Lisa is a graphic designer from just outside of Chicago. Inspired by streamlined modern architecture, wide open spaces, high mountain valleys, her faithful puppy Ruby Joy, and the bright colors of fall, Lisa both teaches design at the college level and maintains a thriving freelance practice.
As a designer, Lisa is committed to creating work that communicates clearly and delights the senses. She believes that design is joyful communication--connecting people with ideas, solutions and previously unknown possibilities. Through design Lisa is reminded that there is value in imagining, asking hard questions, persevering, and creating something new. The design created at Ruby Joy Design, whether in print, digital, or environmental format, is human-centered, fueled by an empathetic understanding of the narratives that shape all of our lives. In graphic design, Lisa has found her own perfect fit of creative communication and visual narrative.
As a teacher, Lisa is passionate about creative empowerment believing that each person has a unique vision, outlook, and contribution they can make to the world. Because of this, she is committed to spend her life creating structures that promote connection, enable access, nurture creativity, and ultimately affirm all humans as unique and valued.
Lisa also recently completed her EdD in Distance Education through Athabasca University in Athabasca, Alberta. In addition to being able to write the magic letters D + R before her first name, Lisa aspires to have her dissertation research inspire design educators to be brave in the face of complexity and build inclusive structures where all participants can learn how to navigate and thrive in an increasingly information-abundant world. You can follow her madcap journey on her sometimes updated blog, Pixels + Tweed: Graphic Design Distance Education Explored.
Curious and want to work with Lisa? Excellent! You can contact Lisa here or, find her on Instagram as @rubyjoyful