What do you do at the CIC?
I am the CIC’s graphic designer and webmaster. What does a graphic designer do? Well, we make things look fabulous! We do this by ensuring consistent brand identity across all CIC marketing materials, which ensures the visual elements have a professional look and feel. I literally illustrate the value we provide to our members. When you look at print and electronic material from CIC or visit our main Web site or one of the conference Web sites, these are all products that I have designed. The list includes event programs, infographics, postcards, popups, business cards, letterheads, icons, signage, and promotional items, to name just a few. In fact, you name it, I’ll create it! And the result matters, because these strong and consistent images connect CIC with our members.
How has your background led up to this work?
I’ve always been interested in art and design. From a young age I was very into arts and crafts and drawing. It’s just something I’ve always enjoyed, which led me do go to school in the field where I was fortunate enough to finish at the top of my class. I joined the CIC as a graphic designer, when my primary responsibility was laying out the monthly magazine. Since then my responsibilities have grown to handle all of the society’s graphic design work, illustration and printing needs, as well as maintaining all of the society’s websites. It’s more than enough to keep me busy! Previously I have worked at a design agency where I served a wide range of corporate clients. I also worked for the Government of Canada’s banking regulator which helped me develop important skills in the area of web accessibility, skills that I have incorporated into my work at the CIC.
What else should people know about CIC?
We are a fun bunch that are always looking to provide more value to CIC members! That includes using the most up-to-date Web and design tools out there, such as Adobe Cloud products and most recent version of WordPress, which runs our Web site. I always have my eye on the latest technologies, so keep an eye out for even more exciting materials to come in the future!