I use design and coaching to facilitate betterness for individuals and organizations.

 Photo Credit: Andrew Lovett-Barron


With a passion for helping people understand the complexities of being human, I use metaphor, design, storytelling and conversation to help individuals and organizations make things better. In my 10+ year career, I've worked on projects about death, money, housing, relationships, and everything in-between.

I am the author of the ABC's of Dating by Design, and the co-founder of 1THINGapp, a social gratitude journal. I also lead the development of the Money Coaching program for Capital One bank. I currently teach facilitation and design, and run Bold People Do, an organization dedicated to helping people take big risks in life, love, and work.

Read more about me on the Women&&Tech blog or get in touch.

Work Experience

Adaptive Path/Capital One, Service Design Manager (2014 – 2017)
Research, strategy, facilitation, service design, teaching and speaking

Ayla Newhouse Design, Consultant (2012 – 2014)
Research, business and communications strategy, design for web and print
Clients include: Adaptive Path, IDEO, YC startups and small businesses

1THINGapp, Co-founder and Designer (2011 – 2013)
1THING is an app that helps you tell the happy story of your life through gratitude

Normative, Senior Designer (2010 – 2012)
Clients included startups, government organizations and international corporations

Institute without Boundaries, Program Coordinator (2009)
Program Coordination, design, event planning

B House Publications, Co-Founder (2008 – 2009)
Art Director and Designer


Bruce Mau Design, Toronto (2009)
Research, print design, synthesis

HoBO Magazine, Vancouver (2006)
Research, advertisement design, photography


Integrated Design Practice Certificate, Institute without Boundaries

  • Featured in Applied Arts Magazine 2009 Student Awards, Vol.24 No.5
  • Art Direction and book design for World House Year 3 exhibition catalogue
  • TAS DesignBuild/GBC Architecture Charette Facilitator for winning team
  • Habitat for Humanity/GBC Architecture Charette Facilitator for winning team
  • Art Director and Designer, display case for Institute without Boundaries

Bachelor of Communication Design, Emily Carr Institute (2007)

  • Student Representative, Emily Carr Design Hiring Committee, 2007
  • Art Director, Emily Carr Graduation Preview Night Book, 2007
  • Recipient, Emily Carr GPA scholarship, 2006
  • Student Representative for 3rd Year Communication Design, 2006
  • Minor in Photography

Humanities/Journalism, University of Victoria (2002-2003)

  • Published in the University of Victoria Martlet and the Valley Echo, 2002

Talks and Teaching

Writing, Shows, Awards


  • Design Leadership
  • Facilitation
  • Service Design
  • Writing
  • Teaching
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Design
  • Design Research
  • Photography
  • Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Life Coach