www.TedDillard.com: Index

January 11, 2015

The common thread throughout all of my interests is the melding of technology and personal expression.  This is an index of the work I have online, both past and present.  For detailed samples, please visit my CV, Resume page: Case Studies, Sample Pieces and Portfolio
Contact me here.
Current work:



Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles (Kickstarter Project and book)

InsideEVs contributing author: Motorcycles and other EV-related subjects

Electric Motorcycle Primer “InsideEVs Style”: 5-Part Series on EV tech

The Electric Chronicles: A builder’s reference site for Electric Motorcycles



Fine Art Reproduction

The Atelier Print: Redefining Fine Art Reproduction


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Photography: “des flous de ted dillard”

Projects, Builds, Inventions and Solutions

The x-y Easel: A tool to redefine digital Fine Art Reproduction

Websites: FineArtCollector.com
FineArtCollector.com is a website that redefines on-line art collecting.  Learn more here.

 oh,  and this.

  Drag Racing Belt Sander: World Record Attempt

wait.  wuuut?

The Archives:

Digital Photography Help Videos: Youtube page (Raw Pipeline, ColorV2)

Ted Dillard personal videos: Youtube page (TedDillard)

CV, Resume: Case Studies, Sample Pieces and Portfolio

View Ted Dillard's profile on LinkedIn

And now, may we present, the rest of the blog!  Thanks for your interest.


After (quite literally) years of development, the x-y Easel got a big upgrade this month.  Since the beginning, the linear bearing arrangement has been less than optimum, what with trying to keep costs down and trying to adapt existing easels.  I finally ordered up two 5′ long linear bearing tracks along with a precision ball-screw feed, straight from CNC router technology.

The feed is silky smooth, quiet and really strong.  To accommodate the rails, I designed a new easel frame, built from baltic birch plywood, which is mad-strong and really light.  In addition, I was able to incorporate all the new features into one easel – the handheld remote, the massive battery power supply and the computer interface.

There are a few things I’d like to tidy up – I’m still not happy with the finish, and the next easel will be stained with a deep walnut analine dye, and rubbed out with a dark Danish oil.  The computer interface is still Windows only, and I’m working on a little different strategy – doing away with the computer control entirely and using Arduino to set up a programmable hand-held remote – even with a smartphone app possible.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I have enough spare parts left over to build a little side project I’ve been getting some interest in: a wall-mount easel.  I’m putting that together and will bring it into the studio for some lengthy testing within a week or so.


Well, I gone and done it.  I’ve been working on this thing for a long time, and it’s been proven out.  Not only from my own, almost daily use for two years, but the easels I’ve sold have been received with stellar grades.  I’ve even sold one to a Big Deal in the Art World (who has to remain nameless due to various NDAs for the moment.)  I want to push this thing to the next level, and I’m trying an IndieGoGo campaign to get there.

Check it out here.

Wish me luck, and if you want to jump in, be my guest!

The complete info on the easel is here: www.xy-easel.com

Power in Flux is Done!

February 21, 2017


It’s been a long haul, but the book, Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles is finally complete!  Read all about it here, on it’s very own website: Power in Flux.  350 pages, available from Lulu.com – hardbound with dust jacket, soft-cover, and electronic formats are available.

Two things.  Writing a history, especially when the people who made it are still alive?  No small task.  And if anyone ever tells you that “What’s on the Internet is on the Internet forever”, they’ve obviously never tried to research anything on the Internet.



July 6, 2015

FineArtCollector.com is a website developed with a very clear business plan.  Using an online gallery of top-level artists, the goal is to show and promote the best work and provide it to a nationwide base of Member Galleries.  If a collector requests a painting, the painting is shipped to the gallery of their choice, at a minimal charge.  The collector may then purchase the painting, or not.

The advantages for the collector are obvious.  FineArtCollector eliminates any risk or doubts associated with traditional online buying. The advantages for the gallery?  Equally obvious.  The gallery gets access to a substantial collection of art and artists they were previously unable to offer.  They get free marketing, attracting new clients and getting sales with no outreach effort.

The site was built around the FineArtCollector Search Widget, which allows the user to filter paintings on 8 criteria, as well as keywords and name searches.

Along with Gallery listings and a gallery locater, the site has substantial Artist listings, with biography information, a gallery of their work, and links to their own home pages.

Each painting page listing has high-resolution views of the painting, some with frame suggestions as well as views of the work in an interior at scale, to give the collector an impression of how the painting will appear in their home.  (A custom service is also available, to show the work in their interior, with their provided photos.)

Using the Intercom service, we’ve incorporated live chat support to answer questions about how we operate, our terms and conditions, the mechanics of the site, background on the artist and the work, and whatever other questions a user may have.

