About

“I HAVE NO SPECIAL TALENTS,
I AM ONLY PASSIONATELY CURIOUS”
  
–EINSTEIN

BIOGRAPHY

+ ABOUT ME

MELANIE K DICK, (“melkdee“)
Interactive/ Motion/ Graphic Designer

“I was raised on a third-generation family farm in the Ottawa Valley. Wheat fields, acres of sunflowers and small creeks were the backdrop for my inspiration and adventures from an early age. Growing up surrounded by nature left me with a quiet confidence and innate sense of discovery.”

“At 16 I had became the proud recipient of a Youth Entrepreneurship Grant from the Ontario government and opened ‘Revelation Scrapbooking’–photos fade, don’t let the memories. I continued to operate this business as supplementary income throughout my high school years and attribute much of my success to my wonderful business mentor and underlying desire to help other people.”

“When I was 18 I moved to Toronto to pursue higher education. It was an exciting change of pace to have skyscrapers, public-transit and thousands of new faces as my new landscape. During my four years of University I pushed myself to learn as much as I could, and took the initiative to teach myself how to code in a variety of languages. While I’m no “programmer” I am a passionate enthusiast for web, mobile and interactive design/development.

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO NOW?  “I’ve been running a small design company out of Ottawa, Ontario for the past 18-months. My home office is a hub for creativity and salesmanship, fine-art and technology. My business format encourages my clients to employ local/independent-artists and consider their long/short-term business goals.

+ EDUCATION

Bachelor of Design with Honors from York University/ Sheridan College (2012)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of design thinking, giving it’s students the ability to plan, develop and present a variety of medias at an industry level. Specific areas of interest include; Typography, Promotional Design, Package Design, Interactive Design (web, mobile-apps, performance design) and Design Theory. For more information on this program, please visit the YSDN site here.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

+ CODING LANGUAGES

HTML5

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CSS3

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Javascript

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Jquery

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PHP

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WordPress (setup/ edit)

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Processing (language)

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Arduino (language)

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+ FINE ART & HANDICRAFTS

Calligraphy

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Illustration

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Hand Lettering

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Painting

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Sculpting

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Mosaic/ Stained Glass

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Woodworking

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Diorama Design

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+ PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

UI Design

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UX Design

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Info. Architecture

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Content Planning

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Mobile App Design

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Mobile App Development

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(Project) Proposals

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(Project )Presentations

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SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

+ FREQUENTLY USED PROGRAMS

PROGRAM

PROFICIENCY

I USE THIS PROGRAM FOR (…)

Adobe Photoshop

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Photo editing, Digital painting, Web development.

Adobe Illustrator

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Vector illustrations, Custom typography

Adobe InDesign

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Print design (books, brochures), Presentations

Adobe After Effects

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Animations, Motion Design, Kinetic Typography

Adobe Premiere Pro

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Audio/Video Editing

Final Cut Pro

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 Audio/Video Editing

Isadora

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Interactive (Sensory) Performance Software

Processing

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Open Source Programming. UI and UX Design

CSS Edit

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Writing/editing CSS for the web mobile apps

Text Wrangler

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Writing and editing HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc.

Adobe Bridge

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Organizational tool

Fontographer/ Font Lab

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Designing custom fonts

+ PROGRAMS I'M FAMILIAR WITH

PROGRAM

PROFICIENCY

I USE THIS PROGRAM FOR (…)

Arduino

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Sensory-input, UX development

Reactivision

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Fiducial-Code recognition, UX development.

Adobe Flash

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Creating Animations, Web Content

Corel Draw

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Vector illustrations

MS Office Suite

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Microsoft Word, Power Point, Exel, etc.

Auto CAD

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Orthographic Drawings, Blueprint/ Schematics

Auto Sketch

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Orthographic Drawings, Blueprint/ Schematics.