Alan Bell, Manager Twitter: @laidug
Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned professional, the knowledgeable community of designers, production professionals and print service providers that make up the Los Angeles InDesign User Group are at your service to make your life easier, more productive, and a whole lot more fun! Every other month five score of us gather in various locations around the Southland to discuss InDesign, InCopy, DPS and Muse, find out the latest news, commune with other users, perhaps snag some swag or win one of a half dozen raffle prizes including Adobe software! Meetings of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group have become flashpoints for spreading news about InDesign in Southern California as well as for learning tips, tricks and techniques that keep your skills sharp.
LAIDUG is managed by community members, but officially supported and promoted by Adobe. Membership is free because of generous supporters and ongoing raffles. Visit http://eepurl.com/blL-O9 and tell us who you are. That’s it. Then you can register to attend events and be eligible to receive members-only price reductions and benefits such as discounts on books and magazine subscriptions, entry to trade events and conferences, training and software.
We hold chapter meetings on the third Thursday of the odd month throughout Los Angeles County. Moving meetings around ensures that at least one meeting during the year will be in your backyard. Typical facilities include libraries, community centers and schools. Occasionally meetings are held where InDesign work actually happens, perhaps at a design studio or printing company, and sometimes include a tour of the facilities. Meetings typically begin with a half hour 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. Following the evening’s presentation, we hold raffles and then wrap up. Our meetings are compact yet jam-packed with the interaction and information you really want and need. Although we always have refreshments consisting of cookies and milk—okay, cookies and bottled water—occasionally we’ll have more robust offerings courtesy of a vendor in exchange for the opportunity to bring a short message to the group.
The Worldwide InDesign User Group Community website includes a wealth of information including blogs, podcasts and videos, as well as links to additional resources such as books, magazines, services and support. There’s even a section on “converting to InDesign.” Have questions about InDesign or can’t wait two months to get your fix? Interact with other members on our Facebook page. Miss a meeting? Information and pictures are posted on Facebook and on the website. Interact with other members on your own terms and your own time.