as BRIGHT IDEAS!
the Sunshine Coast near Vancouver, Canada
around long enough to remember rubylith overlays and pasting up
copy changes letter-by-letter. On my first computer, I had to imagine
three-colour brochures using a black-and-white monitor the size
of a letterbox.
One of the best things about this work is the variety
of challenges — from conceptual to creative to technical —
I enjoy them all.
Then there are the deadlines. From my chair at the
computer I once watched the sun rise and set, and rise again, and
then fell asleep over my birthday dinner before going back to work
for another twelve hours.
My favourite graphic design moment was sending a plastic
dinosaur leg to the silkscreener with a circle marked on its knee,
so he could match that perfect shade of purplish-red for some real
After years of freelancing in the big city, I moved
to a small coastal community. It's a place where logo work is a
bit scarce because designs either come to people in their dreams
or they just ask the universe for one.
Since then I've been focusing on book cover design.
I'm passionate about my work and couldn't imagine doing anything
else. Okay, to be perfectly honest, I did fantasize once about selling
my computer and becoming a garlic farmer, but that was only briefly.