In various projects, I have found occasion to flex
my graphic design muscles. My desktop publishing skills
demonstrate the breadth of my skill set and complement
my writing and editing abilities. You will require Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view several of these documents. To
install this program, go to www.adobe.com.
- At Cape
Clear Software, I customized IBM Toot-O-Matic
to generate branded online tutorials. I worked with
several XML-based technologies like XSLT, XML schemas
and Document Type Definitions (DTDs) to tweak this
command-line tool's output to match our Web site.
I also wrote the content for this tutorial.
- For both aesthetic and functional reasons, I re-designed
technical bulletin template. Compared to the old
style I inherited, the new
look feels more contemporary and more accurately
reflects the company's current style. More importantly,
users had reported that the large graphics on every
page slowed printing.
- When I joined MPS, the release notes that we distributed
were in the traditional but difficult-to-read text-only
format. When Internet Explorer became a minimum
requirement for our products, I jumped at the chance
to upgrade our "readme" and installation
notes to HTML
format. The new format not only organizes the
information better, but uses DTP principles of colour
and font style to emphasize the most important information.
- After collaborating with a skilled illustrator (Darren
Bockman at Fore
Media) to create an appropriate source image,
I modified the drawing in PhotoShop 6.0 to create
enough white space for the text in this
poster (this PDF is 1.6 MB) for Science and
Madness, a play that my theatre company produced.
Similarly, I let the striking image in this
poster do the work for me.
- In my experience, a strong visual image goes a long
way to effective graphic design. In this ad
for the Vancouver Sun newspaper, I choose to emphasize
the photograph to help sell the production.
- I created several logos for a new group at
Cape Clear Software. The group did application integration,
and wanted an abstract logo that reflected their role.
They eventually choose the bridge, which I created
- After naming our theatre company "Epicentre
Theatre", we needed a logo. We wanted something
both suggestive of the tremors of an earthquake and
indicative of our theatrical style--sharp and stylish.
The resulting logo, created in Adobe Illustrator,
proved both flexible and memorable.