What is this site about?

This site serves as a portfolio, and as is true with most portfolios, it is waaaay behind in publishing my prodigious output! I cant keep up, its ridiculous to even try.

Not surprisingly to those who know me personally, a number of personal interests compliment my “new business” business life, and in a decidedly “non-renaissance age”,  I have been described as somewhat of a renaissance man (no smirking please..c’mon!)  This observation made by a friend, is probably due to my mashup of interests: imagery-driven marketing and messaging, content strategy and development, and  storytelling, in a marketing and sales context .

A deep love and a boat load of new business (the nexus of sales and marketing) experience in digital media, branding, publishing, editorial and content development powers me. I like being creative when given the opportunity, and actually look at new business,  as a creative endeavor.

In welcome contrast, to a life focused on the business of agency new business, I am a leather craftsperson, a photographer and a  Harley-Davidson enthusiast.

I am always interested in hearing about new opportunities, so please, let me know what brought you here.
Email me >  stephenberner(@)me.com




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Kirk Taylor’s “Sacred”, a tribute to Johnny Chop

Sacred - by Kirk Taylor, Custom Design Studios

Sacred - by Kirk Taylor, Custom Design Studios

It was a rainy, kind of crappy cold day in March in California when I finally got to get a close look at a bike that I’d seen before, but not gotten up tight and personal with. I’d spied the beginning of the machine taking shape, a frame and a few tin parts, while visiting Custom Design Studio in Novato California some many moons ago and It was pretty cool to be able take a look at the bike in its fully finished state – no longer a fresh, out of the box bauble.

So during a busy weekend at the Custom Chrome Dealer Show in Santa Clara, Kirk and I rolled this machine out onto the loading dock behind the venue, gave it a final wipe and there ya have it, Sacred, a bike built by Kirk Taylor at Custom Design Studios – in tribute to our mutual, departed friend Johnny Chop. Plain and simple.

to buy the book, click on this link please….

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Abandoned America_4: Where We Worked: Nova Dye

Abandoned America_4: Nova Dye

Abandoned America_4: Nova Dye

This long shuttered fabric treatment and dying facility is typical of many East Coast industrial complexes that were built to serve a number of wars and a growing America.  It’s a patchwork of buildings, areas, processes, catwalks and huge machinery, such as walk-in Autoclaves . You have fabric treatment next to fabric dying, next to fabric drying – giant machines, many of them with open flames, pits of solvents and bolts of fabric all butted up against one another – a sure recipe for disaster under any circumstance and if all of the signage in the plant is any indication – fires were a regular occurrence.

to see more of Nova Dye & to purchase the book, available in Hardcover (looks great) and Softcover (a shock just how good this looks!) go to BLURB

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Stephen Berner presents Eastern Fabrications

A new book on E-Fab is available on Blurb. See some of Lock Baker’s great machines, up close and personal.


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