From wireframes and story boards, project scopes and scripts,
I translate the words to art, and help designs that need a fix.
Art rendering of a message or a lesson to be learned,
Creativity is called again, and a buck or two is earned.
This is not just production born off a suburban street,
It’s talent I bring to the firm where design and learning meet.
With many to be served and deadlines all the time,
I’ll develop and design to assist the viewer’s mind.
To engage a target audience and support the learning cause,
to be the quiet reason why others get applause.
I enjoy my work and place among talented peers,
And keeping clients dazzled, creating corporate cheers.
The office and the furniture looks nice and smells new,
Excuse me while I get back to that project being done for you.
And I can be the reason why someone makes the choice,
to prepare another workstation for a new creative voice.
Frequent additions to skillset
It’s enjoyable to spend a part of each day learning something new or putting some new methods into practice . Any topic titles that I jump into are mostly about visual design and development.
For 32 of 52 weeks this year I have studied formally, in Certificate Programs offered by well-known U.S. colleges.
Media and technology
University of San Francisco, 2013
Integrated Online Strategies
This is an 8-week class on internet marketing. It covered strategies that support website design and planning, development, promotion, search engine optimizing and rankings, G+ratings, measuring tools for data collection and other analytics.
Villanova University, June 2014
Strategic Organizational Leadership
Do any choleric personality types ever get enough training and resources?
The classes required for this Master certificate were based on lots of self analysis, while taking these classes.
- Strategic Organizational Leadership
- Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager
- Maximizing Team Effectiveness
Mac and Windows
Both the Mac and Windows work environments are known and loved. Each day I jump back and forth between the MacBook Pro and the Toshiba laptops, the Apple and android mobile devices, and a Dell and iMac desktop.
- Explosion of color on the viewport
- Clarity of the icons and display
- Illumination under keyboard
- Viewport navigation
- No perfect location for docking the programs bar
- The absence of a BACKSPACE key
- Even the cords are wicked expensive
- The Windows Explorer ease of use (file management)
- User control panel settings ease of use
- Overall more intuitive user interface
- Windows 8
- Window navigation
- Too many unnecessary apps with install
- Has really kept me from using the Toshiba at times
Overdue iMac purchase
It has finally been done. Another workstation at the place, but the workstation that I’ve wondered about. “Would I ever be able to afford one of those large-view Mac displays?”
I’m happy to have received a great deal from work friend, Chris. It’s a 2007 iMac running the same Snow leopard OS, but still upgradable. This computer will serve well, with the ability to browse, manage files, play games, watch dvds and draw with the tablet.
Extra peripherals for this thing include an external hard drive at 1.5TB, a connecting DVD drive by USB and a sleeker mouse from Apple’s selection.
Event logo design
A project for Gang Green Productions, this art was an event logo to announce the birth of Salt Lake City Nerd, news and events in the nerd and geek culture.
There was a horizontal version, too. Vacant space within the borders of the state wasoo vacant, the mouth had to be added with Lake Powell and Colorado River.
A one-color version was better, I thought. Young designers beware of the confounded coincidence of clients choosing the design you like the least. I love the mouth’s expression caught with a pretty accurate depiction of a lake in the southern region of the state. A funny and nerdy mouth shape forms in just the right spot.
Responsibilities for six years at a web solutions company revolved around interactive learning in the form of:
- Illustration, course content design and production
- Intro movies
- lesson transitions
- Graphic user interface design/GUI
- Activities, quizzes, and assessments
- File testing, optimization and conversion
Animated ads and calls to action
A ball icon was created with treatment for each retail season and holiday.
View the full seasonal collection here
Social media brainstorm
In 2010, supplied ideas for a twitter-based logo and icon. This required the use of an email account to set up a mock presence of the company on twitter. A testing ground for viewing the appearance of the main elements: a custom-made background, the logo, an icon to use is at twitter.com/lrnsmthng
Special events: live entertainment with cartoon quick sketches and caricatures
People love to get a cartoon version of themselves. If you are planning an event, consider this unique and entertaining service. Events I have attended to provide quick sketches from seated subjects are parades, graduations, tailgate parties, office parties, birthday parties, grand opening celebrations, and fun community events.
Cartoon sample in black and white
Sometimes black and white works well. This was created with a marker and scanned into Photoshop for some value on cheeks and eyes.
Four areas of designer strength include:
- Art direction, consultation, collaboration, project leading, client relations
- Graphic design, web and print asset creation, desktop and web publishing
- Animation and interactivity, movie development, e-learning
- Art and illustration, some creative writing
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