Blaine Fergerstrom / ZZ-Type
1689 Piikea Street • Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-1846
808 497-9463 • zztype@gmail.com

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July 13, 2016


Thank you for reviewing the enclosed résumé and supporting information.

I have been described by former supervisors as a “Swiss Army Knife” of communications. I am an award-winning, multiple-media journalist, able to communicate in nearly any medium, using nearly any tool available. I am a writer, editor, photographer, videographer, publisher, print producer, graphic artist, and webmaster. I have done radio/audio work and have some experience with video editing and production. I have been an advertising agency production manager. I have helped launch several major startups, many of which are still operating today.

I possess an extensive background in the print production, design, advertising and publishing industries. I have worked in many positions, both line and management, in various legs of the communications industry since 1976. I have a experience in managing creative teams and assuring the quality their productions. I am familiar with the principles of project management and quality control. In 2014, I began formal training in Project Management Institute (PMI) methodology and anticipate attaining Project Management Professional (PMP) certification shortly.

I have been an early-adopter in the social media revolution since its first days. I am often sought after as an event photographer by Hawaiian organizations. I am known for capturing the “essence” of an event and its participants.

In addition, I have taught technology classes to middle school and high school students at Kamehameha Schools; junior and senior college journalism students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Communications; and quarterly adult education classes on making web pages for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College from 1997 through 2009.

I have managed web servers since 1995 at Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising; then starbulletin.com in 1996; at Kamehameha Schools as Education Webmaster; and as Webmaster for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. From 2003 through 2010, I managed web servers out of my home. In 2010, I transitioned all my hosting services to GoDaddy.com Linux-based servers. I have installed, configured and run dozens of PHP/MySQL scripts on all of these servers. The Unix/Linux/Mac OS X machines have all run some flavor of Apache/MySQL/PHP.

I have launched and concurrently maintain hundreds of local websites. I more recently began to specialize in WordPress as a content management system (CMS). I have launched and currently maintain nearly 100 WordPress websites.

On startup and consulting projects, I am valued for breadth of knowledge. I can perform nearly any function on any operations team. My value lies in being able to rapidly recognize and respond to problems, as they arise, contributing to the overall success of the project.

In addition to my career in communications, I also spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era as a Submarine Sonar Technician and Surface Sonar Technician. Anyone who serves on a submarine must learn to do every job on the boat, and may be called to duty at any position in an emergency situation. This is where I trace the roots of the “Swiss Army Knife” analogy mentioned earlier. Of note, both of my duty assignments spent approximately one year in dry dock, one in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and one in Long Beach Naval Shipyard. I am very familiar with shipyard operations.

While I am widely recognized as and have been a Hawai‘i webmaster since the earliest days of the profession, that is only one facet of my work skills portfolio. I would be very interested in a position which utilized all or many of the communications skills derived from nearly 40 years in the communications arena.

Mahalo nui for your consideration.


Blaine Fergerstrom


Blaine Fergerstrom / ZZ-Type
1689 Piikea Street • Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-1846
808 497-9463 • zztype@gmail.com
www.zztype.com • LinkedIn.com/in/zztype

facebook.com/zztype • twitter.com/zztype • linkedin.com/in/zztype • livestream.com/zztype • flickr.com/zztype • youtube.com/zztypehawaii • You can always find my most recently updated fully-formatted resume at https://www.zztype.com/resume.pdf


I am an award-winning multiple-media journalist. I have been a web designer and producer since 1994, including eight years of daily online newspaper design and production and four years of education technology, digital media support. I am a graphic designer and print production specialist dating to 1976. I am a photographer, videographer, and video editor. I write and edit for multiple media. I have extensive experience in photo-typesetting systems, Macintosh pre-press production, Macintosh Internet applications and servers.

I am knowledgeable in design and production for the Internet and high-end print. I have extensive experience managing creative teams. My tools for print and Web include: Quark XPress, InDesign, Photoshop, FreeHand, Dreamweaver, FileMaker, FTP, mail server and mailing list software, MS Office, iMovie, GarageBand, and Final Cut Pro. I have experience with AfterEffects and the Avid Video Composer. I manage Apple file and Web servers, Apple system software and networking.  I am familiar with Apache, PHP, MySQL, PERL and other Internet applications. I concurrently manage dozens of websites for myriad organizations, statewide.


Office of Information Management & Technology, Project Management Office
June 2015 to April 2016
Technical Analyst; IT Project Manager

The Technical Analyst works with project teams and internal business clients and is responsible for implementing analytical and systematic approaches to ensure systems are implemented successfully. Works with a technical team to solve functional issues, writes and reviews technical design documents, and makes recommendations on functional design documents, training manuals and other necessary documentation. Keeps up with technology advancements, drives and promotes continuous innovation and improvement using technology. Reviews and makes recommendations on technical scope definition and management, project schedule development and tracking, risk management, project communication, stakeholder management, mitigation plan implementation, project financial monitoring and reporting and deliverable achievement. Also managed the department’s websites and social media accounts.

