The Family That Designs Together

June 12, 2013

Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere! 

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on one of the many amazing dads who are a part of our Adobe family.

John Caponi and Family

In some families, the creative kid is the oddball. The sensitive soul who views the world differently. The one who never feels quite understood.

In the Caponi family, there are no oddballs. Not because nobody is creative—because everybody is creative.

“I remember us being super-little and going to these museums with pastels and sketchbooks and recreating paintings,” says Elih Caponi. Rainy days were spent doing art. School projects done in InDesign and Photoshop had a bit more polish than the average macaroni-and-glue creation. And a day at work with dad meant eavesdropping on a photo shoot with a world famous photographer.

John Caponi and FamilyThat’s what happens when your dad is an artist who works for Adobe.

John Caponi, an associate creative director in Adobe’s identity studio, worked at Adobe from 1990 to 1996, then returned in 2006. As with most people who work in art, John also lives art. For his children, that has meant a life suffused with creativity.

For Elih, now 20, constant exposure to creativity led her to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she is studying International Manufacturing & Product Development. Thanks to her dad, she had a lot of practice with Photoshop and Illustrator when she was growing up. And it’s a good thing, too, because she calls on that knowledge every day.

“When I’m doing projects at school and I’m trying to work on some extravagant dress that has a bunch of different flounces, I’ll call up my dad and we’ll have a little Skype session and he’ll be able to show me how some of those tools in Illustrator work,” Elih says.

For Saverio, now 19, the guitar lessons of his youth eventually turned into a passion. He’s now studying sound design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“I’ve been using Premiere Pro to do videos and edit sound for movies,” he says. “I’ve also been using a lot of Dreamweaver and other programs to create HTML.”

John Caponi and FamilyJohn says his kids’ pursuit of the arts would have happened no matter where he worked, but his work at Adobe has kept him at the cutting edge of all of Adobe’s creative tools—enabling him to pass his knowledge on to his kids. And whether helping Elih design a dress or helping Saverio wow his college admissions committee with an audio portfolio, he’s proud of what they have done with that knowledge.

“I’m humbled that they’ve chosen these directions because it’s so close to my heart,” John says. “But ultimately, you want your kids to enjoy their lives and whatever they do. The fact that they’re headed for creative professions is the icing on the cake for me.”


Elih Caponi’s creations:
Photographer: Thomas Heinser

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My kids also grew up in a “Adobe” artistic world, only in advertising. Cheers John, great job with your kids.