I initially learned graphic design as a means to present my ideas on rhythm and drumming in the form of a self published book back in the early late 1980s. Upon moving to New York City in 1989, I found that these skill were in high demand, and for several years, while I worked to establish myself as a bandleader, I also freelanced as a graphic designer. In the process I developed additional skills designing books, ads, web sites, and presentations using software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and PowerPoint.
While, I've been involved in web design since the 1990s, I now work with the current state-of-the-art web design software Adobe Muse. My most recently designed site, “New York Jazz Bands,” was featured on the official Adobe Muse website as Site of the Day (March 1, 2017).
My print work started with designing and self-publishing my own book in the 1980s; since then I've designed books for Prentice Hall, and ads and brochures for many companies.
When I earned a large part of my living temping in NYC back in the 1990s, I became pigeon-holed by my employers as a presentation specialist, as I was one of the few designers who understood and was willing to work with PowerPoint, and could create presentations using proper typography combined with assets created in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are the designer's tools of the trade; I became an Adobe Certified Expert in both back in the late 1990s and have further developed my skill levels since.
Animation has always been a part of video editing, web and DVD design. My animation skills began in Adobe Flash, and have continued through Adobe After Effects (video) and Adobe Music and Adobe Edge Animate (web).