Category: Microsoft Office

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

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

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

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

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

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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