I am set to become an old men of the internet. I was an early adopter and as such I have seen many changes, and built design through all of them. I have seen the ‘wild west’ of the early days, where experimentation and freedom of expression ran rampant, be replaced by commercialism in many cases leading to a b… Read More
I am set to become an old men of the internet. I was an early adopter and as such I have seen many changes, and built design through all of them. I have seen the ‘wild west’ of the early days, where experimentation and freedom of expression ran rampant, be replaced by commercialism in many cases leading to a banality of substance. Many things did need to change from the early days however, usability for one, and design was in most cases lacking, which is where I came in. I have produced hundreds of websites for companies and clients over the years. At the moment I contract to a University. The department I work with has ambitions and require solutions that unshackle them from the restrictions of the institution. Thus I have delivered for them hem an independent portal. And a branding exercise was undertaken. As of today their site lists in the top 3 search results on google, and all the key players in the project have administrative rights. I’m all for empowering, rather then con-straining people with net resourses. I have a departmental website under-way for this client as well. Again hosted independently, and again delivering the tools they need to project their intention independent from the constraints of the institution. I guess I’m a bit of a rebel like that.
I have been an illustrator for around 30 years. Don’t ask how old that makes me. I began working with ink to produce art when I was a graphic design student back in the day. At the time I could not afford oil paints, and the rotring range of rapidograph and sketch pens were being promoted to us the students. I loved Rotring and the way that their ink would sit on a nice high gram, acid free paper with a slight sheen remaining after drying from shellac carried with the ink. I was then prolific with it producing a massive body of work. My favourite tool being the rapidograph 0.35 (used to make bespoke fine art) and the Rotring sketch pen (used to draw, and draw.. and draw) which I took on the road with me everywhere I went. Over the period of the 90’s I exhibited constantly from Christchurch (in the south island of New Zealand) to Auckland (in the north island of New Zealand). During this period I met a friend and mentor who introduced me to Wacom products. I now use a Wacom Intuos 2, 24x24 tablet to produce my illustration, I recommend it. I do my drawing in Adobe Photoshop, but my primary focus remains Adobe Illustrator which I am gradually using more and more exclusively. I recommend the Phantasim CS Plug in for illustrator made by Astutegraphics. It adds vital tools like levels, hue and saturation, invert, etc. Illustrator, magic. This year I would very much like to purchase a Wacom Cintiq 12x12. If I manage to acquire this item I suspect that I will be on it all the time. I have coveted a Cintiq for some time now.
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