Elyse is the Designer and Web Developer at True Calling. She is the visionary behind our branding, website, and social media content curation. Her resume includes a race car driver’s personal assistant, bartender, construction labourer, yoga instructor, a degree from UBC and certificate from BCIT. On a more personal note, Elyse is incredibly sarcastic, loves everything outdoors, and was a borderline professional student before landing a job at TC. Two of her best TC moments include going live with the website you’re enjoying at this very moment and getting approval from the big boss for our most recent brand identity.
What is it that you really do?
Branding and Web design, some coding, UX, social media visual content creation — basically making things look rad in a functional way. I really love being able to take massive amounts of information and synthesize it into something people can understand in a clear and concise way that’s easy on the eyes.
What breakfast kickstarts your day?
Anything plus a grapefruit – but never before 9:30 am because then I’m too tired to enjoy it properly.
What’s your favourite thing to wear to work?
Mom jeans and Blundstone’s — I’m always in black. I also never leave the house without the pyrrha necklace my boyfriend got me on our first trip to Seattle together.
What would your 16-year-old self-think of you now?
She would go “okay, cool. Whats next?”
What is your favourite quote?
Whenever I need advice I re-read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. My favourite quote is from the section On Reason and Passion:
“Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.”
What keeps you up at night?
My dogs farts after he gets into something he’s not supposed to. Truly terrible.
What was the best decision you’ve ever made?
Travelling Europe alone in my early twenties. It made me realize I could depend on myself, which, in my opinion, is really important for young women.