As a designer I have had the pleasure of delivering on my passion for aesthetics in serving as the art director for two publications, and working on a wide gamut of projects in a contracting capacity. These include publication planning and design, page layout for magazines and books, brand conceptualization and development, advertisement design, as well as map illustrations. I tend to approach User Interface Design with inspiration and guidance from the 10 Usability Heuristics developed by Dr. Jakob Nielson.
While experienced in both industry standard, commercial as well as open source applications, my design tool of choice typically depends on the primary color space of the project, the nature and scope of the assignment, as well as the platform I might be using at the time. As such, I tend to oscillate between the following: Adobe's Illustrator and InDesign, Corel's Draw and Paint, as well as FOSS alternatives such as Inkscape, Scribus, and Gimp.
Below you'll find a sampling of some of my design and DTP (for lithography) work of which I had full project ownership. Note that the print samples have been rescaled for screen display.