Shout-out to the DOC Heroes

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The Digital Output Centre (DOC) at Emily Carr University is a valuable resource for alumni when it comes to digital printing and production technologies. The two technicians who work at the DOC, Carlos Mendes and Eduardo Rodriguez, have tremendous knowledge and experience ranging from print preparation to colour accuracy and management. Plus, they are friendly too!

The Advancement + Alumni Relations Office recently had the pleasure to speak with Carlos and Eduardo. We are delighted to share with you highlights from the interview, including their insights, experiences and advice.

Carlos Mendes graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Besides working full time at the DOC, he also freelances as a colour editor for print publications and as a photographer who focuses on photographic documentation. What Carlos enjoys the most about working at the DOC is being able to help others understand how to prepare their work for output and their satisfaction when they get what they had envisioned. He also enjoys the challenge of keeping up with changing technologies and reassessing its relevance to the DOC and the Emily Carr community.

When asked about advice for alumni who would like to use the services at the DOC, Carlos suggested, “It is important to make bookings well ahead of time as we are a very busy department and this will ensure that we have adequate time to devote to you and your project.”

During his downtime, Carlos enjoys woodworking and restoring antique furniture, honing his espresso-making skills and exploring the world of single malt scotch.

In 2007, the DOC welcomed its second technician – Eduardo Rodriguez. Eduardo is originally from Mexico where he graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design from the University of San Luis. He also has a Teaching Certificate from the Cambridge English Language Teacher Awards Program, part of the University of Cambridge. He has worked for over 20 years in the design and printing industries. Besides working full-time at the DOC, he joined the Continuing Studies Department as an instructor in 2012. He finds working at the DOC challenging, fun and motivating. “It inspires me to keep current with the Adobe programs related to design and print production,” says Eduardo. He spends his spare hours watching movies and travelling the world.

When the DOC was established in 2004, there was only one technician, one inkjet printer, a Lightjet film plotter, a small vinyl cutter and two computer work stations. Today, the DOC has expanded to include two professional technicians; a much larger space; more equipment, including scanners, binding equipment and a variety of printers; and more services for students, staff, faculty and alumni.

We look forward to the continuing transformation of the DOC at our new home – the Great Northern Way campus.