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Work History
  1982 - present As Ikitomi Design: freelance illustration, animation, web site design, UI design, exhibits and graphics.
See Client List for an outline of current and past projects.
12/04 - 2/06

Art Coordintor, CTB–McGraw Hill, Monterey.
Art direction, scheduling and tracking of illustrations for standardized tests. Development and maintanance of formal illustration standards for all projects. Illustration and design work.

10/94 - 7/05

Lecturer, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.
Lecturer in Computer Graphics (illustration, design, layout and production), Interactive Techniques (2D animation web site design and production) and Information Graphics for the Science Communication graduate studies program, Science Illustration track. Programs covered include: Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, ImageReady & Pagemaker, Macromedia Dreamweaver & Flash and Procreate Painter. Responsibilities include design, development and production of Science Notes web magazine and computer display for Science Communication’s annual exhibit of student work at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

2/92 - 9/98 Senior Member of Engineering, “User Interface Guy”, Canon Information Systems, Cupertino.
Principal human-computer interface designer for new product research and development. In charge of CIS human-computer interface design and implementations for Canon world wide products: design of feature sets, workflow, look and feel, production of prototypes, functional specifications and icon, cursor and window bitmaps, design, direction and analysis of comprehensive and discount usability studies. Also photography, computerized illustration, page layout, and design and construction of conference exhibit elements and laboratory equipment.
7/90 - 2/91 Exhibit technician/Intern, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Exhibits department.
Design, production and installation of exhibit elements for the new “Sharks” exhibit. Conceptual development, design, construction and installation of interactive exhibits. Scientific and interpretive illustration. Production of educational materials.
10/84 - 10/89 Systems Design Engineer, Ramtek Corporation, San Jose.
On the research staff for new product development and design. In charge of human interface design and implementations. Design and development of 2D and 3D graphics instruction software.
9/79 - 10/84 Programmer Analyst, NASA-AMES Research Center.
Designed and implemented scientific graphic applications programs and created documentation for existing and newly created software packages.
7/82 - 9/82 Consultant, Xerox Corporation, Office Systems Division.
Testing and development of experimental graphics editor.
4/78 - 8/79 Consultant, Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Center.
Design and execution of graphics for a computer project.
1/77 - 8/77 Lab Assistant/Tutor, Foothill College.
In charge of the Business Computer Lab, with supervisory and tutorial duties. Tutored college students in Computer Science, Financial Accounting, Mathematics and Graphic Arts.

Graduate certificate: Natural Science Illustration, University of California Santa Cruz, June 1990.

B.S. degree: Mathematics/Computer Science, Santa Clara University, June 1984.

B.S. degree: Business Administration (Finance/Marketing), University of California Berkeley, June 1979.

Training in Graphic arts: Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, 1974-1977, credits in excess of AA degree requirements.

Other Activities

Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Docent at Seymour Discovery Center at the Long Marine lab, UC Santa Cruz.

UCSC research diver.

Interpretive and exhibits maintenance diver at Monterey Bay Aquarium.