Seybold Seminars

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Seybold Seminars
Status Inactive
Genre publishing conference and trade show
Country USA
Inaugurated 1981
Most recent 2005

Seybold Seminars was a leading seminar and "the premier trade show for the desktop publishing and pre-press industry."[1] It was founded in 1981 by Jonathan Seybold, son of the printing innovator John W. Seybold, and complemented Seybold Publishing, a branch of the Seybold business that was known for its influential Seybold Report newsletter.

Seybold Seminars focused on electronic publishing, printing and graphics. Its biannual events covered the industry in rapid transformation by computing technology and created a forum for theoretical discussion as well as practical applications of that technology. Initially focusing on the issues surrounding computers delivering images and text to print, the Seminars came to deal with a much wider range of new issues and technology as publishers embraced multimedia, online publishing, and rapid advances in color technology.[2][3] The web became a dominant concern in May 1995.[4]

The events have been hailed as "milestones for designers, developers, and production folks of all stripes in their struggle to understand what is going on with the technology"[5] and as "must-attend venues where all of the most important announcements about desktop publishing, computerized print production, and, eventually, Web-based publishing routinely were made."[6]

Industry leaders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and John Warnock were regular speakers at the events.[7] Industry leaders who were involved with Seybold Seminars in advisory capacity include: Tim Bray, Geoffrey James, Kim Polese, Rick Smolan, and Dave Winer.[8]

Craig Cline served as vice president of content development for the Seminars.[9]

Attendance began to decline in 2001[10][11] and continued to slide until the event was discontinued in 2005.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piller, Charles (1996-09-23). "The Web and the Future of Desktop Publishing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Seybold San Francisco '94". Newsbytes (San Francisco). 1994-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Seybold successes: New York move; melds print, new media". The Cole Papers. May 1997. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  4. ^ Cole, David (May 1995). "Web discussions dominate 15th annual Seybold Seminars". The Cole Papers. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ Black, Roger (2006-10-13). "The view out the side windows is getting a bit blurry". Roger Black. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  6. ^ Henry, Patrick (2008-07-08). "1996 Is Calling, and So Is Seybold San Francisco". Print CEO. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  7. ^ Tribute, Andrew (March 2004). "Goodbye Seybold". Print Action. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  8. ^ "The Seybold Institute". Seybold Seminars. 1997. Archived from the original on 1997-10-18. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  9. ^ "About Us". Seybold Seminars. 1997. Archived from the original on 1997-08-01. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  10. ^ Peek, Robin (June 2001). "Seybold Seminars Boston 2001: Adobe Systems’ new-product announcements stole the publishing show". Information Today. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  11. ^ Honan, Mathew (2001-09-27). "Seybold Carries On: Crowds Are Smaller, Exhibitors Are Fewer, But Conference Still Draws Many". Macworld. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  12. ^ "Seybold Seminars No More: The End of an Era". Creative Pro. 2005-10-05. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 

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