Portrait of Denise Chan


I’m Denise and I’ve been working as a print graphic designer since graduating from George Brown College in 2001. I started in editorial design at 2 national magazines and  fell into designing for retail in 2004. The fast-paced, ever-changing road map of the retail industry was a exciting compared to the cyclical, you-could-set-watch-to-it editorial world I was used to. I’ve worked in-house for Club Monaco, The Body Shop Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and also on the agency side, still with a focus on supporting retail clients.

Since 2012, I’ve been trying to transition into web design and have taken 7-10 week courses in html, xhtml, css, ux and with tiny baby steps into javascript (that’s when my brain broke). I was able to get decent at these skills but would promptly forget them; being a print designer meant that I didn’t get to practice at work and I wasn’t a “play-around-with-these-things-for-fun” kind of person. After much contemplation, I quit my job as a point-of-purchase designer at Canadian Tire this summer and searched for a web design program to suit my needs. Most 1-year post-grad programs include thesis projects or got deep into subjects I’m not interested in, and at the other end of the spectrum, 9-12 week bootcamps are frighteningly short and focus only on development. I need help with the visual side of web design too,  so here I am: enrolled in the Web Design, Development and Maintenance accelerated program at Humber.

Over the last 14 months, I’ve also started taking photography courses and I’m kind of addicted to them now. I’ve taken 6 of them now, and am also taking two more right now. And because my plate isn’t overflowing just yet, I’m starting a culinary foundations course this weekend.

Will I survive all of this concurrent schooling? Follow this blog and find out!