Rogers Printing Seminars

December 31, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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!

In June I presented "Mastering InDesign," in October it was "I Didn't Know Acrobat Could Do That!" and in December I pulled together a soup-to-nuts seminar called "The Sweet Suite" (automating production among all the programs — XML, variables, actions, scripts, etc.). If you'd like me to provide your company with the same seminar, let me know … I've got all the files and I'm good to go! Heh. Or, if you'd like to be notified of upcoming seminars at Rogers Printing, let my client, the wonderful Marylou Peterman, know. A link to her email is on this web page:

Rogers Printing Seminars

A bonus for me, and for all the attendees (many of whom came to each one of these … I think I've developed a fan club in Grand Rapids) was that Rogers Printing holds the seminars in a beautiful room at a breathtaking venue, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. We all enjoyed how the scenery changed as each seminar was held in a different season, and then on top of that you have these amazing sculptures scattered throughout the grounds. If you're ever in the area, you have to go see this place.

Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens

I'll never forget driving into the entrance of the park that early June morning, and at the front of the gardens, facing the road, was a towering (at least 30 feet tall) sculpture of a an empty man. It was an incomplete shell, made up of huge letters of the alphabet welded together. I thought, how appropriate for an graphic design seminar! I found a picture of the sculpture here (taken elsewhere), as seen from the back; and another one from inside it, looking out:

La Grande Nomad (by Spain's Jaume Plensa)

What do you think … Helvetica?

I later learned Sr. Plensa was the designer of the Crown Fountain, right here in Chicago's Millennium Park:

But … I digress. Let's continue.


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