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Kass has almost thirty years in the publishing industry. She has a degree in Commercial Art and had been a production designer, book designer and calligrapher before she converted over to managing desktop publishing technology in 1987.
She presently has her own technical writing and consultation business, focusing on publishing topics and clients. This business was a side interest during her many years at her "day job" as a DTP/Mac manager for a large greeting card company. In late 1994, she took her business full time and with each year since, longs for the days when she had time to sleep! She continues to keep her hand in at graphic design with select clients. She has also audited publishing systems integration for various corporate clients.
In recent years, her writing has been for the Telecommunications Industry. She has written many documents on the basics of high-speed networking and data transport for her Fortune 100 telecommunications web client. Her forte is translating technical information into easy-to-understand content for the average citizen. Instruction manuals, tutorials and basic informational web sites top the project list.
For seven years, Kass was the DTP/Mac manager and Systems Integrator at a large greeting card and catalog publishing firm in Colorado (part of a Fortune 500 company). In addition to being the system architect, she was responsible for: R&D, training, budgeting (and proposals), purchasing, IT liaison, vendor contact, standards, integration, troubleshooting, policies and procedures for the company's 100 station Macintosh network with 100 users across 12 creative departments (including writing, design and prepress). She has worked extensively with IT staff and vendors and is very fluent in Macintosh and DTP technology.
She is a published author of many articles in various trade publications, and is often quoted in other articles. Among the publishing trade publications she has written for in the past: Pre, Folio and Digital Creativity Magazines, %%timeout, the bi-monthly journal of the International Digital Imaging Association (IDIA), and as the humor columnist for WWWiz, a Web-focused California tabloid.
She participates and has lectured at many national conferences, seminars and trade shows; has done product testimonials (and influenced changes) for several dtp hardware and software products; and is an active member of the 16 year-old Desktop Publishing Forum (formerly part of CompuServe). She has managed an Internet listserver and is (or has been) a member, officer, and/or founder of more than ten local, regional and national user groups and professional trade organizations. She was once seated on the board of directors for the International Digital Imaging Association (IDIA).
For three years, Kass was the Seminar & Special Events Manager for Denver's annual (Printing Industries) PIAMS-sponsored regional publishing conference--COMM360. In addition, she was the webmaster and technical manager for this event.
Creating her first web site in 1995, she spent several years involved in educating and de-mystifying web development for designers of print media, via seminars and lectures. Her once-popular web site, located at http://www.kassj.com/ received a lot of attention for the publishing, systems, SCSI, SyQuest advice, and Netiquette information she made/makes available.
This site continues to live, but updates are few and far between, much like the cobbler's kids going barefoot.
Kass is listed in the Marquis Who'sWho in Media & Communications 1999 (first edition), Marquis Who'sWho in the West, and the Marquis Who'sWho of American Women.
Kass was a Quark Authorized Training Consultant for over nine years. She has held a Colorado state certificate for teaching Production Design at the local community college, for their Commercial Art program. Kass is also the standing chairman of the Colorado State Advisory Committee for Graphic Communications education, reviewing curriculum standards of all printing, graphic design, and photography programs in secondary and post secondary schools and colleges in Colorado. (Committee now in AdHoc.)
E-mail her at: kass at kassj dot com. Visit her site on the web at: http://www.kassj.com/.