I began this journey into graphic art and web design in 1992, not long after graduating from Michigan State University with my journalism degree. I was exposed to desktop publishing while I was there.
So, I started up Computer Publishing Concepts in March 1992, and at first, I was primarily a resume service as well as handled basic fliers, brochures, and other things. I started attending Lansing Community College, where I would go twice in the 1990s, and began learning more about graphic art. Around the time of my second go-round there, the World Wide Web was started as we know it today, and I started getting interested in web design. So, with a basic HTML editor and one of the old versions of Photoshop, I started designing web sites.
The new decade saw me continue to build my skills, first at Baker College in Owosso, and then at
Mott Community College, in Flint, Michigan. The time at Mott was my second go-round (I also went during the early and mid-1980s), and I was very fortunate to get into another great art program (LCC was also a great art program), and was able to keep my grades up and wouldn't you know it, the University of Michigan-Flint began recruiting me to attend their school a full year before I actually went. The years at UM-Flint were the happiest of my life, and I learned a lot more about graphic art, web design and motion graphics than I ever thought I'd ever learn. I was in business the whole time, and worked on the student newspaper as well. I even earned an ADDY Award in 2008 for the VSA Michigan-Genesee County's website.
Member - Frankenmuth Aeromodelers
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Specialties: graphic design, web site production, branding and identity, journalism, photography
Computer Publishing Concepts can help you with all your graphic art, brand identity (corporate ID), web site design, Internet marketing and online directory placement. Based in Flushing, Michigan. Contact CPC through its contact page, phone number on all pages, CPC's request services form, and participating in CPC's blog. CPC maintains an online portfolio so you can view samples of CPC's work. You are also invited to visit the other CPC pages so you can get a better idea of the services we offer and locations we serve (clients and service providers from areas outside of CPC's service area are also welcome). NOTE: I'm not a web hosting service. And please join my new e-mailing list for the latest monthly newsletter - on the bottom of each page in my web site and blog.
What do you like most about your profession?
It helps keep my mind busy, and offers me new challenges seemingly every day.
What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?
How much does it cost for me to do something. Every web site or graphic design is different, so I need to either sit down and talk to them, or go over things (Skype, Google + Hangouts). Need to determine what the client's needs are before giving them a price.
What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?
That they know what they are talking about. I look at their web sites, printed materials, blogs, Social media posts. I look to see if they are well written (usually by the provider themselves - not by some copywriter), and what they say that could be of use to me. Meeting with them personally or through phone conversations (get an idea of who they are, see if they are well spoken, understand the reasons why I sought them out, and how they show me they are the right person for the job.
How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?
I usually try to talk to them to find out what the disagreement is about, and take some responsibility and fix it. I will not take on people who say "here it is ... DO IT!!!" To me, communication with my clients is essential. I consider them to be part of the design team, by them communicating their desires and needs with me, and working with me to help develop the material. I know their time is valuable to them, but if they really want a good web presence, they need to be involved in some capacity.
New Goods, Line Sorter at Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan
May 2016 - July 2016
Helped mark and place new goods in palette gaylors, sorted good items, items for the outlets, and salvage goods on the line
Volunteer Community Contributing Writer-Photographer at Hibu Magazines
June 2013 - April 2014
Handled stories of all types and photography of events.
Web Designer at The Order Of The Silver Rose
May 2007 - December 2007
Designed and maintained web site for this organization, dedicated to helping Vietnam War veterans who were victims of Agent Orange-related illnesses.
General Assignment reporter at Michigan Times - University of Michigan-Flint
January 2007 - March 2008
General assignment and sports reporter.
Graphic Artist / Web Designer / Owner at Computer Publishing Concepts
March 1993 - Present
Affordable, high-quality graphic art and web design since 1992. We can create a complete corporate ID and branding solution for you. Office in Flushing, Michigan.
Mott Community College
University of Michigan-Flint
Field of Study: Graphic Design - with honors
Baker College of Owosso
Field of Study: Graphic Design
Lansing Community College
Field of Study: Graphic Design
Michigan State University
Field of Study: Journalism
2008 Student Silver ADDY Award
Issuer: American Advertising Association - Flint
Date: Apr 30, 2017
For the web site VSA Michigan- Genesee County
Publication: Hibu Magazines - Michigan Times
Date: Jun 01, 2013
Journalism work I've done with Hibu Magazines (Inside Frankenmuth & Birch Run, Flushing Life, Fenton Life, Lapeer Life, and Inside Swartz Creek) as well as when I was at the University of Michigan-Flint.
5311 Dillon Rd, Flushing, MI