Renowned classical guitarist signs website contract


Christopher Parkening
Christopher Parkening

On April 2013, classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening has commissioned me to revise his existing website with a new look and feel. The finished site,  parkening.com, completed in WordPress at end of September 2014. This legacy website is the product of months of collaborative work and design improvements. The distinctive guitar logo and branding was created by designers at Pepperdine University.

Special thanks to Sharon Devol, Parkening’s personal secretary, and Dave Thomas, of Arioso Classics, his longtime friend, for their support in documenting the legacy of a man who has become a national classical music treasure.

Communication power secrets revealed


Becca Keating

In 2013, Becca Keating asked me to edit content for a book she was writing, “The Secrets of Powerful Communication, Confronting the Bully Within.” I agreed and also offered my photography and graphic design skills.  Writing contributors, Wayne Hunt and Brelyn Frelot provided additional insights from law enforcement and teaching perspectives.

Following our photo shoot at the Miller Ranch in Agua Dulce, California, Becca selected one of my photos for the color cover (above).  After working several designs, we tried various layouts arriving at the final cover graphic, a non-trivial event requiring several dozen iterations. This included finding the right text font that would be strong enough to stand out against the medium, sky-blue color of the cover photo. I completed my edit for the 155-page book content which Becca had proofread for the final.

Aubrey Siebert and Becca Keating, from the book, "The Secrets of Powerful Communication."
Aubrey Siebert and Becca Keating, from the book, “The Secrets of Powerful Communication.”

Afterwards, I shot  the B&W interior photos in my then primitive photography studio. I suggested Los Angeles Writer/Producer/Actress Aubrey Siebert to model the convincing facial expressions and body language poses in the B&W photos, and Aubrey famously provided powerful imagery and some fun. As it turned out, the photo studio session helped catalyze the idea for the Design Studio Marketplace website.

The whole project took about six months, not including Becca’s writing time. Now she gets speaking and book signing engagements. Pretty smart!

From Becca’s bio:

“Early on in high school and college, Becca Keating learned the importance of connecting and communicating with people. Having dealt with bullies in the business, the political and community arena, Becca brings a fresh perspective that offers hope to every reader of her book.”

Client Becca Keating lives and works in the southern California area  An established businesswoman,  she is also a consultant, public speaker, and frequent radio talk show guest. For inquiries, or just to learn more about Becca, catch her on Facebook or her website at beccakeating.net.

Design Studio Launch: Richard Pawlak, Artist


Richard Pawlak
Richard Pawlak

July 2012, Richard Pawlak commissioned me to create a website for his artwork.  At its completion, RichardPawlak.com has a growing portfolio of 80 paintings, represented with as many thumbnails and other supporting imagery requiring post-production work. The site is completely hand-coded using Dreamweaver CS4 and a few other tools. I wanted it to look clean and uncluttered in a simple design, with ample use of white space and other graphic design concepts. Richard now uses Facebook to help bring awareness to his fine art and his commercial work.

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