Accomplishments

Review: Adobe Illustrator CS3

Article as it appeared on the web

A review of the popular illustration program.

MacLife
Article, Review
May, 2007
650 words

Cannabinoids: A Secret History

Article as it appeared on the web

A feature article about the chemical history of cannabinoids — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — touching on medical and legal issues. No longer available on the Chemical Heritage site.

Chemical Heritage Foundation
Article
May, 2007
3000 words

Plastic sheet delivers wireless power

Article as it appeared on the web

A news article about wireless power transmission.

Intro: “Annoyed by the tangle of power cords under your desk? A sheet of plastic invented by researchers in Japan could one day make for tables and walls that power devices placed on them — without any need for wires or plugs. Computers could be powered through the desks on which they sit, for example, or flat-screen televisions through the walls where they hang.”

Nature.com
Article
April, 2007
600 words

Review: Intaglio

Article as it appeared on the web

A short review of an illustration program. Part of a package of three: EazyDraw, Intaglio, and Lineform.

MacLife
Article, Review
April, 2007
250 words

Review: Lineform

Article as it appeared on the web

A short review of an illustration program. Part of a package of three: EazyDraw, Intaglio, and Lineform.

MacLife
Article, Review
April, 2007
300 words

Review: EazyDraw

Article as it appeared on the web

A short review of an illustration program. Part of a package of three: EazyDraw, Intaglio, and Lineform.

MacLife
Article, Review
April, 2007
400 words

From Student Project to Retail Distribution: Lineform Uses Xcode and Core Image

Article as it appeared on the web

An article for the Apple Developer Connection that shows how Apple technologies facilitated the creation and production of a graphic-design tool. Copy available on request.

Intro: “Will Thimbleby didn’t set out to write an illustration program. He needed to create drawings for a project, but he found he couldn’t afford the market-leading application and was unable to find a lower-cost option that suited him. So the 25-year-old doctoral student opened Apple’s Xcode tools and built his own.The result is Lineform, a vector drawing program that challenges the features of pricey competitors while sporting a far more accessible interface. His homegrown “scratch-an-itch” project won the 2006 Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Student Product, and soon after was picked up by software publisher Freeverse, Inc.”

Apple
Article, Case study
April, 2007
2000 words

Imaging the World: The State of Online Mapping

First page of article as it appeared in print

A feature article for Computer Graphics and Applications, a publication of IEEE.

Abstract: “Consumer sites such as MapQuest, Yahoo! Maps, and Google Maps compete to improve their interfaces and data relevance to better appeal to the browsing public. But innovation in online mapping isn’t limited to these household names. Sites for the public good, such as those the US government manages, provide graphical access to data buried in such sources as the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the decennial census. Meanwhile, community mapping sites let the public provide local details, find nearby colleagues, and organize information in ways unknown 10 years ago.”

IEEE
Article
March, 2007
5000 words

Building WingNuts in Xcode with OpenGL: Freeverse Creates a Great Mac-only Game

Article as it appeared on the web

An article for the Apple Developer Connection that shows how Apple technologies facilitated the creation and production of a game. Copy available on request.

Intro: “The 11-person team at Freeverse, Inc. might be small, but the company has scored big with the action arcade game Wingnuts 2: Raina’s Revenge , which won the 2006 Eddy Award for Best Game and was named runner-up for the 2006 Apple Design Awards for Best Mac Game. Freeverse created a fun and addictive game, and according to the development team, the road to outstanding creative development was paved with Apple technologies such as Xcode, QuickTime, Core Image, the platform’s OpenGL implementation, and Mac OS X as a whole.”

Apple
Article, Case study
March, 2007
1800 words

Interactive Tabletop Exhibits in Museums and Galleries

First page of article as it appeared in print

My first feature article for the “Applications” section of Computer Graphics and Applications, a publication of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

Abstract: “Just as online shopping is a bellwether of advanced online technologies, so are museum and gallery showcases for the best in computer display and interface technology. In the first case, commerce demands that speed and reliability get priority, in the latter, technological invisibility is foremost. The museum experience is an unusually tactile, sensual one, and the standard keyboard-mouse-and-screen setup might seem out of place. This trend toward sensual involvement is particularly noticeable in tabletop displays, as they appeal to two aspects of familiar daily life: the horizontal surface as a workspace, and hand gestures (or common objects) as tools for manipulating information.”

IEEE
Article
September, 2006
4000 words

PLACEHOLDER: Writing before 2005 (except books)

Screenshot of the website holding my pre-2005 writing

A list of my published writing from 1994-2005, totaling maybe 200,000 words, is at http://old.tgeller.com/writing/past-writing/. I hope to eventually incorporate those works into the rest of my portfolio.

Tom Geller

January, 2005
200000 words

Smart San Francisco Realty: Your Questions Answered

Cover of "Smart San Francisco Realty" booklet

A collection of 24 one-page articles to be given to clients and potential clients when I was a real-estate agent. I often put out a few of these at open houses I hosted and got several bites as a result.

Tom Geller
Book
November, 2002
12000 words

Public relations services

After four years in technology journalism, I “jumped the fence” to become a Senior Account Executive at GCI Group (now part of Grey Global Group). I specialized in high-tech clients, including Sun, Qualcomm, Globalstar, and Penguin Computing. Later founded Silicon Valley P.R. (sold in 2002).

GCI Group
Corporate
November, 1998

Bisexuality: A Reader and Sourcebook

Cover of the book, "Bisexuality: A Reader and Sourcebook"

I edited this while in college. The collection comprises three parts: Personal writings, academic writings, and an annotated “sourcebook” of support and social groups.

Times Change Press
Book
June, 1990
40000 words