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Join us July 29–30 for The InDesign + Type Summit, a 2-day online event with a focus on text, typography, and Adobe InDesign.

As a designer, you know how powerful an image of a human face is—a face on a page or screen attracts the eye like nothing else. And seeing even subtle changes in facial expression can dramatically affect our emotions. However, there’s another face that can affect us just as much: the typeface.

It seems incredible, but our human vision is hard-wired to watch for anything that looks like text—on a page, on a screen, or in any picture. What’s more, the style, color, format, and layout of that text affects us. Studies prove that a choice of typeface can sway our decision making, the spacing of text in a column determines how much we'll read… that is, the design matters.

Every session includes downloadable speaker handouts, type resources, live Q&A with the presenter, and on-demand access to the session recordings for one year.

Topics:

  • Advanced text styles techniques, such as GREP styles, nested styles, and line styles
  • Best practices for hyphenation, justification, and spacing
  • OpenType tricks to get the most from your fonts
  • Simple but powerful type effects to maximize your impact
  • Fixing typographic horrors, such as widows, orphans, and runts
  • Essential scripts and add-ons for type and typography
  • Understanding typographic voice and color
  • Making typography accessible

Speakers:

Our internationally renowned speakers include:

Amy Papaelias

Amy Papaelias

Carie Fisher

Carie Fisher

Charles Nix

Charles Nix

David Blatner

David Blatner

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet

Jason Hoppe

Jason Hoppe

Nigel French

Nigel French

Day 1: Thursday, July 29, 2021

All times listed in Pacific Time (Seattle) or UTC-8

7:45 AM – 7:55 AM Pacific
Welcome to The InDesign + Type Summit, Day 1

Bring your coffee/tea/drink of choice and join us for an informal chat before the sessions begin.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pacific
The Ice Cream Theory of Typography
Ellen Lupton

How do you know if your typographic design system includes all the ingredients required to satisfy and delight readers? It turns out that the architecture of an ice cream sundae is a tasty template for building typographic design systems. Every dish needs a delicious base, a glorious sauce, and crunchy bits to pull it all together. This talk by industry luminary Ellen Lupton explores the essential layers of a beautiful typographic hierarchy and dives deep into how to craft the InDesign details that make it sparkle. Study examples of outstanding international design work and learn how to concoct better systems in your own typographic kitchen.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Pacific
Clean Up Your Text
Erica Gamet

As the saying goes: garbage in, garbage out! Learn power-user techniques for cleaning up your text to ensure quality, consistency, and professionalism. We’ll show you essential scripts, Find/Change hacks, and tricks for setting up your text so that you’ll be able to format it quickly and easily. Subjects include what to do in Word before importing, best practices for importing your text, and a critical 3-step process to strip out incorrect formatting (but leave the correct styles alone)!

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific
Special Type Effects
Nigel French

These days, audiences need your type to pop off the page more than ever—and just adding a drop shadow or a bevel and emboss isn’t going to do it. Take it to the next level with type superstar Nigel French, as he examines some of the most fun, eye-catching, and practically brilliant methods for making fantastic type effects.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific
Lunch and Informal Meetup

Grab a bite to eat and come chat at our "virtual table" along with our speakers and experts in the presentation design community from around the world.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific
Mind the Gaps: Paying Attention to Spacing
Charles Nix

Professional typesetters have known for decades that to create beautiful type, you should focus on the spaces around each character! Join internationally renowned designer Charles Nix as he uncovers the secrets of the type masters. Topics include: optimal settings for hyphenation and justification; managing your margins; kerning and tracking tricks; and hidden or obscure settings that can make the difference between OK and OMG.

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Pacific
Powerful (but rarely used) Type Controls You Should be Using
Jason Hoppe

If you had a big, deluxe Swiss Army Knife, would you want to use just one blade? No, you’d want to try them all! Well, InDesign has dozens of type features, but most users take advantage of only a few. Learn what you’re missing and see how much more you could achieve if you started using features such as font menu filters, Column Rules, Auto-Size, Shading and Border, Paragraph Rules, Change Case, Keep Options, Underline and Strikethrough options, and more.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Pacific
GREP Styles, Nested Styles, and More
David Blatner

Everyone knows that you should use text styles in InDesign… but don’t stop with just setting up a few paragraph styles! InDesign has a wide variety of style features that will help you layout pages faster and more consistently than ever before. In this fast-paced styles deep-dive, we’ll explore character styles, nested styles, GREP styles, line styles, next style, and some crazy (but powerful) tips for mastering them! Learn how to do styles right in InDesign.

Day 2: Friday, July 30, 2021

All times listed in Pacific Time (Seattle) or UTC-8

7:45 AM – 7:55 AM Pacific
Welcome to The InDesign + Type Summit, Day 2

Bring your coffee/tea/drink of choice and join us for an informal chat before the sessions begin.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pacific
Accessible Typography Essentials
Carie Fisher

Designing accessible typography is a lot more complex than just choosing an accessible typeface. People with low vision, cognitive, language, and learning disabilities all have different visual needs when it comes to accessing your copy. In this talk, we will dig into some of the basic design considerations - such as font size, color contrast, column width, paragraph spacing, and kerning - to help make your typography more inclusive and reach even more readers.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Pacfic
Put Text in its Place: In- and Outdents, Wrapping, Splitting, and Balancing
Amy Papaelias

Laying out a page means getting your text to flow precisely where you need it — which is not always an easy task! We’ll explore the fine points of margins, text wrap, split/span text, column balancing, and more in this session. The better you can control your text flow, the more effective your design will be.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific
Get the Rhythm Right: Using Grids and Structure With and Without Locking
Nigel French

Great design is not thrown together, it’s planned. And one of the most important planning tools is the grid. (No, not from the movie Tron… that’s a different grid.) Join us for an in-depth look at how to create scaffolding for your design through the power of guides, grids, baseline grids, leading, space before/after, and other critical tools.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific
Lunch and Informal Meetup

Grab a bite to eat and come chat at our "virtual table" along with our speakers and experts in the presentation design community from around the world.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific
Finding the Characters You Need
Erica Gamet

How do you type the Euro currency symbol on a US keyboard? What’s the difference between a figure space and a thin space (and when the heck would you use them)? Where can you find amazing bullet symbols? How do you make fractions look awesome? All these questions and more, answered in this indispensable session. Also includes free scripts you’d be crazy not to download.

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Pacific
Tabs and Tables
Jason Hoppe

It’s common knowledge that InDesign’s tabs and tables features can cause headaches. But with a few cool insights and a couple of hot tips, you’ll be happy, and setting tabular data faster and easier than ever. Topics include: clever margin and tab alignment tricks, making tab leaders look awesome, table footnotes, how to sort tables fast, building “continued” headings for multi-page tables, and more.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Pacific
Type Tech Trends You Need to Know
Charles Nix and David Blatner

Are you still setting type with the same fonts and in the same way you did a decade ago? Shake off your rust and get up to speed with what’s new in typography! Let’s talk variable fonts, SVG fonts, OpenType tricks, type trends, and what the future will bring in this fun, interactive conversation between two type mavens.

Registration Details:

Your registration includes:

  • Livestream access to all sessions and live speaker Q&A
  • One year of on-demand access to all session recordings
  • Speaker handouts and type resources from the world’s top experts
  • Savings on future live and online CreativePro events with the alumni discount.

Pricing:
2-day pass: $695
$100 off for nonprofit, government, education, and CreativePro Premium members. Discounts cannot be combined, or added after registration. Please contact us here for discount information prior to registering.

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