I have been doing graphic design and programming for about eleven years, but moved into the geospatial realm about five years ago. As a designer, I've noticed that my approach to producing maps is quite different than classically trained GIS folks. While not a true cartographer, I find the specialty is closest to describing my skill set. I think of maps as scientific data packaged in artistic wrapping. My experience is mostly centered around ArcGIS and Adobe, but I do dabble in open source solutions from time to time. As a firm believer in the open source model, I am now seeking to replicating and refining my workflow in an open source context.
I look forward to sharing experience and learning from this community.