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The Print and ePublishing Conference

Presenter List

Ron Bilodeau

bilodeau Ron Bilodeau is a graphic designer specializing in book template design and digital media. He has designed and refined interior templates for Cooks Illustrated and O'Reilly Media. In addition to his design work, Ron is using InDesign to develop a seamless workflow for easily exporting print-ready PDFs and web-ready digital formats from the same source files. He is currently the Production and Design Specialist at O'Reilly, where he is focusing on producing valid ePub documents from InDesign.

David Blatner

blatner David Blatner is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign and InDesign for QuarkXPress Users, and presents many InDesign video titles at He is the editorial director of InDesign Magazine. Over a half a million copies of his books are in print in 13 languages, and his free InDesignSecrets plug-in offers a “tip of the day” to thousands of users worldwide. He has spoken at conferences and workshops around North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and South Africa. You can find more about David at

Diane Burns

diane burns Diane Burns is one of the pioneers in electronic publishing, and in 1984 founded TransPacific Digital, Inc (formerly TechArt). TransPacific Digital was one of the first Macintosh-based design firms in the country and today is one of the leading firms for print, web and interactive design specializing in East Asian languages. She is an Adobe Authorized Training Instructor and the author of several books and many articles on publishing. She is a frequent contributor to InDesign Magazine.

Anne-Marie Concepción

anne-marieAnne-Marie "HerGeekness" Concepcion owns a busy cross-media design studio in Chicago and is one of the industry's best-known Adobe trainers and consultants. She also presents many video tutorials at In addition to her work here, Anne-Marie hosts, for editors and designers working in an InDesign/InCopy worfklow, and writes the free monthly e-zine InCopyFlow. The tips and insights she shares in her free DesignGeek e-zine are enjoyed by thousands of designers, publishers, and prepress professionals around the world. Learn more about Anne-Marie at her company's web site,

Nigel French

nigel frenchNigel is a graphic designer, photographer, author, and teacher living in Brighton, UK. Between 1991 and 2001 Nigel operated Small World Productions, a graphic design firm in San Francisco. In 2001 he became the director of the Graphic and Interactive Design program at University of California Berkeley Extension. He is the author of InDesign Type and Photoshop Unmasked, both from Adobe Press. Nigel travels internationally teaching InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, and design classes.

James Fritz

james fritzJames graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 2003. After beginning his career designing catalogs and collateral, he started working as a freelance designer for C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions. Soon he was promoted to a full time instructor/designer and subsequently become a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+), Adobe Certified Design Specialist, Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor (Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, InCopy, Fireworks) and Quark Recognized Instructor. In addition to teaching, he is a contributor at and is an author of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents & Presentations at James has spoken at variety of conferences and groups including: the InDesign Secrets Print & Electronic Publishing Conference , AIGA, and multiple InDesign User Groups.

Keith Gilbert

keith gilbertKeith Gilbert has worked as an independent consultant and educator in the design industry for 25 years for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, Lands’ End, Medtronic, Target and the United Nations. His work has taken him throughout the US and Canada, as well as to Barbados, Kenya and Monaco. He is an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat, and the Chapter Representative for the Minneapolis InDesign User Group. You can read his Tips & Techniques Blog at

Mordy Golding

mordy goldingThe founder of Design Responsibly, Mordy Golding has played an active role in the design and publishing space since 1990. A production artist for both print and the web for many years, Mordy, an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Expert, is an author and an instructor, and regularly speaks at worldwide events including Adobe MAX. Mordy is the author of Real World Illustrator, SAMS Teach Yourself Adobe Creative Suite All in One, and The Web Designer’s Guide to Color. Training videos for recorded by Mordy include Illustrator Essentials, Illustrator Beyond the Basics, and Illustrator for the Web. Mordy is also the author of the popular Real World Illustrator blog. Mordy worked at Adobe as the product manager for Adobe Illustrator, and was named a Champion of Graphic Design by Graphics IQ. You can find more information at

Cari Jansen

cari jansen Cari Jansen is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), Adobe Ambassador (AU/NZ), founder & Chapter Representative of the Perth InDesign User Group, technical writer, and print & publishing consultant with over 15 years of experience. She is a contributing blogger with and on her own site,

Chris Kitchener

chris kitchener Chris Kitchener is the Lead Product Manager for Adobe InDesign. Today Chris spends his time focusing on the evolving world of publishing across all forms of media—from print to web, mobile, and beyond. Before moving to the US Chris worked at Adobe UK with influential design, advertising, print and publishing companies, helping them in their transition to InDesign. Chris speaks regularly at industry events on topics such as Adobe InDesign, InDesign Server, workflow productivity, and the future of print and digital publishing. In his spare time he cleans up after his two young children and a smelly dog.

Claudia McCue

claudia mccueClaudia McCue spent more than 20 years in real-world print production -- from paste-up through early electronic prepress to current Mac and PC systems. She now specializes in teaching both creative and production professionals how to use Adobe products without hurting themselves or others. She is the author of "Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications" (Peachpit Press, 2009), and "Fearless Flash: Use Adobe InDesign CS5 and the Tools You Already Know to Create Engaging Web Documents" (Adobe Press, 2010). She is a Certified Technical Trainer, and an Adobe Certified Expert for Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Jay Nelson

jay nelsonJay Nelson has enjoyed publishing Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news, since 1992. Early in his career, he owned a graphic design studio/training company, and managed both a printing company and a prepress service bureau. Now he writes a regular font column for Macworld magazine, and contributes regularly to Photoshop User and Layers magazines. Jay also co-hosts the Design Tools podcast, serves as editorial director of and authors QuarkXPress training titles for In his spare time, he leads the Colorado Macintosh User Group (aka Boulder Mac Maniacs) in all manner of madness and mayhem.

