The Designer  -  Les Barker

I was commissioned to do a snowflake for the cover of the Lemstone Christian Bookstores Christmas 2003 Christmas catalog.

By vocation I am a web designer. By avocation I am a graphic designer and photographer. I have a bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in Instructional Systems Technology.

I have a lovely wife and two fantastic kids. We live in the western suburbs of Chicagoland. I have a great job and get to work with great colleagues.

Many an evening I pull out my paper and X-acto knife and try another snowflake.

My worldview is a product of my faith in Christ, a fascination with art and music, eighteen years of living and working in Japan, and the beautiful Canadian woman that I married in 1989.

If people have any preconception of paper snowflakes it is of something that they did in grade school. I feel as though I've been given a chance to take this simple artform and give it new life. I have found that it has become a creative outlet for me... something I can do that is uniquely my own.

In addition to my day job and making snowflakes, I do some freelance graphic design on the side. If you have need of any of the following services, please don't hesitate to contact me.


  • Desktop publishing of newsletters, brochures magazines, books
  • Graphic design for a wide variety of projects, from CD jackets to posters
  • Logo design and basic identity package (letterhead, business cards, etc.)
  • Web design examples: Business process re-engineering firm Specialty store in Oak Park, IL Dramatic portrayals of historical figures Executive training and coaching Author, speaker and dramatist Carolyn Larsen Karitos Christian Worship & Art Conference The Beyond Campaign website Creating a healing wave... one heart at at time Legal services company based in Chicago Video production company in Seattle Storyboard artist for Disney and Big Idea Statistics-based baseball simulation Special video project in Congo, Africa
  • Caricature and illustration
  • Proficiency in various software tools such as Adobe Photoshop (member, NAPP), Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and others.

Japanese Culture:

  • Japanese language interpreting
  • Presentations on Japanese culture
  • Kanji workshop (learning Japanese "kanji" written characters)


I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Naperville Art League, and I also enjoy the fellowship and encouragement of the Lively Arts group, which is a monthly gathering of Christian artists.