Over the years I’ve written curriculum, articles, and books, related to what I’ll call "creative technology". This includes topics such as web design, UX and UI design, digital video and many, many, software tutorials. Writing can be painstaking and difficult, but always rewarding when it’s done.
I’ve written a few articles and tutorials that can be found on Medium.
This is an introductory level tutorial on CSS Grid Layout. I walk through some of the fundamental concepts of CSS Grid and include code examples that you can work with on Codepen.
This is a tutorial on how to use the drawing tools in Sketch to create a scalable vector logo.
Although this article was published in 2013, I am surprised how many of the trends are relevant today. Organizations are still struggling with antiquated workflows and website performance continues to be neglected by many.
Books (Digital Classroom)
With a few exceptions, web design and software books become obselete a few years after publication. My books likely fall into that category at this point, nonetheless, I am proud of my past work. My average Amazon rating was 4 out of 5 stars, which I’ll take, and the Dreamweaver CS4, CS5, and CS6 series sold well over 50,000 copies and were used as college textbooks worldwide. Writing takes a lot of time and effort and while I wouldn’t rule out authoring another book in the future, the topic would need to be a compelling one!
I was the lead author for the HTML5 Digital Classroom published by Wiley in 2011. The book covers web design basics with HTML & CSS as well as topics including web video and audio, Geolocation, the Drag and Drop and Canvas APIs and more.
I inherited this series from my former colleague Fred Gerantabee. I picked up where he left off and revised the content over three editions (CS4,CS5 & CS6). I took the opportunity to showcase that Dreamweaver could be used to make standards-based HTML and CSS websites with a little bit of knowledge and planning.
From 2002-2005 I contributed to a number of Adobe’s Classroom in an a Book series as part of the "Adobe Creative Team", which is a fancy way of saying: writing without an author credit. Despite that, it was during this time that I honed my craft as a technical writer and learned how to build creative projects that helped students learn efficiently and stay engaged. It was also fun to draw on my past experience with video and audio for the Adobe Audition and Premiere Elements series.
- Premiere Elements 1.0 and 2.0
- Adobe Audition 1.0 and 1.5
- GoLive CS2
- Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0