Monday, August 28 – Thursday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at the Easthampton, MA Campus of the Conway School
Keith Zaltzberg, Faculty

The Abode Creative Suite, including InDesign, offers excellent tools for designers and planners to distill complex social and environmental data into compelling documents that inform and inspire. This summer, come learn fundamental tools and techniques to communicate your big ideas.

In this four-day, hands-on workshop for novice and intermediate Adobe users, participants will learn how to do everything required to put together a professional quality “planset.”  The class will begin with the basics including the Adobe user interface and toolsets before moving on to more advanced topics like multi-page document format. In addition to covering technical skills and basic graphic design principles, participants will explore and set up workflow and file management systems to optimize efficiency and ease of use for the long term.

The course will alternate between brief presentations and skill building exercises. Each session will build on the skills learned in the previous sessions, but there will be adequate time to catch-up or try something new, depending on your learning pace.

Software Requirements

Participants must have the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite installed prior to the beginning of the workshop. If you are a student or teacher, you can purchase an educational edition from a number of suppliers, or subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. (For students: Using your new student email address as proof, you should be able to download either of these without trouble.) Here is a link to the Adobe website. If you’ve never done so in the past, you can also download a trial version of the software from Adobe.

Hardware Requirements

  • Laptop Computer with Creative Cloud; installed (if you don’t have them, download trial versions)
  • An external mouse with a scroll feature like this:  


Keith Zaltzberg teaches Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS at the Conway School. He is a certified permaculture designer and founding partner of the Regenerative Design Group, where he works with individuals, communities, and organizations in landscape design. He is a studio instructor at Smith College, and has volunteered with the Wise Wetlands Restoration Project, an educational organization that explores land reclamation alternatives in the Appalachian region. He has extensive experience using GIS in his past work as Associate Designer and Technical Specialist at Dodson Associates Landscape Architects and Planners in Ashfield, MA.

Registration information

This workshop will be held on Monday, August 28 through Thursday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Easthampton Campus of the Conway School.


There is an early-bird discount available through Monday, August 14.


Call Bruce Stedman at (413) 369-4044.

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