I’m a design educator who is interested in discovering meaningful work and finding ways to uncover true personal impact.

 
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A bit about me

I was born to be a designer, raised in a creative environment by a mother who was both a traditional illustrator and a teacher. As a young adult, I followed my destiny and entered the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program. After graduating, I decided to continue my education and enrolled in the Master of Design program at York University, basing my thesis on the arbitrary relationship between letterforms and their associated sounds and also meaning. During my Masters studies, I was also involved in ground-breaking research that involved end-user-focused testing with look-alike medication labels, using typographic cues as the only differentiator.

 

“I am inspired by the creative capacity of people to affect one another.”

 
 

Upon completing my Masters, I found a job in editorial design at a nationally distributed health magazine. I later moved on to a senior role at a division of the Yellow Pages, leading a team of 6 designers on a variety of creative assignments. As design technologies evolved, I found ways to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JQuery. With increased skills, I started working as a web designer at a boutique agency in Hamilton, Ontario. It was here that I expanding my toolbox even more to include WordPress, social media, and SEO/SEM. I’ve been also running a successful freelance business for over 8 years now.

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What now?

In 2014, I returned to my roots and began teaching courses as a contract instructor at George Brown College and Sheridan College in typography, communication design, and more. As a young teacher, I have been successful at not only connecting with students as an educator but as a fellow contemporary that better understands the cultural wavelength. The contemporary acts of teaching and learning have helped me realize that teaching is my greatest passion, and to share enthusiasm for design with others is among life’s most rewarding experiences. I am now a full-time Program Coordinator & Professor at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

 
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I’ve been a volunteer and member of Ladies Learning Code, a not-for-profit that teaches digital literacy for women and youth. I have also volunteered my design services to the Hamilton Roller Derby League (ya! that’s right), producing all their print and web materials. While I no longer play roller derby, I remain active and have run over 20 half marathons, and have been on a charity rowing team. In my free time, I spend time gardening, outdoors, at the cottage, or just relaxing. I also love to learn, read, and being creative in many capacities.

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Current work

In addition to being full-time at Humber College in the Graphic Design program, I am actively exploring international partnerships to elevate the educational experience and broaden my cultural relevancy. I have recently spoken and attended a conference at Fontys University in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as well as participated as an charrette advisor at KEA in Copenhagen, Denmark. My goal is to partake in an international faculty exchange one day.

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