Los Angeles InDesign User Group
The Los Angeles InDesign User Group provides unique educational experiences related to InDesign though presentations, field trips, printed documentation and an online presence.
We engage the difficult process of appealing to InDesign users of all skill levels and unique interests with a smörgåsbord of programs that range from the serious and technical to the fun and unexpected.
But most important of all, we provide an authentic user-to-user experience where individuals can ask questions, tell stories, inspire others or just hang out with kindred spirits who speak the language of page layout or digital publishing.
A particular focus of the group is increasing the acceptance of these publishing technologies in the established workplace as well as extending their reach into diverse and underserved communities.
All regular LAIDUG meetings and events are free to the public.
LAIDUG is officially supported by Adobe Systems, Inc., but is an independent organization managed by local volunteers. The group is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization financed through the sale of raffle and event tickets, the purchase of branded items and the occasional tax-deductible contribution. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your donation.
Brick and Mortar Meetings
We hold six meetings each year—on the third Thursday of the odd months of the year. Meetings are held throughout Los Angeles County to ensure that at least one meeting during the year is in your own backyard. Typical meeting facilities include libraries, community centers and schools.
Occasionally meetings are held where design work actually happens, perhaps at a design studio or printing company—and sometimes include a tour of the plant.
Meetings typically begin with a short meet-and-greet allowing the social-minded time to connect and those stuck on the freeway time to arrive. After a few minutes of chapter business, we introduce the speaker and get on with it. No boring “reading the minutes.” No solicitations of old and new business. The evening’s presentation concludes with a Q&A session followed by raffles. Then we wrap up. Our meetings are compact yet jam-packed with the interaction and information you really want and need.
Although we always have bottled water, occasionally we’ll have more a more robust offering of refreshments courtesy of a vendor in exchange for the opportunity to bring a short message to the group.
Have questions and can’t wait two months to get your fix? Interact with other members online through our Facebook page. Miss a meeting? Information and pictures are posted both on the website and on Facebook. Interact with other members on your own terms and your own time.
How Did All This Get Started?
Adobe InDesign was born in August 1999, but it took over two years for InDesign users to join together. That finally happened in New York in November 2001 shortly before the release of the landmark version 2.0. This first InDesign user group brought together early adopters, recent converts and the merely curious. When news spread of what designers saw and heard, attendance grew.
Los Angeles held its first InDesign user group meeting in October 2005 at Ogilvy & Mather in Culver City. Presenter Mike Riley gave an overview of InDesign CS2.
Over the years, LAIDUG programs have included a diverse group of presenters from around the United States and a half dozen foreign countries.
Alan Bell, Manager
DeShawn Burton, Co-Manager
Alvin Takamori, Administrative Operations
Andrew Keith Strauss