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Introduction to Adobe InDesign CS5

My teaching assignments with the University of Washington and Everett Community College allowed me to assemble several of my lesson plans into an InDesign primer, targeted at users new to the InDesign product. Constantly in development, the book encompasses lessons to get users working as quickly as possible (a similar goal to that my courses).

Everett & Monte Cristo Railway interior book design and production

This project is representative of several book design and production projects I executed for Oso Publishing Co. The publisher’s product line at the time was focused on hardcover books dealing with topics of Pacific Northwest history; most specifically in the logging railroad industry. All of these projects—and the Everett & Monte Cristo book was no […]

Technical Illustrations: Everett & Monte Cristo Railway

The following illustrations were executed in Adobe Illustrator for the book, The Everett & Monte Cristo Railway. The book details the establishment, and ultimate demise, of the logging and tourist railroad that operated between Everett, Washington and Monte Cristo, Washington. See also the interior and cover layouts for this project.

Knockspell Magazine interior design and layout

Design and production for the interior layout of Knockspell Magazine; a quarterly publication of gaming topics and interests.  

Comic Color from hand-drawn original images

In the following images, I art directed the illustrators of the individual black-and-white comps, and applied color to each using Photoshop. In all pieces, the illustrator’s original is shown on the left, and the final colored image is on the right. Pelican Bay (above):  Instruction given to illustrator was to create a bustling village thoroughfare […]

Knockspell Magazine cover and masthead design

This magazine project featured several deliverables; Cover design and production; the periodical features a piece of original art on each issue. The piece shown here was contracted by me, and under my art direction. The illustrator provided the scanned line art, and I applied the coloring in Photoshop. Masthead design; I designed the masthead was […]

Sustainable Façades interior book design and layout

Developed design for interior book layout, and executed on production. Green, gray, and orange colors used in layout are from the authoring team’s required identity program.  

Data Points interior book design and layout

Developed design for interior book layout, and executed on production.  

Production-only book layout projects

Prouction-only projects: The following list represents projects I executed in which my role was as production lead. Many of these projects also involved the conversion of the print product into ebooks. All projects required post-production conversion into Microsoft Word. All layouts were completed using Adobe InDesign. Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Quick-Reference […]

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