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This article is from December 11, 2013, and is no longer current.

InDesignSecrets Acquires The InDesign Conference


The InDesign Conference

We are delighted to announce that InDesignSecrets had acquired The InDesign Conference from MOGO Media.

Here’s a message from Barry Anderson, the founder of MOGO: “It’s my pleasure to hand over the reins of The InDesign Conference to the two people who truly represent the world’s biggest independent resource for InDesign users, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion. We’ve all known each other for many years, and I’m confident that under their guidance, The InDesign Conference will be better than ever.”

Longtime InDesign users may remember that we used to speak (and in fact help manage) The InDesign Conference, but haven’t since 2008. So we are particularly pleased that we’ve found a way to move the event over to InDesignSecrets, where it will be a “sister” event to PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference and InDesign Magazine.

(Please note that MOGO (the company that previously produced The InDesign Conference) is still a separate company and we have no association with their ongoing events.)

So our question to everyone here is: What would you like to see at an InDesign conference? What topics are you wanting to learn about? What would make you jump up and fly somewhere and delve deep into this program that we love so much? Let us know below!

David Blatner is the co-founder of the Creative Publishing Network, InDesign Magazine, CreativePro Magazine, and the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign. His InDesign videos at LinkedIn Learning ( are among the most watched InDesign training in the world. [addbr]You can find more about David at[addbr]Follow on LinkedIn here
  • Aaron Gray says:

    I am really interested lately in hearing about successful web-to-print workflows: workflows that involve marking up text in HTML and CSS for web, but with the intention that the same text will also eventually be used in print.

  • I’m very interested in InDesign and automation and would love to see coverage of scripting and other low-level toolsets. My shop uses quite a few home-grown scripts to manage our book production but I’m sure we could be better at it.

  • Kristen Waite says:

    An InDesign Conference in the Western New England are would be fantastic. There is very little out this way for conferences, and it would be amazing if we could get one close enough that the whole department could go!

  • Michelle Buenzli says:

    Would be great if location alternated between east and west coasts.
    I would love to see subjects like document construction, managing images, color management, exporting to PDF, integrating with Photoshop-Illustrator-Bridge, paragraph and object styles, typography, best practices/workflow, principles of design, pretty much anything but electronic publishing which I don’t do.

  • Erika says:

    I agree about the alternate locations west-east. But I would like to see more on creating interactive forms using ID, ePublishing and liquid layout design

  • Stephany Wagner-Thornhill says:

    We are a non-profit, member association and have few resources available to us for professional development travel. I would love to be able to register for a series of recorded sessions that we could watch after the event. It’s not quite the same as being there in person, but it’s better than not being able to attend at all.

  • RG says:

    I, for one, would love to see a moderated, but audience-driven discussion with a panel of Adobe software designers and/or product leaders on the topic of feature improvements. For years we’ve been making suggestions on what could be improved, but so very little has ever been implemented. An open, face-to-face discussion would definitely be intriguing and most likely very helpful to all.

    • RG, you know that happens at PePcon every year? Exactly what you describe. A “lunch with Adobe” session where we have 5 to 10 InDesign team engineers and product managers sitting up front, and everyone brings their lunch into the conference room and mics gets passed around and people ask them questions and suggestions, and there is a real dialog. I remember one time when someone asked, “why can’t we create forms in InDesign?” and one of the managers said, is that something people really want to do? How many people here would ever actually use that feature? And the crowd roared! LOL … took them by surprise.

      But for the ID Conference, we will definitely see if we can get them to go to that too! Great idea.

  • Salieri says:

    None of this east-west coast business, cross some seawater and run an event in the UK or Europe!

  • Marty says:

    I’d like to see in-depth CSS going from InDesign to eBook. It’d be helpful to show a project go to each of the e-book formats, i.e. ePub and Kindle in all its various flavors with an emphasis on CSS troubleshooting and creating CSS from scratch.

  • Anita says:

    I agree with Salieri, cross the pond and visit the UK (Europe).

  • Laura says:

    I agree with Michelle Buenzli regarding what should be offered.

  • These are all wonderful suggestions, keep ’em coming! I personally would hope to have some in-depth sessions on creating a workable, flexible system of master pages, styles, and object libraries to help groups produce larger publications. We’ve done a couple of these big projects for associations this year, and I can see the need.

    • Nancy West says:

      That would be excellent. I would love to see more on working on larger publications as well (speaking as someone who’s converting an 800 page directory this year to InDesign).

  • Bart Van de Wiele says:

    I love the idea of more east coast locations. Also, maybe some people would like to do hands on sessions like bring your own laptop? I remember there were such sessions at Max.

  • John D says:

    Hold the next InDesign Conference in Indianapolis. A great “meetings” city! The heart of downtown is wonderful . . . and alive. Broad air service in and out.

  • Joan L. says:

    We do more short document files, ads and post cards, so I would be interested in more information about and more control over the data merge feature in InDesign. ID does a great job with this task, except when the list of names gets to be more than about 500 – 1K. East Coast-West Coast is fine with me – at least we could go every other year!

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