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I'm Melissa, and I have a passion for design & art.

About me

I have my Bachelor of Design Honours Degree from York University and Sheridan College, as well as over 10 years experience in the publishing industry as a Designer & Art Director. I love typography, playing with colour and enjoy keeping up with the current trends in design, pop culture and the arts. I feel it is important to be aware of the current trends as a designer in order to evolve and stay fresh. My design style has often been described as current and clean.

As well as being a designer, I am also an artist. This skill has served me well over the years when working with other artists, as I am able to clearly sketch out the linear concepts and communicate the desired results accurately. My art work can be seen in my Instagram account if you would like to take a peek.

I am a huge lover of reading and always have a book on the go. I enjoy a wide variety of genres and think my passion for the art of story telling would come through in my work as a designer.

Nature and animal conservation is also a cause very close to my heart. I endeavour to contribute to their protection, as well as choose to make it the main theme for my subjects as an artist. I have used a variety of mediums over the years—from painting in watercolour, graphite & pastel drawing, photography and most recently, in stop motion animation.

Other hobbies and interests include: nature hikes, movies/films of all genres and periods, advertising, learning about social media best practices & tea drinking.

Work History

Food in Canada Magazine (Glacier Media)

Art Director | 2010 April – 2018 May

  • Cover-to-cover design and art direction of the magazine
  • Design of all print promotional material
  • Online ad and e-promo design
  • Various other responsibilities such as branding design, re-designs and supplement template design, working with photographers
  • (From 2015-2018) 30% of my time was dedicated to The Northern Miner Group as Designer and Art Director creating custom design pieces, supplement design and marketing assets

Rogers Publishing

Art Director/Senior Designer | 2006 May – 2010 April

  • Art Director for Plastics in Canada & On-Site magazines
  • Acting Art Director (covering a mat-leave) for HPAC magazine during this period, as well as managing a freelance designer
  • Cover-to-cover design and art direction of the magazines
  • Design of all print promotional material for the publications

Wedding Channel Magazine (Weddingbells Inc.)

Freelance Designer | 2006 January – 2006 February

  • Production and design of ads for the magazine (1 month contract)

Pronk & Associates (Educational text books)

Jr. Designer/Production | 2003 December – 2004 December

  • Editorial and layout changes to school text books
  • Created concept sketches for photographers

Lifestyles Magazine

Freelance Designer | 2005 October – 2006 March

  • Layout design of the magazine
  • Photo re-touching

Theatre by the Bay

Freelance Designer | 2003 September – 2004 September

  • Designed flyers, ads, posters, banners, programs and other promotional print applications for the theatre company

Toronto Fashion Magazine

Intern | 2002 August 

  • Performed various tasks such as contacting photographers, photo researching and light design work