Nicholas R. Batik

Nick Batik

WordPress Consultant / Developer and Information Designer
Pleiades WebCenter

Nick Batik has been building websites since 1994 and has been a WordPress Consultant and Developer for over five years. He specializes in custom theme design using the Genesis Framework. When not lost in the poetry of code Nick contributes to the WordPress community by serving as Co-organizer for the Austin WordPress Meetup Group, as a member of the organizing team for the WordCamp Austin 2010, WordUp Austin 2012, and WordCamp Austin 2012.

Nick is a lead trainer for the Hands-On WordPress classes. Nick has had a life-long love affair with design and typography and has written numerous training courses, articles and seminars on design, publishing and web development. He has presented at publishing conferences in over 100 cities across the US, England, and Scandinavia. His work with Pleiades WebCenter reflects his passion for elegant and effective information design and he is dedicated to using design technology to communicate, and manage information in a way that is beneficial to his clients and the client’s customers.

Nick has been involved with multi-media information design in the form of web content development and design, scriptwriting and audio/ video production as well as podcasting. As a web developer Nick has content, design and the technology experience in major web site design and implementation, including Project Manager / Scheduler /  Senior Designer and Lead Implementer of a 2,400 page, 2,500+ image, 18,000+ link web site. Over his many years as an information designer Nick has honed his ability to work well within a wide range of specialist teams. His work with Pleiades Publishing Services and Pleiades WevCenter reflects his passion for elegant and effective information design and is dedicated to using design technology to communicate, and manage information in a way that is beneficial to our clients and our clients, customers.

Nick has written numerous training courses, articles and seminars on design, and publishing. He conducts one-on-one WordPress training, and has lectured at publishing conferences and in-house seminars in over 100 cities across the US, England, and Scandinavia.

He writes extensively and has had both management and technical articles published, and has authored white papers on technical project management. Additionally Nick has written and contributed to a number of quality management and statistical process management articles and books, and uses those process tools as part of his overall project management strategy.

A passionate proponent of life long learning and continuous personal improvement, Nick wants to understand and then share contextual issues. He is an educator and trainer and much of his writing is focused on the history of information technology, how that effects how we communicate ideas today and how to design information so it can be easily used by its intended audience. While he is technology focused, Nick measures success by how well his projects meet the client’s business goals and objectives.

Range and balance are an important part of the human experience, and as a former Design Engineer with StorageTek, Nick has a passion for electronics, and industrial and process design. Yet Nick also nurtures his creative side – designing stained glass art, lapidary (stone/gem cutting), and photography. He combines both his analytical and creative sides through graphic design, visual information design, and digital image processing. Beyond that, Nick enjoys teaching and sharing his passions, with individuals, in classrooms, and on stage.

 

“My passion is Information design and my personal and professional life has been devoted to the art and science of preparing information so that it can be used efficiently and effectively.”

— Nick Batik