Derilyn started her career path after receiving praise from her classmates on her rendering of an elephant in third grade. That spark led her to pursue a design career, attending the Portfolio Center in Atlanta and after graduation, a designer in the seasonal greetings division at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. She then went on to work as a packaging designer for an import/export product development firm in Boston where she created internal package identity systems as well as packaging and licensing products for a variety of retail companies. From there, she moved to Chicago working again as a graphic and digital designer in the consumer goods, non-profit, and financial services industries.
She founded, curated, and edited Treat, a design/lifestyle/culture blog that was created to inform, inspire, and nurture a lifestyle of creativity through design, art, health, and literature in Chicago and beyond. After six years, she retired her blog Treat to focus on graduate school. She then worked as a professor of design at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and DePaul University.
Today, as a freelance designer, she loves to create stories through image and words that not only state, but connect the viewer/reader. In her spare time, Derilyn enjoys watching documentary films, searching for the next best thing in design, and cultivating a life of balance and authenticity. She loves working on cultural projects and working with non-profits, admires great storytelling, and admits to being a chocolate chip cookie snob. She lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband and daughter whose creative ways of viewing the world inspire her every day.