Seybold Seminars

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Seybold Seminars
Genrepublishing conference and trade show
CountryUnited States
Most recent2005

Seybold Seminars was a series of seminars and trade shows for the desktop publishing and pre-press industries in the 1980s and 1990s .[1] They were founded in 1981 by Jonathan Seybold, son of John W. Seybold, and were associated with Seybold Publications.

Seybold Seminars focused on electronic publishing, printing and graphics. Its biannual events covered the industry in rapid transformation by computing technology. They provided forums for theoretical discussions and practical applications of that technology. Initially focusing on the issues surrounding computers delivering images and text to print, the Seminars came to deal with multimedia, online publishing, and rapid advances in color technology.[2][3] The web became a dominant concern in May 1995.[4]

The seminars were described 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]

Craig Cline served as vice president of content development for the Seminars.[7]

Attendance at the Seminars began to decline in 2001[8][9] and continued to slide until the event was discontinued in 2005.[10]


  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. ^ "About Us". Seybold Seminars. 1997. Archived from the original on 1997-08-01. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  8. ^ Peek, Robin (June 2001). "Seybold Seminars Boston 2001: Adobe Systems' new-product announcements stole the publishing show". Information Today. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  9. ^ Honan, Mathew (2001-09-27). "Seybold Carries On: Crowds Are Smaller, Exhibitors Are Fewer, But Conference Still Draws Many". Macworld. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  10. ^ "Seybold Seminars No More: The End of an Era". Creative Pro. 2005-10-05. Retrieved 2010-05-23.

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