Eyyy! Pull up a seat.

Eyyy! Pull up a seat.

Pronouns: She/Her
Astrology:
Taurus Sun & Rising, Scorpio Moon

Favourite Drink: Bubble Tea (despite the image you see here)
A glimpse of my chill

The 411 ☎️

  • You can call me Gracey or Grace 💁🏻‍♀️
  • Settler on the ancestral, unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations 🛸
  • Senior Designer at Critical Mass (embedded at Airbnb) since July 2021 👩🏻‍💻
  • 2014 alumna of Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts + Tech program 👩🏻‍🎓

"One of the hardest working designers I have been lucky enough to know. Amazing representation for women in design and an amazing mentor. She can deliver amazing concepts, present them great, build them, direct them, and launch them at the level we all strive for AND is super fun to work with." 💫

"[She] forever inspires me to be my best self and continues to be the first person I think of when I think about what it means to be an empowered woman." 💪🏻

– Anonymous Engine Digital colleague (from my 2019/2020 Team 360 Review)

Had the pleasure to work for some amazing companies, both local and international –

My Client: HP
My Client: Rocky Mountaineer
My Client: Concord Theatricals
My Client: Ocean Wise

"[Gracey] has been such an integral part of some of our best work over the years and a key contributor to our culture. It's been such a pleasure to see her evolve into the powerhouse she is today." 💪🏻

"[Gracey] has been such an integral part of some of our best work over the years and a key contributor to our culture. It's been such a pleasure to see her evolve into the powerhouse she is today."

– Peter P. (Creative Director, mentor, and boss at my time at Engine Digital)

Discourse 📝

Fun Fact: My high school career aptitude test recommended me to be a stand-up comedian🎙

Ten years later, I tested it out. To improve my presentation skills for work, I thought of trying the most "frightening" medium of public speaking, because if I could make an audience laugh, then I can talk about anything else without fear.

Remember Xanga, Blogpost, Tumblr, and TinyLetter? Back in the day, I loved writing personal blogs and newsletters for anyone curious enough to read them. If it weren't for my current career in design, I may have tried to write for comedy sitcoms or publish a book of some sort!

The wordsmithing I'll do on occasion is typically in the form of a tweet, but below are a couple of notable long-form pieces by me from the past few years. Enjoy!

Blog post I wrote at Engine Digital

"Boosting the platform: How smart design enhanced a competitive educational experience" for Engine Digital Perspectives

My piece for Desk Lunch

"You Are Not Your Work" for Desk Lunch Newsletter

"[She] forever inspires me to be my best self and continues to be the first person I think of when I think about what it means to be an empowered woman." 🙏🏻

"[She] forever inspires me to be my best self and continues to be the first person I think of when I think about what it means to be an empowered woman." 💪🏻

– Roxanne H. (one of my faves of all time and Sr. Strategist at Engine Digital; excuse me while I weep now 😭)

Allow me to introduce myself...

Photography by Francis Arevalo 📸.

I'll Let My Work Speak For Itself... 💬

Thanks for your time! ⌚️

Want to see more work? Or considering me for a project?  💼
I'd be happy to provide a PDF of my CV upon request. You may have also noticed that some of my projects on here require a password... Go ahead and reach out to ask via email below 🔽

Besides the technical skills I've demonstrated in my design work, my soft (yet strong) skills include:

If all the testimonials and work experience wasn't enough, here's a list of what I do outside of work:

  • Empathetic curiosity
  • Conceptual design thinking and problem solving
  • A nurturing yet direct approach in leadership, mentorship, and conflict resolution (adapted from "Radical Candor", "Dare To Lead", and IDEO U)
  • Team collaboration, not competition
  • Effective and confident in presenting, performing, pitching, proposing, and (public) speaking for any audience size
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Active listening
  • Travelling and the outdoors (pre-COVID) 🧭
  • Singing in an R&B choir 🎼
  • Dancing (dancehall, hip-hop) 💃🏻
  • Cooking, watching others cook, and eating 🍽
  • Learning new creative skills (e.g. stand-up comedy, sewing) 🤓

© 2022 Gracelle Mesina

© 2020 Gracelle Mesina

© 2020 Gracelle Mesina

© 2020 Gracelle Mesina

© 2020 Gracelle Mesina