Derilyn started her career path after receiving praise from her classmates on her rending 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 in Boston where she created internal package identity systems as well as packaging and licensing products for external retail companies. From there, she moved to Chicago working again as a graphic designer in the retail, non-profit, and financial services sectors.
Today, she loves to create stories through image and words that not only state, but connect the viewer/reader. She created, curated, and edited Treat, a design/lifestyle 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, but is currently working on jumping back into the blogosphere.
In her spare time, Derilyn enjoys watching documentary films, searching for the next best thing in design, and cultivating a life of authenticity. She admires great storytelling and admits to being a chocolate chip cookie snob. She lives in Evanston, IL with her husband and daughter whose creative ways of viewing the world inspire her every day.