Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting



Design Lessons from Things We Do Over and Over

(10 Years of L.A. Times Oscars Coverage)


Thursday, July 18, 2013

7-10 p.m.

Los Angeles Times Community Room

202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, California 90012



Downtown Los Angeles


After traveling to the far reaches of Los Angeles, we land in the historic center of the city at the historic Los Angeles Times building a stone’s throw of City Hall.



Meeting Topic: Design Lessons from Things We Do Over and Over (10 Years of L.A. Times Oscars Coverage)


The Los Angeles Times uses InDesign to develop visual ideas to be fleshed out later with live content in its print pagination system, often under intense deadline pressure. One of the most successful—and hectic—examples of this practice is its annual Oscar night coverage. This meeting is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the L.A. Times’ signature design efforts and how it has evolved over time.


This peek inside is being conducted by Los Angeles Times Assistant Managing Editor and Design Director Michael Whitley. (Yep, the Big Cheese.) Following the presentation and its Q and A, the group will be split into two or three subgroups for a physical peek inside, a walk-around tour of the premises.



About the Presenter


Michael Whitley has been assistant managing editor and design director at the Los Angeles Times since December 2007. He joined the Times in April 2003 as deputy design director for news after serving as team leader for news and projects at the Charlotte Observer. He previously served as projects designer at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the deputy design director for news and sports at the Copley Suburban Chicago Newspapers. His first newspaper job was at the Princeton ( Ind.) Daily Clarion, an 8,000-circulation paper where he served as reporter, photographer, designer and wrote a weekly column.


He has been an active member of the Society for News Design for many years, including stints as a coordinator and judge for the society’s annual Best of News Design competition. Whitley is from Versailles, Ky., and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville (Ind.) in journalism, with specializations in photojournalism and investigative reporting. He lives in Culver City with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two sons.



Location and Free Parking


The Community Room is located on the first floor, near the employee/afterhours entrance at 2nd and Spring Streets. Park free in the “213 Garage” named for its address which is 213 South Spring Street. Spring Street is one-way going south. The garage is on the right side between 2nd and 3rd Streets.



Public Transportation


Metro (subway) stop one block west, at 1st and Hill Streets. In addition, there are many bus stops nearby because of the proximity to the Civic Center, City Hall, the Police Headquarters, etc.



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


• InDesign and CS6 Conference

Value $950.00

Chicago, Illinois

September 8-11, 2013





• SOFTWARE: one eDocker product

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Full access to the Creative Cloud for an entire year


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



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



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5 standard or vector images per day for three months.


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• PUBLICATION: InDesign Magazine

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Value $10.00








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