State of Hawai‘i Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
May 2011 to May 2015
Community Development, Journalist, Webmaster
Acting Public Information Officer

Information and Community Relations Office. Responsible for designing, producing and updating website. I wrote news releases and articles for publication, provided photo and video services. I also produced printed materials, newsletters, advertising, provide photography, video, audio and event production services. Also acted as the department ombudsman for the public, responding to all requests for information and complaints. I designed and produced their 2012, 2013 and 2014 annual reports. Established and managed all social media accounts. Served as acting PIO for 4 months in 2013.

ZZ-Type – Since 1988
Webmaster, graphic artist, photographer, videographer, writer, editor, Macintosh consultant

My production and consulting company. I have worked freelance for graphic design firms, book publishers, public relations firms and advertising agencies as well as a private client base. Some of the more notable projects I have been involved with include: Matra/Group One Honolulu mass transit proposal team. Typographic production for “Discovery, The Hawaiian Odyssey,” a coffee table book on canoe voyaging. Liberty House November 1992 Home Sale color catalog. Mauna Lani Resort’s 20-page View magazine for Starr Seigle. Host and maintain over 100 web sites for clients.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Oct. 2007–May. 2010
Webmaster, Media Production Specialist
Acting Public Information Officer (2009)

I managed the OHA Public Information Office and a staff of 7 from Aug. through Nov. 2009. In addition to running all aspects of www.oha.org, I was a journalist and staff photographer for OHA’s Ka Wai Ola newspaper. I managed all display and classified advertising for KWO and worked in various capacities on OHA’s radio, television and PR productions. I wrote and distributed news releases and conducted news conferences. I established and managed all social media accounts.

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Spring 2009 semester
Instructor, Online Journalism

Assisted Profs. Ann Auman and Kevin Kawamoto in teaching the online journalism component to their J402 and J302 classes.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Oct. 24, 2005–Oct. 2007
Webmaster, starbulletin.com

I was invited to return to my former management position at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Assumed full responsibility for the design, production and management of the newspaper’s website. Managed the newspaper’s social media accounts.

Kamehameha Schools
Oct. 22, 2001–Oct. 19, 2005
Education Webmaster

As IT staff, I implemented  web servers and services dedicated to education users for this private K-12 school. My responsibilities centered around system administration and account management for faculty and administration, programming, analysis, consulting and operations support.  ∞  I mentored middle and high school students via the Kamehameha CyberWarriors club. I also provided education technology, photography and video support to staff, as requested.

University of Hawaii Outreach College, Pacific New Media
Spring 1997–Dec. 2009
Instructor, Create Your First Web Page

I taught a four-hour adult education class several times a year on how to make and post your first web page. Class evaluation ratings are almost unanimously excellent.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Mar. 4, 1996–Oct. 19, 2001
Webmaster, starbulletin.com

I joined this daily newspaper and rolled out a daily online newspaper two weeks later. It has been online since. I produced thousands of complete online editions. I also occasionally wrote and edited newspaper articles and headlines, took photographs and shot video to accompany newspaper articles. Managed all aspects of the web site and team. Established and managed the newspaper’s social media accounts.

Milici Valenti Ng Pack Advertising
Sep. 1995–Mar. 1996
Multimedia production manager; system support

Produced multimedia slide shows, web sites, did occasional print production and consulting and managed the Macintosh network, including installing ethernet networking, router, file server and staff email.

Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising
Jan. 1992–Sep. 1995
Manager of production art; system manager

I converted an existing production crew from traditional graphic production to electronic production including page layout, logo illustration, scanned halftones and color separations, inside of one year. I set up the Macintosh software, networking, electronic mail, document storage, backup and retrieval systems. ∞ I supervised the production crew in day-to-day operations and oversaw the production of all ads and collateral pieces for the production managers and art directors. I also did some video production on the in-house Avid system. I was a principal in the startup of their Internet division, Starrtech.com. I designed and produced Web sites and servers for agency clients during this period including princeville.com, Hawaii’s second commercial Web site.

Honolulu Weekly
Jul. – Dec. 1991
Freelance graphic artist, Macintosh consultant

I consulted this startup weekly tabloid newspaper on full electronic production; specified and installed the equipment and produced every weekly 12–16-page edition (single-handedly) for the first six months of its operation. This was the first all-digital, direct-to-negative newspaper in Hawaii. We took the paper from bare walls to regular publication in two weeks, flat.

