Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Magic of OpenType Advanced Features


Thu, November 21, 2013, 7:00 PM


Glendale Community College


Santa Barbara Building, Room SB 243

1500 N. Verdugo Rd.

Glendale, CA

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Event Details


Yes, the event details, but first...



Home Again


Now back to our regularly scheduled meetings.


As you know, the Los Angeles InDesign User Group meets six times a year on the third Thursday of the odd months: January, March, May, July, September and November. The meeting last month with Terry White was an extra one.


So how do you follow a superstar like Terry White? With another superstar, of course. Although Travis Kochel might not have Terry’s name recognition, click here and see what Travis created to make our work easier. Sweet, right? So at the November meeting, we won’t just be seeing a demonstration of this incredible solution. We'll be hearing from the man who actually wrote the code. (Bowing and scraping is permitted.)


PLUS...this meeting is being held at and sponsored by Glendale Community College with free parking. Yay!




Meeting Topic: The Magic of OpenType Advanced Features


Our fonts are getting smarter. They can magically replace letter combinations with ligatures. Our text can be converted to small caps at the click of a button. Fractions can be created dynamically, without having to look through the glyphs panel. Advanced OpenType fonts are dramatically speeding up some of the tedious tasks of typesetting, but like any good tool, it comes with responsibility. Knowing why to use tabular numerals is just as important as knowing how. This talk will detail InDesign’s OpenType features and how they can improve your typography.


Along the way, we’ll also take a look at some experimental uses of OpenType technology. Fonts can display more than letters and punctuation. Some can transform your numbers into graphs, words into pictures, or times into a analog clocks. It could be argued that they have more in common with interfaces that typefaces. Regardless of how you categorize them, they are greatly expanding the capabilities of our design applications, and could be a worthy addition to your toolbox.




About the Presenter


Travis Kochel is a partner at Scribble Tone, a design studio based in Portland, Oregon. Their work explores intersections of typeface design, interactive experiences and branding. They are creators of FF Chartwell, a set of fonts to create simple graphs within text boxes. Published by FontFont in 2012, it has received awards and accolades from Fast Company, Communication Arts, Typographica, and ATypI. He currently teaches Typography, Typeface Design, and Interactive Design at Portland State University.






7:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet

7:15 p.m. - Presentation and Tour (with mid-presentation break)

9:30 p.m. - Raffles

10:00 p.m. - Goodbyes




Free Parking


You can park free on the Glendale Community College campus in Lot C. Go here to print out the parking permit. Place it face up on your dashboard. This permit is only valid on November 21 beginning at 6 p.m..




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.






• SOFTWARE: one eDocker product

Value to $995.00

Your choice of: eDocker2, eDocker Tablet Publisher


• SOFTWARE: Blacklining for InDesign

Value $760.00


• 1-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION: Adobe Creative Cloud

Value $599.88

Full access to a CC applications



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.


• 1-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION: FlightCheck Version 7 for Mac from Markzware

Value $199.00


• SOFTWARE: FF Chartwell, including Bars, Bars Vertical, Lines, Pies, Radar, Rings and Rose from Font Font

Value $129.00


• SOFTWARE: Font Agent Pro 6 for Mac from Insider Software

Value $99.95



Value $49.00


• SOFTWARE: Rasterino for Illustrator CS4 to CC from Astute Graphics

Value $46.24


• SOFTWARE: iDML iPad App for iPad from DTP Tools

Value $19.00


• SOFTWARE: ColliderScribe for Illustrator CS4 to CC from Astute Graphics

Value $15.00


• TICKETS: LA Web Professionals Meeting

Value $7.99 (four raffles)




Event Sponsor


Glendale Community College




Corporate Sponsors



Astute Graphics

DTP Tools


Font Font


InDesign Magazine

LA Web Professionals


Mogo Media

O’Reilly Press

Peachpit Press

Stock Layouts





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