Skills and work
Tigard, Oregon 97223
Available for full time contract work on-site and remote collaboration
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My entire career has been focused on effective graphic
communication using traditional and digital media. My primary interests
are 2D and 3D photo
realistic illustration, 3D modeling, animation and digital multimedia. I
have produced creative visualizations of a wide range of concepts
including branding and marketing new and existing product lines, graphic design for the web,
print and presentation, architectural presentation renderings, full
walk-thru videos, animating flying logos and 3D special effects.
Recap of my professional work;
From 1983 to 1985 I was Senior Exhibit Designer at
Oregon Museum of
Science and Industry, where I designed the first "Dinosaurs at OMSI" show
that broke every attendance record at the museum. I also designed the
Space Medicine exhibit hall and the traveling exhibit
many interactive kiosks. I was responsible for coordinating all the
planning, design, construction and installation of the exhibits.
position from 1985 to 1987 was as Computer Graphics Production Manager at
Media West where I created thousands of 35mm computer graphic slides for
customer presentations all over the Northwest. One of the shows I produced
was the 35mm slide presentation where Microsoft's Bill Gates introduced
the CD-ROM format and associated Microsoft multimedia plans to the world
Robert Ebert is the founder of VirtualDesign.Com
The company was started in 1988 as Computer Tools, Inc and focused on
building and selling our CyberGrafx branded line of Intel/Windows based PC
graphic workstations. After growing to a staff of fourteen, it was
re-organized in 1997 as VirtualDesign.Com, a full service digital design
studio and pre-press image-setting service bureau utilizing Windows/Intel
Noteworthy projects produced by Robert Ebert as Owner and Creative
Director of Computer Tools, Inc dba VirtualDesign.Com in the last 17
Designed 3D illustrations for a computer based presentation for InFocus
Systems' introduction of their first LCD based projection system. InFocus
holds a major share of the market today.
In 1992 designed the 35mm slide show that Intel's Andrew Grove delivered
to his national sales associates meeting introducing the System 2000 plan
detailing Intel's microprocessor plans to the year 2000.
Modeled and animated a fly through of 30,000 sq. ft. Nintendo trade show
booth proposed by Promotion Products, Inc. They won the contract for the
1996 CES show to do the $2.5 million dollar booth.
Designed the 35mm slide show presentation for Drake Construction, Inc.'s
proposal for construction of the $35 million dollar Rose Quarter Arena for
the Portland Trailblazers. They got the contract.
Designed and produced a CD-ROM based installation and maintenance training
program for Perstorp Analytical that ships with each organic chemistry
analytical unit sold. The CD obviates the need to fly an engineer out with
each system to oversee the installation, thus saving thousands of dollars
in collateral expenses.
Designed and produced a Point of Purchase CD-ROM based interactive demo
for Crystal Lake's wave table based CCI music card, comparing FM synthesis
and wave based music. Shortly after introduction they were purchased by
Compaq and the card is now being OEM'd to Compaq as their installed music
Designed and produced a CD-ROM based multimedia display running on a 12
monitor video wall for Best Buy Department Stores. Running continuously in
the computer departments, extolling the virtues of purchasing a larger
Designed and produced an interactive Demo CD-ROM for Asymetrix Corp. for
marketing their new release of Multimedia Toolbook, CBT Edition 4.0.
Featuring 3D Illustrations, software demos, sample applications and a CBT
tutorial. (CBT = Computer Based Training)
VirtualDesign.Com in partnership with Northwest Training Resources,
programmed and designed the interface for a interactive CD-ROM for Wacker
Siltronic. The CD is a training aid for clean room gowning and operational
procedures. The program was created using Asymetrix Toolbook 4.0 CBT
Animated a 3D fly around of a proposed trade show exhibit for Lindsay West
for presentation to Freightliner Corp. in an effort to win the nod to
build it for the introduction of a radical new line of trucks.
VirtualDesign.Com has designed web sites for SoHoNW, Fire Mountain Foods, Yetti-Radventures, eRugcenter.com, Computer Bits Magazine, Sports Car
Magazine, Offshore Solutions, Inc. The National Grange, Stewart Group
Realty, Mascord Associates Design, Etherium
Corporation and Forza Auto Detailing.
I have worked with numerous architects and engineers to help them
visualize projects ranging from office buildings to airports. I have
worked on many detailed illustrations for highly complex mechanical
assemblies as well, utilizing the exploded isometric format to clarify the
production and repair process.
My major focus has been on high resolution 3D animation and digital images
for presentation and publication graphics. Building on my years of
specializing in 3-D technical illustration, I have forged ahead on an
ongoing exploration of 3D virtual reality design utilizing the latest
technologies to create a wide range of virtual spaces.
Born in Redmond, Oregon in 1948, I grew up traveling all over the west
coast. I first got into computer graphics in 1979, when I purchased an
Apple II computer. And by 1981 I had scratch built my own Z80 based
graphics system connected to a Xerox 6500 color laser copier. In 1985 I
was introduced to 3D animation and full color graphics on the PC, and I
was hooked forever.
My fine art computer graphic works and digital photography have been shown
The CyberGrafx Gallery 1997
The Bon Voyeur Gallery 1993
The Oregon Graduate Center Gallery 1991
The Abaci Gallery, 1988
Today's Graphics Gallery, 1980