Design Experience

My freelance practice has been ongoing since 1998 and includes branding, signage, publication design, custom screen printing, and block printing. Clients include Canada Post, Spearhead Brewing Company, Shafton Thomas Group, Wiseman Counselling Services, Drink Lab Inc.... See Personal Portfolio for project examples.

Freelance Major achievements include
2017 – Art Director and brand expert for Drink Lab Inc.
2017 – String Art Installation for Index Exchange
2012/2016 – Art Director and brand expert for Spearhead Brewing Company.
2007 – Winner of two stamp commissions commemorating Jasper National Park and Terra Nova National Park.
2006 – Branding and Identity design for an online comparative shopping interface.
2005 – Branding and Identity design for Allan Munro Productions – an independent film maker.
2002 – 2002 Book Expo Canada Window Display for Key Porter Publishing. 

Studio Experience
2004–2012 SOS Design Inc.
Senior Designer in charge of creative projects including branding and identity, packaging, trade booths, editorial, online, and a broad range of print material. Involved in project management and client meetings, presentations and consulting. Major achievements include ~ Concept and Design of the YMCA 2010 annual report: “A New YMCA Vision for a Great Future” was awarded The International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Award for excellence in business communication. This publication was chosen from nearly 90 entries from 26 countries.

2000–2004 Gottschalk+Ash International
Intermediate Designer involved in the creative process, design and roll-out of branding programs, way-finding signage, environmental design, brochures and booklets, print coordination, press approvals and proofing. Major achievements include ~ Winning multiple competitions for postage stamp concepts and design. Inclusion in the Library and Archives Canada (Collections Canada) for design of postage stamp issues. Inclusion in the Canadian Postal Archives (Philatelic Heritage) for design of postage stamp issues including: Christmas stamp commemorating 100th anniversary of the Santa Claus Parade, Queen Elizabeth II with photo by Bryan Adams, Queen Elizabeth II coronation, Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee.

1998–2000 James Ireland Design Inc.
Contributed in the production of magazines from the design of the masthead, page layout, photo and illustration assigning and art directing to print coordination, press approvals and proofing.

1997–1998 Reactor Art + Design
Junior designer involved in projects for a summer and worked part-time during my fourth year of College.

Conferences & Symposiums
2017 – Design Principles and Practices Conference ~Presentation title: Marking the Unmarkable: 
            Challenging the traditional notion
of a process book.
2017 – Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference ~ Poster title: Using Writing Across the
            Curriculum Methods to Support First-Year Design Studio Courses: The Effects of a 2013 Pilot Project.

2017 – Crossings: Exploring Shared Work in Writing Conference ~ Presentation title: (re)Designing and
            (re)Making Writing Pedagogy: Reflections on a Design/Writing Collaboration.

2016 – RGD Design Educators Conference ~ Workshop title: Fostering purposeful writing processes in the
            design studio
2016 – IWAC (International Writing Across the Curriculum) ~ panel: Disciplines caught between discourses:
           Implementing WAC in art and design.

2015 – RGD Educators Conference ~ presentation: Augmenting existing studio methods for the future

2015 – IWCA (International Writing Centers Association) ~ poster: (r)Evolutionizing perceptions of writing and
            research in the first-year graphic design studio classroom
            Note: poster was accepted but was unable to attend the conference due to scheduling issues.
2013 – RGD Design Educator’s Conference  ~ presentation: Nurturing intuitive methods of creation.

2014 – Improversion: North Carolina State University Biennial Graduate Design Symposium ~ Creation
            and presented a Manifesto for a design ricochet with York Graduate class as a response to
            the symposium.
2014 – RGD Design Educators Conference ~ presention: An investigation into uncovering and understanding
            tacit knowledge.

2014 – York University: Master of Design (pending)
2004 – Ontario College of Art and Design University: Bachelor of Design ~ Graduated with honors
1998 – Ontario College of Art and Design: Diploma ~ Graduated with honors 

2015 – Inspired Teaching Award – Leadership to Advance Teaching – For demonstrating passion and
            commitment to student learning that inspires others towards excellence in art and design education
2013 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s ~ through SSHRC
2013 – FGS Tuition Fee Bursary-Domestic ~ through York University
2012 – York Graduate Scholarship ~ through York University
1998 – Packaging Association of Canada Award ~ through the Ontario College of Art and Design
1997 – Charles William Mitchell Tuition Award ~ through theOntario College of Art and Design 
1996 – Dr. Eugene A. Pogetto Scholarship ~ through the Ontario College of Art and Design

2017 – The Design Collection, Design Principles and Practices ~ Review of papers for publication.
2017 – RGD’s 2015 Design Educators Conference Proceedings ~ Review of papers for publication.
2016 – International Journal of Art and Design Education ~ Review of paper for publication.
2016 – RGD’s 2017 Design Educators Conference Abstracts ~ Review of abstracts for presentations.
2016 – RGD’s 2015 Design Educators Conference Proceedings ~Review of papers for publication.
2015 – RGD’s 2015 Design Educators Conference Abstracts ~ Review of abstracts for presentations.

2016 – Article: “Five Artists to Keep on Your Radar this Fall.” Publication: Novella Magazine. Oct. 11, 2016.
2016 – Article: “Conversation with Saskia van Kampen.” Publication: Novella Magazine. Oct. 10, 2016.
2011 – Article: “Putting Our Stamp on It.” Website: Jasper Fitzhugh.
2007 – Article: “Jasper National Park.” Website: Canada Post.
2007 –Article: “Terra Nova National Park.” Website: Canada Post.
2004 – Article: “Christmas: Santa Claus Parade.” Website: Canada Post. Nov. 2, 2004.

2017    Graduate Exhibition Co-Ordinator ~ for OCADU
Worked with graduating students (110 students) to help organize, prepare, set up and break down the graduate exhibition for 2017.

2007 – 2011    Portfolio Workshops ~ for OCADU
Created a full day workshop for students wishing entrance to a post-secondary visual arts institution. I developed a series of design exercises for students in order for them to prepare for their portfolio interview
for college admission. The workshop included studio-based creative and conceptual thinking.

2008/present    Portfolio Admissions Interviewer ~ for OCADU
Interviewing students and assessed their work for acceptance into OCADU.

2009   National Portfolio Day ~ representing OCADU
Reviewing, assessing and offering suggestions on the portfolios of students who intend on applying to
an art institute. 

2017 – Board MemberRegistered Graphic Designers (RGD)
2005/present – Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) ~ Ontario Chapter 
2013/present  – AIGA
2014 – Ontario Crafts Council