Derilyn started her career path after receiving praise in the third grade for her realistic rendering of an elephant. Although she loved writing, art was always in the back of her mind. She went on to college and earned a B.A. degree in English and minored in Mass Media from Hampton University. After a few years of working odd jobs that had little to do with a degree in English or Mass Media, she was invited to take a course in Copywriting It was supposed to be the perfect career marriage, English and business, but it wasn't quite right. It was close, but not on the mark. Her professor's advice would direct her to Atlanta to check out the Portfolio Center.
After visiting the Portfolio Center that sealed the deal, she was on her way. She later graduated with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design from the Portfolio Center. After graduation, she was hired as a Designer in the seasonal greetings division at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. As much as she loved the creative process at Hallmark, her husband was accepted into an internship in Boston. A move to Beantown would have her working as a packaging designer for an innovative product development and consumer goods firm where she created internal package identity systems as well as packaging and licensing products for external as well as internal retail clients. After a couple of Boston winters, a move to Chicago would have her working again as a designer in the retail sector as well as non-profit and financial services.
Today, she loves to create stories through image and words that not only state, but connect the viewer/reader. She founded, 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 her graduate studies, 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 watching First Take on ESPN. 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.