Meeting Archive

Below is a list of many of the past CDPUG Meetings

Special Meeting: Graphic Artist Tour of “Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton” exhibit at the Cleveland Public Library


Special Meeting: Graphic Artist Tour of “Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton” exhibit at the Cleveland Public Library
Date: 12/02/2017
Doors open: 10:00 am
Meeting starts: 10:15 am
Cost: Free
Parking: Parking is available for free at metered spots on Saturdays. Also, there are two parking garages on Rockwell Avenue, which runs east to west behind the Library and several other flat lots off of Superior Avenue. All of these garages and lots charge a fee–even on Saturdays–but the cost is reasonable.

Health Insurance for the Self-Employed

Speaker: Lori Lipton

What is available in the health insurance marketplace
Carriers, Plans, Tax Credits

  • What is available in the health insurance marketplace
    Carriers, Plans, Tax Credits
  • Who is eligible for Tax Credit
  • How do I apply for Tax Credits and Health Insurance
  • What are the penalties if I do not obtain creditable coverage
  • Sample Plans with and without tax credits
  • Q & A

Self Publishing for the Graphic Designer

Speaker: A panel of talented artists: Ron Hill, Jamie Hills, Christine Grieves, Judith Phinehas

Our October meeting will feature a panel of local graphic designers who will discuss Self Publishing.

Our talented panel includes: Christine Grieves, OhG Design; Ron Hill, Act 3; Jamie Hills; Judith Sagan.

You will be able to purchase autographed books for gifts and for yourself.

CDPUG September Meeting: Designing for Augmented Reality

Speaker: Bill Myers, Virtual and Augmented Reality Evangelist and Consultant

As augmented reality (AR) becomes more mainstream, designers need to understand the power of this new medium and its implications for the future of digital design.

We’ll start by taking a brief tour around the current scene of AR and what creation/distribution platforms are the primary contenders in this space. Creative uses for marketers, the thought process behind gamification, and covering commercial applications for the workplace will all be a focus of this presentation.

Finally, we’ll discuss the future of AR. We’ll examine the biggest players in this space (Facebook and Snapchat), what is Google building, and what Apple has cooked up (from a predictive standpoint).

CDPUG August Meeting: Graphic Means Documentary & CDPUG’s 30 Year Anniversary Party


GRAPHIC MEANS: A History of Graphic Design Production
USA, 2017, Briar Levit

This new documentary explores how graphic design production was accomplished before the advent of the desktop computer almost three decades ago. From the 1950s and into the 1990s, it took some ingenious analog machines and tools, and skilled hands, to marry images and type on meticulously prepared paste-up boards that were delivered to the printer. This fascinating overview by art instructor Briar Levit remembers this vanished moment in design history.

Cleveland premiere. DVD. 90 min. Screening co-sponsored by AIGA Cleveland, Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG), and the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society (NOIS). AIGA, CDPUG, and NOIS members $7.

Cinematheque Parking
Free parking is available in Lots 73, 74, and CIA Annex Lot. Enter building through Entrance C.

The Meeting After the Meeting
The Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group will celebrate our 30th Anniversary afterwards. Join us at the Happy Dog Euclid Tavern (across the street) from 8:30 – ? Members and non-members welcome. Partygoers will need to order their own drinks and food. Sorry, no pizza, but there will be lots of Happy Dogs. 😉 Show your CDPUG Namebadge at the door to get in free.

CDPUG July Meeting: Research & Your Customer’s Web Experiences: Why Care?

Speaker: Nicholas Michel, Research & Customer Experience Manager. Precision Dialogue, an RR Donnelley company

You design a beautiful web page, an enticing email or a killer printed page, a gorgeous package. You put your heart and soul into it and it doesn’t work, nobody buys what you are selling. Or maybe, you have something that is working but you think it could perform better.

Nicholas Michel from Precision Dialogue will show us how user experience testing and analytics can use tools like eye tracking, emotion-detecting headsets, carefully selected focus groups and advanced analytics to help you improve the effectiveness of your designs and user interfaces and to find out how your target audiences really use and react to your creations.

Nicholas will talk about how these tools can produce analytics that will help you make your messaging more efficient, often on the scale of hundreds or even thousands of percent increase. Learn out how to be a better designer by targeting what your audience REALLY responds to.

CDPUG June Meeting: Capturing and Developing Photos with a Billion Dollar Camera

Speaker: Ari Wilson (@faqsonly)

At this meeting we’ll discuss why mobile photography, specifically the iPhone camera, is culturally significant. What the impact of the democratization of photography has had on industry and how users can leverage the iPhone to capture truly stunning photos.


