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At Work

Role at REM: 

Graphic Designer

 

Education: 

OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design University): Bachelor of Design, majored in Illustration

Centennial College: Web Design Certificate

 

Previous Lines of Work: 

My first job as a Graphic Designer was a combo of Receptionist and Graphic Designer (didn't like the receptionist part), Imaging Technician for Toronto Star (I colour-corrected images for the newspaper), Production Artist for a local Toronto newspaper. Then a Graphic Designer for two ad agencies and a B2B company in Toronto...did I forget anything?? Oh yeah, and REM: it's awesome working here!

 

Something That Makes Me Smile at Work: 

When my clients tell me how much they love the design I've done for their website.

 

One of the Things I Find Fascinating: 

Mother nature and animals (because I was watching nature documentaries recently). There are some strange, amazing creatures and things on our planet.

 

Favourite

Web site:

Abduzeedo: Design, illustration, art, fonts, tutorials, etc. I like browsing through this site to feel inspired and motivated to do unique things in my own designs.

Lolcats: I go to this site when I want to relax and smile because I love cats!

Fashionably Geek: because I like geek chic!

 

Books: 

Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

That's My Type by Simon Garfield

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Artbooks from video games and movies
Over the years lots of other fantasy/sci-fi books

 

Food:  Coffee, chocolate, sushi, eggs, rice
 

TV Show: 

Big Bang Theory, Chopped, Game of Thrones, American Ninja Warrior, Star Trek (TNG, Voyager), How I Met Your Mother, just got into watching Heroes: Reborn
 

Video Games:

Little Big Planet, Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Halo, Call of Duty, Final Fantasy series, Bioshock, Skyrim

 

Musical Artists:

I like listening to all sorts of things that are all over the spectrum such as: euro-metal (Sonata Arctica, Nightwish, Edguy) 80s rock (Led Zepplin, Bon Jovi, Europe, Boston, Chicago, Kiss, Journey), Japanese and Korean rock/pop, country (Keith Urban, Sugarland), classical music (Bach, Chopin, Pachabel)
 

Time of Day: 

9:00 - 10:00pm (when I'm winding down and relaxing to get ready for sleep)
 

Season: 

Summer, later days of Spring and early days of Fall
 

Places in the World: 

Places where it's quiet with a natural setting like a beautiful beach, lake, trees, and/or mountain.


Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Playing piano, singing, drawing, traveling, camping
 

Sport:

The only thing I get "sporty" about is Fooseball.
 

App: 

Lately, I've been having fun using SnapChat

 

Least Favourite

Food: 

Eel, licorice, fried/baked fish that has lots of bones in it (there might be other things, but I'm not picky about food).
 

Activity: 

Shopping for shoes. It's hard to find good ones that are comfy.
 

Time of Day: 

In the morning before I've had coffee
 

Season: 

The coldest time in winter (around January/February)


Place: 

Crowded TTC subway platforms during rush hour in Toronto

 

More Info

Best Thing Someone Said to You: 

"Thanks for saving my life."

 

Life Motto:

Treat others like you yourself would like to be treated.

 

My Hero(es): 

My mother: I admire her kindness.

My dad: I admire his devotion to his family.

My brother. I admire his toughness.

 

Most People Don’t Know This About Me:  I can't whistle. I've tried and tried but I can't do it.

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