Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


Conquering Complexity in Non-Fiction Book Design


Bridge Publications, Inc.

5600 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90022

Thursday, July 18, 2019

7-10 p.m.



This two part-meeting begins with a presentation on non-fiction book design and winds-up with a tour of a major book printing facility.


Learning objectives:

  • Non-fiction books are often much more complex than straightforward narratives, so what’s the best way to approach them?
  • Steps you absolutely cannot skip!
  • What is a visual hierarchy and why do you need one?
  • Separating classes of information visually.
  • How to leverage InDesign’s Paragraph, Character and Object styles (including some vital GREP styles) to simplify your work and make it go faster?
  • How do you help the reader to navigate the text, and why is that important?


The tour:

Bridge Publications is a state-of-the-art, all-digital facility. The tour will take us through three departments showing how a book is made. We begin with the printing department (HP Indigo and Xerox iGen), continue with the applications department (lamination, stamping, coating) and conclude with the bindery department (soft cover, hard cover, coil).



Directions and Free Parking


Bridge Publications is in East Los Angeles, south of the 60 freeway, east of the 710 freeway and north of the 5 freeway. This is the first time LAIDUG has had a meeting in East Los Angeles. There is lots of free parking in front and on the side of the building.



Must Purchase Raffle Tickets to Attend


The Bridge Conference Room where the presentation is being held is limited to 20 people. With such a small number of seats, we have decided to make purchase of at least five raffle tickets in advance ($10) mandatory. The purpose of this really isn't to sell raffle tickets. It's to separate those who really intend to come from those who register but don't show up. (Usually that's not a problem.) For those who only want to go on the tour, there are an additional 10 spots with a two raffle ticket minimum ($5).



About the Presenter


Alan Gilbertson is a freelance creative director and designer living in Los Angeles. His work spans corporate identity programs, advertising, print collateral of all kinds, and large format (indoor, outdoor and illuminated), across all media. His first love is book design, closely followed by workflow efficiency, with which he is mildly obsessed. Alan writes for InDesign Secrets, CreativePro.com and InDesign Magazine. He can be reached by email at alan@gngcreative.com or LinkedIn or Twitter @gngcreative.



Farthest Attendee


The bona fide LAIDUG member who travels the farthest specifically to attend the meeting will receive her or his choice of any one deal at MightyDeals up to $50.00. Mighty Deals offers fonts, templates, apps, e-books, etc. You  need to prove to us that you traveled farthest to attend this meeting. Having recently moved to the area from somewhere else won't cut it. Be prepared to show us indication of your current residence—perhaps a driver's license or a utility bill. Decision of the administrators of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group is final.





LAIDUG is supported by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10, 11 for $20, 24 for $40, 32 for $50 and 65 for $100. All major credit cards are accepted.



Raffle Prizes


GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users. Value $300.00

Proofing add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. Version history tracks what has been changed and by whom.


Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00

Choose one from the list below:

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), Convert and open QuarkXPress files in InDesign.

PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign), Convert PDF files to InDesign.

ID2Q (InDesign to Quark), Convert and open InDesign documents in QuarkXPress.

MT (Markzware), Convert InDesign documents to IDML files readable by InDesign CS4 through CC 2017.

FC (FlightCheck), Check native and PDF files for printing quality.


Expo Creative Asset Manager for Mac from Insider Software. Value $149.00

Digital asset manager that allows you to view, tag, search and manage images, icons, fonts, audio, video, app documents.


Suitcase Fusion 8 from Extensis. 12 month subscription. Value $119.95.

Font management program that allows you to organize your fonts from one plane—including system fonts, purchased fonts, fonts synced from Adobe Typekit, Google fonts, etc.


Font Agent Pro 8 from Insider Software. Value $99.95

Windows font management that allows you to organize, distribute and control your fonts.


InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00

Web hosting company.


DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. Value $77.40

Suite of 14 different InDesign productivity tools.


Multi-Find/Change 3.0 from Automatication. Value $49.95

Extension for InDesign and InCopy that allows you to manage and execute Find/Change queries in batches rather than one at a time.


Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. Value $44.00

Royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, and illustrations.


InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00

Monthly PDF publication devoted to InDesign how-tos, in-depth features, and quick tips.


LA Web Professionals Group meeting tickets. Value $7.99 (four raffles)

Adobe user group that meets monthly with an emphasis on web design, marketing and the latest internet trends.



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