editor, writer, electronic prepress specialist, multimedia geek.
And politician. Plant's involvement with personal computers stretches
back to the days of paper tape and Hollerith punch cards, which,
he hastens to add, weren't that long ago.
An interest in books
prompted almost ten years of work in the hallowed aisles of the
bookselling world. After graduating from Reed College with a BA in English Literature (thesis:
The People's Shakespeare: The Bard as Popular Culture, Including
a Practical Reading of Henry V) he attended New
York University's Summer Institute in Book and Magazine Publishing,
as a direct precursor to launching what became Plant's
Review of Books.
The publishing bug had
already led him to the beginnings of desktop publishing, and from
there to the world of electronic design, digital prepress, interactive
multimedia, and the World Wide Web.An inveterate letter-writer,
Plant's missives have appeared in the pages of the Oregonian,
Willamette Week, MacWEEK, Publish,
and WIRED, among others,
and have ranged from the problems of digital proofing to the future
of prisons. Plant has written for a variety of magazines, ranging
from The Dragon and Step-by-Step
Graphics to WIRED, The Net, Lingo
Users Journal, Macromedia User Journal, and Macworld.
His first book, Shockwave!
breathe new life into your web pages, was published in 1996. It was followed the next year by Lingo
Programmers Reference (co-written with Doug
Smith) and the original edition ofFlash! Creative Web Animation.
He served for three years as a Technical Editor for the Macromedia
User Journal, and was named Technical Editor for the Director
Online in early 2001.
Plant has been a speaker
at several major conferences, including the Macromedia
International User Conference (San Francisco, 1997), newMedia
(Toronto, 1998), and Thunder
Lizard conferences (Seattle and Denver, 2000). He taught Director
for four years at Portland State University and has conducted other
classes in Portland and San Francisco.
Plant received 23% of
the vote in the 1994 Democratic primary for Oregon
State House of Representatives District 14, despite being outspent