I've been a print designer since 1989 and a web designer since 1995. I began as a traditional cut-and-paste designer, working for a swimwear manufacturer in Los Angeles. I started out by putting their catalog together and getting it press-ready, then moved on to design, lay out, edit and write their in-house swimwear magazine.
After almost three years, I went out on my own as a contract/freelance print designer. I really enjoy working for myself, but consider myself lucky to have had long-term contracts with some really great teams of people.
In 1995 I taught myself HTML, then later CSS. Since then I've also learned liquid and PHP and work with SQL databases. I hand-code using BBEdit and love coding as much as I love design. I currently specialize in developing WordPress themes and plugins from scratch, and developing in liquid for Shopify.
In addition to design, database and web development, I've written and edited for a number of publications and projects.
I moved back to Canada after twenty-one years in the US, but I'm a dual citizen, and able to work for both Canadian and American clients.
Clients have included: AIDS/LifeCycle, Blue Cross of California, CIGNA HealthCare, The City of Los Angeles, The City of West Hollywood, FHP, Fostex, HealthNet, Hyatt, Ingram Micro, Investor's Business Daily, Kaiser Permanente, The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, PacifiCare, Prudential, Saatchi & Saatchi, Secure Horizons, SEIU, The Sundance Channel, Toyota, UCLA, Union Bank of California, Vans, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers.
Software: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, BBEdit, Fetch and MS Office, on both Mac and PC platforms.
Skills: Print design and layout—brochure, posters, billboards, newspaper and magazine ads, business cards, letterhead, corporate identity package; logo design; image research and sourcing; retouching; color correction; digital image manipulation; typesetting; document [short and long] template and stylesheet creation; hand-code HTML/CSS; WordPress PHP/HTML/CSS theme development—customize existing and code from scratch.
29 years of experience with print design, SWOP, pre-press and digital output, and almost 23 years’ web design and development experience.