Sellers Advertising, Inc.
Production manager, system manager

Oversaw art directors and production crew in print matters. Produced printing estimates, tracked jobs and coordinated complex print projects from concept through completion. Did press checks to insure quality. Managed the Macintosh network.

Castle Medical Center Print Shop
Computer Graphic Artist, Printshop Assistant

Consulted, installed and implemented a Macintosh production system for this major medical center. Produced hospital forms and hospital collateral materials for the print shop and for the Public Relations department.


Set up Honblue’s first typesetting department. Consulted, selected, installed and ran their original Compugraphic Integrator 9600 typesetting system. Set up pricing structures and operating procedures. Company now called Electric Pencil.

Fergerstrom &Co.

Owned this graphic design, typesetting and production company. Provided typesetting, vertical camera, platemaker and photo-lithographic darkroom services.


  • Aiea High School, 1971, Hon. Mention
  • US Navy Electronics 1972-73
  • US Navy Submarine Sonar 1973
  • Western Governors University, BS/CIS, May 2006
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Training, 2014-2015; expected PMP certification 2016


  • Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, Scholarship Committee, Webmaster (past)
  • Kalihi-Palama Hawaiian Civic Club, Webmaster, Secretary
  • Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Ali‘i 6th Degree, Chapter 1, Kū‘auhau (Secretary), Webmaster, Photographer, Historian
  • Leeward Kenpo Karate (Kajukenbo), Third Degree Black Belt Self-Defense Instructor
  • ‘Ahahui Haku Mo‘olelo,(Hawaiian Journalists Association), Founding member, 2014
  • Asian American Journalists Association, member
  • Project Management International (PMI), Honolulu Chapter, member


OIMT  Project Management Office
Leila Kagawa, Program Manager
(808) 271-1097

Office of Hawaiian Affairs &
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Crystal Kua, former Director, Information and Community Relations Office
(808) 230-4086

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Darrell T. Young, former DHHL Deputy Director and former Director, Information and Community Relations Office;
(808) 341-7857

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Punialoha Chee, former Director, Information and Community Relations Office
(808) 271-9225

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
David Shapiro, former Managing Editor
(808) 261-1358

Kamehameha Schools
Darrell Hamamura, former Manager, Developer Group
567 South King Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 523-6375

Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising
Mary Fastenau, President, StarrTech.com
(808) 544-3009

University of Hawaii Outreach College, Pacific New Media
Susan Horowitz
(808) 956-7221


First color hot rod magazine in Hawai‘i
Hawaiian Hot Rod
1980 – Publisher, Editor, Writer, Photographer, Producer,
Sales and Distribution

First 4-color concert poster printed in Hawai‘i
Liza, Live in Hawaii
1983 – Liza Minelli, for John F. Leonard Productions

First all-digital periodical publication in Hawai‘i
Honolulu Weekly
1990 – Production manager, production artist at launch of this weekly newspaper, all editions were all-digital, straight to film from V 1, No. 1

First all-digital advertising agency in Hawai‘i
Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising
1991 – Manager of production art, converted an entire creative team of art directors and production artists from traditional print production (typesetting/paste-up) to all-digital in under a  year

First Hawai‘i full-service advertising agency web site
1994 – Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising
Principal at startup of Starr-Seigle’s Starrtech.com site, built web server, built site, updated and maintained

First QuickTime VR 360° Photo Panorama in Hawai‘i
1996 – Milici Valenti Ng Pack Advertising
First QuickTime VR panorama shot in Hawai‘i using Apple’s then-new virtual reality technology

Second Hawai‘i commercial web site
1995 – Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising / Starrtech.com
Trailed first commercial site, Outrigger.com, by 1 week, built web server, built site, updated and maintained

First daily online newspaper in Hawai‘i
1996 – Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Launched site and produced every daily edition, solo, for 2-1/2 years, ranked 19th in the world in 1998

1996 Kilohana Award
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

1998 EPpy Award
Editor and Publisher Magazine
Best Overall U.S. Newspaper Online Service
Under 100,000 Circulation Finalist

2000 Best of the West Award
Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism
Online Enterprise Reporting
First Place, Hana Road story, photo, video and Quicktime VR package
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

2000 Pa‘i Award
Hawai‘i Publishers Association
First Place, Publication Web Site
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

2009 Spirit of Community Award
Aloha United Way
Finalist, Public Sector Campaign of the Year
Finalist, Coordinator of the Year
Office of Hawaiian Affairs 2008 AUW Campaign

2010 Pi’ilani Award
Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Website: www.hcchonolulu.org

2015 Pi’ilani Award
Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Kalihi Palama Hawaiian Civic Club Websites: www.kalihipalama.org and www.nativehawaiian.org