Meeting Archive

Below is a list of many of the past CDPUG Meetings


Designing with WordPress: A Panel of Prominent Experts

06/25/2020
Speaker: A panel of prominent Wordpress Experts.

Join us for a panel discussion of Web Design experts who will discuss UI Design. WordPress and other platforms will be covered.

We’ll also talk about Cleveland GiveCamp, an upcoming weekend event where 200 volunteers assist 20 local non-profits with their technical and design projects. It’s a very rewarding experience and designers are always in need.

Our panel will include:

Lisa Gruber-Gebby. Lisa Gruber-Gebby is Principal of OrangeWall Creative, a design and interactive firm with over 25 years of experience. Lisa takes pride in solving business problems using web and interactive technologies – as well as providing branding and print solutions for a client’s entire strategic focus. We use up-to-date technology to create websites, apps, interactive technology, SEO, graphic design/illustration. Lisa is at heart a designer and visual problem solver and loves to find different solutions and technologies to support a client’s direction. Lisa graduated from CIA in 1993 with a BFA in Graphic Design, Minor in Photography.

Dallas Riffle. Dallas is president of DRM, a growing full-service marketing agency located in Fairview Park, Ohio. DRM is a brand-focused agency whose mantra is “We don’t offer solutions because we don’t see marketing as a problem. Marketing is an opportunity to tell the story of your brand.” DRM develops websites on many platforms, but always puts the user experience first. Dallas attended the University of Akron for Drawing & Painting and later Tri-C for Web and Graphic Design, and is a graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. He has worked in the creative field for over 20 years.

Adam Corrao. Adam is the owner of Corrao Designs, a website design and development agency based out of Parma. He works primarily in WordPress, Wix, and Shopify – holding a certification within each platform. Adam also hosts a YouTube series called “UI Design for Designers” in collaboration with Wix, teaching you bite-size tips and tricks on website user interface design. The best way to describe Corrao Designs is a creative, young, fresh website design agency that builds websites designed for the new age. The single focus of Corrao Designs is to design and develop websites that are custom and stunning so your business can wow the internet.

Remington Philips. CDPUG Past President and current Director of Digital at radio broadcaster Connoisseur Media, Remington Philips creates digital strategies that help brands reach their audience. As a project leader, he has created WordPress, Drupal and custom developed solutions for organizations ranging in scope from small business to enterprise level. He has taught WordPress to students, and is currently working on a project of migrating 30+ data intensive websites to WordPress from other platforms.

Heidi Cool. Heidi Adam Cool Web Design & Strategy, has 25 years experience in web development with a background in marketing that includes advertising, direct mail, copywriting, design, photography, product marketing and Internet marketing. As a marketer and web strategist, Heidi develops web sites and social media plans that are meant to serve the needs of both clients and their target audiences. Useful content, whether delivered via web site, blog or other channels attracts visitors. She has been building custom WordPress sites since 2007.


The 16th Annual CDPUG 5-Minute Showcase

05/28/2020
Speaker: CDPUG Members & Special Presenters

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.


CDPUG Holiday Party & 2020 Elections!

12/05/2019
Speaker:

t’s time again for our 2019 Holiday Party (Thursday, December 5) and the Officer Elections for 2020. We have an exciting new venue this year, so be sure to head to Sainato’s at Rivergate, 1852 Columbus Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-772-4400. Sainato’s is centrally located, easy to get to, and has plenty of parking. There is street parking in front, on the Merwin Ave. side of the building, and free parking in the Merwin’s Wharf lot behind the restaurant. Sainato’s delivers the pizza popular at our regular meetings.

We will also have an optional gift exchange. If you wish to participate, bring a gift with a less than $10.00 value.

The Holiday Party cost this year is the same as last year at $15 per person and will include appetizers. Cash bar!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 27thPre-payment with Paypal also required!

 


2020 Health Plans for the Self-Employed

11/09/2019
Speaker: Lori Lipton, Health Plan Specialist

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


Getting the Most Engagement from your Videos on Social Media

03/28/2019
Speaker: Flex Media’s Bill Baraona and Kathie Zipp

You’ve made a video, now what? Learn what platform is right for your audience, how to find solid video topics, how to read video analytics and so much more. Take a deep dive into the world of sharing videos on social media with Flex Media’s Kathie Zipp and Bill Baraona as they share tips to help you increase your engagement, grow your following, and start using your videos more effectively.


Finding Health Plans That Fit Your Needs: Small Group, Individual & Medicare Plans

11/03/2018
Speaker: Lori Lipton

Finding Health Plans That Fit Your Needs: Group, Individual and Medicare Plans

2019 – Health Plan Purchasing Strategies
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
  • Sample Plans with and without tax credits
  • Q & A

Speaker Bio: Lori Lipton, Health Plan Specialist. http://www.lorilipton.com
My 20 plus year career in graphic design began in 1983. During that time approximately 50% of that time I was a self employed freelance designer/production artist. I know full well what it was like to pull together my own benefits. I had to shop for my own insurance and learned how it applied to my needs, sometimes the hard way. In 2001, after over 8 years with a great company with full benefits, I experienced a layoff as the company downsized and then closed a short while later. In 2002 I obtained my insurance license and my new career began. At this point, I have 16 years experience helping others find health plans that meet their needs. As an independent agent, I am self employed and still shop for my own health plan. Being an independent agent allows me to offer plans from various carriers and offer an objective overview of what is available. My approach is to educate and consult. The idea is to help clients choose what will best meet their needs and fit their budget.


The 14th Annual CDPUG 5-Minute Showcase

05/31/2018
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.


The 15th Annual CDPUG 5-Minute Showcase

05/31/2018
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.


Brushing Up on Your Photoshop Brushes

03/29/2018
Speaker:

Have you ever taken a good long look at what’s under the hood of a Photoshop brush? Sadly, many of us take them for granted when painting with pixels.

Learn how to tweak and customize brushes from the many settings at your fingertips. Even create an original brush from the family dog or cat just for the fun of it.

Find out what’s up with those hard to control bristle brushes or take advantage of the amazing mixer brush tool.

It’s time to brush up on Photoshop brushes.


Learn how to create stunning and mind-blowing photos with HDR photography

02/22/2018
Speaker:

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The basics of HDR photography
  • The benefits of HDR
  • Tips, advice, and secrets of HDR
  • About the Mac app Aurora HDR
  • How to create and edit HDR photos


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

12/02/2017
Speaker:

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

11/30/2017
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

10/26/2017
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

09/28/2017
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

08/31/2017
Speaker:

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?

07/27/2017
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

06/29/2017
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

05/25/2017
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

04/27/2017
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

03/30/2017
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.


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