Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a fascination for languages, landscapes, photography and world travel. However, instead or tourism, I took the bi-lingual secretarial path in my early career. I fell into the world of graphic design purely by accident at the age of 27 when I went back to work after having kids.
I started my new career as a typesetter for a phototypesetting company in the UK, typesetting anything from classified ads for a national motorcycle newspaper to editorials for internationally published magazines. I soon realized I preferred the creative side of composition more than typesetting, and began learning and practicing the art of ad design. Over the next few years, I learned, practised and developed Photoshop skills as well as other graphic design and page layout programs, becoming an experienced ad designer.
After arriving in Canada in 1999, I obtained two part-time jobs creating ads for a small publishing company and a local newspaper publisher. Part of a small team, I soon learned how to layout an entire newspaper and, after a couple of house moves and change of jobs, I became production manager for another newspaper publisher.
After leaving the UK, I wanted to stay connected with my family back home and show them our new life in Canada. So, it wasn’t long before I began building websites using an online drag and drop program. After studying the code, I soon became familiar with HTML and began creating websites from scratch.
Realizing there was a need to publish the newspaper online, one of my first business websites was a very simple web design to display each newspaper online. Needless to say, my web design skills have greatly improved since then!