A hiremeNB Guide to Design Basics

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With graduate courses usually calling for several PowerPoint presentations each that account for a large percentage of the overall marks, it is an asset for students to be able to create engaging presentations that allow them to communicate effectively. Most students, however, have never been given instruction on how to do this beyond simply being shown PowerPoint. During my MBA I often had other students asking how I put together my slides for presentations and many expressed interest in learning themselves. This past summer I participated in Adobe’s Train the Trainer program which provided me with the wonderful experience of creating a training series that addressed this need. During the development of this training I realized that not every graduate student will want to become a design and Photoshop expert. Because of this, I identified key visual design principles and Photoshop functions, that could have the greatest impact on image enhancement and presentation quality, and used them to create the training.

The four design principles I selected to focus on were colour, text, white space, and balance. I created this 8.5 x 11, center fold handout to use within the training session, but also for students to have as a quick reference guide when designing slides. You can download a copy of the handout from the links below or check out examples of my PowerPoint presentations from my MBA courses here.


Click here to download a printable PDF of the handout

Click here to download a PDF of ordered pages

A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick’s Giant Objects [Infographic]


A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick's Giant Objects

A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick’s Giant Objects

One of the things that continues to delight me about New Brunswick is its obsession with over-sized statuary of animals and everyday objects.  I was amazed when I started searching to see just how many there are around the province. I counted at least 22!

From seafood and instruments to a dapper veggie and migrating fruit, I’ve included a few of my favorites in this infographic guide. I chose the bright colors and cartoon style to convey my childlike joy at seeing these creatures dotting the landscape.

Which other New Brunswick giants would you have included?

Click here to download a full size PDF of the infographic.

V&A Website and Promotional Materials

I recently developed branding and promotional materials along with an accompanying website for the consulting company Vandenburg & Associates. V&A helps organizations describe what competence means for clients or staff, develop measurement methods, and confirm competence using the most current insights in assessment, technology, learning theory & communication.

I designed their brochure, website, and banner display to highlight their slogan and three core areas of commitment; Competence Clarified & Confirmed. The bullseye, eye glasses, and caliper images were chosen to help illustrate these abstract concepts.

You can download a PDF of the brochure from the V&A website vandenburg.ca


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