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Janine Vangool

Janine Vangool

UPPERCASE Publishing Inc

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Janine's work combines: Entrepreneurship, Design, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Publisher / editor / designer

I create magazines and books inspired by art, design and craft.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Certification

    Secondary Diploma Program

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High School

Bachelor's Degree: Design and Visual Communications, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Loved handmaking books when I was a child.

  • 2.

    Was the highschool year book editor and discovered graphic design.

  • 3.

    Went to art college to study visual communications.

  • 4.

    Graduated and worked in a boring design "day job" for a few months.

  • 5.

    Set out on my own to start a freelance design business.

  • 6.

    Opened a gallery and shop celebrating design and began to create my own products.

  • 7.

    Launched UPPERCASE magazine and found my niche.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    You have good grades so you should be in sciences or education. You should go to University because you have good grades and that is what is expected.

  • How I responded:

    The good grades I got in school showed I had dedication and work ethic. I could apply those attributes to any field, even if pursuing art and design wasn't the expected path. I followed my own interests and passions and didn't pay attention to what others told me.