Much of my work over the years has been as a consultant on projects belonging to others. In addition, much of my expertise is not immediately visible, as it entails productivity enhancements in the templates and files themselves, while the general appearance may remain generally unchanged. It is not uncommon for me to spend several hours revising a template for a client only to return a file to them that looks pretty much the same—but because of the implementation of styles and other automation it works so much better.
The purpose of this portfolio is to not only highlight examples of my design work, but also to demonstrate my expertise in frequently requested training/consulting topics. To this end, I’ve arranged the portfolio into categories based on project type.
Designing Simultaneously for Print & eBook Publishing
With the increasing popularity of eBook reader devices, publishers must now grapple with not only getting books to look good in print, but also work well as an eBook. While PDFs preserve the page layout exactly as it appears in print, they are not suitable for eBook readers with small screens. InDesign can export to the popular EPUB format, but getting the result to look and function well requires a lot of work in InDesign as well as in the exported EPUB itself prior to publication. And if you want your eBook to work on the popular Kindle device, it must also be converted to the .Mobi format. When I design a book, I design it to work best not only for print but also for EPUB and .Mobi formats.
Please note that in order to view this EPUB you'll need an eBook reader device or application on your computer. For your computer, I'd recommend Calibre, a free application for Mac or Windows.
InDesign offers various methods for importing data, including XML and DataMerge, as well as numerous third-party plugins.
Creating Interactive Flash & interactive PDF content from InDesign
Each new version of Indesign offers more tools for developing media rich interactive online content. The advantage of working in InDesign is that you can take content designed for print and add interactive elements to it for online use.
Click the thumbnail to view excerpts of the interactive version of the book. Please note that most of they hyperlinks in this excerpt are intended for display purposes only and will not function properly because they refer to content only available in the full version.
WordPress has become the content management system (CMS) of choice for many small business websites, and it is what I now use for most web design projects, including www.CreativeProgression.com. I get behind the UI and customize the selected theme to do exactly what the customer and I have in mind. Then the customer is able to have access to edit the content at their convenience, and involve me as needed to make more complex changes.
I’ve written and designed a number of PDF handouts and tutorial files for my students over the years. I’ve selected a couple of the more design-intensive pieces below; a more complete list appears on the Free Downloads page.