Curriculum Vitae

Experienced Graphic Designer with an extensive background in Print, Web Design, and Web Development, seeking challenging assignments in enterprises where I can contribute my skills and experience, adding value and developing quality products.

I'm very passionate about my work and I believe success always comes when preparation meets opportunity. My first working experience with computers dates back to 1989, and since then I haven't stopped achieving new levels of expertise in a number of fields related to computer assisted graphic design, web-oriented development and a wide range of Internet-based technologies.

Working with computers for over 25 years on different areas, such as advertising, printing, Internet, multimedia, TV, Film, etc., across several countries all over the world, has provided me with an extreme adaptability when facing new tasks, be it as a designer, a software developer, or leading a team of professionals in the graphic design industry.

Currently spending long periods of time in Asia, where I manage several outsourcing teams, mainly based in Singapore, top financial and technological hub in South East Asia, and Cebu City, number one of the Top 50 Emerging Global Outsourcing Cities for two consecutive years, 2008 and 2009.

 

Education

Bilingual education: Primary and Secondary School in Spain and College in Australia, where I studied Graphic Design at the NSW Commercial Arts College.

Although most of what I know about Web Design and the Internet has been acquired through hands-on work assignments, I have also enrolled on a variety of courses in order to keep myself up-to-date, specially on software development and web-oriented programming.

 

Languages

Bilingual Spanish / English, both spoken and written. Technical translations between both languages.
Translations from Portuguese, French and Italian.
Translation and localization of websites, adapting code to be displayed in several languages.

 

Skills

Highly knowledgeable of most professional and popular software used for Web Design/Development, DTP (Desktop Publishing) and Multimedia (Audio/Video).

Development of customized web applications and interactive systems using the latest technologies (TCP/IP, HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, DHTML, AJAX, SQL, PHP, etc.)

 

Experience

Over 20 years of hands-on experience working for Advertising Agencies and Printing Shops, and more than 12 years involved in Web Design and Development.

I have also worked in different positions for TV stations, Film companies and Multimedia providers from different countries.

 

Samples

Over many years I've built a very large and varied portfolio of which I have some on display here.
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Samples of my work range from interactive content management systems, to full color magazines, multimedia presentations, interactive websites, etc.

 

Interests

Both my working and personal life are closely tied to the Internet, and strangely enough, I enjoy most of my working assignments.

I'm very interested on all kinds of cultural activities, specially cinema and music.

I regularly practice several sports, specially water-sports. Sailing is one of my biggest passions.

Accessibility

Accessible Web Design allows people with Visual, Hearing or Motor disabilities to navigate the content of the pages without any constraints, making sure that all Internet users can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web.

Accessibility Issues

In order to ensure a web page is accessible to any visitor, the following issues must be addressed:
  • Check for all elements used to format the page text:
    • The page must still make sense without using the associated cascading style sheet.
    • Increasing the font size to the largest option mustn't make the text unreadable.
    • Check the high-contrast settings to make sure that after changing all font and background colors the page is still readable.
    • There must exist "Alt" text for every image or multimedia object that conveys content.
  • Test for linearization:
    • Copy all text and paste it into a word processing document to ensure that still makes sense linearized and without graphics.
    • Print each page on a black and white printer to see if the absence of color hides any content or creates confusion.
  • Test the Navigation:
    • Test if you can navigate the entire site using only the keyboard.
    • Test that the logical tab order for the page follows the page structure.
The foundation of accessible Web design is the concept that all pages must be accessible by just using the keyboard.
Taking this limitation into account, the following issues should be addressed:
  • Create an interface and navigation scheme that is intuitive and consistent.
  • If needed, create a logical tab order for the page using the "tabindex" attribute.
  • Place navigation elements at top and bottom of pages.
  • Provide methods that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.
  • Create keyboard shortcuts using the AccessKeys attribute.

Accessibility Resources

  • Section 508
    Resources for understanding and implementing the requirements that make information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
  • AWARE
    Instructions on how to create accessible web design, written by the HTML Writers Guild.
  • Bobby
    Free web-based program that checks web sites for adherence to international accessibility guidelines and provides specific recommendations to correct access problems.
  • UIAccess
    Resources for developing and implementing universal interface design and usable accessibility.
  • Usable Web
    A collection of links about information architecture, human factors, user interface issues, and usable design specific to the World Wide Web.
  • Web Accessibility Initiative
    Guidelines for accessibility in technology, accessible websites, tools, education, research and development for Internet accessibility from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
  • Accessible Web
    An initiative that aims at making the Internet more accessible to everyone. In English, Español, Français, Italiano and Deutsch.
  • Web Accessibility In Mind
    Articles, resources and tutorials concerning Web Accessibility.
  • International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet in Spanish and Portuguese
    Web Accessibility and Disability Resources in Español and Português.