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Print and Web Design

Welcome to the new site for Bishop Design! I have over 20 years experience in print design, especially package design, logo design & branding, promotional (flyers and brochures), and educational signage. Starting out in advertising, years ago, I’ve also been heavily involved in tourist industry design as well as medical (including medical illustration, presentations, and publications).

Working in web design since the mid 90s, I added programming to my skill set by getting a recent AAS in Web Technologies, and while I can (and have!) program websites from scratch, I prefer working with WordPress to help my clients be empowered to take over their own sites. I’ve enjoyed setting up brochure style websites for small companies and getting them started maintaining their own sites, after training them in WordPress.

I have a wide variety of talents across the board, from concept to finished piece/site, and would love to discuss your project with you if I can help you out!

 

Skills

Print Design : Concept, layout, production, prepress
Web Design : UI, organization, design, programming
Illustration : Computer (vector & pixel), drawing, painting, collage
Copy Writing : Advertising, marketing, web page content, tourist
Technical Writing : Programming, research
Database Design : Relational SQL, Access
Management : Training, employee moral, office management

Programs

Adobe Creative Suite : InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Flash, After Effects, Dreamweaver
Other : Quark XPress, Freehand, Fontographer
Microsoft Office Suite : Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access

Languages

Programming : HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, SQL
Natural : English, German, French

Some Examples of Recent Work

How to Engage Your Customers Through Social Media

Face it, social media can feel like a bit of a blind date sometimes–there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a response, or what the response will be, positive or negative. But, rather than be discouraged, or stop before you start, consider that honing your message will help a great deal–putting goals in place before you start for what type of exposure, engagement, and interest you’d like to create, and defining measurable metrics that coincide with your business goals.

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Server Side Installations of Content Management Systems

This blog article looks at server-side install for three different content management systems: WordPress, Drupal, and Concrete-5. The process for each CMS was the same, starting out. Create a database (this can be set up through Cpanel with MySQL databases or through PHP MyAdmin, depending on how your Cpanel is set up, security-wise). Create a user-admin for that database. Make a note of the user and password you used to create the database, and store that somewhere–you will be using it later! Download the CMS from whatever web page hosting it (i.e. drupal.org, wordpress.org.) and uncompress the zip file.

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Social Media Campaigns

Whole Foods was largely established by John Mackey, CEO and co-founder, mainly because he was passionate about food and eating healthy, and wanted to offer healthy eating choices to people, for he, himself, had grown up largely on TV dinners. Now, that’s a great personal perspective to come from, and usually he would be a great proponent of his own store, except that when you combine his “hippie demeanor” with extreme, right-wing libertarianism (Ayn Rand is one of his role models) you have a complete disconnect with many of the potential market who would shop at Whole Foods, which has a largely liberal, left-wing customer base.

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WordPress User Manual

I’m excited to offer this WordPress User Manual to my clients, to help them edit, add, and maintain content on their pages. It is geared towards the User role of “Editor” and not Admin, so is scaled down from what it takes to create a site–it is more geared towards helping customers keep up the content of the site.

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Final Project in Laravel, Graduation, and Onwards

For my Capstone project I chose to do a cookbook, as I’ve been accumulating recipes I’ve made on little pieces of paper in a huge stack in a bookshelf in my kitchen. I took the plunge and coded my project in PHP using the artisan framework Laravel. Laravel for PHP is like JQuery for Javascript–it’s not a language, per se, but a complex library of functions that one can hook into to create applications more quickly and securely–Laravel does some heavy lifting, but has a large learning curve, especially as it is all object-oriented. I could (and probably should) devote a whole blog to Laravel.

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Getty Images free for use on the web

Recently, the big news was that Getty Images–a huge stock photo company that has been around for many many years, and got really big doing print design photography–recently came out and gave permission (with certain strings attached) to use their vast library of images on blogs and non-commercial web use.

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What’s In a WordPress Theme?

When you look at a webpage, you see it as one page, with various elements (masthead, footer, content area, sidebar, etc.), and in straight html, you code it as one page, with the DOCTYPE declaration at the top, opening and closing tags for various parts of the page. With themes, though, these parts are divvied up and each one becomes their own page, functioning under a model similar to the Model View Controller.

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Social Media Auto Publish plugin for WordPress

I am testing the Social Media Auto Publish plugin by XYZ Scripts to see if it will automatically post every blog post from this webpage to my business Facebook page. Sharing blog posts automatically from a Wordpress.com site is automatic, but not so simple for...
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Content Management Systems, Take 5…

The rise of content management systems, or “CMS” (as I will hereafter refer to it), has enabled many people to start webpages, particularly blogs, by themselves, without having to learn any technical knowledge or programming languages, or even design. All they have to do is provide content, and BINGO! instant gratification new website created–in many cases without even needing to set up a hosting account. It has never been so easy for a novice to set up a web page, and have it look fairly decent (thanks to templates). Why? All because of Content Management Systems.

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Facebook’s Business Pages Analytics

Facebook is tremendously popular, having over 1 billion users and 55% global penetration rate as of mid 2013.1 With that exposure and audience, your business can’t afford NOT to be on Facebook, if only to increase brand awareness in a popular medium. There are nearly 700 million users on Facebook every day, with an average of 645 million weekly local business page views. Once you build an audience, your impact increases.

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