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David S.

Middletown, OH

$50/hour

Creative, Designer, and Lifelong Mac User

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Ball State University
Graphic Design

Education

Ball State University (Graphic Design)

About David

Hello! My name is David and I have almost 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing, creative, training, and higher education industries working as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, photographer, videographer, audio producer, and pre-press and print production technician, as well as doing Macintosh hardware and software tech support for all the companies I've worked for, as well as on a freelance basis.

I'm a techno-geek, and admitted Mac zealot who met his first Mac in 1988 and never looked back. I went to college just as the Mac was being integrated into the desktop publishing world, and taught myself everything I could about them out of necessity, as there were no instructors with experience at the time. They were gaining their experience at the same time we were! As a result, I became the in-house Mac tech for my professors, and have maintained that role (out of need and as a matter of cost-saving) at every employer I've worked for.

I'm not your traditional tutor - I believe the best learning is done visually and hands-on. I try to simplify processes as much as possible, and give you online resources that can assist and reinforce what you learn.

I have experience with just about anything Mac-related - including Mac hardware and Mac OS troubleshooting, upgrades, peripheral setup, and more. The bulk of my experience is with the products of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Audition, etc.) - but I also have experience with Apple apps (iPhoto/Photos, Final Cut, etc.), and the Microsoft Office.

I have a BFA in graphic design. I wouldn't say I'm in any way an "art teacher" - but I know design and can teach you the nuances of good design, photography, typography, and more.

If you use a Mac for graphic design, desktop publishing, or pretty much anything else - there's not much I don't know through first-hand experience. I can help you from doing the most basic operations day to day tasks on your Mac, all the way to teaching you how to setup files for pre-press production or editing audio and video. If I don't think I can help you, I'll tell you up front that you're swimming out of my lane. Feel free to contact me for more information and let me see if I can help you.
Hello! My name is David and I have almost 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing, creative, training, and higher education industries working as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, photographer, videographer, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Middletown, OH 45044
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design, Macintosh

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Macintosh

I have been using Macintosh computers since 1988. I was fortunate to have access to one of the first Macintosh computer labs at Ball State University, then studying in the Journalism department learning desktop publishing. I later switched to a design major through the Fine Arts department, and took a job in our Fine Arts Computer lab, which was (at the time), THE state of the art in Mac graphics capabilities. Through supporting students of varying competencies as well as working along side Apple certified networking and hardware technicians in that position, I learned a great deal about software, hardware, and network troubleshooting. When I graduated and entered the workforce, many agencies and design firms were just starting to incorporate Macs into their production environments as they were still quite expensive. As I'd learned in college how to design and produce graphics on Mac systems, they were able to utilize my experience and skills to advance their capabilities quickly at significant cost savings. In addition, my ability to provide software and hardware technical support for the other employees and the company as a whole provided an additional significant cost savings. As I gained more experience with different office setups, I was able to transfer that knowledge to provide support for other graphics and ad agencies on a freelance basis, which I've done now for over 20 years. And simply by working in advertising and marketing, in small business and corporate environments, in government and higher education, and in print shop production environments, I've been able to assemble a wide variety of Macintosh production environment experiences first-hand. This is not book-learning - it's actual hands-on, practical application experience. How they actually work, vs. how a manual says they should.

Ball State University
Graphic Design

Education

Ball State University (Graphic Design)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 30 miles of Middletown, OH 45044.