Welcome to Living Productions, the portfolio site of Duane Hartman, Jr. Check out the cavalcade of design and illustration on the Digital Portfolio page. I am currently trying to jump back into full-time design and illustration while being employed as a Microbiology Analyst/Laboratory Technician for IEH Laboratories, based out of Grand Island, Nebraska. My undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Comprehensive Biology with an Environmental Health emphasis. I concomitantly worked on a minor in Graphic Design, and upon graduation re-enlisted for more credit hours in design, pursuing a B.F.A.
Just about 12 hours shy of finishing my B.F.A. in Graphic Design, I had the blessing of being hired on as a graphic designer for Morris Publishing Group in Kearney, Nebraska, where I worked for nearly five years. At Morris Publishing Group [MPG] I worked in the Marketing department (formerly R & D) doing design/layout, digital illustration, and product research and development. The primary emphases of the position included continual publishing and development of the SchoolMate school planner line of products, as well as materials for the Morris Fundraising Cookbooks division. In addition, I had the responsibilities of assisting our team in developing expansion products for other divisions under the parent company MPG. This included various journals for Morris Publishing, scrapbooking materials for our newly-released scrapbooking kits, and vehicle wraps and storefront signage for our downtown Morris Press printing business.
In the transition period since being at MPG, I have had the benefit of working as a Youth Educator/Behavioral Health Worker in both a group home and residential treatment facility for boys. Throughout this time period since being in full-time graphic design, I have kept busy doing volunteer design and illustration work for various entities. Among these, I designed marks and supporting materials for Tohu Bohu, a wood craftsmanship business specializing in using rare woods to create furniture and hand-hewn accessories. Currently, I am busy creating marketing materials and illustration for the Salvation Army.
When I have time for research and expanding my skill set, I continue to develop my skills with Maxon Cinema 4D (3-D modelling and animation), Adobe Flash (motion graphics), Corel Painter, and honing my drawing skills with a Wacom tablet and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. Using these skills with the workhorse packages in the Adobe Creative Suite (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), I enjoy blending the creative with the scientific and exploring biomedical visualization: the art of rendering scientific concepts in an audiovisual environment. In particular, I thoroughly enjoy the study of human anatomy and physiology, and learning about the intricacies of what comprises the processes of being alive.
I hope this gives you a modicum of insight into my career goals and interests. If you have any questions or curiosities, please go to the Contacts page and fire me an email or phone call. I appreciate your time and interest very much. If you want to check out my Linked In profile, please click the link below.
Duane R. Hartman, Jr.