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Cool Tuna Studio is no longer generally available for building web sites. However, I do answer questions.

About the Studio

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Nan Fredman has been designing and producing web pages professionally since 1996; and designing for print before and after that. Currently she produces the Great American Stations Project web site and the Amtrak History website for Amtrak, where she configures, manages, and maintains the Plone system the web site runs on; manages vendors and hosting; writesPython code where necessary; researches and writes histories of the Amtrak train stations; and photographs stations for the site. Recently, she has participated in the technical aspects of founding the Amtrak Archives, including creating an accession database as well as contributing to the online Archives.

She also paints in oils and more recently, both models and renders with 3d CGI software.

Professional Capabilities at a Glance

  • Expert graphic design for web and print
  • Expert digital illustration for web and print
  • Ferrets out project requirements and turn them into architectures
  • Turns architectures into web navigation systems
  • Turns navigation systems into interfaces
  • Applies Section 508 principles to web design
  • Uses high-end, industry-standard digital design and illustration software
  • Uses typography efficiently and correctly in layouts
  • Creates compelling presentations and presentation graphics
  • Models, textures, and renders digital 3D graphics
  • Paints portraits and still lifes in oils as well as drawing and cartooning
  • Designs data structures
  • Codes in HTML, JavaScript, PHP, CSS, Python and others
  • Manages Plone and Unix web sites
  • Creates WordPress blog sites
  • Understands security concerns
  • Optimizes web pages for search engines
  • Manages and tracks paid search engine listings
  • Analyzes web statistics into marketing intelligence
  • Explains technical concepts in simple terms
  • Creates flow diagrams, graphs, and charts
  • Develops compelling demonstrations and tutorials
  • Develops Access databases with friendly forms
  • Researches topics online
  • Writes proposal copy
  • Writes journalistic information-intense web copy
  • Writes focused marketing copy
  • Writes organized technical documentation
  • Organizes Government and business proposals
  • Makes budget and labor estimates
  • Recommends software solutions
  • Re-uses code and finds the right off-the-shelf software
  • Organizes and prioritizes production tasks
  • Encourages and helps others who want to learn
  • Loves learning and applying new skills
  • Cares about company morale
  • Respectfully directs and manages vendors
  • Coordinates well with other departments and their concerns
  • Coddles clients and customers

Software Proficiencies

  • Plone 4.0 and 3.5 (Content Management System)
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe DreamWeaver CS6
  • Adobe Flash CS6
  • Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Camtasia Studio video production
  • Quark Xpress
  • MacNeel Rhino 3.0
  • Deep Paint 3D, DeepUV
  • Microsoft Office XP (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.)
  • Silo 2.2 3d modeling
  • Modo 6.0 3d modeling and UV mapping
  • Poser 3d rigging
  • Vue Infinite 10.5

Programming, Scripting, and Operating Systems

  • Plone 2.5.5, 3.0 (Content Management System)
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SQL
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • CGI script installation
  • Forum software installation
  • UNIX/Apache web server management
  • Windows XP, NT, 98, 2000
  • Lisp, CommonLisp, C, Fortran, Pascal, and VAX assembly language