So what do you do for a living? Glad you asked. I do a few things, actually. For the past ten years I've managed to make my living as an independent graphic designer, author, and educator.
Educator of what, exactly? I'm an instructor of professional and consumer-level graphic design software (cross-platform), including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Muse, InDesign, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, and various other font management tools. I consider myself a designer first and foremost, but I also enjoy sharing my design techniques via training. Some might say I'm an expert, but I don't believe in experts. Nobody knows everything there is to know (except God).
And what did you do before that? I served as senior designer at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) for several years, and created layouts and designs for many successful software training books, videos, and magazines.
So what books did you write? I am the author of Muse on Demand, My Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Lightroom On Demand, Using InDesign CS5, Mastering Photoshop CS3 for Print Design and Production, InDesign CS2 at Your Fingertips, The InDesign Effects Book, and Combining Images with Photoshop Elements: Selecting, Layering, Masking, and Compositing. I was also on the co-author team for Real World QuarkXPress 7.
What else have you written? I have contributed articles and blogs to the following websites and publications: InDesignsecrets.com, Creativepro.com, the QuarkXtra newsletter, InformIT.com, Photoshop User magazine, and InDesign Magazine.
Have you filmed any training videos? Yes. In fact, I am the author of several graphics software video training titles available on CD-ROM and through online training libraries at Lynda.com and through Video2Brain. Some of my training video topics include Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 9, Photoshop CS3 for Designers, Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac, Bridge CS3, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, Quark Interactive Designer, Microsoft Expression Design, and Font Management.
What about seminars and conferences? Yes! Over the years, I have taught at many of the Mogo-Media seminars and conferences. I've also taught at PhotoshopWorld.
Have you ever done any in-house consulting? Yes, I've provided in-house software training and consulting for a number of large companies, including Raymond James Financial, Florida Trend Magazine, The Tampa Bay Business Journal, AAA Auto Club South, and Wel-co Diamond Corp.
How long have you been a graphic designer? I've been a graphic designer now for more than fifteen years. Desktop publishing was relatively new when I got started, and the web was in its infancy. I remember when print publishers were still using film. During my college years, I even worked part-time as a "paste-up artist," (now a thing of the past) using a stat camera, an x-acto knife, and hot wax! I've lived through a lot of changes in this industry.
Where has some of your design work been featured? My designs and illustrations have been used in several national newsstand and trade magazines, such as Photoshop User, Mac Design (now called Layers), Nikon’s Capture User, Great Output, Interiorscape, Garden Chic, Nursery Retailer, AAA Going Places, and Florida Trend.
What other types of graphic design work have you done? As a professional designer, I've used a variety of graphics software applications to create layouts for magazines, books, and various advertising and marketing materials, including brochures, product packaging, posters and signs, and interactive PDFs.
Where are you located? I'm a Chicago native (born a hopeless Cubs fan) and a Columbia College Chicago alumnus. In 1994, I relocated to the Tampa Bay area in Florida, where I currently reside with my wife, Jill, and our two sons, Enzo and Rocco.