My relationship with design has been continuously evolving over the years.
I was first introduced to the world of design after being accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Communications — Electronic Publishing in 2004 at Mount Royal University (graduating with honours in 2008). Back then, I didn’t realize that when I sat in my very first class to learn about the principals of Graphic Design, the way I viewed the world I lived in would change so significantly.
From that day forward, I saw inspiration in everything around me — from the colours in nature and the placement of items in a store window, to the fonts used in my favorite TV show or movie and the gridlines in a book.
I began my professional career in design in 2006 at the Calgary Airport Authority where I developed a number of internal communications pieces. In 2007, I took a position with AIDS Calgary where I had the opportunity to work with outside agencies on implementing brand pieces for numerous events, joined a number of national committees and eventually started developing event identities on my own.
Then, in the fall of 2007, I went back to Mount Royal University not as a student, but as a Graphic Designer where I stayed for 6 years. I started as the Calendar and Communications Associate and quickly moved my way up the ranks to Production and Graphic Designer, Designer and finally Lead Designer for the Office of University Advancement. I feel honoured to have worked with a great team on a number of significant projects while witnessing incredible milestones for the University such as the transition to university status, the centennial and the launch of a new logo.
I played an integral role in developing and implementing the award winning Face-to-Face brand Mount Royal is known for today, as well as picking up a few awards of my own along the way.
I now have the pleasure of working with a wide-variety of clients from diverse industries on various projects as founder of JI Design in Calgary, AB. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to feel pride in my every day work, while continuously being inspired on a daily basis because I truly love what I do in my world of design.