About

Chelsea McKenzie, B.Des

A multi-disciplinary designer with a penchant for compelling typography and bold imagery, I am a divergent thinker with creative vision. As a Vancouver-based freelance graphic designer with a decade of experience, I collaborate with inspiring clients in the corporate, health, education, and faith sectors, in their endeavor to impact the world.  
Awarded a Bachelor of Applied Design in Graphic Design for Marketing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Design, I have provided strategic design and marketing expertise to a wide range of clients, beginning my career at renowned Vancouver firm, Signals Design Group, before leaving to pursue my passion for self-directed projects in 2010.
 
An insightful and self-motivated leader, I strive to harness an innate desire to connect – vision with strategy, ideas with execution, and clients with proven results.
 



Clients


"Chelsea is a collaborative, flexible, open-minded individual who understands how good design enhances the function of communications tools. From websites and social media projects, to printed collateral and signage, she builds solid design foundations and excellent end products."
                                      – David Laulainen, Director of Communications and Marketing, Century Group
 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Century Group
BC Women's Hospital
Dalit Freedom Network
Cotter Architects
Canada-Africa Prevention Trials Network
Quarterhorse – Signage Solutions & Interior Environments
Prima Graphics
Providence Health Care
Methanex Corporation
BC Cancer Agency & Foundation
Ainsworth Engineered Lumber
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
St. Paul Hospital & Foundation
Giant Hockey Team
YMCA
Canada Post
Coast Hotels
Simple Signs
ParkLane Homes
Trinity Western University
Corporation of Delta
NuHeat Industries


Noteworthy

Languages
• English [ Fluent ]
• French [ Proficient ]
• HTML [ Modest ]
 
Programs
• Adobe Photoshop, CS3 - Creative Cloud 2014
• Adobe InDesign, CS3 - Creative Cloud 2014
• Adobe Illustrator, CS3 - Creative Cloud 2014
• Acrobat Professional & Forms
• Adobe Bridge CC & Lightroom 5
• Wordpress & Sunergo CMS
• MS Office Suite [Above Average]
 
Cloud & Collaboration
Staying familiar with current Cloud based systems, I interface well with remote workflows.
Let’s collaborate using:
• Harvest
• MailChimp
• Basecamp
• Asana
• Google Drive
• Slack, Glip or Skype
 
Completed
• Instructional Skills Workshop Certification, Sessional Instructor at Kwantlen University
• Licensed Marine Captain, Canadian Power Squadron Course
 
Mentoring
Book List – Young designers looking for recomendateions to go beyond your school reading?
Start here:
• Information Anxiety, Richard Saul Wurman
• Geometry of Design, Kimberly Elam
• Getting Thing Done, David Allen
• Good to Great, Jim Collins
• Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
• ReWork, Jason Fried
 
Portfolio Review Request – If you are a student designer in your final year (or recently graduated) and would like a frank review of your work email me with "Portfolio Review Request" in the subject line.
 
Giving Back
I am honoured to harness my skill set to raise awareness for several causes close to my heart, including Dalit Freedom Network, where I act as an Advisor to the Board of Directors, as well as partner with my client Century Group’s annual fundraiser for the Reach Child and Youth Development Society. I continue to stay connected with my alma mater, and am called upon to act as a resource to coach and prepare student portfolios.



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