by Terry Hemphill


August 11, 2011

Illustrator at Adobe MAX 2011

It’s Adobe MAX time again, and if you’re heading down to LA for the fun in October, be sure to check out these Illustrator-focused sessions and hands-on labs.



Adobe Illustrator: Creating Compelling User Interface Designs

Learn how to create compelling UI designs using Adobe Illustrator CS5 in this hands-on lab. See how UI design principles, along with tips and techniques, can be used to deliver a purposeful, engaging interface. Discover how the latest features in Illustrator CS5 can be used to create visually compelling websites and interfaces for your customers. Chevon Hicks, president/creative director at Heavenspot, a digital creative agency in Los Angeles, will share insights from designing for clients such as Disney, Warner Bros., and Motorola, and will share his knowledge as a UI design instructor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Monday, October 3, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator: Rethinking the Essentials

Master core features and build art more efficiently with Adobe Illustrator CS5. Designed for experienced Illustrator users, this course takes a fresh approach to core concepts, such as paths, attributes, object hierarchy, groups, and layers. Mordy Golding shares advanced techniques such as combining multiple effects and customizing textures.

Tuesday, October 4, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Note: this lab instance is full and closed for registration)
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Note: this lab instance is nearly full as of 8/12/11)


Adobe Illustrator: Secrets to Working Faster, Smarter, and More Creatively

Learn expert tips and techniques to get the most out of Adobe Illustrator. Reduce the time you spend on mundane tasks and gain more time to focus on the activities that matter: the creative ones. Brenda Sutherland, Illustrator product manager, will show you how to work faster, smarter, and much more smoothly. Once you’ve tricked out Illustrator and made it the custom vehicle you’ve always wanted, you’ll experience life in the fast lane by shaving valuable time off tasks you perform every day.

Tuesday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

From Pixar to Ramayana: The Art of Graphic Storytelling with Sanjay Patel

See how illustrator and animator Sanjay Patel uses images to craft compelling stories. From over 14 years of work at Pixar to his visually rich illustrations of the Hindu mythology of Ramayana, Patel will share his artistic methods, including how he goes from paper, pen, and pencil to highly detailed work in Adobe Illustrator.

Tuesday October 4, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (note: new session time just added!)
Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Art of Sesame Street

Learn how the artists at Sesame Workshop create the digital assets for their world-famous Sesame Street Muppets using Adobe Illustrator as their primary tool. In this inspiring session, you’ll get an inside view into how these amazing character artists bring the magic that is Sesame Street to life through illustration. You’ll also gain an understanding of how Sesame Workshop’s outreach to children around the world helps them learn and grow.

Tuesday, October 4, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Web and Interactive Design with Illustrator

Join Mordy Golding as he demonstrates an eye-opening approach to using this powerful, vector-based software to create wireframes and pixel-perfect graphics for web and mobile projects. Learn how to integrate with other web applications and to generate HTML5 and CSS3 content right from Adobe Illustrator. Think Illustrator isn’t used for web and interactive design? Think again!

Monday, October 3, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • By PECourtejoie - 1:45 AM on September 24, 2011  

    The link for Sanjay Patel should be:

    • By Terry Hemphill - 7:04 AM on September 27, 2011  

      Thanks for the catch…link is updated.

      –Terry H.

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