I once began a presentation at a seminar by saying “My business card is the easiest way to introduce myself. My name is Derek Green and I split my time equally between being a designer and a software trainer.”
Since being introduced to Macintosh computers at The Graphics Factory in 1986, I have always been enthusiastic about computer technology. Although a student at the time, I was one of the first designers in the UK to take advantage of the “desktop” revolution. I was keen to pass on my knowledge to others and so the link between creative design and software training began.
Over the past twenty years my artistic work has encompassed most aspects of graphic design and typography. I have an intimate knowledge of the design, prepress and printing industries. I am proficient in the use of animation, video-editing, DVD authoring and website creation software.
As time goes by the design and training aspects of my career become more closely linked. This puts me in the rare position of being able to explain to people on software training courses how I personally use computer technology in my creative work.
In addition my broad knowledge in a wide range of creative software applications helps me to conceive, write and deliver bespoke training courses. I like to think that I am effective at training people of all abilities and skill levels in the use of computer technology. Customer feedback seems to indicate that my relaxed style and method of delivery is well received.
More recently I have been enjoying a renaissance in making art by hand, primarily combining silk-screen and linocut printing processes. Although simple techniques, this has rekindled the passion for why I originally went to art school.