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Keith Gilbert's bio

Keith Gilbert is the principal of Gilbert Consulting. He brings a unique combination of technical computer training and a graphic arts background to each training and consulting project.

While completing his degree in Computer Science at the U of M, Keith was employed by a publishing company where he had the opportunity to learn the traditional design, printing, and publishing process first hand. This included running offset presses, working in the bindery, keylining, and installing and configuring typesetting front-end systems. When the publishing company started a personal computer division to sell then-novel personal computers to writers, editors, and publishers, Keith had an opportunity to begin applying computer solutions to corporate publishing problems.

Keith began freelance consulting in 1985, and quickly adopted desktop publishing as his area of specialization. Macintosh PageMaker was in its infancy at that time, and Ventura Publisher and Windows PageMaker had just been released. He has remained focused on the design and publishing market ever since.

Keith’s formal classroom training experience comes from eighteen months as the lead PC instructor at Corporate Training Centers from 1987-1988. He logged hundreds of hours in the classroom, training many PageMaker, Ventura, Windows, Illustrator, and FreeHand users.

Keith is in frequent demand as a speaker at industry seminars and conferences. Training and consulting engagements have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Barbados and Nairobi, Kenya.

Industry affiliations

As an Adobe Certified Instructor, Keith is one of a select group of individuals nationwide to be certified for on-site training in InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat. He has met Adobe's rigorous standards for instructional techniques.

As an Adobe Certified Expert in Acrobat, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign and Photoshop, Keith has demonstrated his product knowledge through proficiency examinations.

As a member of the Adobe Community Professionals program, Keith shares his expertise with the world-wide Adobe community through online forums, blogs and professional publications

As an Adobe Community Help moderator, Keith helps moderate corrections and additions to, and discussion around, Adobe's on-line help documentation.

As a member of the Adobe Professionals team, Keith represents Adobe at conferences and industry events around the country.

Keith is a member of the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Graphic Design and Web Design Advisory Committee.


Keith is a founding member and the Chapter Representative for the Twin Cities InDesign User Group, and a founding member and past Chair of the Twin Cities Electronic Publishing Alliance.


  • B.A. Degree in Computer Science, University of Minnesota


  • 1985-present: Freelance consulting. Area of specialization: graphics, design, and publishing.
  • 1987-1988: Corporate Training Centers. Lead PC instructor. Logged hundreds of classroom hours training PageMaker, Ventura Publisher, Illustrator, and FreeHand users.
  • 1984-1985: Key Publishing Company. Various duties in all aspects of the printing/publishing process. Assisted in start of the Personal Computer Division, marketing early computer systems to writers, editors, and publishers.