Hi, I’m Deb. I’m a designer.

My background is in editorial design. I started my career as a Design Editor at The Globe and Mail (<3 Toronto) and since then, I’ve worked at a few newspapers and magazines including this newspaper, this travel magazine and this travel magazine.

For almost a decade, I ran a small design shop designing websites, books, and marketing materials for photographers around the world. I also designed and sold paper goods through Minted (This one was featured in InStyle magazine – !). I’ve been a professor (love teaching), a speaker, and wrote a series of articles about marketing and branding for photographers for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).

The Lovely Ferns was born as an effort to share some of my personal health journeys, experiences, creations, and lessons as I made my way through what felt like a massive transition at the time. When I started this blog, I had started classes at Maryland University for Integrative Health. My plan was to graduate with an M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health; take the CNS exam and become a licensed Clinical Nutrition Specialist.

But, life likes to throw a few curve balls every now and then, so I figured out a new path.

Currently, I am Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate at the University of Miami, School of Communication. I am also a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Barbara Millet in the UX Lab.

I returned to school to fill in my knowledge gaps, mainly in user research and emerging technologies. The big surprise: a growing passion and love for data visualization. (Thank you, Alberto.)

My hope is to work with a diverse and passionate team committed to creating positive experiences and helping people understand information to make informed decisions. I have a passion for the health space and how design can improve the care of populations, particularly people who are older and people who need to manage invisible chronic conditions. Graduation is May 2020 and I’m open to relocating in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

I’m married to this endearing man and we share a home in Upstate New York with a Russian Blue Tabby mix and our “wiggle butt” beagle.

You can find me on Twitter, and Instagram and Instagram. I love to walk, ride my bike, cook, and on occasion, write some poetry.

Please, say hello.