For the past several years I have been working as a freelance Senior Production Artist, for a variety of agencies including Watt International and Cossette, as well as designing and building websites for a number of clients. Prior to that I was Operations & Studio Director for one of the largest Toronto agencies, and before that I was the pre-press manager for a large printing company in Toronto. I have extensive experience in both agencies and pre-press, and have an extremely comprehensive knowledge of all facets of both.
In 1990 I started one of the first Macintosh departments in a pre-press operation, using Macintosh computers in place of expensive traditional high-end equipment to produce files, and was an integral part in the growth and development of desktop computer and network applications in this area. Since then I have kept myself apprised of the latest computer technologies that can be utilized to increase productivity and quality, as well as learning new skills as the Internet started to take over from conventional marketing channels.
With the decline of pre-press in the late 90's, and agencies wanting to provide more in-house services such as retouching and the production of final, press-ready files, my experience provided me with added insight into the requirements for the production of press ready files and was also a natural fit.
As Operations & Studio Director, I implemented many processes to leverage and automate existing systems and workflows utilizing XML technology. I am trained on, and have administered a Xinet FullPress and WebNative/Portal DAM system for 6 years, and am comfortable with all major desktop applications. I also administered a PitStop, Dalim Dialogue and FTP server, and possess a good working knowledge of systems, networks and UNIX.
I have expanded my knowledge to include basic HTML5 and CSS3. I have set up several websites utilizing OpenSource CMS systems such as Joomla and WordPress, including a divisional Intranet used amongst other things as an online reference manual for process, workflows, troubleshooting, vacation control, etc.