Pealing back the layers

My web design course with Kevin McMillan at Emily Carr University of Art and Design is all about uncovering the layers behind a web site, with a focus on responsive adaptive design. Kevin has been teaching web design since the beginning of web design…so it’s interesting to hear his stories about how things have changed over time. Also he’s a wealth of information and has … Continue reading Pealing back the layers

Looking forward (on the web)

On my weekly hike up the Grouse Grind, I’ve been listening to podcasts about anything related to web design and this past week I encountered yet another new term: Responsive Design! Ahhh yess! Karen McGrane on The Web Ahead talked about responsive design as being the process whereby one website is created for all screen sizes, all devices.ย  On this podcast with Jen Simmons, Karen … Continue reading Looking forward (on the web)

Helpful design sites (and blogs)

Which which is which…my learning curve keeps escalating, an ever invigorating ride up! So, along with the books I’m reading and the podcasts I’m listening to, here are some of the sites and blogs i’ve become hooked on as they offer so much information in this rapidly changing and growing field of interaction design. The first I’d like to mention is the InVision blog. Somehow … Continue reading Helpful design sites (and blogs)

Learning while hiking

My 21-year-old son told me recently that on his 30-minute walk to work/school each day he now listens to books or podcasts. Learning while commuting…great idea! So now instead of just listening to music as I hike my beloved Grouse Grind or busing to class…I listen to podcasts and have found a great one called Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Debbie Millman began Design Matters … Continue reading Learning while hiking

Sharing time and love of art with students

I recently signed on as a volunteer at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s been a great way to venture out of my studio to meet new people, share my love for art with children and expand my knowledge of contemporary artists. Meeting new people As an artist I spend a great deal of time in my home studio, alone.ย  And although I have over the … Continue reading Sharing time and love of art with students

Dale Chihuly’s incredible blown glass at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

I made my annual pilgrimage to my hometown of Montreal this August with a dual-purpose: to take my eldest off to Bishops University and to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with my mother! Breathtaking and inspiring, a wonderful end to a beautiful summer of sun, travel, and art! With colour integral to my own artwork, it was not … Continue reading Dale Chihuly’s incredible blown glass at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Colorful works at West Van’s Harmony Arts Festival

On the long weekend in August, I joined the 5enses artists in a 10ft x 20ft tent at the annual Harmony Arts Festival’ Art Market in West Vancouver. Although the rain drizzled down on us as we set up on the Friday, the rest of the weekend was beautiful and hot! Saturday seemed to be the day art lovers crowded our stall seeking out new … Continue reading Colorful works at West Van’s Harmony Arts Festival