About Me

The Professional

I’m a graphic artist and web designer, based in Toronto, with a passion for building beautiful and usable websites. I have a great deal of experience with XHTML, CSS, WordPress and various custom CMS coding. My web design process includes strategic planning, smart development, project maintenance to make sure websites perform as best as they can while providing a responsive client relationship.

I’m currently employed with a multi-disciplinary studio, Casco Design and Communications, for the past 5 years where I have learned so much in the particulars of both print and web design. An integral and collaborative part of the team, I have been responsible for many of our web projects; from simple single page websites to blogs, e-commerce websites, web applications and e-mail newsletters.

The Person

Design consumes my life, it is my passion and strength but when I’m not busy working, or pouring over design and technology blogs, I spend the rest of my time with my family, friends, recreational sports, reading, video gaming and indulging in sweets – particularly red velvet with cream cheese frosting cupcakes and diet coke!

I Heart Great Design

Do you want to a little more personality? You can always visit my very super, random blog iheartgreatdesign.com where I collect fun nibblets of fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, literary and video gaming inspirations!

Skills

Graphic design, page layout, interface design, information architecture, wire-framing, site mapping, HTML/XHTML markup, CSS coding, usability testing/knowledge, Front-end design, Back-end development/planning/understanding, image editing and production, writing and editing, project management, corporate identity and branding, print media, publications, promotional materials, displays and signage.

Experience

Freelance
Selected Clients: Blair Morgan Racing Team, Hill Powers Memorial Foundation, Children’s Cottage Society, My Place Pub, George Heinl, Ultimate Workout with Norman Lew

Casco Design and Communications (Formerly Graphic Point Design) // 2004 – 2010
In-house graphic and web designer. As part of the team, I have worked on various client projects that included signage, advertisements, presentations, publications and websites. I have also strongly influenced improvements in team and project processes to help make our collaboration more efficient.

Background

International Academy of Design // 2002 – 2003
Excelled in Computer Graphics Course; Print, web design and multi-media.

Father John Redmond High School // 1996 – 2001
Completed OAC advanced courses, member of the Honor Roll Society for all 5 years.

Further Professional Development

RGD Ontario’s Access-ability Conference // 2010

In light of proposed Ontario standards for accessibility in information and communications, there is an urgent need for guidelines and tools to achieve accessibility in every graphic design project. From Web Design to Cross-Cultural Design, this conference will help you transform your work so it can be accessed, understood and enjoyed by all audiences.

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Understanding Web Accessibility Certification // 2009

This course is aimed at Web content developers, and people who need to know about making content on the Web accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

The course has been developed at the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO), Cantor Access Inc, and Vubiz Inc. The ATRC is a world leader in the development of accessible information and communication technologies and standards. The ADO implements the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Cantor Access Inc. provides consultation and education in many areas associated with Web accessibility. Vubiz Inc. is a developer of accessible instructional media.

This course is made possible by the Government of Ontario’s Enabling Change Program.

RGD Ontario’s DesignThinkers Conference // 2006 – 2009

DesignThinkers is an annual journey into the creative process and a celebration of strategic design thinking. Creative professionals from all walks of design came to share experiences, run with new ideas and celebrate the power of design.

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