The Designer  -  Les Barker


I was commissioned to do a snowflake for the cover of the Lemstone Christian Bookstores Christmas 2003 Christmas catalog.

By vocation I am a web designer. By avocation I am a graphic designer and photographer. I have a bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in Instructional Systems Technology.

I have a lovely wife and two fantastic kids. We live in the western suburbs of Chicagoland. I have a great job and get to work with great colleagues.

Many an evening I pull out my paper and X-acto knife and try another snowflake.

My worldview is a product of my faith in Christ, a fascination with art and music, eighteen years of living and working in Japan, and the beautiful Canadian woman that I married in 1989.

If people have any preconception of paper snowflakes it is of something that they did in grade school. I feel as though I've been given a chance to take this simple artform and give it new life. I have found that it has become a creative outlet for me... something I can do that is uniquely my own.

In addition to my day job and making snowflakes, I do some freelance graphic design on the side. If you have need of any of the following services, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Design:

  • Desktop publishing of newsletters, brochures magazines, books
  • Graphic design for a wide variety of projects, from CD jackets to posters
  • Logo design and basic identity package (letterhead, business cards, etc.)
  • Web design examples:
  www.boldmentum.com Business process re-engineering firm
  www.jjkoolhaus.com Specialty store in Oak Park, IL
  www.accentonhistory.com Dramatic portrayals of historical figures
  www.alliantleadership.com Executive training and coaching
  www.carolynlarsen.com Author, speaker and dramatist Carolyn Larsen
  www.karitos.com Karitos Christian Worship & Art Conference
  www.blanchardroad.org/beyond The Beyond Campaign website
  www.fatherfreedom.com Creating a healing wave... one heart at at time
  www.legalsolutionsinternational.com Legal services company based in Chicago
  www.auroramediapro.com Video production company in Seattle
  www.timothyhodge.com Storyboard artist for Disney and Big Idea
  www.nostalgiabaseball.net Statistics-based baseball simulation
  www.mwangaproductions.com Special video project in Congo, Africa
     
  • Caricature and illustration
  • Proficiency in various software tools such as Adobe Photoshop (member, NAPP), Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and others.

Japanese Culture:

  • Japanese language interpreting
  • Presentations on Japanese culture
  • Kanji workshop (learning Japanese "kanji" written characters)

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I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Naperville Art League, and I also enjoy the fellowship and encouragement of the Lively Arts group, which is a monthly gathering of Christian artists.

 

 

 
 
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