Los Angeles InDesign User Group Meeting for October


Type Tips and Tricks

OCTOBER 20, 2016, 6:15-9:15 P.M.

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625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Gain expertise on typography and InDesign. Hear tips and techniques for choosing, combining, setting professional level type, including:

• Hyphenation and justification settings
• The importance of paragraph, character, and object styles
• Managing widows, orphans, and runts
• Working with layout and baseline grids

About the Presenter

Nigel French is a graphic designer, author, artist, and trainer based in the feisty town of Lewes, East Sussex, UK. He is author of InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, published in its third edition by Adobe Press, and more than 30 titles in the lynda.com online training library. He also writes a type-related column for InDesign Magazine. His website is www.nigelfrench.com — one of these days he will update it.


Parking is free for three hours in the parking lot below the library. Parking is free for one hour in the lot south of the library.

Farthest Attendee

The person who travels the farthest to attend the meeting will receive a MightyDeals prize up to $50.00. You need to prove that you traveled just to attend this meeting. Be prepared to show us indication of your current residence—perhaps a CDL or a utility bill. Decision of LAIDUG administrators is final.


LAIDUG meetings are free. The group is supported by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: $3 for 1, $5 for 2, $10 for 5, $20 for 13, $40 for 30. $50 for 45 and $100 for 100. All major credit cards are accepted.

About Us

Visit www.laidug.com for more info about the group including a list of past meetings.

Copyright © 2016 Los Angeles InDesign User Group, All rights reserved.

Getting a Job.


The beginning of the Fall 2016 term is right around the corner and many students and perspective students have been contacting me about which Graphic Design classes they should take for Fall.
Realizing that there are so many factors that students should consider when they are laying out their schedules let me share a few ideas if your goal is to go from GCC directly to work:

Job Posting from 8/17/16
“Must have thorough knowledge of design programs (including the Adobe Creative Cloud) and an understanding of the print process.
Must have strong layout and typography skills.
Must help maintain consistent branding…”
“Should be creative, organized, able to manage several projects at once, meet deadlines and work well with others.
Video production knowledge, including editing”

Based on this posting, which is representative of the majority of posting that I see, let me make a few recommendations to prepare a GCC students for gainful employment within the world of Graphic Design:-)

1. “Must have thorough knowledge of design programs (including the Adobe Creative Cloud)”
To meet this requirement, I would recommend that students consider Photo 121, Art 133, Art 134, and Art 135, as all of these classes require students not only to learn the software but how to apply the software within portfolio level design projects.

2. “an understanding of the print process”
To meet this requirement, I would recommend students consider Art 134, and Art 135 as these courses contain assignments/projects directly relating to the print process.

3. “Must have strong layout and typography skills.”
For the “layout” skills I would recommend Art 135, and Art 251. For the “typography skills” we have an entire class dedicated to typography Art 132.

4. “Must help maintain consistent branding..” 
A big part of branding is the establishment of an identify system and Art 136 is the class where students sharpen their skills when it comes to identity and logo design.

5. “Should be creative, organized, able to manage several projects at once, meet deadlines and work well with others.”
All of the Graphic Design classes here at GCC have an emphasis on completing projects in a timely manner and staying on track to manage your time effectively and participation within the development, critique, and presentation process in class with your fellow students is one of the absolutely best environment to develop these qualities.

6. “Video production knowledge, including editing.”
One of the truly amazing things about going to GCC is that Graphic Design students have the opportunity to enhance their design skills by supplementing their course of study with courses from other departments such as Media, which offers a full range of video and video editing courses.

Hope this helps:-)

Rebecca Hillquist
Chair of Graphic Design
Glendale Community College
818-240-1000 ext. 3183



Good Reads


Books, not just for designing, also good for reading, and if you are going to read, why not read more about design.

Recent Find (Not yet in the library):

The Politics of Design
Review by James Cartwright for the AIGA website:
“Just reading this sentence makes you part of the 85% of the world population that is literate and the 20% that understands English,” he continues. ”You’ve spent around $15 on this book, which is a price only 20% of people (those earning more than $10 a day) can afford. If you are reading the electronic version, you are among the 40% who have access to the internet. If you bought this book, you probably have a higher education which is only available to a privileged few.”

