Baxter was a Bioflex scientist, but definite information including about appearance, gender and temperament is patchy. It would have been fine if I'd just been publishing a PDF, or working with someone who used a application that had adopted the OASIS Open Document Format (a worldwide standard). In many areas I have taught myself when an education was not available, but using the elements and principles as always kept me on course so that I don't stray when learning a new arena of design.
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