Obsidian Vision was founded in 2000 by Molly Gregg, who employs a team of seasoned specialists in web site solutions. The team comprises a
small group of consultants and contractors who have collaborated closely on previous web dev projects. Obsidian Vision is now certified in the state of
California as a Women Business Enterprise, WBE. The government gives tax breaks to companies that hire WBE certified businesses such as ours.
- project manager, web designer and developer
Molly has been in the Visual Arts industry for over 12 years. She has an M.A. in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University. Molly has worked as a web designer for Kendall-Jackson Wineries located in Santa Rosa, California and a web producer for Cymbic Interactive, a branding and web design firm located in San Rafael, California.
With both an interface design and a web development background, Molly branched out on her own in August 2000 and founded Obsidian Vision Web Studio. Since then,
Molly has produced numerous web site and print collateral projects. She was a Golden Web Award recipient. Her resume and more of
her work can
be viewed at: mollygregg.com
- Flash developer and illustrator
Mark is a logo designer and illustrator who specializes in typography & color design.
His product design workyoung and teen girls' bicycle paint, logo and accessory designcan be seen currently in the girls'
bicycle sections of Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, and Costco in the United States, Europe and even Australia! Mark’s recent paint and logo design work on
the Barbie line of bicycles at Dynacraft BSC netted the firm the 2005 Best in Show at the International Mattel Vendor Expo.
Mark is also a web cartoonist
and Flash animator in is in high demand. His portfolio includes Flash learning courses for DigitalThink of San
Francisco's marquee clients: McDonald's, KPMG, Tenet HealthCare, and Cisco.
Digital M Studio in 1995. He is the proud recipient of both the Rhode Island School Of Design / Society Of Newspaper Design Workshop Fellowship, and the Poynter Institute Design and Typography
Workshop Fellowship. Mark graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Communication.
- Flash, ActionScript programmer and visual effects expert
Geordie Martinez, the newest addition to our Obsidian Vision Family, brings with him an extensive background in Flash
animation, ActionScript programming and visual effects expertise.
Geordie was a nuclear electrician in the Navy for six years. After the Navy, Geordie attended San Francisco State University
and obtained a B.A. in film.
While in school he taught himself Flash and ActionScript. Geordie was hired by DigitalThink where he
quickly became the senior Flash developer. He has tech-edited two Flash books and worked on numerous large
projects including McDonalds, Peets Coffee house, Hewlett Packard, and CitiBank.
After DigitalThink, Geordie worked as a Flash programmer and later, a 3D animation supervisor at Stylus Visuals
scientific animation company. Recently, Geordie collaborated with Palma VFX
and Giant Killer
Robots; he worked as a
freelance Flash programmer, Maya Character Technical Director, and Effects Technical Director for both companies.
In addition, Geordie tech-edited two Maya books with Palma and Giant Killer Robots. The books, Mastering Maya 8
and Maya Visual Effects: The Innovators Guide
, will be released in 2007.
— art director, designer
A native San Franciscan, Kern possesses over 20 years of experience in the design industry. After graduating from the California College of Arts
and Crafts, he decided to move to New York City to see how far he could go, after all, "if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere." After
several challenging and finally successful years, Kern returned to his roots where has worked with many local design firms that include EnterpriseIG, Primo Angeli, Inc., Pentagram and Alterpop. Previously, he was art director at Autodesk, Inc., the makers of AutoCAD.
Kern possesses extensive, demonstrated experience in corporate identity, corporate branding, capital campaign marketing, print collateral, business to
business branding, business to consumer marketing, packaging, environmental graphics / signage, and editorial design. He has helped many national and
international clients build their brands, as well as many local institutions establish their presence. He works in both print and web.
Kern is also an adjunct professor and advisor at the California College of the Arts where he lectures on current technology and software from a graphic
designer's point of view. His work has been featured in the Print Regional Design Annual, the How Design Annual and IDN, a Japanese design journal. You can see all his latest work at: kerntoystudio.com
— illustrator and art director
Alan Stonebraker has over 15 years experience in creating powerful visuals, communicating ideas to audiences ranging from young people to scientists,
telecommunication managers to CEOs, and government policy-makers as well.
From 1999 to 2003, Alan was art director for one of the leading scientific publications in the world, the weekly journal Science. While at Science his
passion for scientific visualization was fulfilled by overseeing the team of 12 who designed the issue that shared the map of the first human genome with
Before that, he was multimedia specialist at Project 2061, an organization committed to science education reform. In addition, he was design editor at
Dragonfly, a children's science magazine, which is now a popular PBS television show, Dragonfly TV
. Alan’s work
has appeared in Highlights for Children, The Journal of Pediatrics, and MIT Press. He has also given talks on creating effective visuals in Washington
D.C. and Valparaíso, Chile.
In addition to contributing to Obsidian Vision, Alan puts his energy into a freelance venture, Stonebraker Design Works. You can see all his latest
work at: Stonebraker Design Works
About the company name: Obsidian Vision
Obsidian / Ob·sid·i·an - A volcanic glass similar in composition to granite, usually dark but transparent in thin pieces and having a good conchoidal
fracture. Amorphous. Ancient people throughout the world have used obsidian for arrowheads, knives, spearheads, and all kinds of cutting tools.
Obsidian served as a powerful tool for the indigenous peoples throughout America and is said to dissolve fear. It's with this vision that the company chose
its name. "Obsidian Vision" represents the solid and useful tool of the obsidian rock, as well as, the dignity and respect of the ancient people throughout this land.
A Brief Personal History about Obsidian: During their childhood in San Rafael, California, Molly and her brothers occasionally dug up obsidian arrowheads from their backyard and often found
obsidian rocks in the surrounding hills. These memories have remained indelible in Molly's mind, reminding her of the incredible Miwok Nation that once
inhabited this area.