Our Culture.

Cortex Design Inc. is a product and industrial design studio located in the heart of Toronto's Queen West art district. We believe that people deserve a better experience. Connecting with human beings is the most important part of a designer's job. We strive to create unexpected products that delight people, solve their most annoying problems and make their lives just a little bit better.

This is who we are.

Our People.

Dylan Horvath-President

Dylan Horvath


Systems Design Engineer ('97), University of Waterloo, EO, ACIDO

I lead our team by devising strategies for successful project outcomes, filling any gaps in the services we deliver. I'm excited to find new clients whose values and culture match our own!

Joel Yatscoff-Studio Design Lead

Joel Yatscoff

Studio Design Lead

B.Des ('03), University of Alberta, Des. Mgmt ('07) Ryerson University

My position at Cortex is to continually push the team to ensure the projects which come into the studio leave our hands ready to face the market with their best foot forward.

Logan Taylor-Industrial Designer

Logan Taylor

Industrial Designer

B.I.D. ('07), Carleton University

I always like filling new roles, you'll find me anywhere from concept ideation, to CAD development, to production management.  A new challenge is always a new learning opportunity!!

Ashley Hu-Administrative Assistant

Ashley Hu

Administrative Assistant

B.I.D. ('14), Humber College

I act as a liason between the business operations, our clients, and our vendors. I keep this machine running!

Borys Chylinski-Industrial Designer

Borys Chylinski

Industrial Designer

B.I.D. ('14) Humber College; BA ('00) Western University

I work closely with our clients to design a great user experience. I work through sketching, rendering, model making and CAD to bring products to life.

Lawrence Yao-Embedded Systems Engineer

Lawrence Yao

Embedded Systems Engineer

MA Engineering ('90), Air Force Missile Institute, ShannXi, China

I design the electronic systems for our products. I work with the ID guys to ensure the schematics and PCBs will deliver the experience we envision.

Jeff Bondy-Principal Engineer

Jeff Bondy

Principal Engineer

Systems Design Engineer ('97), University of Waterloo

My job is to make complex systems seem simple and intuitive to the user. I lead our embedded development projects.

Rick Jongejan-Production Technologist

Rick Jongejan

Production Technologist

Diploma ('07), George Brown College

I assemble the products my talented peers have designed, providing feedback when necessary, ensuring that the client receives what they have envisioned with us every time.

Objects That Tell My Story

Our Pledge.

We, Cortex, do solemnly swear...

To prove to you that good design is good business.

To be fearless in the face of the unknown. This is where we live.

To remember that failures are the proof of one's trying.

To create products whose elegance is expressed in their simplicity.

To take the artistic side of product design just as seriously as the engineering side.

To never dismiss what seems implausible at first. After all, thoughts become things.

To always champion the user.

Because it's people- not packaging- that make a product a success.