Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


A Media Synthesis


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Roxbury Community Center Auditorium, 471 South Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212



The Ballad of Beverly Hills


Come and listen to a story about a group named LAID,

A poor little group whose presenters were not paid.

Then one day looking for a place to meet,

They met with a man who had more than one seat.


In an auditorium that is, tables and chairs.


First thing you know LAID’s meeting place is set,

Plus a man flies from England to LA right on a jet.

So it looks as if the group now has a new place to be,

And that place is on the Westside in a town called Beverly


Hills, that is. Swimmin’ pools. Movie stars. Free wi-fi.

Come on out. Take your shoes off. Set a spell.



From bad parody to British sophistication...



A Media Synthesis


Nigel French will be in Los Angeles (from England) to talk about his workflow, client experiences, successes and failures, and his ongoing attempt to synthesize typography, photography, music, travel, (along with a bunch of other stuff) into something like a career. A daily and longtime user, Nigel makes InDesign the hub of his practice, combining it the Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, to produce standard graphic designer fare like books, brochures, posters, and branding materials, as well as type-based artwork that draws upon the vernacular and is inspired by European modernism. Visit h to see his remarkable work.



About the Presenter


Nigel French is a graphic designer, photographer, author and teacher living in Brighton, England. Between 1991 and 2004 he lived in San Francisco where he operated a design business, Small World Productions, and later became the director of the graphic and interactive design program at University of California, Berkeley’s Extension Division.


An Adobe Certified trainer and Certified Instructor, Nigel is the author of InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop Unmasked: The Art and Science of Selections, Layers, and Paths (both Adobe Press) and several titles for the Lynda.com online training library. He also writes a type-related column for InDesign Magazine.


He has taught graphic design and design software for more than 15 years in both the United States and the United Kingdom to students from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, and covering all levels of experience. Concurrent with his design projects, he travels nationally and internationally teaching InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom, both one-on-one and in groups, to a broad cross-section of the creative industries.





7:00 p.m. - Meet and greet

7:15 p.m. - Welcome and announcements

7:20 p.m. - Presentation (with mid-presentation break)

9:15 p.m. - Raffles

9:30 p.m. - Goodbyes



Farthest Attendee


The person who travels the farthest to attend the meeting will receive a one-year subscription to InDesign Magazine. This prize has a $69 value. If everyone is kinda sorta in the area, then this prize will go the person who just had or is about to have a birthday.



Silent Auctions


• HOW Design Conference

Value $1295.00

San Francisco, California

June 22-26, 2012


• InDesign and CS6 Conference

Value $950.00

Chicago, Illinois

September 8-11, 2013


• Mogo InDesign Seminar

Value $129.00

Los Angeles, California

May 30, 2013


• TYPO Conference

Value $600.00

San Francisco, California

April 11-12, 2013





• SOFTWARE: one eDocker product

Value to $995.00

Your choice of ONE of the following:

eDocker2, eDocker Tablet Publisher


• SOFTWARE: Adobe Creative Cloud

Value $599.88

Full access to the Creative Cloud for an entire year


• SOFTWARE: Markzware product

Value to $399.00

Your choice of ONE of the following:

Q2ID plugin, ID2Q, PUB2ID, PageZephyr, FlightCheck, PDF2DTP



Value $349.00

50 high resolution photos or vector images per month for three months. (two raffles)



Value $299.00

Full access to the entire Stock Layout template library for three months.


• PUBLICATION: InDesign Magazine

Value $69.00



Value $49.00


• SOFTWARE: one DTP Tools product

Value $19.00

iDML iPad App for iPad






DTP Tools




HOW Magazine

InDesign Magazine


Mogo Media


Stock Layouts

O’Reilly Press

Peachpit Press



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