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Hello, my name is Jason P. and I am a Graphic Designer. I have worked for the Visual Information Department at the Naval War College for the last 13 years.
I graduated from the College of Charleston, SC in 1993 with a BA in Studio Art and immediately started applying my art education in a commercial arts career. One of my first jobs was working in a sign shop. This is where I started really using computer graphics as a medium and I quickly realized that while my studio art degree gave me a solid foundation, I needed to learn the design programs. It was at this job that I learned the ins and outs of Corel draw; our plotters worked off of this Vector based program.
I then took a job at Newport this Week, starting off as an ad/layout designer, and worked my way up to manage the Production/layout department. I took a wax paste-up production process (that saw the output to as camera ready art work that had to be physically driven to the printing press) to a production process that utilized Photoshop, PageMaker and Illustrator. NTW now had a linked packaged document that we were able to ftp to the printing press, thus saving time, money and materials and shrinking our waste foot print, while having a superior end product as well.
It was during my time at Newport this Week that I started taking classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). At first it was to master design programs but as I progressed in my career I started to take more design principle oriented classes. Eight classes later, and while working for my current employment at the Naval War College, I enrolled in the Certificate Program and worked the program guide lines to graduate in the Spring of 2012 with a Certificate from RISD in Graphic Design.
My first job at the Naval War College was a Technical Illustrator. I used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop daily in the creation of diagrams, graphs and other images to be used in flight manuals, safety documents and other US Naval Tactical Publications. This job was tedious but I really learned how to best utilize the Adobe Sweet to get a stimulating product.
I transitioned from a Technical Illustrator into a Visual Information Specialist and began working in a more agency like design studio working environment. More emphasis was put on concept and design, then just meeting visual goal. The scope of work was more print design in our end products. I use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop daily in the creation of books, logos, identity systems, maps, graphs and other design elements in order to bring a cohesive first class look and feel to an internationally renowned center for naval education and research; where our visual delivery is what people see first. As a Senior Designer I take part in the mentoring and instruction of summer hires and college interns in our Department as they try on a graphic Design career for a work study period of time.
I feel my attention to detail and varied work experience along with my complete knowledge and understanding of the current Adobe CS suite make me an excellent choice for your learning and tutoring needs. Being a father of two, I am used to the patience required when teaching and leading a student through a mental stumbling block when learning a new or different educational concept. Whether it be for a refresher in skills not used lately, or teaching what’s new in the design programs, or how to properly build and execute a design file from creation to end product, I can guide you and help you understand why and how the programs work and coexist.
I use Illustrator Daily in my full time job. I can get you on the right path both learning the functions and commands of the program, and how to utilize and set up what you create for various forms of output such as printing or using as a linked file in other programs. I utilize solid Design Principles taught to me in the Graphic Design Certificate program at RISD. I use this program to create all my vector based files, and understand what a printer of service provider is looking for and can teach these nuances completely.
I having been using Indesign for 10 plus years and used Pagemaker and Quark before that. I understand and use the programs full abilities that make it the industry standard in my daily work. I can teach things like Master pages, templates guides, grids, Character and Paragraph Styles, Linking and packaging documents. I have a solid foundation of Design Principles to instruct good layout and design
I can teach you what layers, masks, the clone tool and .png mean to your images and how it all works to make you images work at the best possible clarity for multitude of image deliverable formats.
You will learn what a pixel is when to use levels vs. curves, to edit an image and how to take images in order to get the best results. Photoshop is a powerful tool, one that I use everyday in my graphic design occupation. I feel with using it daily for nearly 20 years I can offer you excellent insight into this design program.
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