Graphic Design Forum Author Bios
Athyrius (Elyssa Clark)
Elyssa Clark, Executive Creative Director of Unified Energies International, Inc.
Principal and owner of Athyrius Design Graphics
Ms. Clark, working under the name 'Athyrius' is an international corporate identity and product branding specialist. As Executive Creative Director and member of the Board, Ms. Clark coordinates the direction of the overall public appearance, branding and marketing materials for the Unified Family of companies, including Unified Holdings International and Unified Energies North America.
Ms. Clark has served as a Principal, Marketing Consultant, Creative Director and Lead Designer for High Technology Solutions and Athyrius Design Graphics. She is an award-winning artist for over 20 years, working in multiple hard media from oil painting to sculpture, and for the past 11 years focusing on computerized art, multimedia and print marketing, content management systems development, graphics art education and legal and technical writing as well as 3D, technical and architectural renderings.
Ms. Clarks focus is on building Unified Energies corporate profile on an international level, as well as occasionally taking web development, graphics and marketing contracts through Athyrius Design Graphics.
Ms. Clark is married to an internationally recognized scientist and has 3 children.
From her early days in an in-house print department as a platemaker to a rewarding corporate communications Web design position with a Fortune 500 transportation company, Viki Anderson has 25+ years of hands-on experience in all areas of graphic design. Currently she's enjoying success as an independent designer in Omaha, Nebraska. You can learn more about her and view some of her work at www.vikianderson.com
Shaun Crowley has worked as a freelance copywriter, marketing consultant, and communications manager for a major UK publishing company. His new book 100 Copywriting Tips for Designers and Other Freelance Artists is available for download at www.copywriting-designers.com
Chris Dickman is the editor of Graphics.com, a site he founded in 2001 as GraphicsNews.com. Online for over 20 years, Chris has been active in both the online and offline world of graphics. He launched CorelNET.com in early 1995, thought of as the first community-driven site devoted to graphics, and has also authored graphics books and edited publishing-related magazines. More of this kind of thing is available on his personal microsite. Despite everything, he remains optimistic about the prospects for humanity.
Kristopher Honeycutt began his journey in interactive media as a freelance web designer, while pursuing his education in graphic design and fine art photography. Now, a decade later, he has filled the roles of graphic designer, web/multimedia designer and creative director for firms in both Japan and the US. Currently residing in Japan, Kris is the lead designer and a founding partner of Solid Thinking Interactive, a multidisciplinary design and development studio based in Japan and Canada. At STi he has a hand in creating everything from web sites and multilingual application UI to print advertising, identity design and mobile content creation.
Related experience includes being the lead author of Foundation Swift 3D (Friends of ED/Apress) and serving as a beta tester for both Macromedia and Electric Rain, as well as being a member at numerous online design communities.
Steven Kapsinow is Community Evangelist for Jupitermedia's microstock payment site Stockxpert. Since joining Jupitermedia right out of college in 1998, he's served as an editor for E-commerce Guide, Webopedia, Sysopt, 15Seconds, and graphics.com. He has written articles and reviews for a variety of Jupitermedia properties and has conducted interviews with graphic design heavyweights Milton Glaser and Michael Bierut. He enjoys reading about art, design, and photography and snapping shots with his Canon Digital Rebel camera.
Ben Kessler is the editor of JupitermediaÃ¢s graphics.com network. Before joining Jupitermedia in April 2007, Ben was the editor for Spafinder.com. In addition to discussing and writing about graphic design, his interests include film, music and theater. His plays have been performed in New York and Los Angeles.
Susan Kirkland is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design and the author of Start and Run a Creative Services Business. She is a seasoned professional with experience in both ad agencies and corporate in-house departments. As Director of Design at PKF, she introduced grid design and set new standards of design. As Director of Advertising at Maxxim Medical, the website she designed was selected by Communication Arts Magazine for inclusion in their online gallery of excellent design. Two separate ad campaigns for the company were selected for AdQ awards based on highest readership response. You can read excerpts from her book and view her accumulated portfolio at www.sdkirkland.com.
Thomas Kryton has been providing design solutions for over fourteen years in both traditional and digital print media as well as web design. He owns and operates Digital Paint, a growing design company providing custom solutions to businesses for both print and web media. He was educated in traditional media at the Alberta College of Art and Design and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with Distinction and has a passion for digital media. His previous twenty years experience in sales and marketing serves as a compliment to his design skills in providing results oriented design solutions for his clientele.
Mike Lenhart, originally from Ohio, spent over a decade in the hotel sales and marketing business before jumping ship and getting in on the creative side of things. After living in San Francisco for many years, Mike went back to his roots and now lives in Columbus, Ohio. During his tenure is California, he went from running a freelance-based graphic design venture to being a Founder and Principal of an award-winning design firm. Now, Mike loves to write about his observations and feelings about the graphic design world while trying to keep it somewhat interesting.
Lubina's father was an artist, and she grew up around art. She also loved writing and pursued fiction and non-fiction writing. She started working in the Internet field in 1996, publishing Lilly, an award-winning fashion e-zine. She loved how the Internet let her combine her visual and writing skills. It felt like home. She worked as a web and graphic designer in San Diego, and then went back to college to get a degree in Visual Art and Technology. While in college, she maintained her web and graphic design business, Action Web Development. Visit her at www.Lubina.com.
William McBee, largely known as "gerbick" online, went to the University of Colorado and somehow walked out with a BFA in Electronic Media via the School of Fine Arts, and a BS in Computer Science. After a short stint in Japan doing 3D animation, came back to the states to do web design, web application, and intranet design for: Amoco Performance Products Inc.; RMT, Inc.; Robert Bosch North America. Jumped off into the deep end and went into business doing consulting pertaining merging web technologies, interoperability, server and software security and programming consulting for PDIT/Modulant and the US Government. In-between, helped co-authored a book on Erain's Swift3D, "Foundation Swift3D" and still is a 3D hobbyist to this day, occasionally doing print work for assorted companies and can be see helping folks out as a moderator at Flashkit and Graphics.com; making the transition back into graphics away from programming has been a very slow process. Hire me?
Personal website: http://www.gorillafarm.net - it's never going to be finished, among my other "pet projects".
After 12+ years of working in retail advertising, corporate marketing and at an ad agency, Michael Ulrich found his first love in publication design. Starting in 1989 as the Associate Art Director and currently serving as the Creative Director of STEP inside design and Dynamic Graphics magazine, Ulrich has been through numerous publication start-ups and redesigns. As the Art Director of STEP, Ulrich is surrounded daily by the best design work in the world. He has met many design industry luminaries—none of whom remember him—but when he tells his wife or his mother he had dinner with the person who designed the NBC peacock, or named the TIVO, they act impressed. He knows how to cut an Amberlith overlay, has a Lacielucie in his basement and works in picas every single day. Ulrich doesn't have a favorite movie, song or color, but his favorite magazines [ other than his own ] are Wired and Discover. Ulrich's turn-ons are Bodoni and Gills Sans, and his pet-peeves are hypocrites and unusable calendars. He named his oldest son Jackson after Jackson Pollack and his favorite painter is Mark Rothko. One thing he is most proud of is that his oldest son's favorite actor is John Wayne and his youngest son's favorite actor is [1960's] Godzilla. Ulrich has been accused by his coworkers and friends of being a urinal of knowledgeÃ·but his family knows he is simply a fountain of useless information.