Los Angeles InDesign User Group
Program and Structure
Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned professional, the knowledgeable community of designers who use InDesign, InCopy and Muse is 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 the programs we know and love, find out the latest news, commune with other users, perhaps snag some swag or win a raffle prize including Adobe software!
Meetings of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group have become flashpoints for spreading news about InDesign, InCopy, Muse as well as for learning tips and techniques that keep your skills sharp. LAIDUG, as the group is sometimes called, is managed by community members, but officially supported and promoted by Adobe.
Membership is free because of generous sponsors and ongoing raffles. Hit the join button and your in. That's it. Then you can 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. You can find out about events here or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Brick and Mortar Meetings
We hold six meetings each year—on the third Thursday of the odd months. 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.
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.
This 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 here on our Facebook page. Miss a meeting? Information and pictures are posted both here and on the website. Interact with other members on your own terms and your own time.
How Did All This Get Started?
Adobe formed its first InDesign User Group in November 2001. This group brought together members of the New York publishing community who were interested in this curious new page layout program. Included were 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. We became a registered California non-profit association in 2010. LAIDUG has held meetings throughout the Southern California area from Marina del Rey to Altadena, Sherman Oaks to Huntington Beach.
Alan Bell, Manager
DeShawn Burton, Co-Manager
Alvin Takamori, Administrative Operations
Anissa Thompson and Ronald Talley, Photography
Armando Villa, Student Operations