Oshawa had a lot of cool things going on, but no alternative weekly to tie them all together and get the word out.
In February 2012 I launched an online publication covering arts, culture, events and reviews of cool things going on in Durham Region.
I design, art direct and edit this publication and recruited around 30 volunteer writers, illustrators, photographers and designers from Bowmanville to Brock. My husband built the first site in Joomla, but I relaunched it myself in 2014 using WordPress for a more mobile-friendly design.
With more than 10,000 page views each month at peak performance and a growing roster of skilled contributors, this little project is turning into something big.
Stay tuned for the encore of OshaWhat in fall 2014.
Check out OshaWhat.ca
CIFAR, The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, needed to produce a hybrid publication: part annual report and part Reach magazine.
I co-ordinated production from the initial line-up through final printing. I also wrote pieces and edited the overall document.
Read the full digital issue of Reach here.
This exhibit attempts to explain to a general audience the elements of adaptive re-use and engineering that went into making Evergreen Brick Works, including the LEED Platinum Centre For Green Cities building.
The project involved a close collaboration between the writer (me!), artists, graphic designers and sustainability gurus.
Using careful wordsmithing, diagrams, photography and illustration, we created wall-sized panels that flank the main floor hallway at Evergreen Brick Works.
Read more about the exhibit on the Evergreen Brick Works website.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) had an amazing story to tell. They raised $2 million toward the purchase and renovation of a 36,000-square-foot building in a whirlwind eight months. They wanted to inspire other organizations to convert their social capital into real capital.
We produced a meaty manual on their innovative and democratic fundraising tool, The Community Bond. I worked directly with with CSI founder and executive director Tonya Surman as I edited a collaborative draft of the book to clarify structure, unify the tone and prepare for the design team. To download a free excerpt of the book, please click here.