• David Alan Foster

    Interdisciplinary Designer

    Palo Alto, CA

David Alan Foster is a interdisciplinary designer. David has been in many diverse areas of design: graphic, packaging, display, new product, business, lettering, logo, type, environmental, trade show, publications and web. He facilitates the design, development and delivery of products. David has been a corporate founder, entrepreneur, inventor, marketing communications manager, and creative director. David published Invent! magazine and several newsletters, and is a published poet.

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David Alan Foster -- Capabilities Overview TITLES -- Designer -- Industrial Designer -- Creative Director -- Marketing Communications Director -- Product Developer / Inventor -- Entrepreneur -- Publisher CAPABILITIES -- General: comprehensive design, graphic, written, computer and thinking skills for technical, instructional, marketing and corporate materials. Creative solution provider for ideas, products and businesses -- Design: web, logo, package, graphic, type/font design, presentation, product, industrial, environmental, and publications -- Graphic: logos, collateral, typography, lettering, calligraphy, packaging, technical illustration and art direction -- Writing: wordsmithing, naming, branding, copywriting, editing, technical writing, magazine articles, newsletters, manuals -- Mac and PC skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Go Live; HTML; Ashlar Vellum Graphite CAD, Xenon 3D; Autodesk Inventor; FileMaker Pro; Fontographer -- Intangibles: problem solving, research, diplomacy, patience, good listener, good humor, work well alone or as a team member -- Skilled written communicator and researcher. Broad-based writing talents -- Ability to "translate" new or complex products and technologies into language a reader/ customer/investor can understand -- Depth in mechanical concepts and vision design education ACCOMPLISHMENTS -- Established Publications Department, acquired resources and published three major manuals in three months: systems operation & maintenance, programming guide, and training guide — increased productivity in collateral creation by 800% by the CEO’s estimate. -- Founding board member of FACET (Foundation for Advanced Curriculum and Education Technology), a non-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation that operated as a facilitator and local centralized resource for technologies applied to education. Formed the corporation and acted as Communications Director, and briefly as President. -- Founded Invent! Magazine — Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director. Built a highly respected magazine providing information, guidelines, resources, and contacts for product developers and independent inventors. Achieved a circulation of 20,000 in four years, bootstrapped. -- Original partner with Steve DuPuis, now the DuPuis Group, now a top firm in graphic and package design. -- Created the Product Support Services group for collateral materials design for Hauser Inc, a top firm in industrial/product design. -- Elevated the profile of Inventors Workshop International Education Foundation by improving collateral marketing materials and educational publications. -- Co-founder of the first national inventors trade show, InvenTech, organized speakers’ bureau and published the show guides -- Strategic and business planning consultant and support services for Enterprisers Advantage™. Helped to establish firm's leadership position in business information and consulting services. -- Created corporate communications department for financial company, which included a newsletter for shareholders, business plans, offerings, proxies, and financial statements. -- Managed trade show operations for real-time 3-D computer graphics company: booth design and location, design and production of demonstrations, show setup, and response collateral to sales leads. -- Designed and produced several newsletters - over eight years' experience in publications. -- Published author and collaborating writer/editor in product development and marketing projects. -- Published poet. QUANTITATIVE EXPERIENCE -- 3 years working as contract designer in P-O-P/retail display, and design in specialty plastics for architectural and engineering clients -- 7 years in product design and development with independent inventors -- 9 years on the WWWeb: design, development, hosting and consulting -- 20 years marketing: corporate communications, sales collateral, trade show management -- 32 years writing: articles, copy, editing, poetry, tech writing, manuals, branding, naming -- 36 years graphic design: logos, production art, tech illustration, calligraphy, photoretouching -- Multi-industry experience in product design and development, intellectual property management, business planning and strategic planning EDUCATION -- Long-term student/practitioner of product design and resource development -- Studied last at Academy of Art University, San Francisco -- AA in Written and Graphic Communications from Pierce College, Los Angeles -- Over five years combined comprehensive college studies at Moorpark College, Principia College, University of Maryland and the Volkshochschule in Sindelfingen, Germany. CONTACT -- slowpost: 127 Lowell Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94301 -- cell phone: 650 444 4787 -- home office phone: 650 330 1143 -- home office fax: 650 651 1652 -- e-mail: dalan@mac.com – or – designfluence@yahoo.com


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