This sampling of my articles shows the breadth of my writing. Some are highly technical, and others much lighter. Topics range from microelectronics to history to cattle to beer. These are from magazines & newspapers, but I’ve also written paid articles for encyclopedias, websites, and anthologies.
I have been designing and building websites since 1996 — before there was CSS! Though UX didn’t have a name back then, it’s always been part of the design process and philosophy for me. Content is vitally important (I am a writer, after all), but it’s useless if visitors can’t find it or don’t want to spend time on the site.
The navigation on this page uses simple CSS code to colorize the buttons when you roll over them, making it clear what’s clickable. Combining icons with carefully-chosen text makes it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for. Hover over the image above to see it work.
As a prolific freelance writer, I got used to working with the classic style guides (e.g., Associated Press and Chicago Manual of Style) and a lot of house styles. In the business and nonprofit world, I often ended up creating the branding and style guides. I’m comfortable in either environment.
Designing a book means creating a consistent look and feel, just as branding does. I’ve written 29 books and 6 technical manuals. I’ve also done the design for many of them. I’ve also designed covers, styles, and interiors for dozens of other books. Genres I’ve worked in include fiction, history, reference, children’s literature, journals, and more.
I have created the full gamut of collateral materials: brochures, white papers, business cards, blogs, press releases, landing pages, product packaging, catalogs, sell sheets, newsletters, ebooks, and more.