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Archive for April, 2013

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 […]

In the Halls of the Mage-King ebook conversion

Ebook conversions for print-on-demand product entitled In the Halls of the Mage-King. Exported from InDesign as EPUB, Sigil was used to clean up the XHTML files. Preview shown below is from Adobe Digital Editions. When creating the *.epub files, I also build *.mobi files for use on Kindle and other portable devices.  

OSRIC game manual design and production for A5 trim

Interior layout design and production of A5 trim size of game manual. Also created PDF and ebook formats for electronic deliveries. Layout is narrative- and table-heavy, so rigorous control of style use and implementation were required in order to optimize the ebook conversion process from InDesign was of utmost importance.  

Usherwood Publishing product line interior design and production template

Interior design and production template in Adobe InDesign CS5. This design is implemented across all of the publisher’s products. The print production template is optimized for a print-on-demand workflow, and is also set-up for streamlined ebook conversion workflow.  

Plain & Simple interior book design

Design and template maintenance for product series entitled Plain & Simple. Designed for the beginner end-user. Design goal was to present each task in a specified application (i.e., linking to an external source file) in a colorful, engaging layout. Task would need to be presented on a single page, or single spread. The recto bleed […]

BizTalk HotRod internal corporate news letter

Design and production of internally-distributed corporate newsletter. Assignment also required development of newsletter masthead, and InDesign production templates.  

Missing Missy

So, okay, if you’re a designer, you have probably already seen this one, but I still think it is one of the most hysterical indictments of the field of graphic design out there. Why? Because I am as guilty of doing what this mythical designer perpetrated as anyone else. Please, don’t make me give up […]

So, you’re looking at a career in graphic design? You better be prepared to do it for the love of the profession.

So, in 1986 I graduated from Woodbury University, then located in downtown Los Angeles (the campus has since relocated to new digs in Burbank), with a Bachelor’s of Science in graphic design. Back at that time, the tools of the trade were non-repro blue pencils, X-acto knives, and rubber cement. My first job out of […]

Translucent Dice illustration

Executed in Adobe Illustrator, set of five translucent dice.  

XNA Game Studio magazine article

Design and layout for Game Developer Magazine article.  

Musings from a work-a-day graphic designer