Our Team - Design de Plume

Our Journey

Design de Plume Inc. was established in 2009 by three women and has evolved into an International studio that is versatile, knowledgeable, and provides expertise on a number of topics. We have specialized in the specific communication challenges Indigenous communities face and how organizations can use design to ensure that they are responsive to those needs.

DDP studio
Design de Plume Philosophy

OUR NAME

Design de Plume?

A “Nom de Plume” is a French expression for a pen name, but we’re known for design!
Design de Plume is our nod to our bilingual heritage while the word Plume “feather” recognizes our Indigenous ancestry.

Leadership

Mélissa Deschênes, RGD

Creative Director | Partner
She/Her/Elle

Melissa is queer-francophone Creative Director who is passionate about 2SLGBTQ+, gender rights and inclusiveness. She specializes in management of creative staff, conceptual idealization, translating goals into effective campaign strategies, and shaping brand standards. Her ability to make inspiring, informative visuals have given her expertise in storytelling complex ideas.

As a previous educator and sports coach, Melissa leads the creative team with motivation and self determination.

Melissa has volunteered for the following organizations:

  • Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) mentor and member of the Review Committee
  • Past mentor for the Regional Business Center for the startup program

She takes pride with her ability to help clients in both English and French.

Melissa has done presentations in both English and French on the topics of Women in Business, How to Get Your Business Online and Designing with Diversity and Inclusion in Mind.

En tant que directrice de création, cette franco-queer est passionnée par les travaux axés sur les projets 2ELGBTQQIA+, les droits des femmes et l’inclusivité. Elle se spécialise dans la gestion du personnel créatif, la conception d’idées, les stratégies creatives et l’élaboration des images de marque. Sa capacité à créer des visuels inspirants et informatifs lui a permis d’acquérir une expertise dans la narration d’idées complexes.

En tant qu’ancienne éducatrice et coach sportive, Melissa dirige l’équipe créative avec motivation.

Melissa a fait du bénévolat pour les organisations suivantes :

  • Mentor des graphistes agréés (RGD) et membre du comité d’examen et de formation
  • Ancien mentor du Regional Business Center pour le programme startup

Elle est fière de sa capacité à aider les clients en anglais et en français.

Jennifer Taback, BCoMS, RGD

President | Partner
She/Her/Kwe

“Miikawaadizi Waaskonee Giizis Kwe” is an urban, Indigenous member of the Shawanaga First Nation. Jennifer has worked in the design industry for over 15 years, with work experience ranging from research and assessments to implementation and support for both the private and public sector.

She facilitates active discussions and goal setting, helping her clients build brands and communications that represent themselves, their communities and the mission they want to achieve.

Understanding the fundamentals of business, networking, and politics, Jennifer volunteers on several boards to help provide insight and expertise.

  • Registered Graphics Designers – Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Cambrian College Board of Governors
  • Nickel Basin Federal Development Corporation

Jennifer has spoken in Canada and the US at conferences, online webinars, and hosted in-person workshops on topics such as inclusion & diversity, decolonizing design, and project planning for cultural inclusion.

Meggan Van Harten, RGD

Strategic Lead | Partner
She/Her

Meggan is a big picture thinker and ensures operational success by being committed to long-term strategic planning. She is committed to accessibility in all sectors and actively promotes diversity by teaching inclusive design through mentoring and education of clients and students alike.

Not only is she a skilled designer and illustration, but Meggan’s project managerial background allows her to select the most appropriate technical practices to create beautiful projects, breathing life into your messages.

She was previously the president of the Sudbury Design Society and currently sits as an advisor for the Cambrian College graphic design program advisory committee.

Meggan is committed to the betterment of her local community and supports the following organizations each year:

  • Sudbury Design Society Scholarship
  • Elgin Street Mission

Meggan has extensive accessibility training and can host workshops or speaking engagement on accessibility compliance (WCAG, AODA, ADA, etc)

Our Team

Christine Lewis

Project Manager
She/Her

Mary Medaglia

Digital Project Manager
She/Her

Erik McManus

Front End Developer
He/Him

Jennica Robinson

Senior Graphic Designer
She/Her/Kwe

Davide Dorigo

Graphic Designer
He/Him

Lisa Baer-Tsarfati

Project Manager
She/Her

Lindsay Levesque

Graphic Designer
She/Her

Lauren Polchies

Graphic Designer
She/Her/Nekəm

Xiangxu Teng

Junior Developer
She/Her

Our Accomplishments

  • WOLDA – Sudbury Design Society Design Award 2022
  • WOLDA – Worldwide Logo Design Award 2021
  • The President’s award, Denis Laframboise, Gala des PMEs, Société économique de l’Ontario, 2021
  • Employer Award of Distinction Finalist, Cambrian College, 2020
  • Finalist for the RelèveON, Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Procurement Employment Partnerships, Indigenous Business of the Year Award 2019
  • WOLDA – Worldwide Logo Design Award 2019
  • Influential Women of the Year Northern Ontario, Business of the Year 2018
  • Finalist for the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Company of the 2017
  • Northern Ontario Business Award, Young Entrepreneur of the Year