If you enjoy reading between classes or anytime you are here on campus…

Check out some of the Graphic Design books recently added to our library’s collection:

Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant-Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century, by Steven Heller 741.650904

Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century, by Claire Zimmerman 720.108  Z72p

Anime: A History, by Jonathan Clements 777.7 C626A

Perverse Optimist, by Tibor Kalman 741.6092 T554

American Signs: Form and Meaning on Route 66, by Lisa Mahar-Keplinger

Design Writing Research, by Abbott Miller 741.6 1966D

Graphic Design, by Milton Glaser (Not sure on the Call Number but this is a great book worth taking the time to look up)

Barn brook Bible: The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook, by Johnathan Barnbrook  741.6092 B259b

Graphic Design in America: Visual Language History 741.60973

Pioneers of Modern Typography, by Herbert Spencer  741.6 S745p 2004




Fall 2016 Graphic Design Schedule


Register Now for Fall 2016!

*Notice for students working towards the Graphic Design Certificate and or Degree.
There are two once a year courses that will be offered in Fall:

1. Art 136
2. Art 251
These 2 classes will not be offered again until Fall 17.

Full Schedule of Classes in Graphic Design for Fall 2016:

Art 132 Typography
Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:40-4:40 PM
Art 133 Digital Illustration
Monday/Wednesday 9:10-11:15 AM
Art 133 Digital Illustration
Wednesday 5:45-10:05 PM
Art 134 Graphic Design Foundations
Monday/Wednesday 1:40-4:10 PM
Art 134 Graphic Design Foundations
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:55-9:25 PM
Art 135 Graphic Design Layout Software
Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:10-11:40 AM
Art 136 Graphic Design Identity and Logo
Monday/Wednesday 6:55-9:25 PM
Art 137 Graphic Design Portfolio
Monday/Wednesday 9:10-11:40 AM
Monday 6:55-10:05 PM
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:55-8:55 PM

InDesign User Group Meeting


Here is an idea for an activity over the Summer to keep GCC students connected to Graphic Design:

Learn about large format on location where large format printers are made.

Designing for Large Format

Thursday, July 21, 2016
7 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.

The logo on a business card might be the same as the logo on a billboard, but how it’s presented is completely different. Learn the secrets and techniques of designing for large format at this special presentation by Dan Wilson, creative director at Roland DGA Corporation and held on the Roland campus in Irvine, California.

You will learn all about wide-format graphics, including best practices for viewing distances, locations, materials, finishing, composition, color management, and how to design for output and installation.

Following the presentation, Dan will lead a tour of the Roland gallery and production center to see first-hand, hundreds of creative possibilities—from movie sets and car wraps to unique signs and apparel—for you to consider in your own work.

About the Presenter

Dan Wilson is creative director at Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital imaging technologies ranging from wide-format printers and cutters to 3D printing and milling machines. He is responsible for overseeing all of Roland’s online and offline marketing and communications. Dan works with an in-house team of designers and writers, as well as external freelancers and agencies to deliver a high quality and quantity of output. While the creative work is his passion, general business skills like strategy, management, and pricing/budgeting for creative services are critical to achieving successful results.


This special on-site presentation is a joint meeting of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group and Society for Experiential Graphic Design. SEGD LA is an association of people who create content-rich, emotionally compelling, experiential spaces for a wide range of environments, from hospitals and transit hubs to museums and educational campuses. Their work creates a sense of place, helps people find their way, communicates important information, and fuels a dialogue between users and the spaces they inhabit. They develop static and digital wayfinding systems, signage, environmental graphics, exhibition content, multimedia installations, public art, user interfaces, and branded/corporate environments. Members of SEGD LA research, plan, design, and build a diverse range of visual communications and information systems for the built environment. www.segd.org

Refreshments (and More)

In addition to providing the presenter, providing the meeting space, and providing a tour of the Roland Galley, Roland is also providing sandwiches and drinks, PLUS a special giveaway. How cool is that?

Farthest Attendee

The person – from either LAIDUG or SEGD LA – 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. 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.


This meeting is free. It is event is supported by Roland and by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: $3 for 1, $5 for 2, $10 for 5, $20 for 13, $40 for 30. $50 for 45 and $100 for 100. All major credit cards are accepted for raffle tickets the night of the event.

Raffle Prizes

eDocker CREATE! 6 month subscription. Value $774.00
Stock Layouts. Full access to Stock Layout template library. 3 month subscription. Value $299.00
AcademyX. Credit toward any class. Value $250.00
Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00
Expo Creative Asset Manager for Mac from Insider Software. Value $149.00
Font Agent Pro 6 from Insider Software. Value $99.95
InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00
DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. $77.40
TypeDNA. Font management software. Value $49.00
Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. $44.00
InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00
Pluralsight. 1 month subscription. Value $29.00 (two raffles)
LA Web Professionals Group meeting tickets. Value $7.99 (four raffles)

Roland DGA Corporation
15363 Barranca Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92618
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