The discrete use of pop-up features allows inoffensive, yet compelling “call-to-action” reminders:

Our live chat feature is coupled with support from several “Art Advisors” – members of the staff who are particularly qualified to advise and counsel collectors on any number of art collection issues.  The Art Advisors are available on request by name, or by chance, and are available by email, chat or telephone.

Finally, a “How-To” page provides detailed instruction on several features on the site – selecting work, making “Collections”, sharing Collections with other users and more.

FineArtCollector.com was developed using the Black Studio team via Codeable, and was launched January 2016.  Promotion and marketing channels include Google AdWords, print and online advertising campaigns, sponsorship and leveraged marketing through artist and gallery channels.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Helped in early development of concept and implementation, including development strategy, sourcing development and managing development team.
  • Developed operating procedures and basic protocol architecture for inventory control, documentation, shipping and storage of artworks on site.
  • Managed upgrades through several versions, integration of Intercom, Search functions, and mobile optimization.
  • Managed artist relations, attracting new talent and curating collections.
  • Day to day maintenance of site: Artist pages, Painting collections, photography, retouching and anti-spam strategies.
  • Advised marketing strategies and developed advertising and marketing materials.
  • Managed rollout through social media.


June 28, 2015

  • Contributing Writer


    Jay Cole
    Jay Cole

    Ted is both a knowledgeable and thought provoking writer at InsideEVs and has been a great addition to our team. His experience and depth of learning when it comes to both e-bikes (as well as other forms of e-transportation) is unparalleled.

    October 17, 2014, Jay managed Ted at InsideEVs

  • Director: Mt Washington Auto Road ALT Energy Summit

    Mt Washington Auto Road

    Howie Wemyss (weemz)
    Howie Wemyss (weemz)
    General Manager of the oldest manmade tourist attraction in North America

    Ted is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and talented individual who we brought on late in the event planning stages who produced a very successful event for us.

    September 18, 2013, Howie was Ted’s client

  • Author

    Lark Books

    Ellis Vener
    Ellis Vener
    Owner, ELLIS VENER PHOTOGRAPHY and Photography Specialist

    Ted Dillard’s “Color Pipeline” is an excellent introduction (or re-introduction) to digital color management for photographers.

    While the same ground has been covered in other books by other authors Dillard’s breakthrough is to examine the language used to discuss the subject and to bring color management down out of the high falutin’ jargon-o-sphere into more comprehensible language. Having taught and written extensively about CM, I can testify that thisis no mean feat and his accomplishment is to make it far easier to grasp what color management is , what it does, and how to make it work for you.

    December 22, 2008, Ellis was with another company when working with Ted at Lark Books

    Bruce T. Hamilton
    Bruce T. Hamilton
    Technical Director of Photography at Northeastern University

    I have worked with Ted at Northeastern University for a number of years now. I first knew him as the Digital Guru at EP Levine in Boston. Ted has always been one of the main “Go-to” guys in Boston. He is always right there on the cutting edge of what’s new in hardware and software, and he always has an answer (usually the right one) for any question or problem that comes up, as they always do. His honesty and humor make him a pleasure to work with, and his “never satisfied”
    attitude keeps him focused on finding the best way to capture the best image, make a fine print, or manage a workflow. His book, “Raw Pipeline”, is a terrific teaching tool and resource.

    August 28, 2008, Bruce worked directly with Ted at Lark Books

    Fred Levy
    Fred Levy

    Ted is the one person you want to have around to get the right information. As a photographer, tech, and educator he is constantly learning and teaching. His energy and enthusiasm shows in everything he does.
    His new book, RAW Pipline, should be on the bookshelf of every working photographer. It explains a clear but detailed explanation of not just what a RAW file is but how to manage the ever expanding process of photography and what is going on inside that fancy new D-SLR.
    I would encourage anyone looking for a well rounded photographer to consider Ted. He will be able to meet your needs for any project, no matter how abstract or detailed.

    August 20, 2008, Fred worked directly with Ted at Lark Books

    Chris Sanchez
    Chris Sanchez
    Photographer, Creative Specialist, Principal: Chris Sanchez Photography

    In the fall of 2008 I had the opportunity to work with Ted as he was an instructor at The Art Institute of Boston. At the time Ted was finishing his book, “The Raw Pipeline”, at the same time Ted was teaching the work-flow from the book to our class. A great instructor, with a deep understanding in photography; both technically and creatively. Teds teachings and writings are insightful, dynamic and enjoyably personable.

