My experience with graphic design began at the age of 13, volunteering for the Ottawa South Community Association Review. At Glebe Collegiate I was editor of the school paper where I won the design contest for its logo. Those years also saw my first efforts at designing band posters.
While at the University of Toronto (majoring in drama) I spent a couple years doing layout at The Newspaper.
In 1989 I learned how to use a computer while working at Toronto Photographers Workshop for whom I designed the monthly newsletter, Views.
From there I began an 11-year stint at Xtra Magazine, producing a combination of editorial layout and advertising design. During that time I gathered a wide variety of freelance experience ranging from cd covers and promotional materials for bands and other creative groups and individuals, to newsletters, corporate identity packages, menus and wine labels. I also produced an magazine called Lickerish. (See Vision intro for details.) Click on the gallery link below for samples of my work. I currently work regularly for Now Magazine, Pedal Magazine and SkiTrax Magazine in Toronto.
While employed at Xtra, I attended various seminars relating to graphic design. I received training and information in the latest versions of Illustrator and Adobe Acrobat. I have also taken a course called Prepare to Print at George Brown College to ensure that I am up to snuff in all details pertaining to sending freelance jobs out properly.
A letter of reference from the production manager of Xtra is reproduced at the end of the graphix gallery. To jump there you can click here.
Between 1991 and 2002, I laid out approximately 250 issues of Xtra Magazine