About me

I was born and raised in the Philippines. Finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

I’ve worked in animation, printing, publishing, and then my dream company, Philippine Daily Inquirer. But life had a different path for me. Read the rest of the story below.

I am a proud member of the Growing Room Collective as Graphic Designer and Web Manager. And I am part of the team Lara Spence Web Design and Business Writing as graphic and web designer.

Dragonfly on grass in Deer Lake Park in Burnaby

Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC Canada

I love photography

I’m the unofficial family photographer. The downside is that I don’t have that many photos of myself. View this photography in full- Dragonfly at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC

Kobe puppy sitting

Kobe the cockapoo

Who is Kobe?

April 2022 we got this furry little guy and our lives have changed so much. He is the sweetest and we love him so much! You can find more photos of Kobe on his Instagram page.

How it started and how’s it going

View my Linkedin profile to learn more about my career path,

It has been an interesting ride for me! I was an assistant animator after university then teacher/trainer, desktop publisher, graphic designer, operations people manager, digital designer, UX/UI designer, WordPress developer. 

Monica Calderon designer burnaby


My pronouns are she/her. My family is my priority. Next to my husband, my nieces and nephew are my favourite people. I like keeping it clean and simple.

Jul 27, 2008

Hello Canada!

Moved to Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. It’s been 14 years and every year we take a look back how it was for us when we landed.

Jul 27, 2008
Oct 1, 2008

So that’s FinTech

Started working with a Canadian FinTech (financial technology) company, Davis + Henderson.  Stayed for 8 years working from data entry/customer service role and finished my stay in operations management.

Oct 1, 2008
Sep 1, 2009

Back to school

My role in fintech involved working with the tech team. That made me discover I actually liked tech stuff. I decided to enrol in BCIT Web Technologies.

Sep 1, 2009
Dec 1, 2010

Business Launch

After finishing BCIT, I worked on my portfolio then started my business Monica Calderon Design. Registered and filed a municipal license with Burnaby to operate.

Dec 1, 2010

Some kind words from collaborators

I so appreciate her graphic design abilities, WordPress understanding, work ethic, ability to prioritize and be a team player in this crazy non-9-5 world. Monica always lets me know when she will be working on something (yes, it has been many times on weekends and evenings as she was freelancing while also working for others) and when I can expect revisions. Very committed to the team.
Lara Spence
Lara Spence Web Design and Business Writing (via Linkedin)
“Working with Monica Calderon was an absolute dream. She conducted the full website host changeover as well as the redesign of the new ROOM Magazine website. Not only did she create the redesign according to our organization’s specific brief, but she also suggested elements and systems that would make our website easier to navigate and more professionally sound. Monica is expansive in her knowledge, hard in her work ethic, and generous with her expertise.”
Jessica Johns
Managing Editor, ROOM Magazine
“I have worked with Monica in planning and implementing my website and I find her a very reliable and effective team player which could be an asset to any organization.”
Ted Alcuitas
Publisher & Editor, philippinecanadiannews.com
“Monica’s winning combination of solid graphic design experience and creativity make her a truly innovative and efficient (fast!) designer. She is easy to communicate with, flexible, and just an all-around good person to be around, which makes working with her a pleasure. Her understanding of different formats and tools, on and offline, make her an ideal candidate for a wide variety of projects.”
Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson Writing Courses
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