Tom Buhl

1527 Robbins Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Teaching Background:

Tom Buhl Computer Training & Imaging Center
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education and Credit Divisions
University of California Santa Barbara Extension and Mac Summit


B.S. Industrial Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan



Business Career:
For the past thirty years I have worked as owner/operator of a traditional typographic trade business which evolved into a prepress service bureau, graphics training program and design studio. In this context I have been an active participant in the graphic communication field, working directly with a wide variety of professionals, businesses, technical issues and challenges.

Associate Editor for ENTREE (travel newsletter) and syndicated newspaper travel column.
How to Start, Operate & Enjoy a Successful Typesetting Business, three printings.
Written variety of trade periodical technical articles.
Member: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)

Artist: I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival (Santa Barbara) since 1989
Participant: Summer Solstice Celebration Parade since 1986
Board of Directors: Summer Solstice Celebration, Inc. past
Board of Directors: Center Stage Theater, current

Member: The Alliance for Creative Commerce, Santa Barbara

Tom has shared his knowledge and excitement of graphic communications with many people during the past twenty-five years. Here are comments provided by some of those who have been influenced by his teaching.

For over the last 15 plus years, Tom Buhl has always been the first line of defense in the computer world, imparting wisdom and knowledge. Don't know how to do it? Call Tom. Can't figure it out by yourself? Call Tom. Why does this look so bad? Call Tom.

Tom's graphic and technical abilities are only surpassed by his incredible ease with new technologies and more importantly, people. He was one the first in Santa Barbara to see the benefits and possibilities of the digital environment and his pioneering spirit allowed the rest of us to follow.

Whether in the computer classroom or the office, Tom has always been a teacher. He is capable of patiently explaining the how to's of computer applications, systems and equipment to both the novice and expert.

His impact on the knowledge and confidence we have as digital artists and teachers today is immeasurable.

Heather Schatz
& Eric Chan
professors Columbia University, NYC

Throughout the years, my relationship with Tom has ranged from that of student/teacher, businessman/service provider, fellow competitor, and friend. I have received Tom's tutelage in areas of design and typography at SBCC and Adult Education, and in various small seminars programs.

The information is always well organized and clearly presented. His patience and persistence in assuring that the student comprehends the material he presents is unparalleled. Tom brings a natural enthusiasm for his subject and his students, providing courses that are informative and stimulating.

Tom is committed to his own ongoing learning combined with a generous sharing of that knowledge with others. To this day, when I donít know how a particular program functions, or how to solve hardware problems, I call Tom for his advice.

I am thankful for the many ways Tom has contributed to my professional success and the nationwide reputation I have enjoyed during the past two decades.

Keith Puccinelli
Puccinelli Designs

I was one of Tom's students in the late 70's in a typesetting design class. It was during that experience that I grew to love the printed word, and how to manipulate it on a piece of paper.

Since that time I have watched Tom grow his business from a small single person entity to a full scale graphic arts business. I have also watched Tom transition with the times, moving his business into the exciting field of education and teaching courses based on his extensive use and knowledge of multimedia software.

Tom's disposition and calm manner are ideal in an educational setting, and I believe his passion for excellence serves as a prime motivator for his students. I know it did for me.

Mark Sylvester
co-founder Wavefront Technologies
founder of Mixed Grill


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