When John Schuman presented the idea for his Adobe TV series Flash in a Flash, I thought to myself “if only this show existed 5 years ago when I was trying to learn Flash authoring.” It’s a show for newcomers to Flash, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics of this powerful authoring tool you’ve come to the right place.
John thought it would be great to have an animated character as the “virtual mascot” of the series, so we asked Kush to design one. For those of you that don’t know who Kush is, he’s (amongst many other things) the host of Ask The Adobe Ones, the production genius behind the Johnny Encore videos on Short and Suite, the designer of many of our program Icons — basically the “renaissance man” of Adobe TV. He came up with the character Victor Vector, who you can see in every episode of Flash in a Flash.
Victor Vector on the Flash “Stage”
Like any great creative mind, Kush is loaded with ideas. So he initially presented 13 different character designs — here are a few that didn’t make the cut:
They are (clockwise, starting in the upper-left corner):
Flashy the Dramatic Prairie Dog
Flash the Flashgun
Blobby the Slime
Nikita the Flacheetah
Bungie the Neurotic Rabbit
If it was my show I probably would’ve gone with “Blobby the Slime”, but that’s just me.
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When a presenter has a clear vision for what they want their show to be, I try and stay out of the way and let them run with it. But I was just a tad apprehensive when Rufus Deuchler and Tim Cole pitched the concept for their Adobe TV series Caffe Fibonacci — a show about graphic design that takes place in an Italian kitchen.
Check the Adobe Creative Suite boxes hanging on the wall alongside the garlic and salami.
What the heck is a Fibonacci? “You don’t want a title that needs to be explained” I said to Rufus. Then he told me who Fibonacci was and spoke a bit about the Fibonacci Series and how it relates to design (click here to watch a neat Flash animation on the subject). Both he and Tim were adamant about the idea, and after all Rufus is from Italy. So I let them run with it and lo-and-behold it is now one of our most popular shows.
Today on Adobe TV, you can watch Episode 6 of Caffe Fibonacci, in which Rufus and Tim use a layer cake as a metaphor for layers in different types of design documents. I haven’t yet watched the entire episode, but I did catch the ending which involves this little scene:
And people ask me why I don’t attend all the shoots . . .
What do you get when you put some of the world’s best young creative minds into a hotel room in Miami Beach and give them 24 hours to create an advertising campaign for Adobe?
Well, you do wind up with some rather interesting ideas, that’s for sure. Today on Adobe TV, you can watch Episode 2 of the Clios Future Gold Challenge which documents a competition in which we invited 12 of the best young creatives from around the globe to compete in an exciting (and exhausting) 24-hour advertising challenge. In this episode the teams pitch their ideas to a panel of ad-industry veterans and face instant elimination. Kind of an “American Idol” scenario for the creative set.
And based on some of the ideas presented I can make a pretty good guess as to what went on behind the doors of some of those hotel rooms.
This series is part of the Designing Minds program on Adobe TV, which profiles some of the top designers working in the field today. If you’re a designer, or have an interest in design, it’s a definite must-see.