Okay, so since I had spent so much time learning the ins and outs of InDesign CS4 and InCopy CS4, why not do some new tutorial videos for lynda.com? I had nothing but time, right? So I did two titles, and each one took up about a solid month of my time (prepping sample files, outlines, testing, and then traveling to Lynda.com in Ventura, California to do the actual recording). But I'm really happy with how they came out.more >
While all the above was happening, I thought, hey, I'm not busy enough — let's agree to do a bunch of all-day seminars for the design and pre-press clients at Rogers Printing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
They have a neat thing going on there — Rogers charges their designer/clients (actually, the designer's employer) a reasonable amount to attend the seminar, but the full fee can be deducted from their next print job. I thought that was pretty clever!more >
Faithful readers of DesignGeek might remember that in a recent issue's "Upcoming Events" article, I mentioned that I was doing a presentation for a local arts group I belong to, the Chicago Creative Coalition. Its members are mainly freelancers and small-business owners in the arts: Graphic designers, web site developers (including a strong contingent of database gurus), photographers, fine artists, writers and illustrators.more >
I'm doing a lot of speaking at upcoming conferences. If you'll be there, please be sure and come up and introduce yourself — I love meeting DesignGeek readers!more >
It's not often that I get to teach an open-to-the-public, hands-on class in Adobe InDesign; in fact I can't remember the last time I did one. (Almost all my training is customized to a single company and done on-site.)more >
Back in November, Adobe asked me if I'd be interested in recording a bunch of video tutorials on InDesign CS3. Well, not Adobe itself; but a nice woman who *worked* for Adobe asked me.more >
As co-hosts of InDesignSecrets.com, David Blatner and I talk about InDesign keyboard shortcuts a lot. A LOT. They just save so much time, and there's so many of them. Sometimes, though, they're hard to find in the menus; and most irritating (but understandable) is that there are dozens of useful commands with shortcuts that don't appear in the menus at all, because there's just not enough room. You have to dig though Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts to find them.
Last month, he and I spent way too much time unearthing these and merging them with the ones from the menus, organizing the whole mess of them by function or product area, and laying them out in a poster-sized document in a way that makes sense to us, and we hope, other InDesign users.
Last week during the InDesign Conference: Master Class in Seattle, one of the seminars I presented was called "Repurposing: Print to Web." If there ever was an exercise in frustration, it was trying to come up with content for this seminar. I spent weeks fretting about it, scouring the web for an answer that wasn't there.
How do you get content that's sitting in a regular InDesign layout file out onto a web site? Other than making a downloadable PDF? Or copying and pasting text from frames to text editors?more >
Are you and your editorial colleagues curious if InCopy could help streamline things at your workplace, but not sure how it actually works?more >
It's not your imagination, I've only been able to manage one DesignGeek issue a month for the past couple/three months. I'm not going anywhere and I'll be returning to my twice-a-month schedule shortly. (I love that term, "shortly." Could be 15 minutes … could be 15 weeks. A very forgiving term.) But I will be writing at least one issue every month; it's truly my favorite "job" out of all the things I spend my time on. And the backlog of story ideas … egads, it's enormous.more >