Gurdy Leete    
Associate Professor of Media and Communications
Co-Chair, Media and Communications department
M.F.A. in Film-making, San Francisco Art Institute
B.F.A. in Film-making, San Francisco Art Institute
Email:           gleete@mum.edu
Phone:          (641) 472-7782
Microblog:     identi.ca/gurdy

Professor Leete is the co-author of eleven books on popular software applications, including eight books on the Web animation software package Flash, and he has published 19 essays about the frontiers of computing. His books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian and Spanish. He has worked as a freelance artist in Web design, graphic design, and 3-D animation. He is also an award-winning graphics software engineer.Professor Leete has also been a pioneer in using GNU/Linux applications in undergraduate art and design classes, and he edits a blog on free software for art, music and personal creativity. He is co-author of the Multitile plug-in for generating complex symmetric imagery in the free GNU image manipulation program, the GIMP.

    
Professional Activities
  • Freelance Designer, Fairfield, Iowa. Web site design (Dharma Foundation, Maharishi School, Microsoft SLP Services, Interlaken Publishers), graphic design (The Ottumwa Courier), 3-D animation (Zebra Productions), information kiosk design (Megacards), and user interface design (Accelerated Learning Foundation, Portfolio Systems), 1992-present.
  • Vice President of Graphics Technology, Vinayak 4D Games, Fairfield, Iowa, 1999-2000.
  • Editor, SGI Animator magazine, a publication for animators using Silicon Graphics computers, 1995-1996.
  • Computer Animator and Software Engineer, Maharishi Veda Land international theme park, under the direction of magician Doug Henning, in Vlodrop, The Netherlands, 1991.
  • Graphics Software Engineer, Fairfield Software, Fairfield, Iowa, 1984-1990. Clients included Mindscape, The Learning Company, Sierra On-line, Scott Foresman, and numerous other software publishers.
  • Production Manager, TransVision Corporation, Greenbrae, California, a manufacturer of video equipment and video production company, 1978-1983.
  • Associate Editor, Bicycling magazine, San Francisco, California, 1968-1973.
    
Publications
  • Author, The World Is Our Family: Digital Media in the Global Village, a weblog (2010)
  • With Ellen Finkelstein and Mary Leete, Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Catalyst CS5 For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2010.
  • Web designer and developer, Dharma Foundation, Fairfield, IA, 2009
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, Flash CS4 For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2008.
  • Web developer, blendtips.com, a weblog, 2007.
  • With Mary Leete, Microsoft Expression Blend Bible. New York: Wiley, 2007.
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, Adobe Flash CS3 For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2007.
  • Contributing author, Linux Smart Homes For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2006.
  • Editor, Free Software for Creative Media, a weblog (2006).
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, Macromedia Flash 8 For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2005.
  • Technical editor, Free Software For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2005.
  • With Ellen Finkelstein and Mary Leete, OpenOffice.org For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2003.
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, Macromedia Flash MX 2004 For Dummies. New York: Wiley, 2003.
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, 50 Fast Flash Techniques. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2002.
  • With Chen Yu, Praveen Mishra, and Nutthawut Chandhaketh, Multitile, a plug-in for generating symmetric imagery in the GIMP, 1999-2002.
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, Flash MX For Dummies. New York: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2002.
  • With Ellen Finkelstein, Flash 5 For Dummies. New York: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2000.
  • "SIGGRAPH 99: Computer Graphics, SGI’s RealityRoom, and the Dematerialization of Everything," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, October, 1999.
  • With Ed Murphy, "The Future of Broadcast: E-Cinema, Video’s Big Future, and the Twilight of the Film Era," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, June, 1999.
  • With Anna Bonshek, Ph.D., "Future Present: Reaestheticizing Life Through A New Technology of Consciousness," in Reframing Consciousness: Art, mind and technology, Ascott, Roy, editor. Exeter, England, U.K., Intellect, 1999.
  • "Toy Story: The First Computer-Generated Feature," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, September, 1995.
  • "The Newton Vs. Ubiquitous Computing," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, July, 1995.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., “"The Web Revolution," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, April, 1995.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., “"3-D ‘Printing’: The Future of Replicators, Robotic Sculptors, and Desktop Factories," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, March, 1995.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., “"Rambling through the World Wide Web," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, February, 1995.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., “"Goodbye Paper, Hello Mosaic," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, December, 1994.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., "Hollywood Meets Cyberspace," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, November, 1994.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., "Pervasive Computing and the Educational Renaissance," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, October, 1994.
  • With James Karpen, Ph.D., "Softimage, Silicon Graphics, and the Future of Computer Graphics," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, September, 1994.
  • "Personalized News Wizards," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, June, 1994.
  • "Compu-Audio-Video-Fax-Phones," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, April, 1994.
  • "Colossal Computing," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, March, 1994.
  • "The Geography Lessons of Tomorrow," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, February, 1994.
  • "Machines That Create Ideas," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, December, 1993.
  • "Interactive TV: Ridiculous and Sublime," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, November, 1993.
  • "Diving into Cyberspace: Super-Literacy and the Coming Knowledge Boom," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, October, 1993.
  • "Computer Generated Imagery in the Post-Jurassic Era," The Iowa Source. Fairfield: The Petrick Company, September, 1993.
  • Contributor, The Best of Bicycling. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970, and New York: Pocket Books, 1972.
    
Exhibitions
  • 2000 MUM Faculty Exhibition, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa. Group exhibition.
  • 1998 MUM Faculty Exhibition, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa. Group exhibition.
  • 1993 Group for a Government Show, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa. Group exhibition.
    
Conference Presentations
  • With Anna Bonshek, Ph.D., “"The Shock of Refinement: Reaestheticizing Life Through a New Technology of Consciousness," 1998 International Society of Electronic Artists conference, Manchester, U.K., October, 1998.
  • With Anna Bonshek, Ph.D., “"Future Present: Reaestheticizing Life Through A New Technology of Consciousness," Consciousness Reframed 98, Newport, U.K., September, 1998.
    
Awards
  • 1991 MacUser magazine "Eddy” award for Fairfield Software’s ClearAccess (member of user interface design team).
  • 1971-1972 San Francisco Art Institute Honors Program.
  • 1971-1972 San Francisco Art Institute Tiffany Scholarship.
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