School Portfolio

Aside from my blog posts, here is a Portfolio of all the writing and creative projects I did at Carleton University and currently doing at Humber College. I’ll likely be adding more writing once more projects arise, since right now I’m trying out some new Adobe programs!

Academic Writing

Master’s Research Essay – Carleton University:

Humber College Media Writing

It’s no surprise that writing is another essential component of Media Communications. Despite being a writer for so long, I had to continue learning different ways to write, especially as a communications professional. It’s certainly not the same as creative travel writing! Here are a few samples of my writing from second semester.

Press Release

Note – this was a hypothetical press release for WestJet, purely for academic reasons. This information here is not true and was only for my professional practice.

Coding and Web Design

Please see this page to view my projects. These projects show my introductory assignments in web design. I mostly focused on basic HTML and CSS as well as web optimization.

Photography

Second Semester

In the second semester, I had the exciting opportunity to learn studio photography! Using studio lighting and creative techniques, I composed a variety of shots from business to glamourous. Despite the challenge of getting used to new equipment, the studio process was very useful to develop my skills in photography. We also learned some unique editing techniques, things I had no clue a camera could do! Painting with light was one example, and below my studio shots, you’ll see the shots I took there.

Studio Photography

Painting with light

First Semester

A Day as a Local: Digital Storytelling Assignment photos:

Graphic Design

Second Semester

A book cover design in Photoshop

For my second semester, I vastly improved my design skills to the point where I applied my progress to real mockups. One of these was a book cover design for one of my favourite books, Slaughterhouse-Five. After designing the front cover in Photoshop, I designed the back and binding in Illustrator. Finally, I moved my design back to Photoshop to complete the mockup. If my design was a real book cover, here’s what it would look like:

Travel brochure

Our second assignment was to create a brochure with InDesign. From my obvious love for travel, I decided to design one for an Easter tour from MacBackpackers. They are a Scottish tour company that I traveled with when I explored the Highlands and Isle of Skye in 2017. I decided to create a mockup as though I was distributing marketing materials to advertise for their tour. I also created a Photoshop mockup to show what it would look like.

You can also check out my written accounts of this tour with MackBackpackers in my blog, under All Travel Stories.

Food Truck Challenge

Our final group project was the Food Truck Challenge. We created our very own food truck mockup which consisted of our own name, logo, truck layout, menu, and marketing materials. My group and I cleverly came up with the name Hey Sugar for a donut truck with a retro, comic-book theme! If you’re wondering how we thought of that name, remember the Archies’ most famous song?

The logo was designed by me in Illustrator. Below the logo is our Instagram post mockup, which was part of our marketing assets for social media. The woman and donuts were drawn by my classmate, but assembled by me in Photoshop.

First Semester

Personal “Practice” Logo and Business Card on Adobe Illustrator:

This was my very first project on Illustrator, and I got to practice designing a logo and business card. I wanted to hint at my love for travel through my name, by arranging the letters as a suitcase, with the top of the E as the handle!. The green tone is a nod to my love for the outdoors, and the vintage nature is a nod to local businesses (many of them use awesome vintage/retro themes, at least in Toronto!).

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