Getting into Web & Graphic Design was almost accidental. First there were our own custom logos, business cards, and things like that ... then moving onto HTML pages for the World Wide Web when those became popular, around 1991. I created the first internet business page for our construction company ... no audio, no video, no photos ... strictly hand created graphics with 256 or fewer colors back then. I couldn't believe the few businesses that were getting into homepages because I recognized the phenomenal potential immediately. Even a lot of huge companies (Motorola, Siemens, and others) had totally horrible sites with nothing but centered black text on grey background. So I started to learn page formatting with tables, cells, padding, spacing, images, etc. That was before Java too. It just kept on growing as a hobby of sorts and by 1994 a buddy of mine and I had one of Colorado's largest websites running, with literally hundreds of pages. Since this was strictly hobby time and since graphic designers were charging anywhere from $50 and more per hour, I ended up getting heavily involved with Adobe Photoshop for all of my image work. Since then I've worked with numerous top of the line image applications such as Corel, Paint Shop Pro, and so on. Today I do 95% of my image work with Gimp, a free application that I've actually learned to like even more than Adobe Photoshop. It's a bit awkward to get used to at first, but boy, there are a million things that you can do with the Gimp once you're familiar with it.
I've worked on small and large projects alike, the biggest one a website for a british Ltd. while we were living in Germany. That site had over 40.000 files, about 1/3 of which were created by me. Hundreds of images during the span of 3 years, every one of them created by me. The owners were trying to compete with WKW (Wer Kennt Wen), one of Germany's largest Community sites, but it didn't work out. I did all of the language translations for that project too, many 60+ hour weeks.


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Back in the late 90s I helped to develop one of the largest sites ever (for it's time), another project that sadly didn't make it. This was www.abp1.com and they really did have everything going for them since they were way ahead of everyone else in the ideas department. A multi-state yellow page system of sorts with large images, tourism sections, art, business, restaurants, and just about everything else that you can imagine. Smaller projects included sites such as www.drachenbeere.de, www.accesspurple.com, and my current hobby project, www.steinfein.org for which I'm designing absolutely everything. SteinFein is also a community site, similar to Facebook or MySpace, but far more feature rich, with zero fees for anything, and zero annoying advertising. If you click on the link above you'll see a lot of my image work, including restaurant menus, magazine ads, past client images, and much more. I've also created some automotive vinyls but those are way too large to display here.

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