What is your name/nicknames?
Sometimes my family calls me Ards…can’t get much shorter than that for a nickname. I’ve also acquired the nickname Taco from a ski trip with friends years ago but I have nooo idea why that stuck. Another group of friends call me Merms (short for mermaid) because I have long hair that has a mind of it’s own.
How would you describe your position?
I turn ideas into reality! I synthesize information into easy to understand and functional materials and I work with a team of creative geniuses to solve design problems.
What are your academic credentials?
I’m a University of Alberta alumni! I have a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication with an emphasis on Social Sciences. I’m also a member of the Graphic Designers of Canada and hold a GDC certification.
What do you do in your spare time?
I play a lot of sports. I’ve been playing soccer my whole life! It’s been a 20+ year commitment and I love it! I play with a fun rec team as well as a competitive women’s soccer team. In the winter I also play rec floor hockey and head to the mountains a couple times to go skiing/snowboarding. From time to time I dabble in other sport activities like: cross-country skiing, canoeing, and hiking. Aside from being active I love cooking and making new delicious meals!
Who or what inspires you and why?
Traveling to new places! I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see different parts of the world and I really do believe that traveling is one of the best things you can do to expand your horizons…no pun intended.
What is your favourite food?
Does wine count? I’m just keeping things real. I also like chocolate and steak….but not all at once.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an Archaeologist/Indiana Jones! But more specifically, an Egyptologist. I would spend ‘library time’ in elementary school looking at books about Egypt and mummies. I even studied Anthropology for 2 years during University before switching my interest to Design. I realized I liked reading about the history of of different cultures more than chemical analysis techniques and surveying methods.
Would you get a tattoo? If you already have a tattoo, what is it?
It would have to be something really meaningful not just a beautiful image. I think I would get my family crest or my family crest motto “Virescit Vulnere Virtus” which translates to “Courage flourishes at a wound”.
What do you think the world would be like if bacon didn’t exist?
I can’t even…
Would you buy a sweater covered in kittens? Would you wear it if someone gave it to you for free?
Yes. Wouldn’t you!?