Montreal-Metro-Wider

Résumé

My life’s work is about communication.

I’m a technical writer, photographer, web developer, and designer. I’m a former journalist. I was president of the Montreal chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

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 / Designer / Videographer

Micrium Software (a division of Silicon Labs)
September 2009 – Present

I have a large number of jobs at Micrium, all related to marketing, communications, and technical publications.

I produced a popular series of five educational videos about the Internet of Things. 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.

Information Architect

Twist Image
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.

Owner

Digital Wind
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

Autodesk
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.

Web Developer

eNGENUITY Technologies
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

Softimage
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

Eicon Technology
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.