Adobe Illustrator Story – The Video

Adobe Video Russell BrownIf you use Adobe Illustrator – this video is not to be missed! This software changed drawing and graphic design forever!


Watch the untold story from the beginning:


Click here!

Canon in Action Tour

CanonActionTourLogoThe Canon In Action Tour is a brand-new educational roadshow designed to unleash your creativity.

Attending this show will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create the images you’ve always dreamed of – WATCH THE TRAILER

This 39-city tour is coming to Minneapolis May 31 and June 1. INFO AND REGISTER HERE

By | May 22nd, 2014|Courses, Photography, Training, User Groups|0 Comments

Central Minnesota Photoshop User Group (CMPUG)

CMPUGJoin the Central Minnesota Photoshop User Group!

This is a great way to connect with fellow users, learn tips and tricks, and build your network.


Connect via LinkedIn


CMPUG website and blog coming soon!


By | May 21st, 2014|Photography, Training, User Groups|0 Comments

ASMP MN Summer BBQ June 5, 2014

Every June ASMP holds a BBQ feast in order to show their thanks to sponsors like Central Coast Solutions for supporting ASMP and its mission.




Got some used photo gear you’d love to get rid of? Or looking to pick up a deal on some professionally-used gear, but are tired of hitting refresh on those eBay auctions, or fed up with waiting for that guy from Craigslist to call back? Well, once again, ASMP-MSP is trying to solve all your problems.


Get Social: @ASMPMSP
Tweet #asmpswap



By | May 21st, 2014|Just For Fun, Photography, Training, User Groups|0 Comments

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)

Join the ASMP – they are a great resource for information, advice from peers, and fantastic Central Coast-sponsored events!


The ASMP chapter network now covers 39 cities, states or regions. These local chapters provide a wide range of seminars, workshops, and local news as well as the opportunity to exchange views with the other professionals in their area. ASMP has chapters in the following areas.


Minneapolis/St. Paul Local Chapter

By | May 21st, 2014|Photography, Training, User Groups|0 Comments

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

AIGA Minnesota is the first place to turn for inspiration, professional development, and excellence in design in Minnesota.

Members include graphic designers, as well as professionals in allied fields such as printing, prepress, photography, illustration, paper manufacturing/distribution, and writing. AIGA Minnesota was founded in 1977 as the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association. Today, they are one of the largest AIGA chapters in the nation, serving nearly 1,300 members in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.


AIGA Minnesota supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing, regardless of where they are in the arc of their careers. We offer education and professional development programs, competitions, shows that promote excellence in design and opportunities for students and professionals to network. We also strive to enhance the experience of members and to position Minnesota and the upper Midwest as leaders in the field of design.




You’re making a difference in your community and making a personal investment to the future of design – both nationally and locally. Watch the site ( for regular updates and invitations for you to get involved!

By | May 21st, 2014|Awards, Design, Photography, User Groups|0 Comments

AIGA MN Design Camp Thank You

“Dear Ed and Bill,


From the entire Design Camp® Committee, we wanted to send you our deepest and most sincere thank you for helping to create such a memorable experience at this year’s Camp. Your efforts were tremendous, and camper’s enormously benefitted from your presence. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.


Again, our deepest gratitude and warmest wishes to you. You were a vital part in making this Camp one of the most successful and memorable in history.


Thank you from all of us,

— Julie Prior, Amber Wahl, Seth Engman, Sarah Stroschein, Steven Grant, Katie Bakken, Cassie Schober, Nancy Harriss, Randy Piechowski, Renee Ebert, Amy Grace, Dan Paulus, Ginny Shea, Sam Michaels, Sandra Theis, Marlon Amaro, and Rachel Pastick.”


Ed At DesignCamp 2012

Photo credit: Austin Adriaens

By | May 21st, 2014|Design, Testimonials, User Groups|0 Comments

Congratulations CCS Clients – AIGA MN Award Winners!

aiga100_bannerCongratulations to Central Coast clients Carolyn Porter, Peggy Lauritsen Design Group, Sussner Design Company and ThinkDesign Group for winning 2014 AIGA Minnesota Awards! BRAVO!


Full list of winners here.

By | May 19th, 2014|Awards, Design, User Groups|0 Comments

Twin Cities InDesign User Group

Twin Cities Adobe Indesign User Group

Central Coast Solutions has been involved both as a member and contributor to the Twin Cities Chapter of the Adobe InDesign User Group since its beginning–and we are proud to be a sponsor.

If you use InDesign or currently are a Quark user interested in how the “other side” faces their workflow challenges, then you need to attend. This information-filled forum brings the best minds in the industry together with the cream of the user side to answer questions, offer insight and a chance to meet your colleagues. We will see you there!

Click here to join the chapter and sign up to attend the next meeting.

By | December 17th, 2010|Training, User Groups|0 Comments