Illuminated Designs was conceived in 1999, born out of my love of illumination. Over the years, as I’ve explored many aspects of design, I realized that the aspect I enjoy the most is making the written words look beautiful on a page.

I’ve designed workbooks for medical meetings, commercial flyers, note cards, coffee table books, and even tutorials on how to achieve a design effect or how to use an application, and in each project what provides me with the most pleasure is formatting the words to complement the images, or vice versa.

This goes back to a time when I belonged to a group called the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and had the opportunity to learn to do illumination and calligraphy. Combined with my love of history and heraldry, this was a natural fit for me. Gradually I grew away from wanting to dress up and pretend to be medieval but I never lost my passion for making a document look beautiful.

When I was introduced to Photoshop in 1996, I was mesmerized, and it didn’t take long to realize I could do on a computer what I used to do on a drawing board! Over the years I’ve taken time to learn more about Photoshop, and I’ve also learned how to use InDesign and Illustrator. In my opinion the grand trinity of design. I also dabbled in website design using Dreamweaver, and quickly realized that CSS is to the web what InDesign is to a paper document!

I don’t have pictures or scans of those illuminated documents I did back in the 80s and I’ve long since lost almost all of my early pieces from the 90s, I’ve got some things from the 2000s and I’m working on new projects. As I get these uploaded, I’ll try to provide insight behind the work.

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