Graphic Design Resume


Walt Disney Studios web developer alumnus and author of 6 novels, offering 26+ years experience in wide ranging skills for web design/development, video/graphics/photo integration, programming, coding and proactive technical leadership. Track record of exceeding expectations through the conceptualization, design, development, and implementation of multi-sized projects. Skillfully synthesized an artistic background, business acumen, emerging and established technologies to achieve high-level functionality as specified by corporate or client requirements. Numerous technical proficiencies, recognized subject matter expertise and quick learner. Results-achieving team leader and collaborator routinely delivering high-quality projects within deadlines.


Eric Muss-Barnes

Innovative and deadline-driven Graphic Designer with decades of experience designing and developing user-centered digital/print marketing material from initial concept to final, polished deliverable.

  • Los Angeles/San Bernardino, CA


High School

1985 - 1989

Holy Name High School • Parma Heights, OH

College preparatory curriculum founded 110 years ago in 1914. Focus on graphics arts, drama and computer programming.


1989 - 1991

Cuyahoga Community College • Parma Heights, OH

Founded 61 years ago in 1963, it is Ohio's first, oldest and largest public community college. Focus on photography and aviation.

Personal Interests & Background

  • 5th Generation American Citizen - Born & Raised in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Native English Speaker
  • Current Resident of Southern California (21 Years)
  • Licensed Hang Glider Pilot (USHGA Hang 2 Rating Aerotow)
  • Commercially Licensed Driver (Class A)
  • Licensed Motorcyclist (M1)
  • Art-Gallery-Showcased Photographer
  • Award-Nominated Filmmaker
  • Skateboarder (37+ Years)
  • Snowboarder
  • Equestrian (English & Western)
  • Target Shooter (12ga & Revolver)
  • Freestyle BMX Rider
  • BMX Racer (2020 California State #5)
  • Society for Creative Anachronism Member
  • YouTube Personality (over 7 million viewers)
  • Published Novelist & Author

Professional Experience

The Walt Disney Studios

Web Content Developer ($76K)

April 2006 – September 2012 in Burbank, CA

  • Manager: Kathy Bailey
  • As the largest entertainment company in the history of the world, The Walt Disney Company needs no introduction.
  • Engineering frontend development in hand-coded PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Flash and XML for websites ranging from The Disney Channel to Hollywood Records to Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to El Capitan Theatre, and more.
  • Utilized a proprietary Disney CMS (GoPublish) for template updates, fluent in Agile and Waterfall methodologies, Sharepoint, Teamsite, Beyond Compare, and Perforce.
  • Volunteer with Disney VoluntEARS.
  • Taught classes on HTML for the Disney Interactive Media Group Insight Series.

Weider Publications

Creative Producer ($50K)

March 2005 - June 2005 in Woodland Hills, CA

  • Manager: William Ackerman
  • Weider Publications is a sister company of American Media Inc., one of the largest magazine publishing houses in the world.
  • Our titles included fitness magazines such as Flex, Muscle & Fitness, Shape, and Men’s Fitness plus, tabloids such as Star and National Enquirer.
  • Responsible for daily changes to graphics with Photoshop and for new designs and HTML layouts for over a dozen publications, including the redesign of the American Media Inc. corporate site.
  • Single-handedly created the new Mister & Miss Olympia Fitness Competition website for 2005.

4 Wheel Parts

Lead Internet Designer ($40K)

December 2004 - March 2005 in Compton, CA

  • Manager: Danny Blitz
  • 4 Wheel Parts is the largest distributor of aftermarket truck accessories in the world.
  • As the lead graphic designer in their Internet Department, I mainly did advertising design work.
  • Designed and programmed the ASP website for the wholesale division of the corporation (the wholesale division alone generates approximately $60 million a year).
  • Designed a way to modify online .PDF catalog to integrate into website sales and managed graphic additions to online catalog.
  • Created email advertising campaigns which generated $60,000 to $100,000 in sales per weekend.

ODVD Games

Digital Artist/Game Designer ($40K)

September 2003 - April 2004 in Hollywood, CA

  • Manager: Alex Rose
  • ODVD Games designed and build the world’s first game to be played using standard home DVD players.
  • The fourth employee and the original graphic designer, I designed and programmed the promotional corporate website in HTML and CSS.
  • Also assisted with backup server design and network layout.


Creative Director/General Manager ($50K)

March 2000 - October 2001 in Cleveland, OH

  • Manager: Ray Harris
  • Founded to provide business-to-business webcasting services, I was the second employee and promoted from Creative Director to General Manager in 9 months.
  • Programmed complex three-tier ASP website allowing users to access, post, and retrieve data while tied into a database through any web browser.
  • Built the entire UI from the ground up.
  • Managed, hired, and coordinated efforts of the entire creative design team including programmers, graphic artists, and webcasting videography personnel.
  • Specialized in live streaming media over the Internet and configured our systems to do live broadcasts over ISDN lines.
  • Also did video editing, encoding, and purchased all studio equipment.

