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Desktop Publishing

In recent years my desktop publishing (page layout) has been almost exclusively the preparation of technical documents in PDF format for digital submission to funding organizations. Researchers' text, graphics, tables, and equations are laid out in an easy-to-read format and compiled into user-friendly PDF files. Hyperlinked TOCs, reference citations, and cross-references make the final products useful and accessible. The degree of interactivity in each PDF is dictated by client needs, budget, and the requirements of the funding body.

I have also produced books, manuals, brochures, and other marketing materials for both offset and digital presses—see the AAPG, HDI, and Volunteer Work tabs above.

Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist, Vol. 2, AAPG

2017 was the 100th anniversary for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. To commemorate this milestone, they compiled the stories of 58 geoscientists who have had a significant impact on the science of petroleum geology. These 58 were added to the 43 that were compiled for the 50th anniversary publication. I was chosen to be the desktop publisher and line editor for this volume. The book was printed by AAPG's Division of Professional Affairs and released in April 2017.


Horizontal Drilling International, Inc. Training Manual

This was a 200-page training manual produced in hard copy and on CD ROM for Horizontal Drilling International, Inc. in Houston, Texas. I was responsible for:

  • all text and graphics editing
  • page design and layout
  • cover design
  • printing
  • PDF file production.


For three years while living in Rockport, Texas, I was on the planning committee for the "Hats Off To History" Christmas Historic Homes Tour, an annual event put on by the Aransas County Historical Society and The Fulton Mansion (a Texas State Historic Site). This is a tour of historic homes—at least 50 years old—showcasing the history and architecture of the homes and the people who lived there. My residence was built in 1906 and named a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2006, and was on the tour in 2008.

For this event I created brochures, entry tickets, newspaper ads, posters, and signage. Click on any of the images below to view a larger slide show of the 2010 brochure.

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In addition to producing all the marketing materials for the event, I did considerable antique photo restoration on our logo, "The Three Granddaughters,"—the granddaughters of George Fulton, the builder and original owner of The Fulton Mansion—as shown to the left. I also photographed all the homes and The Fulton Mansion, as well as all the docents the weekend of the event.







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