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Graphics of the Americas 2008

"The Place to Be" for Graphic Design and Creative Professionals

Where can graphics, creative and publishing professionals go to learn about, or polish their skills, on the latest tools of the trade - like Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash?

Unless they live in major metro areas, the level of education available - and the community of users with whom to exchange ideas, tips and tricks - is limited. Access to expert advice, hands-on tutorials, and peers with whom to exchange information, ideas and best practices remains unavailable to most.

Fortunately, this scenario changes with the breadth of educational offerings available at the upcoming Graphics of the Americas 2008 (GOA) show, Feb. 26 through March 1, 2008, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla. For the third year, Graphics of the Americas, organized by the Printing Association of Florida (PAF), is including a series of focused educational conferences and tutorials developed specifically for graphic designers and publishing professionals. Over the course of five days, The InDesign Conference, The Pixel Conference�, The Vector Conference�, and The Conference for Adobe Acrobat at GOA 2008 will feature over 98 sessions, including nine half- and full-day tutorials. Covering essential material such as handling images, streamlining workflow and managing output quality; these conferences, organized by MOGO Media, will be presented by a host of experts from around the world.

"Where else can you find over 30 speakers from around North America and Europe descending on one of the hippest cities to talk and transfer their expertise about InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash?" asks David Blatner, respected author, publishing software expert and program chair of the InDesign and Pixel conferences; and co-chair of the Vector and Adobe Acrobat sessions. "Not since the heyday of Seybold Seminars have graphic design and creative professionals had such a comprehensive, five-day series of presentations, seminars and tutorials available to them - in a single location, and a very attractive one at that!"

"Pair the strength of this program and sessions, delivered by respected experts like Bert Monroy, Sandee Cohen, Colin Smith, Mordy Golding, Claudia McCue, Chris Converse, Katrin Eismann and Anne-Marie Concepci�n to name a few, with the attractions of the Miami area and the mid-winter timeframe when everyone could use a bit of warmth and sunshine - and you've got a must attend event comparable to the level of attraction the original Seybold Seminars, in particular, was known for," he adds.

Says George Ryan, president and CEO of the Printing Association of Florida (PAF) and event organizer for GOA, "It's an impressive line-up of InDesign and Adobe Acrobat sessions and experts being brought to you exclusively as part of a co-partnership with GOA. You will not find any other more relevant or unique hands-on content geared to graphic design and creative professionals being presented in 2008."

The InDesign, Pixel and Vector and Acrobat Conference Content

The InDesign, Pixel, Vector and Acrobat conferences provide six tracks per day of presentations covering workflow, creative and in-depth information about all the hot topics designers and creatives are struggling with today -- using Flash, XML, HTML, scripts, color management, type and typography, tables and more.

There are also tutorials focused on such topics as "quick start" primers for new users of InDesign, Flash or DreamWeaver; building forms in Acrobat; tips and tricks for using Illustrator; developing cross-media workflows; building interactive PDFs; and more.

For more information about these conferences at Graphics of the Americas 2008 visit www.mogo-media.com

.Affordable, Mix-and-Match Pricing Packages

Multiple pricing options are available for the conference and tutorial sessions to ensure attendees have affordable access to the sessions they need. A Platinum Plus Pass priced at $1,500 covers all five days of the conference and tutorials. A Platinum Pass not including tutorials is $1,350. Gold Day passes for three days, Silver Day passes for two days and a Bronze one-day pass are also available at prices ranging from $850 to $400. For more information about pricing and early-bird discounts or to register visit www.mogo-media.com.

About MOGO Media

MOGO Media (previously Barrycon Productions) delivers best-of-class training events, conferences and seminars for the global design community. An independent organization, MOGO Media specializes in dedicated events that are geared toward niche and focused markets that utilize Adobe products. Partnering with the world's leading authors, experts and professionals, MOGO Media offers focused and meaningful content to print, web and cross-media design professionals. With targeted events like The InDesign Conference, The Creative Suite Conference, The Vector Conference, The Pixel Conference, The Web Design Conference, and The Conference for Adobe Acrobat, MOGO Media lives by the mantra "we're not something for all..but we're everything for some."

About Printing Association of Florida (PAF)

The Printing Association of Florida is one of the most active and influential printing associations in North America, with headquarters in Orlando, Fla. More than 500 Florida-based graphic arts companies consider PAF their ultimate business partner. Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors elected by its membership, PAF is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of the graphic arts industry throughout the state. PAF is affiliated with Printing Industries of America / Graphics Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), the world's largest graphic arts trade association, making PAF members a part of the largest, most comprehensive graphic arts advocacy organization in the world. More information about PAF, located at 6275 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822, is available by phone at 407-240-8009, fax 407-240-8333, and on the Web at www.pafgraf.org.

About Graphics of the Americas (GOA)

Now in its 33rd year, Graphics of the Americas is produced annually by the Printing Association of Florida, Inc., an industry trade association. Taking place each year in Miami Beach, Fla., GOA is the largest, annual combined exposition and education event in the U.S. With worldwide attendance and exhibitors, GOA is one of the only conferences that attracts print providers, suppliers and creative professionals. For 2008, GOA will be held Feb. 27 through March 1, and will be a one-of-a-kind international event that showcases the convergence of industry knowledge, products and technology. For more information call 1-800-331-0461 or visit www.graphicsoftheamericas.com. Outside the U.S. and Canada, dial 407-240-8009.

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