hello! I’m Devon, a designer and dreamer born and raised in L.A. - with a global mind and a global heart. I paint with bright colors and create strategies for brands using art.
My greatest passion is improving lives and alleviating poverty through design.
I’ve been a designer for over 11 years and a storyteller my whole life. I am dedicated to using design for a greater good and to advocate for communities locally and globally. In 2011 I graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and Advertising. I have worked with brands, musicians and NGOs in over 20 different countries.
"If we can use human-centered design to activate citizens locally and globally - to solve some of the world's most pressing problems, I believe we can catalyze the end of extreme poverty." - Devon
I've lead creative youth empowerment workshops in villages of Mexico, trash dumps of Guatemala, corner of Watts, Los Angeles, the island of Haiti and cities in between. In this intersection of creativity and compassion, I have found my greatest passion.
GLOBAL IMPACT - Designing for causes + non-profits
Over the years as a freelance designer, I've designed for NGOs, causes, and campaigns that are truly changing the world -- a few of them being Global Citizen, The End of Polio, United Nations Foundation, The World Bank, GoodCoffee, The Grammy Foundation, etc.
I have witnessed there are so many great opportunities to use art as awareness and re-frame perceptions around poverty.
ArtisanGlobal is a new model of business I co-founded that seeks to empower and encourage artisans to solve global poverty in their communities by using their own creativity and art. Instead of teaching a man or woman to fish, our team wanted to teach Artisans how to use the gifts they've been given and how to apply them effectively. They already knew how to "fish" or in this case "sew" all that was needed was a voice of encouragement, resources, and a space to execute their ideas.
In 2014 I started our International branch ArtisanApparel with a talented visionary in Uganda, Ketty Promise, and together we branded and developed our little fashion design business together, in a hut with one sewing machine.
ArtisanApparel has trained 30+ Ugandan designers and guided families in Gulu, Uganda to break cycles of poverty using their own creativity. Our mission is to create sustainable jobs for artisans and invest in local creative problem solving
Fast foward six months later we now have a retail store and creative workshop studio where we teach technology, fashion design, English and various creative services to artisans in Gulu, Northern Uganda.
Thank you! for visiting my page.