2003-2012: Barista + Assistant Manager, Starbucks Coffee (Toronto/Winnipeg)
2002-2003: Intake/Relief Worker, Gateway Men's Shelter (Toronto)
2001-2003: Chief Editor, Tyndale University College newspaper (Toronto)
1999-2000: Volunteer tutor with Somali refugee families (Toronto)
I'm a designer and illustrator:
My experience includes agency, in-house, and boutique studio workflows, as well as a solid understanding of client/studio relationships as a freelancer and independent designer. I'm comfortable in print, digital, environmental, and exhibit design.
I value the power of design in community:
I've been an active proponent of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) since winning the 2011 National Scholarship Award, and I've been honoured to be featured several times in Applied Arts Magazine and the AA Design Awards. Currently a member and mentor in the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), and member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (RHSC).
I'll always be a student:
I designed my first formal typeface in 2016 with an intensive course through the Carl Dair Typography Workshops at Coach House Books, in association with GDC and led by Kevin King of CanadaType. Since then, I’ve continued honing my skills in type design, recently spending a 2-week residency at SVA NYC. At ERA Architects, I regularly consult on heritage letterforms and (re)create signage and inscriptions for the built environment.
CURRENTLY READING UP ON:
digital type design & revivals
'How Music Works' –D. Byrne
heraldry & blazons