    August 20, 2008, Chris was with another company when working with Ted at Lark Books

    George Lucozzi
    Photographer at ASA Photographic

    I bought my first digital camera through Ted back in 1999. He became my mentor over the years and I have taken several classes that he has taught. I consider him my “Ace in the Hole” when it comes to the most up to date and accurate information around digital imaging and printing. Because of Ted, I have always been able to stay more educated then my competitors about the technology I use everyday for my business and that gives me that edge. Having that type of resource for any business is invaluable. With all the arguing and disputes about what gear to buy and what software is best, Ted was always there testing, not talking about it. That was always what made me know that I could take his input to the bank every time. Through all of this he still manages to keep his feet on the ground, maintaining the emphasis on the art of photography itself and not all the technological noise that comes with it. When it comes to digital imaging and printing, doing it right is to seek his approval.

    George Lucozzi
    ASA Photographic

    August 20, 2008, George was Ted’s client

  • Adjunct Faculty- Digital Photography

    Northeastern University

    Leslie Jardine
    Research Manager

    Ted was an effective coach and mentor for our graduate level classes in Digital Photography at Northeastern. He gave each student a high level of individual attention exploring their creative potential, while at the same time providing an advanced level of instruction in techniques for image acquisition, refinement, and printing/display. I continue to use and build on what I learned in my two classes with Ted.

    December 1, 2008, Leslie was Ted’s client

    Elisabeth Neville Ambler
    Elisabeth Neville Ambler
    Technical Support and Marketing Specialist

    Ted is one of the professors who pushed my work to the next level. Forcing advancement and leading by example. I have recommended his book to many of my own students and I take lessons from it daily. Words to not express my respect for his work.

    August 24, 2008, Elisabeth was Ted’s client

  • TSP Imaging Services, Founder and Director

    Tech Superpowers, Inc

    Ben Pender-Cudlip
    Ben Pender-Cudlip
    Documentary filmmaker

    Possibly the most important thing to realize about Ted is that he knows what he’s talking about. His experience in the photo industry is impressively deep, to be sure – but make sure to pay close attention when it comes to marketing, technology, imaging, sales, or just about anything else. It’ll be worth your while.

    June 2, 2009, Ben worked with Ted at Tech Superpowers, Inc

    Jay Dunn
    Jay Dunn
    Fractional Chief Marketing Officer | Marketing Consultant | Business Consultant | eCommerce | Retail | Digital

    When I reached out to my friend, Michael Oh, at Techsuperpowers, I was unaware of Ted Dillard.

    What I needed was the insight of a professional photographer, fused with the knowledge of the digital and technological advances, to create a cost-effective, efficient, multi-user, multi-city, photography and asset management workflow. Ted far surpassed any expectations I had. He engineered a strategy that allowed photographers and color houses in seven different cities to align to standards and protocol that created speed-to-market and cost advantages worth large dollars to our organization.

    If you are in need of relevant, business-focused, world-class insight and experience to revamp the way your company does photography, Ted will be the last guy you call.

    In an industry where everyone knows “something” about digital photography, Ted is the only expert in the country that I’ve experienced who knows “everything” about digital photography. Hire him, or accept less. It’s your choice.

    August 23, 2008, Jay was Ted’s client

  • Imaging Specialist

    E. P. Levine

    Gina Connor
    Gina Connor
    Vice President of Sales, Americas at Hasselblad Bron, Inc.

    Ted’s title of Imaging Specialist doesn’t tell the whole story. He is a very smart guy who is an excellent educator, knows his stuff, and is very personable. I was sad to see Ted leave Calumet, but then had the pleasure to work with him again at Levines! He’s one of those guys that I always felt comfortable referring people to.

    April 19, 2009, Gina was a consultant or contractor to Ted at E. P. Levine

    Jared Leeds
    Jared Leeds
    Owner, Jared Leeds Photography

    Ted was instrumental in my transition from film to digital. I was overwhelmed initially, but he presented things in a way that allowed me to make my transition relatively seamless. His knowledge is thorough and up to date and I feel confident about my abilities when I come to him for advice.

    August 7, 2008, Jared was Ted’s client

  • Freelance Photography

    Ted Dillard Photography

    Annie Cronin
    Annie Cronin
    at Annie’s Gluten Free Bakery, LLC

    I loved working with Ted, but even more important my clients loved working with him. Great, creative ideas, and made the most mundane products look beautiful.

    September 14, 2008, Annie was Ted’s client

    Mark Minter
    Mark Minter
    VP, Creative Director at BG

    Ted helped produce some of the best work produced at the agency that I worked at. From Bose audio to retail shoe and steel manufacturers, he always delivered great results and vision that complimented the creative strategy for the project. He was easy to work with, great with solutions and personable, which made a great overall team effort. The final photography spoke for itself and stood out. I’d recommend him highly.

