The Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services needed a website refresh. Functionality and accessibility were key focus areas to improve upon. OAHS was also looking to better represent their brand on a digital platform. Once we restructured content, and created a strong visual hierarchy of information, we modernized the design of the site using visual elements derived from their existing brand.
Melissa Deschenes RGD
Design de Plume
Principal Designer
Member since
April 15, 2014
131 Pine St
P3C 1X2
705 222 5740
Areas of Specialty
Branding, Print Promotion, Web
Other Capabilities
Book Design, Illustration, Information Design, Packaging, Photography, Signage/Wayfinding, Web
Languages Covered
English, French
Company description
We’re an Indigenously owned, Sudbury-based, independent graphic design firm run by passionate, forward thinking designers. In the 10 years Design de Plume has operated, the team has expanded to 8 team members with clients ranging from local businesses to nation-wide organizations.
Why am I an RGD?
I stand for all the ethical, moral and professional values that RGD promotes. I also believe my designation helps my professional career on so many levels. I'm appreciative of the events that RGD puts out for both professionals and students.

What is my most memorable RGD moment?
Seeing my name for the first time as a Design Thinkers Master a few years back was a moment where I felt really proud to be an RGD member and a yearly DT attendee.

I was just accepted to the portfolio review committee and I'm excited to help other designers achieve their goal of being a registered graphic designer.
Why am I a designer?
Being an ambitious creative individual with an incline for business, starting a design firm with my partners just felt so natural. As a graphic designer you can still satisfy your creative drive while helping businesses and organizations communicate their message.

As a previous graphic design educator, and coach/trainer for my local sports team, I've had the opportunity to evolve my leadership and mentoring skills. Not only am I a principal designer but I manage projects and work with our team to keep things relevant, on track and in the clients best interest.
Why should you hire me?
Our studio takes pride in being a full service design business. In each of my portfolio pieces custom photography and illustrations were created. Our team does everything in house to provide top quality design work to our clients.
Where do I see myself in 5 years?
As our business keeps expanding I'm looking forward to the work we can accomplish not only Canada-wide but also in the USA as we extend to the American market.
Contributions to RGD in 2018
Contributed to article on internships
- Portfolio Reviewer