Ash returned to Toronto where his company has recently joined DW+Partners, a network of companies that will continue to actively shape design in Canada.