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I’m Deb, a designer and lifelong learner

I have a passion for designing delightful and positive experiences with people. My focus: understanding and designing for the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

My background is in editorial design

I’ve worked for newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian as well as National Geographic Traveler and Virtuoso Life.

editorial designer portfolio
UM UX Lab Director and Graduate Students

MFA Candidate at the University of Miami, Interactive Media (STEM).

Currently, I am an Interactive Media MFA candidate and graduate research assistant in the UX Lab at “the U”. I returned to school full-time to fill in the gaps (research) and immerse myself in learning how to design and think about emerging technologies such as artifical intelligence and augmented reality.


Collaborating with people, working in a team, continues to reap great rewards. My favorite moments involve sketching, brainstorming, and ideating with others. I love to understand people — listening, asking questions, and observing — and I love to teach; helping people learn new things and figuring out ways to meet people where they are. I’ve been told I’m a connector.

Read the kind things clients and colleagues say about me   →

Deb editing with Matt Eich

Photography, cooking, cycling, road trips …

When I’m not designing, I cook and gather with family or friends; enjoy long, early morning walks; make happy snaps, and share what I learn with others. Most of all, I enjoy road trips across the U.S. and Canada (Québec, J’adore) with my husband.


I love dogs, especially our beagle

We adopted our beagle, “Miss M” (her nickname) a few years ago. She’s a gem and gives us many reasons to laugh.


What I believe …

Start with the truth. Ask questions; try to ditch conjecture.
Respect peoples’ boundaries. Compassion is connection.
Life is a constant iteration. Strive to do good work and your best work first.
Movement is health. Empathy is good design. Practice small and you’ll create big.
Down-to-Earth should be an official color.

If you hold something dear, hold it with open hands

Graduating in May 2020. Seeking new, full-time adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

Please do not steal. It may bring on bad karma. Thank you.

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