This website provides a look at my writing and editing work, and also serves as a testing ground for the design tools I review as a freelancer for HOW Magazine. You'll find a retrospective of my journalism career, a description of my day job as an editor for Bulldog Reporter and a gallery of photo albums about interesting places in Northern California. And no visit would be complete without a trip to my online store. See the space below for updates on my work.

December 3, 2012 My latest book just came out. The publisher is Rotovision, which is based in the UK. In the UK, it's Great Graphic Design in Half the Time. In the U.S., it's Graphic Design to Beat the Clock. The publisher chose the title, and I have no idea why it's different in each country.

November 20, 2012 Four photo sets from my recent trip to Las Vegas: Las Vegas Strip, Downtown, Street Artists and Mojave Desert aerial shots.

August 23, 2012 Photo sets from the Monterey-Big Sur area: Big Sur (2012), Point Lobos (2012), Point Lobos (2010) and Pacific Grove (2010).

August 21, 2012 A news item about Adobe's Creative Cloud.

May 30, 2012 A series of overviews of Adobe's Creative Suite 6: Photoshop, InDesign and the rest.

September 7, 2011 A preview of two web design tools from Adobe Systems.

April 11, 2011 A piece for HOW Magazine about digital publishing features in QuarkXPress 9 and Adobe InDesign 5.5.

November 26, 2010 A freelance assignment for HOW Magazine about web font services. This is a new category of online services that provide an easy way for designers to include high-quality typography in their web projects. I'm now using Google Fonts on this site.

Sept. 15, 2010 I wrote a 4000-word behemoth for HOW Magazine about HTML5, CSS3 and Adobe Flash. Its roots go back to spring, when Adobe and Apple were engaged in a nasty dispute over Apple's refusal to allow Flash on the iPhone and iPad. At the time, Steve Jobs was touting the new web technologies as a replacement for Flash. Most of the public discussion was about HTML5's plug-in-free video capabilities, but I was curious about how these technologies replicated Flash's vector-animation functions. I couldn't find any in-depth articles aimed at non-programmers, so I decided to write one myself.

May 10, 2010 A mega review for HOW Magazine of Adobe's Creative Suite. I wrote about the seven core applications for designers: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Flash Catalyst and Fireworks.