The 13th Annual CDPUG Showcase Meeting Announcement & Call for Entries

Speaker: CDPUG Members & Special Volunteers

Join us at our very special meeting featuring our members—and a few select non-members—portfolios presented in a Five-Minute Portfolio format. Share your best work, what you enjoy, or who you are — using 20 slides that will auto-advance every 15 seconds — for a total of five high-energy minutes that will put the spotlight on your individuality and creativity. It’s an easy and really cool way to introduce yourself to your peers, make new contacts, and gain important potential referrals.

Video Editing Boot Camp for Graphic Designers

Speaker: Bill Baraona, Flex Media

Graphic Designers without a background in video production will learn the basics of non-linear editing, and be able to create short videos that showcase their work for social media and more.

The Top Legal Mistakes Content Creators Make and How To Avoid Them

Speaker: Sharon L. Toerek, Principal Toerek Law

Whether you create your own content, are a freelance content creator for others, or a digital publisher, part of your work is to understand the legal issues creators face every day.

Safely Backing Up your Mac & PC

Speaker: Spike Radway, Owner of Team Spike Consulting, LLC and CDPUG Director of Programming. Ken Fanger, owner of On Technology Partners

CDPUG Programming Director and a founding member of CDPUG, Spike Radway of Team Spike Consulting, LLC will show  you how to be confident your Mac and PC are safely backed up,  and that your valuable data is protected from loss. You will learn simple backup practices to help you avoid stress, and minimize downtime when that inevitable something goes wrong on deadline.

Using the County Library’s Digital Resources

Speaker: Lane Edwards II, Manager of the Garfield Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library

Kicking off our 2017 Programming will be Lane Edwards II, Manager of our home base Garfield Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. The evening will show us an overview of all of the digital resources the Cuyahoga County Library has to offer and include eBooks, eAudioBooks, eMagazines, Movies and TV Programs, and Music. We will spend most of the evening learning the ins and outs of the OverDrive App and reading eBooks on our smart phones and tablets.

Apple Keynote and Presentation Skills for the Graphic Artist


Join us at the Apple Store at Eton Chagrin Boulevard where an Apple staff expert will show us how to create and deliver beautiful presentations with Keynote for Mac, Keynote for iOS and Keynote for iCloud.

Digital Photography. From HDR (High Dynamic Range) to GPS

Speaker: Stan Kohn, Stan Kohn Photographics. Eric Wethington, Dodd Camera

Join us in a discussion of one of the most interesting new developments in digital imaging technology, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging. HDR imaging extends the dynamic range of images to create amazing detail – from the brightest highlight to the darkest shadow – by combining multiple images of various exposures into one.

Website Accessibility

Speaker: A Cleveland Sight Center staff member who is an expert on assistive technology

When websites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality. At the Web Development SIG November meeting — at a special location — we will review how designing for web accessibility makes websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.

Winning With One

Speaker: Christine Howey

How one-person companies can out-think their competition.

Large multinational companies and one-person shops have one thing in common: They both need a strong brand identity. Corporations recognize the importance of a brand that can help them differentiate their product or service, and they spend millions to accomplish it. But most one-person enterprises, lacking the resources, don’t even try.


Come See What Apple’s New Cat Has To Offer

Speaker: Scott Seifert, a member of Team Spike Consulting LLC

At the Thursday, September 24 meeting of Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG), Scott Siefert will give the inside track on Snow Leopard 10.6, Apple”s newest upgrade for the Mac OS X system.

Plug-in Potpourri. Extend Your Productivity and Creativity!

Speaker: Henry Lee, Stan Kohn, John O'Donnell, Spike Radway, Janet Dodrill, Carolyn Lewis

A variety of CDPUG members will demonstrate their favorite plug-ins. Come and see how they use these cool third-party products to increase their creativity and their productivity. And even their profitability.

Keeping Your Digital Life in Sync (Or How to Keep Cloud Computing From Getting In Your Way)

Speaker: Spike Radway, Team Spike Consulting. CDPUG Program Director. Also Fred Dugach of F. A. Dugach Consulting Services.

Spike Radway, long time CDPUG veteran will demonstrate successful methods he has discovered to help keep his Digital Life in Sync. Spike manages multiple computers and coordinates multiple calendars and contacts with his business associate Scott “Scooter” Seifert, and with his better four fifths Christi Carlson. The three make up Team Spike Consulting LLC, a digital management and consulting firm that supports Macs in the Graphic Arts.

5th Annual CDPUG May Show

Speaker: CDPUG Members

Peer-to-peer (P2P) networking opportunity for digital publishing professionals

RSVP required. Members RSVP to May Show RSVP

Guests, use PayPal form on details page to RSVP and buy guest pass(es). Click here

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