Archive for December, 2005

Canceled: Open Studio Discussion

Just realized I will be traveling tonight and will not be available to host the Open Studio Discussion at 7-9pm PST.
Sorry Folks!
Have a happy holiday and new year! Cya on the flipside…

Need Inspiration? Check the FWA out:

The Favourite Website Awards site is nothing new for those of you that know about the site and explore their carefully selected Flash-enabled sites from time to time, however, I haven’t checked them out in awhile and I was excited to see a fresh re-design of FWA. The new design offers a clean, scaleable and effective way to explore various sites that were judged for various criteria such as:

  • Design 40%
  • Navigation 25%
  • Graphics 15%
  • Content 15%
  • Personality 5%

If you’re having a design block or just need to get motivated, I’d highly recommend checking the FWA site out for intelligent, creative and innovative uses of Flash and rich graphical interfaces that create wonderful user experiences.

It’s Official, I’m now…

an Adobe employee. When I had heard about the Aquisition from a friend at 5am in the morning on the day of the announcement, I was really afraid what would happen to the fellow co-workers I know and care about so much that work at Macromedia. The culture, the people, what is going to happen!? Eventually, I became so concerned about everyone else I never really thought about myself and what would become of my position.

  • Is my position redundant?
  • Have I been doing a good job?
  • Will Adobe like me?
  • Will Adobe want me?

Tons of these kinds of questions have been zipping through my mind at light speed to the point where I could barely sleep at night. When I got to the point where I wasnt thinking about it, someone else was asking me the same questions either from family members and close friends, co-workers, and the peeps from the designer/developer communities that know me best.

I figured hey, I’m renting a cabin in Tahoe for 4 months with a season pass to snowboard all season at Alpine so worst case scenario I could snowboard all day long…heck all week long. Thinking about what it would be like without working at Macrodobia really stressed me out. I wanted to know my fate either way and soon!!

Well yesterday I received a gleaming white folder with no creases or stains. When I opened the folder, there was an offer letter from Adobe to accept the same position I have had at Macromedia which is a Product Support Engineer! The tension and stress finally disappeared from my face and was transferred to wondering what has happened to my fellow co-workers and other employees at Macromedia.

Come to find out, some had asked to leave, others wanted to stay but still got laid off. After observing all that has happened over the past couple days, I have to come to the conclusion that all of this will work out for the best in the end. Adobe will have the best of the best and should be honored to have such a great group of people now working WITH Adobe.

These are exciting times for us that used to be Macromedians and I’ll definitely bring that thought process and culture over to Adobe. A lot of you that read my blog have expressed their concerns to me directly, I feel this is the best way to let everyone know of my status going forward. To me, this is a major step forward.

I feel this will be the era of Integration and Innovation.

Stay tuned and hang on….we have some exciting times ahead of us. :-)

For those of you ex-macromedians, good luck, I wish you very the best and please keep in touch. From what I’ve been hearing so far, ex-macromedians are overwhelmed with job offers. This makes me very very happy.