    August 7, 2008, Mark was Ted’s client


We made it!  With 4 days to go, Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles got 100% funding at $10,000, and is still going strong.

Why do I love this?  Well, for a number of reasons, beyond the obvious.  First, it shows me that it’s not my personal grail or indulgence, and that there’s interest and demand for this kind of work in the EV community.  While I’m talking about community, it’s been really amazing how many people have spoken  up and reached out to help – with resources, information, some gossip, and lots of details.  I also can see where the support comes from, and that there’s interest outside of just the electric motorcycle community, the EV world, even the world of gasoline motorsports.  The goal has been to write a book that reaches beyond the niche of the niche that electric motorcycles is, and it seems like there’s interest out there.

A HUGE thanks to the backers and everyone who’s helped.  …and if you still want in, there’s still time.  Order your book here.

Now the work begins!

Screen shot 2015-06-08 at 5.58.48 AMFor the last 8 years or so, I’ve been keeping track of resources and news about electric motorcycles over on my The Electric Chronicles blog.  It wasn’t until recently that I realized that what I had was a pretty complete history of not only recent electric motorcycle development, but not-so-recent history as well…  such is the nature of obsession.  I also realized that it was a fascinating story of how science, technology, research and the market come together to make a revolution happen.

So I started a book.

What I find most interesting is about how the timeline of electric motorcycle illustrates bigger subjects of technology and innovation.  We always hear about “Think Different”, but one of the key patterns in innovation is watching how individual pieces have to fit together to make that “Different” happen.  What we know as the modern bicycle, for example, went through almost 50 years of fits and starts, through several interpretations of a two-wheeled, human-powered device…  but until three unrelated bits came together – a manufacturing process that could make tube steel, inflatable, pneumatic rubber tires, and, most interesting, industrial roller chain – could the modern concept of a bicycle exist.  The parallels in electric motorcycle development make this a fascinating story of 21st century innovation.

This is a book that will interest not only EV enthusiasts and motorcycle fans, but anyone interested in how breakthrough ideas incubate, fail, and succeed.

And, I started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the book.  Take a look: Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles.  If you’re interested, I hope you’ll consider backing the project. In the first 24 hours the project hit 25% of the funding goals, and 50% in a few days.

What’s most exciting, and personally satisfying, is how the electric motorcycle community has embraced and supported the project.  Where I once had doubts that this was anything but a personal obsession, the community has stepped up and unequivocally weighed in: this is an important project, and people want to support it, both with their dollars, but also with information, resources and contacts.

The video:

Here’s the latest version of the outline:


The Timelines:

• Battery development • Brand development • Community/forums • Racing

The Pre-history – makes and models, tests and development:

• The Age of Lead • 1900 to 1950 • the late 20th century • The Dawn of Lithium • The 2000s

Battery and Supporting Tech Development:

• A Short History of Lithium Battery Research • The BMS • The Motor and Controller Equation

The People (notable cast and characters of the 2002-present period):

• Mike Corbin • Michael Czysz • Terry Hershner • Chip Yates • Craig Bramscher • Livia Cevolini • Jeff Disinger • Shawn Lawless • Luke Workman • Azhar Hussain • Cedric Lynch • Neal Saiki • Brian Richardson • Bill Dube and Eva Håkansson

The Student Teams: Ohio State • Purdue • Virginia Tech • Kingston University (others)

Europe and the UK

The Australians: A continent in flux:

• Danny Ripperton • The Voltron • Racing

The Communities:

Endless Sphere (and the e-bike crossover) • Elmoto • ElectricMotorcycleForum • V is for Voltage • DIY Electric Car • Brammo Owners Forum


• The Early Years (Team Bettimoto and the EVN CUP) • The Isle of Man • TTXGP • FIM • eMotoRacing • MotoE • eFXC • Land Speed Racing • Drag Racing

The Brands:

• Zero • Brammo • Energica • Harley Davidson • Electric Motorsport • Agility Saietta • Quantya • KTM • Mission Motors • BRD • Vectrix • Electric Moto • ELMOTO • MotoCzysz • Oset • Roehr • Bell • Lito • Sarolea • Lightning • Amorak  (others)

World’s Firsts, Records and Feats:

Mike Corbin • The NEDRA • KillaCycle • Shawn Lawless • Lightning • Chip Yates • Mission • Nathan Abbott • Terry Hershner • Team MotoElectra • Pikes Peak • Charlie MacArthur (more)

The Medicine Show: Emerging technology and the rise of the “PT Barnum Effect”

The Future of Electric Motorcycle – Overtaking a century of carbon-fuel development: Mainstream Manufacturers • Emerging Brands • Custom Builders