Category Archives: editing

oshawhat magazine



Oshawa had a lot of cool things going on, but no alternative weekly to tie them all together and get the word out.

The Response

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.

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evergreen brick works: green design exhibit


The Challenge

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 Solution

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.

centre for social innovation: community bond book


The Challenge

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.

The Solution

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.