All Work Samples

Here's a complete listing of all  38  work samples:

Corporate Case Study for Zetron (editing job)

Zetron Case Study: Installation of MAX Call-Taking system for Cook County, Illinois. Click to view the case study as a PDF.

Zetron Case Study: Installation of MAX Call-Taking system for Cook County, Illinois. Click to view the case study as a PDF.

Zetron Corporation designs and manufactures municipal and rural emergency-response systems. They asked me to edit a case study about an installation of their new MAX Call-Taking system for Cook County (which includes the city of Chicago).

I was able to suggest a number of changes to the content structure, resulting in a more readable, scannable piece. I also found several grammatical redundancies and minor misuses of words—things that had been missed by several writers and editors. Read more

Exhale! Pilates & Yoga Brochure (rewrite)

Editing Sample for Exhale Pilates & Yoga

Tri-fold brochure for Exhale! Pilates & Yoga, by sibyl.com

My task was to rewrite a brochure for a pilates & yoga studio. Marsha Dorman, the owner and operator, holds an MBA and is a strong writer. But she didn’t have time to edit and rewrite copy for her new brochure.

I met with Marsha and had her articulate her services, clientele, and marketing objectives. Marsha and I established a goal of reducing word count in order to allow more white space and a larger font that would be more legible to vision-impaired and older clients.

Using a concise but conversational style, I reduced the word count by over 25%. Read more

WordPress Website: ConfrontingClutter.com

The ConfrontingClutter.com WordPress site. Click to visit the site.

The ConfrontingClutter.com WordPress site. Click to visit the site.

ConfrontingClutter.com is the website of Carolyn Koehnline, a Bellingham psychotherapist who successfully uses a combination of formal psychotherapeutic techniques and creative exercises to help clients clear space for what they want in life.

When I created Carolyn’s first website in 2009, I made a point to understand her work, her target audience, and her personal style. Read more

E-Courseware: Biology for Engineers (University of Washington)

Click below to take the award-winning course, Biological Information Handling: Essentials for EngineersThis award-winning online learning module was created by an interdisciplinary team at University of Washington. Built in Flash, the interactive course teaches graduate engineering students learn about molecular biology through the use of:

  • Interactive graphics
  • Audio narration
  • Video content
  • Drag-and-drop exercises
  • Multiple-choice exams (with built-in remediation)
  • Dynamic placeholders that allow learning to span multiple sessions
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Flash Kiosk: Seattle Museum of Flight

Flash kiosk at the Museum of Flight. Click for larger, uncropped version.

Flash kiosk at the Museum of Flight. Click for larger, uncropped version.

When Seattle’s Museum of Flight set out to install their International Space Station (ISS) exhibit, they hired me to design and develop the Flash content delivery system for an interactive, touch-screen kiosk. Read more

Corporate and Event Photos

I treat corporate and other formal event photography very much like all my work: it’s all about getting in touch with the interactions and feelings of the subjects, sensing the right moment for a great shot, and knowing how to work the light, angle, and camera to the greatest advantage.

Here are shots ranging from corporate picnic to art exhibition to human rights consortium. Click the images to see larger versions.

A panel member at a Seattle University consortium addresses issues of human rights for incarcerated transgender women.

Alisha Williams of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, speaking at a Seattle University consortium addressing the rights and vulnerabilities of incarcerated transgender women.

 

Ellen O'Hara, CEO of Zetron Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Click for larger version.

Ellen O’Hara, CEO of Zetron Corporation in Redmond, Washington.

 

Human rights advocate Aidan Key speaks at the Kirkland Arts Center opening for Gender Personal. With Jacqui Beck.

Human rights advocate Aidan Key speaks at the Kirkland Arts Center opening for Gender Personal. With Jacqui Beck.

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Circus Arts Photos: The Acrobatic Conundrum

Tanya Brno of the Acrobatic Conundrum. Click for larger, uncropped version.

Tanya Brno of the Acrobatic Conundrum. Click for larger, uncropped version.

The Acrobatic Conundrum is a relatively new circus arts group based in Seattle, WA, but already building a national reputation. They’ve engaged me to shoot a number of their shows.

