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We tell your story

What we do
Creative Communications offers production and consulting for print, web and video. We listen carefully to our clients, encourage collaborative brainstorming, plan carefully and conduct research as needed prior to production. We want your story delivered clearly, to the right audience, with maximum impact. Our professional writers, editors, illustraters and photographers can create or refine content for your project if needed. We also offer a-la-carte services to help publishers create special publications or meet deadlines when short-staffed.

Jim BurnsCreative Communications principal Jim Burns earned a BS in journalism from the University of Florida. He has worked in communications for 28 years. Jim writes, edits, designs, shoots photos and video, produces multimedia and is art director for the firm. He is personally responsible for insuring client satisfaction. Jim grew up in Latin America and enjoys outdoor adventures, particularly on Florida’s coasts, rivers and springs.

Senior web designer/developer, project manager and software trainer Carolina Madera has crafted over 500 Web Sites thus far in her career, giving her a vast base of technical and design experience.  She has blessed Creative Communications with her skills for the past 12 years. Carolina was formerly creative director and senior web developer at Seventhman, in Orange Park, FL, and prior to that, Silverscape Technologies, Inc. in Gainesville, FL.

John Simon has a gift and passion for helping people understand information using interactive, moving graphics with sound. With Jim Burns, he produced and illustrated a feature-length Flash presentation about solutions to traffic congestion. John delights in creating fun, animated characters as well as dynamic content and navigation. He also produces learning modules, guided slideshows, action quick tips and simple graphics.  He is a well-organized, efficient and a fun-to-work-with artist! He has worked with education leaders such as CompassLearning and McGraw-Hill, as well as public education agencies.  His motto is, “If you are going to present an idea, you might as well make it fun to learn.” See samples of John’s work at

Designer and illustrator Alec McDaniel is a gifted artist with exceptional mastery of digital artwork creation tools. His favorites are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, but he is highly skilled in many others, and intuitively learns new software at break-neck speed. Among his more spectacular creations are an anatomically-credible robotic Jaguar with an air of mythological menace, created for the University of Pittsburgh Robotics Club. Alec is a graduate of the nationally acclaimed graphic design program at Santa Fe Community College.

AnnaAnna Horton was born in New Orleans, LA, and began drawing at an early age. She grew up in Miami, FL. Anna attended New World School of the Arts, taking courses in graphic design and illustration, studied abroad in Mexico and Greece, and graduated with a BFA in Printmaking. She is currently a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) pursuing a career in book illustration and fine arts.

AvaAva Berlin has been an artist and photographer for nearly 20 years. She also creates original fine art, logos and illustrations for web, film and print projects. Ava was awarded a Multicultural Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and the National Scholastic Gold medal for photography.  She earned a degree in graphic design from Santa Fe Community College and earmed her BFA at SCAD.

Mauricio “Mo” Neira has 23 years experience in all areas of creative media, encompassing video production, desktop publishing and graphic design. Highlights include an Ace Award for a medical documentary series and awards in art photography. He and his wife Michelle enjoy boating and are raising their four youngsters in Vero Beach, Florida.

Julie Burns, BS, MS, heads the Creative Communications translation service from her home in Santa Rosa, California. She has been a Spanish-English translator, and a coordinator for other language translators, for 25 years. She also travels worldwide to teach language interpretation skills. Julie grew up in Latin America and likes exploring the great outdoors, experimenting with ethnic cuisines, and spending time with friends and family.

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Our associates work with us on a project basis, and provide added depth and stability to the firm, as well as more flexibility in design and illustration styles. They also contribute specialty skills, including PHP, Perl MySQL programming, new technologies, 3D artwork, photo manipulation, Interactive Flash, and video production. Our associates are reliable professionals with whom we have established close, successful work relationships over the course of at least one year and in other cases three to 10 years.

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