Skylark Design (formerly trading as Skylark Productions) was established in 2001 is owned and operated by Markus Baumann.
What does Skylark Design do?
The majority of my business involves graphic design, mostly in the sense of digital prepress; ie I create digital files tailored to my client’s requirements and specifications. These files can then be sent to printers for professional output.
… advertisements, banners, books, book covers, booklets, brochures, business cards, business reports, calendars, catalogues, CD/DVD covers, flyers, greeting cards, instruction manuals, labels, letterheads, maps, packaging, rack cards, signs, stickers …
… data editing, document editing/creation, logo design, map drawing, photo editing, photography, proofreading, spreadsheet editing/creation, word processing, websites …
If you require any of the above products or services please request a quick estimate.
Why choose Skylark Design?
I endeavour to always do my best, to deliver high-quality work, on time and at competitive rates. With any job or project, my approach is customer-focused; my intention is to deliver a product or service that works for you. My clients’ satisfaction is my priority.
Who is Markus Baumann?
For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed creating things.
As a child I created my own teddy bear world, complete with apartments, shops, cars, trains, aeroplanes, gondolas—you name it—all made of Lego, Meccano or simply wood.
When I was a bit older Dad and I began building a humongous electric model train layout. Electricity fascinated me; making train engines move, controlling signals, switching relays and turnouts. Later, when personal computers became available, I became interested in computer programming and electronics, and soon our model trains were computer controlled.
In my working life I gained insights in a variety of industries including railways (yes, the “real, big ones”), plastic manufacturing, CNC machining, mail order, sales & distribution, retail, toys & board games, pipfruit, transport logistics, and precision testing machinery. Most positions I held had a creative aspect, which made my work interesting.
I still remember the day in 1988 when I was introduced to desktop publishing, and a software called Aldus PageMaker. At the time my job involved creating fact sheets for plastics, and initially my only tool was Microsoft Word, which was far from ideal. Luckily Aldus PageMaker came to the rescue, and from one day to the next, anything seemed possible in my world of publishing.
Then Adobe InDesign came along, a desktop publisher’s dream! It was my main work tool in a number of jobs, and I also started using it to do some freelance work.
One day, I had this idea of starting my own business as a freelance graphic designer. That was back in 2001, and I’ve never looked back.
Let’s fast forward to the present day
I still love graphic design, and these days Adobe Creative Suite and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite are my favourite design tools. I count myself lucky to be able to work from home, and live in one of New Zealand’s sunniest places, Nelson, just a few minutes’ walk from Tahunanui Beach.
I love the outdoors, photography and mountain biking. And I still create and build things: my latest project was a multi-storey mansion for my teddy bears who still live with me …