May 14, 2014
When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.
Watch the Illustrator story unfold from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.
You can watch the full movie below or view it by chapters after the jump.
The Adobe Illustrator Story — full movie
March 11, 2014
Sketches for “Hail to the King”
“Hail to the King” poster by Javier Garcia
Born and raised in México, Javier Garcia is a San Francisco-based graphic designer, illustrator, and avid collector of all things modern.
Check out his interview on Grain Edit, see more of his work on his portfolio site, and be sure to visit his blog about vintage modern design & illustration, No Barcode.
The images here provide a glimpse into Javier’s design process, going from sketch to finished artwork, but the Grain Edit interview gives you a deeper look into his workflow as well as his passions for design and more. Check it out!
January 7, 2014
Just in time for the New Year, we’ve a special treat for illustration fans: a new Illustrator CC sample art piece, created by Don Clark of Invisible Creature.
Image detail from “Reality Reborn”
From an early love of skateboarding and snowboarding to founding a punk rock band with his brother Ryan in the 1990s, Don Clark has moved through life embracing his passions. Eventually, Don turned his attention to design.
In 2000, Don and his brother again joined forces: this time bringing their creative vision and illustrators’ touch to developing album covers, posters, and logos for many of the musicians they’d met throughout their music careers.
Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature
13 years later, Don still does some work on music packaging—even having garnered Grammy nominations along the way— but that’s now just part of the focus of Invisible Creature, the highly successful creative firm Don runs with Ryan.
December 4, 2013
Design. Process. And the evolution of a career.
Ghostly International’s “SMM” Compilation front cover by Michael Cina
Graphic design, painting, photography, type design — Michael Cina’s work has spanned most every medium in his career as artist and creative director, and has made him an inspiration for a generation of younger designers.
Check out his latest interview on Grain Edit to get a unique take on his work and creative process.
You can see more of Michael’s work on the Cina Associates site.
Ghostly International’s “SMM” Compilation back cover by Michael Cina
November 4, 2013
With each release of Illustrator, we commission artists to create work to help showcase the new features in the release. For Illustrator CC, we were excited to work with Ai Kawabata, a talented designer from Japan, a country famous for its distinctive, sophisticated design aesthetic.
“Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)” by Ai Kawabata
“Red is the color of passion, and it’s one of my favorite colors. People are naturally drawn to red. It can be shocking, and it infuses an image with excitement and brightness.”
Ai Kawabata has loved drawing since she was a child. Looking up at the play of colors in the late evening sky, Ai would wonder how she could express the depth and richness of what she saw. She layered colors on her drawing pad in an attempt to recreate the experience on paper. Her grandfather provided her with inspiration too, telling her that if she was passionate about drawing, she should use her gift and become a designer. Ai took his advice to heart, and now works as a designer and illustrator in Tokyo.
You can find our more about how Ai created this image by viewing the “How To” PDF. And you can also download the Illustrator file to further understand how AI built her final image. (note: this is a large file and will take some time to download).
We hope you enjoy Ai’s work as much as we do!