My life’s work is about communication.
I’m a technical writer, photographer, web developer, and designer. I’m excited by learning, variety and creating things, and I look for work that allows me to flex as many different kinds of creative muscles as possible.
Specialties: Writing complex material for a lay audience; photography; elegant web design; confident and engaging public speaking; technical illustration.
Technical Writer / Web Developer / Videographer
Micrium Software (a division of Silicon Labs)
September 2009 – Present
My role at Micrium touches on communications, technical publications, and marketing.
I produced a popular series of five educational videos about the Internet of Things which have earned more than 64,000 views. I wrote, photographed, illustrated, edited, and performed in all five videos.
I redesigned and rebuilt the company’s web site, a task that required extensive custom programming (PHP) for the user registration system and the downloads library.
I do extensive rewriting of magazine articles, press releases, web content, newsletters; almost anything published by the company.
I created workflows and standards for the company’s technical publications; first for printed books using Adobe FrameMaker, and later online publishing via Confluence.
I produce graphical materials such as catalogues, datasheets, schematics, posters, trade show booths, and many other elements.
I am responsible for the visual style of all of the company’s marketing, and contribute greatly to the company’s public messaging.
June 2007 – June 2009
An Information Architect’s job is to make sure that web sites are understandable and easy to use. I determined the organization of information across the site, and improved findability, usability, and functionality; I touched upon everything that affects how people interact with, and use, information.
January 2003 – June 2007
Digital Wind is my own company, specializing in elegant web and print design, technical writing and editing, and corporate photography. The company is on hiatus.
QA Lead – Autodesk Cleaner
June 2005 – March 2007
(Recurring contract) I was lead tester for Autodesk Cleaner, a Windows and Macintosh application for processing video for CD, DVD, and the web. I traveled to India to work with the development team in Bangalore.
I also authored a marketing research report on video compression and the market for video tools and delivery systems.
April 2001 – August 2002
Although hired as a technical writer, I quickly grew into a broader role, creating five corporate web sites and a truckload of corporate communication material. I won an award for the design of the company’s 2001 annual report.
Education Tools Developer
September 1999 – April 2001
I designed and produced innovative video-based training modules for Softimage products. I designed PDF-based tutorials and created numerous technical illustrations for several product manuals. In addition,
I wrote three training course workbooks for Softimage products.
Senior Technical Writer
September 1993 – September 1999 (6 years 1 month)Montreal, Canada Area
I started at Eicon as a junior technical writer and left as a senior writer and group leader. I wrote, designed, and illustrated over three dozen complex technical manuals and online help systems on tight deadlines.
About the banner photo: The photo at top is the Montreal Metro, taken during Nuit Blanche in March 2013.