So here's my story...
I was born the same time as the internet: 1989.
Thirteen years later, I traded in my babysitting money for my first computer. Of course, I still played with things like pencils and paper - but my favourite creative tools were my keyboard and mouse. Before I knew it, my neopets obsession was consuming hours of my teen life.
I coded websites for fun in high school and also during my bachelor of fine arts in Theatre Production. In university I became proficient in AutoCAD and spent the bulk of my last two years designing “beautiful and stimulating” set designs. I’m proud of this one.
After I graduated, I landed a job as an Analyst. I spent just over two years working in complex excel templates and making prioritization tools that are still being used today.
In 2014, I graduated from a coding bootcamp, assumed the title of Front-End Developer and landed a job coding online shops. This is around the time I discovered SVG animation.
Eventually, I began feeling limited and disinterested in most of the tasks involved in FED and decided to take on more design-related work. I started freelancing with Ladies Learning Code and in 2016 was given the title of Creative Director.
As their CD, I designed and coded many exciting initiatives and I also gained plenty of experience speaking and teaching people of all ages how to become creators of technology.
At the end of 2016, I founded the Creative Coding Club which now has a community size of 1500 people and growing.
In the summer of 2017, I landed a job on the product team at a young start-up in Toronto. Logojoy uses artificial intelligence to generate logos for small businesses and new entrepreneurs.
Along with other design, animation and leadership responsibilities, I had the pleasure of conceiving and illustrating the company mascot, a friendly designer robot named Dezi.
And at the end of 2017 I was grateful to participate in the first cohort of the Bridge School for Design program, where I received professional training in product design strategy part-time.