Acme Express

Web Programmer/Graphic Designer ($30K)

January 1998 - March 2000 in Cleveland, OH

  • Manager: Don Scipione
  • Acme Express is a hosting and design firm founded by a professor of physics, where I was the head designer for all websites.
  • Programmed sophisticated ASP websites using VBScript on a SQL server.
  • Did concept art creating the “look and feel” of properties ranging from e-commerce sites, to the Cleveland Public Schools, to the Cleveland Ballet.
  • Honed skills in hand-coding HTML using VisualInterDev.

The Rogers Company

Graphic Designer/Database Coordinator

January 1997 - January 1998 in Mentor, OH

  • Designing multimillion dollar tradeshow displays at The Rogers Company, I developed a digital archive system for storing thousands of graphics in the company warehouse using a Macintosh database and digital photography.
  • Designed and supervised the construction of the graphics storage facility.
  • Created and output large-format vinyl graphics using plotter machines
  • Worked on tradeshow booth graphic design layout and on the application of graphics to installations.
  • Designed artwork for tradeshow displays of major international corporations such as Disney/Pixar, Ernst & Young, Rubbermaid and Stouffers.

American Greetings

Freelance Author/Graphic Designer

January 1994 - January 1997 in Cleveland, OH

  • Manager: George Chanter
  • American Greetings is the world’s largest greeting card company
  • Contributed to the team at Those Characters From Cleveland designing and inventing concepts for new characters.
  • Artist for the Create-A-Card division, using Photoshop to redesign and create new greeting cards for digital kiosks.
  • Creative consultant on Body Wars line of toys where I invented character personalities and costumes which eventually became a line of action figures.

Dubh Sith Ink

Author & Digital Publisher

January 1996 - Current in Los Angeles, CA

  • Wrote and developed multiple books and formatted them as ebooks and printed volumes.
  • Designed graphics and built responsive design sites from smartphone resolutions up to full HD using PHP, CSS3, HTML5 and WordPress.
  • Printed books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Createspace and Lulu. The ebooks are also on Smashwords and iBookstore.
  • All of the ebooks were hand-coded in Notepad++ as EPUB files and validated against FlightCrew 0.7.1, Sigil, epubcheck 1.2 and epubpreflight 0.1.0 to check for errors. These ebooks feature all the requisite XHTML, CSS, OPF, and NCX files.

Professional Skillset

HTML, CSS, CSS3, XML, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP, HTML5, DHTML, MySQL, XHTML, ASP, VBScript, Firebug, SQLServer, EPUB, MOBI, KindleGen, Dreamweaver, Visual InterDev, Flash, Microsoft Access, Perforce, CVS, Subversion, Beyond Compare, GoPublish (proprietary Disney CMS), SugarCRM, Photoshop, DVD Studio Pro, Media Cleaner Pro, Compressor, A.Pack, Final Cut Pro, MPEG Streamclip, DaVinci Resolve, HandBrake, Freehand, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, InDesign, Microsoft Office, Open Office, Adobe Acrobat Professional, WordPress, EmEditor, Windows Media Encoder, Adobe Flash Video Encoder, Amazon Web Services (AWS), FileZilla, Macintosh OS9, Macintosh OSX, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows 11

HTML 99%
CSS 90%
JavaScript 75%
PHP 80%
WordPress/CMS 90%
Photoshop 95%


Highlights of some relevant trivia, regarding my credentials and experiences, in creative fields and web development skills. I feel sharing my skills and interests outside the focus of my employment paints a clearer picture of myself as a rounded individual.


Days At Walt Disney Studios
Accomplishing my lifelong dream of working for Walt Disney, I had the honor of being employed at the Studio for nearly 7 years.


Years of Experience
My career as a Web Developer began back in 1998. I have developed website applications in numerous industries; from entertainment, to real estate, to the financial sector.


I'm proud to say, all of my feats of artistry (and knowledge of computer development) is self-taught. I once worked with a professor who boasted I knew more than his colleagues, and should teach college classes, not take them.


Million Words
Ray Bradbury once said, "You're not a real writer until you've published a million words." I have exceeded that with 12 books to my name and counting!


Over the years, I have had the honor to achieve numerous career goals, thanks to the assistance of a diverse fellowship of brilliant and talented individuals. These bright and gifted people have been kind enough to share a few words, regarding their opinions of my prowess and work ethic.


Residing in Southern California, I can be reached for any number of creative projects and collaborations using the address provided below.


Los Angeles, California