Experiences at the Intersection of Programming & Design
Distinguished Award / Best of ShowÂ for Dave Pesce, Sue Birkbeck, Jeff Denmark, Dave McClelland, and Sharon Ryan’s work on the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics VITROS 5600 Integrated System Operator Training. A customized e-learning course was created to train customers on the operation of a new blood analyzer. Novatek developed the e-learning to prepare learners to participate in a 3-day instructor-led course, eliminating approximately 8 hours of classroom training.
Since this training will be offered worldwide, Novatek anticipated translation costs and proposed an XML-based solution, which significantly minimizes translation costs. To support OCD’s vision of training as a sales differentiatorÂ, our team incorporated simulations, branching, and motion elements in the e-learning. This improves the learner engagement, while also serving as an effective method for transferring knowledge.
3D is the safe place for training dangerous subjects
I developed several training solutions that simulate devices that address dangerous problems. In some cases a detailed digital model was created and used in several modules. In other cases a technique called 2.5-D was used that did not require a model.
In all cases the training objectives justified the time and expense required to develop a 3D solution:
|Role: Instructional Designer, Photographer, Trainer, Author (including compositing animations into compositions, programming and design.)||Role: Photographer, Author (including compositing, Design, Interface, Programming)|
|Role: Instructional Designer, Photographer, Trainer, Author||Role: Author, including concept design, compositing animations, programming, instructional design and writing)|
|Role: Author: including concept design, compositing animations, programming, instructional design and writing)||Role: Multimedia Programmer, Animation, Compositing, Fire SFX/Animation|
I use paper to design with.
I find that people have a healthy reaction to proposal drawings that are sketched on paper. By healthy I mean they have a tacit understanding that we are looking at a proposal and not a final product. A hand-drawn sketch conveys the idea that things are still in flux and easily changed when compared to “digital sketches”.
This is an early, very rough sketch of the portfolio portion of this site. It was not intended for a presentation – I show it here as an example of my creative process, which consists of rapid, iterative sketching. Pushing pixels around is too goal-oriented to promote further exploration of basic concepts. It’s not just clients that leap to final solutions prematurely.
Game Scene Sketch
Game Scene Final Illustration
I moved from Industrial Design into media development when I worked on a computer game. I started out doing illustrations for the backgrounds, vehicles and architecture. In some cases I did final illustrations and animations. It was fun, and it led to a lot of more meaningful work in multimedia. Ironically, I am not all that into computer games myself.
In this example the look and feel had already been designed by an outside firm. I was asked to design and develop a navigation system for it. Not ideal. I presented a tight concept sketch overlayed on an existing screen. Tight means I had everything pretty well figured out: concept, layout, dimensions, type, color. There wasn’t time to iterate or show multiple designs, so this was “it”. I hope it doesn’t look like the afterthought it was.
Brainbench certifications on software are designed to indicate proficiency based on answers to a variety of questions presented in a timed test.
Brainbench has served over 5,000 corporate and 5.5 million individual customers, including companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, EDS, Ford Motor Company, H&R Block, IBM, Interwoven, JPMorgan, Kaiser Permanente, Manpower, Prometric, SAIC, Siemens, TAC Worldwide, U.S. Government Agencies, Verizon, and Wells Fargo.
A blog site is the best tool I have found for creating and maintaining a portfolio – here’s why:
Why aren’t more design professionals doing this?
There are a few minor shortcomings:
Since I first posted this some additional ideas have come to mind that one should consider:
Unlike a personal or even professional blog, I think it is important to self-host a portfolio blog. Why? Most of the free blog sites I have seen include links to other blogs, advertising and other distractions. It’s important to demonstrate that you understand the importance of, and have the ability to provide a controlled user experience- from the URL to the look and organization of the site.