University of Wisconsin, Stout
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (MEd)
I have been in the printing and publishing business for most of my adult life. I have taught adults in a public college classroom setting as well as private training sessions for business. I know Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher). I do not claim to be an absolute expert in any of the aforementioned software applications, but if you want to learn the basic foundational techniques to help you get off the ground, I would be very happy to meet with you.
I also know basic math very well, especially decimals, fractions, and reading a ruler which is critical for doing proper document construction, page layout, resizing images, and other graphics-related tasks. I am very patient.
If you like to sing and have a guitar laying around gathering dust, I can also teach you some basics techniques, i.e. tuning, chords, and strumming patterns, etc. to help accompany your singing. I cannot teach you how to read music. I have been in the printing and publishing business for most of my adult life. I have taught adults in a public college classroom setting as well as private training sessions for business. I know Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher). I do not claim to be
I have used InDesign for the past 9 years as my preferred method for page layout. As a prepress technician and preflighter/preparer of customer files, InDesign was the primary application used by graphic designers to create submitted files. Also I trained temporary staff on the basics of document pagination using InDesign.
Today's desktop publishing software and related technologies, i.e. digital photography, scanners and printers, enable the lay person to produce colorful posters, flyers, brochures, etc. in the comfort of their own home. I have an excellent working knowledge of the tasks needed to produce quality digital documents using Adobe CS, MS Word or Publisher. As a former college Graphic Arts instructor, I taught many young and older adults the finer points of typography, page layout and digital imaging. I can teach you the necessary skills to create digital documents, too.
I have been singing and playing the acoustic guitar since I was 12 years old. Over the years, singing and playing has provided me with many hours of enjoyment, either playing solo or in an ensemble. I particularly enjoy country, folk, bluegrass, old-time traditional, and Celtic music and songs. I am by no means a virtuoso, but, if you can sing and have an acoustic guitar laying around the house gathering dust, I can show some basic chords and rhythm techniques to accompany yourself.
In the late 1980's, the printing industry embraced the Apple Macintosh platform as the primary technology to assembly pages electronically. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the Macintosh is typically user-friendly and very intuitive, making it a "what you see is what you get" method of previewing the composed page before it is proofed and printed...this revolutionized the printing industry. To this day, although MS Windows is also used to accommodate cross-platform capability, Macintosh is still preferred by most printing companies. Because of my time spent in the printing industry, I prefer Mac and use it at home for my own graphic creations.
Although it is not the preferred page layout application used by graphic designers, MS Publisher files are sometimes created by lay people who want to use something that's a little more sophisticated than MS Word. It's "printer-friendly" meaning it can support CMYK and spot color assignments and separations, as well as multiple pages for book pagination. As a prepress technician, I frequently would receive a Publisher file now and then that required preflighting, manipulation, and processing for high-end commercial output.
Microsoft Windows is the preferred platform for most of the world's populace, no matter what the task. Networking Windows machines is virtually fool-proof, but a desktop work-station tends to be more inclined to accepting and harboring viruses and being more "buggy" than it's competitor, Macintosh. Regardless, it's relatively low cost, even installed on laptops, makes it widely accepted as the primary platform for surfing the Internet and other web-based applications.
Photography has been a hobby of mine since I was a kid when an aunt gave me a camera, and since I have gone through a number of cameras...conventional film and digital...35mm to 4x5 view. At one point in my life wanted to be a photographer, so I earned an Art degree with emphasis in photography, and have had past jobs as a newspaper photographer, lab technician, and photographer's assistant shooting weddings and portraits. Presently, I still shoot for my own pleasure and use a digital camera, but apply film speed, shutter speed, aperture settings, depth of field, and composition techniques to fine tune my exposures.