Michael Ninness

michael ninnessMichael Ninness is currently the VP of content at Until recently he was a group product manager for the Design Segment at Adobe, where he drove product strategy, design, and development for several products and services in the Creative Suite. Some of his other past roles are InDesign senior product manager and lead product manager for Microsoft Expression Blend. He received a BFA in graphic design from the University of Washington, where he paid his way by teaching designers and photographers how to use digital tools and techniques. Michael has had a multi-dimensional career, with more than 15 years of experience as a product manager, user experience designer, trainer, and evangelist for software used by creative professionals. He is a frequent and top-rated presenter at numerous industry events, including PhotoPlus Expo, PMA, Photoshop World, Macworld, Flash on the Beach, Web Design World, Adobe MAX, and the HOW Design Conference.

Gabriel Powell

gabriel powellGabriel Powell is the author of Instant InDesign, Creating eBooks with Adobe InDesign CS4 & CS5, and Learn Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Video. He is also a contributing author to InDesign Magazine and the producer of the Instant InDesign Video Podcast. As a Senior Solutions Consultant for Typefi Systems and an Adobe Certified Instructor, Gabriel teaches InDesign, Typefi Publish, and other applications to creative professionals throughout Western Europe and the United States. He specializes in automated XML publishing, template building, and eBook publishing. He is also the founder of The Netherlands InDesign User Group in Amsterdam.

Mike Rankin

rankinMike has 15 years of publishing experience, including project management, layout, prepress, XML, support, and training. He is the author of "The InDesignSecrets Guide to the Adobe InDesign ACE Exam" and the "InDesignSecrets Guide to Graphic Effects." He is also the Manager of Workflow Automation at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., responsible for researching and developing tools and best practices to optimize a global product development workflow for K–12 educational publishing. Received Six Sigma Black Belt training methods to drive constant process improvement in an XML workflow to reduce the time and cost of re-using print content for the Web. He also writes for InDesign Magazine,, and his blog,

Victoria Richards

vicky richards Vicky is a Visual Information Specialist at the U.S. Social Security Administration and an expert on accessibility issues. She has informally consulted with Adobe Systems and has experience teaching and promoting best accessibility practices for governement and commercial publishers.

Jerry Silverman

jerry silverman Jerry Silverman is a Senior Solutions Engineer at Adobe Systems. With over a decade of experience producing applications and videos for a diverse body of corporate, broadcast, retail, e-learning and sales training companies, Jerry is currently an evangelist and instructor of Adobe's desktop creative tools, sharing his expertise and passion for technology with knowledge workers and educators across North America. He is a frequent presenter at Adobe customer events and industry conferences, offering demonstrations and tutorials to designers, developers, IT managers, and professional trainers and coaches.

Kiyo Toma

Kiyo Toma Kiyo Toma is a Senior Product Manager with the InDesign product team at Adobe Systems. He's been involved in design, publishing, and technology for 22 years, setting his first line of type on a 512K Apple Macintosh computer. While mastering early versions of Quark and Pagemaker, Kiyo eventually tired of washing toner and developer fluid from his hands and focused his career on technology. He then proceeded to learn a number of markup languages (HTML, SGML, and XML) but just as he was tiring of typing angle brackets, he was lucky enough to find employment at Adobe Systems. Kiyo holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Arts. He is known to still twitch at bad kerning and keeps a Mac Plus for sentimental reasons.

Russell Viers

russell viersRussell Viers started his career as a staff writer/photographer in 1981, at the age of 16 for his local daily newspaper. Since then, he has been involved in most facets of the newspaper business, as well as printing and publishing. For the past 11 years he has shared his vast knowledge of publishing production techniques as speaker, trainer and workflow consultant. As an Adobe Certified Instructor, his expertise is in teaching publishers how to use Adobe and Quark software to create better documents faster. His customer list is long and varied, but includes such names as Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, New York Times Regional Media Group, San Diego Union Tribune, Primedia Business and more. As a speaker, he is hired by printing and newspaper associations throughout the world to be a presenter at conferences and workshops, including the HOW Conference, IFRA, and NEXPO. You can find more about Russell at

James Wamser

james wamserJames Wamser, Senior Training Specialist, Sells Printing Company, is an Adobe Certified Instructor. James provides training and technical support for Sells' customers as well as its prepress department. He has been working with Adobe InDesign since prior to the release of version 1.0, and is an InDesign instructor at Waukesha County Technical College.

Steve Werner

steve wernerSteve Werner has developed and taught classes in InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, and Photoshop since the early 90’s. He co-authored Moving to InDesign with David Blatner and Christopher Smith, and Real World Adobe Creative Suite 2 with Sandee Cohen. He has been an instructor at many industry conferences—including Seybold Conferences and The Creative Suite Conference. In the Bay Area, he teaches at AcademyX and the Printing Industry of Northern California classrooms. He is a regular contributor to and InDesign Magazine, and is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Certified Expert. He is to co-founder of, which produces online classes to help you master the Adobe Creative Suite.


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