In this shot, Tanya Brno sails over the stage on a rope. Read more

Flash Banners: Microsoft Windows Live®

Flash Banner "Grand Theft Auto IV"Microsoft has hired me for several 6- to 12-month contracts working on content for Xbox® and Windows Live.® Creating banners in Flash presents several challenges that I enjoy: incorporating good design, keeping the file size low for optimum delivery speed, and ensuring that all motion happens smoothly. Working in Microsoft’s FUSE Design Group, I was given considerable latitude executing these 3 banners. Read more

Soundtrack: Port of Seattle Documentary

The Port of Seattle Centennial Video Documentary, "Voices of the Port." Listen to the soundtrack samples below.

The Port of Seattle Centennial Video Documentary, “Voices of the Port.” Listen to the soundtrack samples below.

The Port of Seattle commissioned videographer-producer Vaun Raymond to create a documentary commemorating their 2011 Centennial.

I’d worked with Vaun many times in the past, but this was our biggest project to date. Read more

Flash Banners: Amazon Kindle Fire HD®

Kindle Fire HD®I was on assignment to an agency tasked with creating Flash banners for the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire HD. My job was to have the banners finalized for release in a couple of days. Meanwhile, Amazon was still reviewing and changing the designs daily. There was no time to use Flash’s traditional timeline-based approach—instead, I programmed all motion and timing modularly, using Adobe Flash ActionScript. Read more

HTML Email: GenderPersonal.org

HTML Newsletter for GenderPersonal.org

HTML Newsletter for GenderPersonal.org. Click image to read the newsletter.

I’m the webmaster and project photographer for GenderPersonal.org, which raises public awareness of gender issues through recorded interviews and original multimedia (paintings, poetry, recorded interviews, and photos).

I co-wrote this HTML newsletter with project founder Jacqui Beck. I then did all the graphic layout, coding, testing, and dissemination of the newsletter using MailChimp. Click the image to view the actual newsletter in your browser. Read more

Writing Sample: Digital Audio Primer

These frogs are creating audio samples—regular measurements of a sound wave's volume over time.

These frogs are creating audio samples—regular measurements of a sound wave’s volume over time.

Both high-tech professionals and lay people tend to confuse the terms and concepts of internet audio, which is digital in nature.
 
I used interactive Flash animation and an audio voice-over to demystify this highly technical subject and make it understandable to both geeks and non-geeks. The use of metaphorical characters—frogs—helped keep the topic light and fun. I’ve since delivered this presentation many times. Here’s an excerpt from my narrative: Read more

Article for Homeland Security Today (editing job)

Zetron Corporation article for Homeland Security Magazine

Zetron Corporation article for Homeland Security Magazine. Click image to read the PDF.

Zetron Corporation designs and manufactures large-scale emergency-response systems. They asked me to edit an article for Homeland Security Today (http://www.hstoday.us/magazine.html) that explains important technical requirements when government entities shop for new equipment. Read the article here.

My edits lowered word count while increasing intelligibility of the article. Read more

Instructional Design: Digital Audio Presentation

Screen shot from a presentation about digital audio

Screen shot from a presentation about digital audio

“Marc, your Digital Audio Presentation is phenomenal—you take a highly technical subject and make it understandable to a broad audience. I appreciate your excellent sense of organization, the use of interactive graphics, and your wonderful sense of humor. Thanks for being a regular presenter at our annual nature-recording workshop.”
  —Martyn Stewart, naturesound.org

Digital audio is a topic fraught with mystery, misconceptions, and misused terminology. Because I enjoy the challenge of making abstract concepts intelligible to non-techies, I created a presentation on this subject which I’ve been invited to deliver numerous times. One element of the presentation is the interactive Klezmer Frog Band that allows the user to play sound engineer to a band of amphibian musicians. Read more

Grant-proposal Writing Sample: Gender Personal Project

A 124-word description of the Gender Personal project, for grant-writing purposes.

A 124-word description of the Gender Personal project, for grant-writing purposes. Click for a larger, more legible version.

In 2013, I joined the steering committee for Gender Personal. I played a major role in writing and editing web and print copy for the organization, which uses art and poetry exhibits to raise awareness of gender—in particular, transgender issues. Read more

Music Performance Photos

Marvin Shields, Jr., plays bass for Global Heat. Click for larger, uncropped version.

Marvin Shields, Jr., plays bass for Global Heat. Click for larger, uncropped version.

I’ve photographed scores of local and international musicians. My photos have been published in Facebook pages, websites, posters, YouTubes, and CD jackets.

Marvin Shields, Jr., an enthusiastic and skilled bass player, shown here performing with hip hop band Global Heat at the Experience Music Project, Seattle.

