about my work
Cultivate positive change.
I believe that designers have an opportunity and responsibility to make a positive impact in our communities and globally. I work with organizations and small businesses to make a bigger positive impact through great design that engages audiences and enhances credibility. For over ten years, I’ve worked with local and national non-profits on a wide range of campaigns, communications and websites. This includes four years on staff at David Suzuki Foundation, where I designed and built a successful new website, fostered brand consistency, and increased online donations and engagement.
I have 15 years of experience designing and developing websites, with a commitment to user experience, accessibility and best practices in both design and code. This means websites that are easy and painless to visit and maintain.
How I can help you amplify your work and make it easier? Get in touch.
Erika is my go-to when I need a compelling design. She is wonderful to work with, and her communications skills are top notch. Her experience in the environmental sector is hugely beneficial. I can’t wait to work with her again!
Tegan Hansen, Forest Campaigner, Stand.earth
A veteran campaigner commented that our print materials were “among the best in Metro Vancouver”. More importantly: we won. This is because our message described through Erika’s work resonated with the public.
Councillor Tony Valente, City of North Vancouver
Erika was a pleasure to work with. The report she designed was a top-notch product with an aesthetic that far exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend Erika in her multi-faceted design expertise.
Alaya Boisvert, Public Engagement Manager, David Suzuki Foundation
Erika is wonderful to work with. She understands all aspects of our campaigns — from knocking on doors to writing code — so she instantly understands how each project fits into the bigger picture.
Kai Nagata, Communications Director, Dogwood
We’ve worked with Erika on several projects and it’s been really great. She takes the time to get to know us and our audience, and pays attention to our needs and feedback.
BC Association of Farmers’ Markets
We hired Erika to refresh Light House’s website. We are thrilled with the results and would not hesitate to recommend her to another organisation looking for web design services.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre
I was really impressed with how she dug into our ambitious project with enthusiasm and a curiosity that helped us to refine our goals and tell a clear story with the design.
Meghan Sali, Digital Rights Specialist, OpenMedia
The process would not have been as smooth if it weren’t for Erika’s clear communication of the concept and functionality of the site. She understood what we wanted and why and presented ways to achieve our goals.
Karen Pighin, The ACT Arts Centre
BDes (Emily Carr University of Art + Design).
CGD™ Certified Member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
why i do this
Through my work, I help create stronger communities, a healthier environment, and positive social change. I have a wide variety of interests, from local food to active transportation, and feel that as a designer, I can create the most change by helping others succeed in these areas. In 2015, my zero-waste lifestyle and tips were profiled in Natural Health magazine. Learn more about my “why” »
who i’ve worked with
- Alexander McNaughton
- The ACT Arts Centre
- BC Association of Farmers’ Markets
- BC Cycling Coalition
- BC Mining Law Reform Network
- BC Libraries Cooperative
- BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association
- Boldt Communications
- Boothroyd Communications
- Clean Energy Canada
- Columbia Institute
- Dasiqox Tribal Park Initiative
- David Suzuki Foundation
- Ecology Ottawa
- Empathize This
- Forest Foods
- George Heyman MLA community office
- Green Party of Canada
- Iron + Earth
- Islands Trust & Islands Trust Conservancy
- Let’s Go Biking
- Light House Sustainable Building Centre
- LOCO BC
- Mozilla Foundation
- National Network for Equitable Library Service
- NetSquared Vancouver
- Organize BC
- Organizing for Change
- Point Blank Creative
- Potluck Cafe Society/Knack
- Ready to Rent BC
- Recycling Alternative
- Second Nature Home Boutique
- Sharp Six
- Shift Delivery
- Sole Girls
- Tanker Free BC
- Tar Sands Solutions Network
- The Tyee
- This City Life
- Tony Valente
- Tsleil-Waututh Nation
- Vancouver Public Space Network
I grew up surrounded by nature in beautiful Deep Cove, North Vancouver, unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I have a great love for trees, good tea, and dark chocolate. I enjoy cycling, growing my own food and making things from scratch. You’ll often find me in the forest and the ocean. Yes, I’m a nerd and a treehugger.