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 25+ 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.”

2024 – I will be speaking at two events, the first, an online Summit – all about Long Documents! My session will cover how to get your InDesign document OUT of InDesign and into the hands of the Printer, the client as a PDF or an EPUB.

The second event will be CreativePro Week 2024 in Washington DC, July 9-13, 2024. I have 4 sessions again this year, 

  • Making Data Merge Magis
  • Bullets & Numbering in InDesign
  • Anchored Objects and Object Styles (my favs!)
  • Long Document Essentials 

If you’ve never been to CreativePro Week, now is your chance – don’t hesitate. It’s an amazing week, full of learning, networking, friendships, being creative and having FUN. Oh, and great food too. 

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