Marvin can always be counted on for his tasteful but punchy playing and his great big smile. Read more

WordPress Website for Linda Waterfall, Musician

Homepage for LindaWaterfall.com. Click to visit the website.

Homepage for LindaWaterfall.com. Click to visit the website.

Linda Waterfall is a nationally-acclaimed composer, songwriter, and performer. She first hired me for several promotional photo shoots, then to design two CD packages, and most recently to rebuild her website from the ground up.

Since Linda enjoys writing and technology, WordPress was a logical choice for the site platform. We worked in close collaboration to develop a site that met her requirements: Read more

Blog Post: Crow-Mind

American Crow. Click for larger image.

American Crow, photo by M. Hoffman. Click for larger image.

I publish a blog on my photography website, SongbirdPhoto.com. It’s a way to promote and disseminate my work and to help others connect with nature. I usually cross-post a synopsis to Facebook and might post a photo now and then to Pinterest.

Here’s a blog about crows:

“Seattle is a city of crows. And they have a nasty reputation. Folks here know them as picnic terrorists, garden plunderers, and (on garbage-collection days) maniacal strewers of trash. Read more

Audio Loops

Screenshot of the Adobe Audition audio editor interface.

Sound loops are typically lighweight audio files that repeat seamlessly to provide a background effect. Creating them poses several challenges:

  • Short loops become monotonous, while long loops take too much time to download
  • Loops should reinforce the message, not distract from it
  • A good loop will have a smooth transition as it repeats Read more

My Facebook Page

My Facebook page

My personal Facebook page is proving to be more useful to my business than my SongbirdPhoto.com branded page.

Of the local musicians and performers I’ve been photographing, nearly all have their own pages. Friending them and tagging their photos on my page helps me build a  base of potential clients Read more

Dance Photos               

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Manimou Camara. Click for larger, uncropped version.

The greatest challenge in photographing dancers like these is resisting the urge to move!

As with my other photos, these often find a place on Facebook pages and other social and promotional media.

Manimou Camara is a master drummer and dancer from the nation of Guinea, in West Africa. He now lives in Seattle where he teaches and performs. Read more

Flash: Nancy Drew Game Browser

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Nancy Drew Game Browser for Her Interactive®. Click to see the interactive Flash module in context.

I was given a storyboard and assets, including PSD and video clips. The task was to create a scrollable, interactive game browser with e-commerce links so that viewers could browse the Nancy Drew games by HerInteractive, watch a video preview of each game, and go to the order page. Read more

YouTube: A Guided Visualization Exercise

YouTube: Guided Visualization at ConfrontingClutter.com

My website client Carolyn Koehnline wanted to give prospective clients a sense of her psychotherapeutic style. Since she uses guided visualization in her work, I suggested offering one exercise as a video.

YouTube integrates easily with websites and social media, and its built-in search engine Read more

CD Packaging: Hometown Girl (Linda Waterfall)

Print design for CD jacket Hometown Girl, recorded by Linda Waterfall

Print design for CD jacket: Hometown Girl, recorded by Linda Waterfall. Click for larger version.

“Seattle’s Best Singer-Songwriter” (per Seattle Weekly) Linda Waterfall has hired me to produce the designs for her last 2 CD’s. This one included a 2-pocket jacket, 8-panel lyrics insert, and the disc label (see the jacket larger) Read more

Postcard: 4×6 Photo Exhibit Announcement

4x6 Photo exhibition announcement. Click for larger version.

4×6 photo exhibit announcement. Click for 920×613 version.

Here’s my design for a 4×6″ postcard announcing a  show of my nature photography (see it larger)

There’s something indisputably eye-catching about a wild animal turning to look at you. It’s a shot I’m always looking for—in this case, the animal was a Red-tailed Hawk, our most common hawk in the Northwest but one whose intensity never feels commonplace. Read more

CD Packaging for Heart of the Earth

CD jacket design for Heart of the Earth (Liz Kohlenberg and Judith Gottlieb)

CD jacket design for Heart of the Earth (Liz Kohlenberg and Judith Gottlieb). Click for a larger version.

I was hired to design the package for this CD. Liz Kohlenberg and Judith Gottlieb (sisters) had decided to record an expertly-produced album of songs they’d written about their family and lives. It was important that the packaging convey the scope of the songs as well as the significance of the project itself.

For the front of the jacket, we used a painting by Liz’s daughter, Leah. I extrapolated the print color theme from there.

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