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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, June 2014
Strategic Organizational Leadership

24 weeks consisting of three 8-week independent classes. If all taken, as in this case, one earns a Master Certificate, which means I’m that much closer to ruling the world.

 

 

 

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UNIVERSITY of SAN FRANCISCO, 2013
Integrated Online Strategies

This was an 8-week online class that led me through stages of website development and various tools and systems that support its promotion and appeal and help you achieve your cause. From establishing a goal for the website or message, to creating a presence and competing for ratings and measuring the site’s analytics. Good course.

 

I have been filling notebooks up with juicy nuggets of knowledge.

There are live lectures and recorded ones you listen to at your leisure. The online exams were not too stressful, either.  The learning is relevant to tasks I perform today and the ones I will be responsible for tomorrow. 

 

 

 

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Dual platform: Mac and Windows

I won’t geek out and describe systems and versions too much, but both Mac and Windows work environments are known and loved.  
Each day at work, I jump back and forth between the MacBook Pro and the Toshiba laptops,  as well as a Dell and iMac desktops. 
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MAC FAVORITES

  • Explosion of color on the viewport,
  • Clarity of display
  • light under the keyboard
  • Customization

MAC FRUSTRATIONS

  • Viewports/open screens: where and what and how to get to them: easily
  • It may be beautiful, adorned with all of my favorite applications, but there is no perfect location for docking the programs bar
  • The absence of a Backspace key
  • Expensive peripherals
  • File management within the Finder windows and the lack of “Copy” functionality on right-click

 

WINDOWS FAVORITES

  • Intuitive user interface
  • The Windows Explorer ease of use for file management
  • User control panel settings ease of use

 

WINDOWS FRUSTRATIONS

  • Windows 8
  • Work window retrieval difficulty
  • Too many unnecessary apps with install
  • Classic view?

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Volunteer paint job


gator statue repainted
Even though it was a gator and not a Seminole, my kids helped out with a volunteer job to transform a friend’s garden statue.  He’s had it for years at the entrance to his Tampa home.

We had fun repainting it for a couple of hours, attacking it at the same time with our own brushes and colors.   It was a chipped up mess-of-a statue but now the gator has another decade of looking great!

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overdue iMac purchase


2007 imac with 24in monitor
It has finally been done. I’m happy to have the nice display of an Apple monitor. It’s a 2007 iMac running the same Snow leopard OS, but still upgradable to the current for a good deal. This computer will serve well, with the ability to browse, manage files, play games, watch dvds and stuff.

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.

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remote service, as usual

Logo design for Gang Green Productions in SLC

Nerd & Geek Culture

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.

 

logo in development: water or not? Horizontal or not? lowercase or not?

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online learning developer

Training & Education Support

 

Products courses (3 of numerous)

Flash production with d&d for online corporate university content like:

  • Course openers
  • Lesson transitions
  • Content production
  • Activities, quizzes, self-checks and assessments
  • File optimization and conversion

Suggestive Selling , Shoplifting

 

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.

 

   

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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

In-house Illustrator

Rendering of sophisticated illustrations and creating casual cartoon characters.
Coronary
arteries line-art was brought to life with some time in Photoshop. arteries

 

 

 

 

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cartoon portraits and scenes

Spcial events: live service cartoon quick sketches and caricatures

People love their custom cartoons. They’re great for display at events or as party gifts themselves.

party-couple

 

 

The Public Address Band

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.

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view production samples

Four areas of designer strength include:

  1. Online media design and development
  2. Animated or multimedia production
  3. Print and web graphic design and the ability to translate written data into engaging and appealing visual information
  4. Original art and illustration support

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