Design. Develop. Teach

I'm a Creative, Graphic Designer, Speaker, Content Creator and Adobe Certified Instructor

Hi, I'm Laurie Ruhlin

I’ve been a freelance graphic designer, instructor and speaker for 20+ years. I’m an active user of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge and Acrobat for my freelance projects of all types. I’m a Creative Pro Week speaker and a contributor to InDesign Magazine as well as a Certified Pro for in5 from Ajar Productions.

Graphic Design

I’ve been designing print and interactive documents with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop for 20+ years. I’ve created print brochures, catalogs, logos, PDF forms and digital documents. I’ve formatted books for print thru Amazon’s KDP and Kindle ePub, created web sites, logos, t-shirt graphics, infographics, photo collages and created Photobooks. I believe that designing a document is more than just how it looks. Creating a document with styles, masters and other production gems create a better quality and more flexible document.

  • Brochure Design/Production
  • Book Design & Layout
  • Kindle & ePub
  • Catalog Production
  • Digital Publications
  • Graphs & Charts
  • Infographics
  • Logos
  • Photo Retouching
  • Photo Collages
  • Special Projects – just ask!

Training & Speaking

From my diverse graphic design freelance work, I bring a wealth of real-world knowledge into the classroom. I create a customized classes and workshops for a few students or a comprehensive training session or seminar for 100+ students.

  • Speaking Engagements
  • Custom InDesign Training and Illustrator Training
  • Seminars
  • One-on-one Training and Consulting

I truly enjoy teaching both the basics to the emerging designer as well as showing tips and tricks to the advanced power users in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

“Teaching makes me a better designer, and designing makes me a better teacher.”

I’m excited to be back LIVE for CreativePro Week 2022 in Washington DC in May of 2022. I have 4 sessions this year, Object Styles, Interactivity and MSOs for Interactive documents and Exporting out of InDesign.

I was part of the Creative Pro Week online event in 2020 and 2021! In 2021 I talked about creating geat Templates in InDesign, creating interactive documents and making Multi-State Objects. In 2020 I presented on Interactive documents created in InDesign as well as a deep dive into InDesign Paragraph, Character, Object and other Styles. 

Check out the blog posts I wrote about CPW 2019 and CreativePro Week 2020.