I was educated as an architect at the University of California at Berkeley and worked in a number of prominent architecture and engineering offices in San Francisco in the first chapter of my career. I discovered that I had a natural talent for CAD and 3D modeling.
After a short while I missed the collegiate atmosphere so I started tutoring private students in AutoCAD, 3ds Max, and Photoshop. Then I got some part time gigs teaching courses at several universities in the SF bay area and ended up leaving the architecture firm where I was working to take a teaching job at the Academy of Art University where I taught 38 semester courses over 6 years.
Around the turn of the millennium I edited books and ended up tech-editing two dozen books. This experience expanded my knowledge not only of software but of the publishing industry and exactly how technical books are written. The next step I took was to write my own books of which I have authored or co-authored more than a dozen books on software to date.
I have created numerous training videos on Unity, AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3ds Max, SketchUp, Twilight and Revit. In the early days I self-published CD-ROMs and then DVD-ROMs. More recently I have partnered with Sybex/Wiley, O’Reilly, Video2Brain, Infinite Skills, Lynda.com and LinkedIn.com where you can find my current video training products.
Along the way I wrote numerous tips and tricks articles at AECbytes, and wrote a column for 8 years called Beyond Photoshop in Photoshop User Magazine (72 articles in all). I’ve given talks at various conventions and done consulting and created courses and tests for companies on AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3ds max, and SketchUp.
I had a series of epiphanies which resulted in me starting a passion project in 2009. It took me more than a year of full time work to create an epic documentary film called Secrets in Plain Sight, a densely-packed series about patterns found in art, architecture, urban design and the cosmos. Volume 1 runs almost 4 hours long and has been viewed by more than 10 million people at last count. I’ve also written related articles and books, done dozens of interviews about my films and books and maintain a popular blog about the “Secrets In Plain Sight.”