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What Else Can Dave Seah Do?

A list of my general skills and interests.

I've worked in the video game industry and as an interactive designer. I also have been programming computers since the early 1980s, and went to school to study computer engineering up to the Masters level before going to art school. You can read more about that in my biography, or keep reading.

I Explain Things

I'm somewhat unusual in that I have a broad set of artistic, technical, and writing skills. This means I can start from script concept, jump to graphics and code, and produce finished product by myself when the circumstances call for such leaps. That said, I prefer working closely with other people.

Because of my hybrid background, I have the ability to communicate with everyone from the hardcore techs to the executive-level decision makers right back to the visual designers. I am always seeking new ways to communicate with people.

I Make Information Pretty

If you need to make something look good on a computer, I can probably make it or tell you where to get it at any price point.

  • Flash Animation
  • Video Editing
  • GUI Design
  • Vector Logo Art
  • Graphics Formats
  • Interactive Scripting
  • HTML/CSS
  • Digital Photography

I can also get stuff printed for you, designing and writing material as necessary.

  • Business Cards
  • Brochures
  • CD Packaging
  • Booklets
  • Posters
  • Logos and Identity

My artistic strengths fall into the following areas:

  • Clear Layouts
  • Information Graphics
  • Color Balance
  • Making Visual Sense
  • Creative Direction
  • Storyboarding
  • Diagrams and Figures

I Know Software

My technical strengths, while well-developed, are best applied in the context of people-focused creative work. If I don't, I get very bored. In other words, I am happier working with people, not holed up by myself pounding out code. Here's some of what I know:

  • WordPress Theming
  • Tech Documentation
  • System Architecture
  • System Debugging
  • Issue Tracking
  • Unix Server Admin
  • Windows Configuration
  • Data Archiving Strategy
  • Development Support
  • Object-Oriented Coding
  • Class Design
  • C-like Languages
  • Flash Actionscript
  • CD-ROM Authoring
  • General Programming
  • Internet Services

Need some help with digital art production? I use the following creative software packages almost every day, and can show you how I use them to create advanced multimedia:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Adobe InDesign CS4
  • Adobe Flash CS4
  • Adobe Director 8
  • Adobe Premiere CS4
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Sony Sound Forge 9.0
  • Propellerhead Record

I can show you how I create content and use social media for my various Internet properties. I've already documented a lot of it on my Wiki.

  • Podcasting Equipment
  • Podcasting Editing
  • Blog Design
  • Blog Deployment
  • Blog Writing
  • Blog Ranking
  • Semantic HTML
  • Web Analytics
  • Online Identity
  • Community Participation
  • Social Media Trends
  • Online Group Tools
  • Group Creation
  • Online Product Mfg

I Organize Thoughts

I can help you get your thoughts untangled. Here's how:

  • Listening To Everything - I'm really good at pulling out the patterns and insights from conversation. I've not yet met anyone that could overwhelm me with data.
  • Laying Out the Possibilities - I can see many sides of the same situation, laying the issues out clearly based on how I've come to know them through our conversations. I am never judgemental.
  • Creative Brainstorming - I'm always looking for the unseen angle and the novel approach that fits the situation perfectly. Then, I come up with the most practical way to get it done within our means.
  • Justifying and Explaining Design Decisions - I won't just tell you that I like something. I can break my design decisions—and by extension, yours—into the psychological, cultural, and cognitive factors that I am applying. It is all very logical, if you know how to read it the right way.
  • Providing Motivation and Tools - Sometimes you need a sympathetic ear that understand the difficulty of what you're doing, and sometimes you need some magic beans. I can give you both.
  • Provide Insight through Analogy - I come up with the weirdest analogies, but they help you understand a confusing situation in language and images that you feel intuitively.

These processes are at the core of everything I do.