Walsworth Breakfast Session: Getting It Right, Right From the Start

This session is sponsored by Walsworth.

Before you begin your project, getting your document set up correctly is very important. Join us for tips and tricks on building documents correctly, considering trim size, margins, and bleeds. Whether you’re building a catalog with hundreds of pages or a gate-fold brochure, there will be something for everyone.

Ignite CreativePro 2024

Come join us for dessert, plus a heaping helping of tips, tricks, and fun! Or sign up to present 20 slides in 5 minutes. It’s your opportunity to have five minutes of fame, in the relaxed and friendly confines of an after-hours get-together with your colleagues.

When: Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Ballroom A

Who’s Invited: All conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, paparazzi, etc.

Cost: Free!

We’re putting on our annual fun “IGNITE”-style show and need your help! Do you have:

  • An unusual design or production-related technique that you use?
  • A “from the design trenches” anecdote to share — funny or serious?
  • Some hard-won lessons you’ve learned? Or wish your clients would learn…
  • Tips for getting the most out of a conference?
  • An incredibly complex table you created, or special effect, or the world’s best workspace?
  • Advice for designers or computer users or ?
  • Some other pro design topic that you’re passionate about?

Yes? Then take this opportunity to share it with your colleagues in 5 minutes or less! Only 12 spots are available, and it’s first-come first-serve, so don’t wait till the last minute. We’ll confirm via email with our final roster of 12 Ignite presenters and 2 alternates by Friday, June 28. If you’re not sure of a topic yet, but definitely want to do this thing, then fill out the form with a placeholder idea now to save your spot! You can fill it out again later (before June 28) once you’ve decided on a topic.

Rules (for audience members)

  1. Relax, have fun, and enjoy.
  2. Be supportive of your fellow attendees!

Rules (for presenters)

Sign-up for your slot below, but first read the rules:

  1. No prior speaking experience required. Don’t worry—the audience is very supportive. You’re among friends.
  2. Create a series of exactly 20 pages or slides in landscape format, which you will export to PDF and we’ll project it on screen during your talk. The first one’s your opener, the last one is your closer. Email the 20-page PDF to us or bring it with you on a USB Flash drive. Keep your slides simple!
  3. Content: Your topic must be about something related to the field of design or graphic production — tools, projects, tips, rants. It’s okay to be funny, but keep it clean and appropriate. Please don’t use this as a sales presentation or portfolio review. Violators will get “the hook”! If in doubt, ask Anne-Marie (amarie@senecadesign.com), your friendly MC, beforehand.
  4. Be prepared to talk about your topic for 5 minutes while we project your slides on the screen.
  5. The slides will auto-advance every 15 seconds! That’s the Ignite rule. And what makes it fun for the audience, too! 20 slides x 15 seconds = 5 minutes.
  6. When your five minutes are up, take a bow, enjoy the applause, and hand the mic back to the MC.

That’s all… nice and simple! Fill out the form below to sign up for fame, fortune, and hilarity. (And did we mention all IGNITE speakers earn a special conference keepsake for their efforts?)


2024 CreativePro Ignite Sign-up Sheet

Closing Session

It’s time to bring this five-day CreativePro extravaganza to a close. Join us for one last opportunity to catch a tip, win a prize, and learn what’s next on the horizon.

PowerPoint Add-Ins

Are you using PowerPoint add-ins? You should be! Add-ins are third-party plug-ins that expand PowerPoint’s capabilities and solve loads of pain points at every skill level from beginner through advanced. There are a lot of add-ins out there including some unbelievably great free ones. But how do you know which are worth having and which are best to ignore? Industry veteran and BrightCarbon Director, Richard Goring, has ideas for you!

Making the Most of PowerPoint Templates

Okay, we can all admit that making PowerPoint templates makes us nervous. Can we delete that layout? How should we handle page numbers? What about the color palette? Why can’t we set a font theme on a Mac? Will the client call us up in six months saying complaining about their bullet points formatting?

Templates are admittedly a big topic, but in this session we’ll take a look at some of the major dos and don’ts as well as best practices for putting together a basic PowerPoint template.

InDesign—The “Right” Way

You get there in the end, but is it always in the most efficient way? Under the hood, would your InDesign documents stand up to scrutiny? If there are serious edits to be made, would your document fall down like a house of cards? This session looks at ways to make InDesign’s document infrastructure and automation features work for you, not against you, and is for novices—as well as seasoned users who secretly suspect there is a better way.

  • Banish repetitive drudgery
  • Boss your text flow
  • Keep your documents tidy and problem free

Creative Cloud Unleashed

Explore new avenues for your creativity with professional-level design tools on the iPad. Photoshop and Illustrator have been re-imagined for a touch-enabled experience — and offer a whole new dimension for designing unique and engaging content.

Whether you use your fingers, or Pencil, you’ll discover new ways to seamlessly work across your desktop and iPad apps while creating professional-level content.

We’ll also take a look at Fresco. This natural-media based app brings truly unique features to the iPad for drawing and painting. See how these applications can enhance real-world design projects for any medium.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Photoshop, Illustrator and Fresco on iPad.
  • How common desktop features translate to the iPad.
  • Unique tools, features and workflows only available on a touch device.
  • How to create, edit, and share documents across devices, projects, and other designers.
  • Drawing and sketching techniques that you can use in any creative project.

Agile Infographics

Nowadays the ability to design professional infographics isn’t enough—you need to do it quickly and efficiently. One way to achieve this is to adopt Agile methods. This cutting-edge workshop shows step-by-step how to use Agile techniques to turn words into professional, compelling infographics quickly. Learn the proven techniques and tools the pros use to do more with less!

Storytelling in PowerPoint

Like any children’s book, engaging novel or award winning film, a good story should be the backbone of your presentation. But what separates a good story from a not-so-good one? In this session, you’ll discover the essential structure and elements you need to craft engaging and memorable stories. Then, learn how to bring your story to life with presentation techniques that make a strong emotional connection with your audience. Lastly, you’ll learn how to wrap it all up and create the storybook ending that your clients and audiences are looking for.

In this session you will learn:

  • The elements that make up a story and how to use them in any kind of presentation
  • What it takes to make a good story into a great story
  • How to use visual storytelling principles to make your presentation look and feel amazing

Hands-On Design

Isn’t it funny how in the early days of digital imagery, photos were so heavy on grain that they struggled to compete—and now we’re in a place where we add grain to generated images to make them appear more analog? Oh, how the pendulum swings! While it’s much easier these days to move more fluidly between the digital realm and the analog world, it’s also incredibly easy to get stuck in the precise, pixel-perfect world of our screens. Consider this session a respite from your everyday grind and a chance to slow down, embrace imperfection, and create with your hands—no mouse or tablet necessary.

You’ll (re)discover:

  • The sensory joy of hands-on creation and the unique artistic expressions afforded by analog tools
  • Analog media as a catalyst for ideation and creativity
  • Delightful ways analog elements can enhance your digital projects.