Archive for December, 2012

Creative Talent Network Expo 2012

Adobe Community Team was invited by WACOM to participate alongside them in the 2012 Creative Talent Network Expo. CTNX2012 was held in Burbank, CA November 16-18, 2012. with  over 8000 art & film students, animators, and illustrators in attendance. What was really cool about this event was that it takes place very close to the Disney Animation and Dreamworks studios in Burbank. In fact, Disney animators actually participated and attended this event. Adobe had booth manned by Adobe Community Mgr Aaron Houston, local Los Angeles Area Adobe User Group managers, and Adobe Education representatives.  There were also Adobe Touch App & Illustrator demo’s by Adobe Community Professional (ACP) Chana Messer on the new WACOM Cintiq interactive touch tablets. Adobe Education team member Rick Miller and Leona Guidice also helped out with the Adobe booth.Special thanks to Tony Arredondo and Steve Smith from WACOM for being true “Community Champions” by inviting the Adobe Community to participate in this premiere event.

Actually, the idea of getting Adobe and its community involves at WACOM event began back in June 2012. Tony and Steve attended an Adobe Speaker dinner for the Las Vegas CS6 Camp.  So, when Creative Talent Expo was mentioned as a possible collaboration (thanks to ACP Stephen Burns), it seemed like a “no-brainer”, since I was already in the LA area for the LAWEBPRO Design Camp. I couldn’t have done it without the AdobeEDU team and the LA-area Adobe User Group community helping out in the booth. So thanks to: George McKinney (LA PhoneGap), Josue Bustos (LA PhoneGap), Chana Messer (LA Illustrator), Cynthia Gordon (Orange County Creative Suite & ocmma.org), Adam Bell (LA Adobe), and Ko Maruyama (dmala.org)  Together, with the User Groups Managers and ACPs we were able to talk to over 400 students and animators about:  Adobe’s Creative Cloud; Student/Teacher ProgramsAdobe Touch Apps; and, all things Adobe.  We’ll see what opportunities present themselves in 2013 with WACOM.  Here are some photos from this event.  – Aaron Houston Adobe Community Mgr No. America.

 
 
 
 

LA Web Design Camp Barnsdall Park 15Nov12

I recently had the opportunity to attend the LA Web Professionals User Group’s Design camp at the Barnsdall theater (BGT) in West Hollywood on 15Nov2012.  LAWEBPRO is an interesting User Group: they are very large (over 900 FB members); they run very large events (often 300+ attendees); and, they attract the very best web designers & internet marketing specialists in LA. And so,  it was no surprise that Daniel Kramer (User Group Mgr) did a great job in organizing this event. Daniel also has a lot of help from his coordinator, Anissa Barton. It’s actually a great combination with Daniel & Anissa.  Daniel handles the logistics, speaker-wrangling, and event-promotion and Anissa is great with the people. The event went down, pretty smooth and there were lots of LAWEBPRO volunteers manning the check-in desk and food line.For the main event, LAWEBPROs hosted a great cast of speakers: noted web designer, Author, certified trainer Brian Wood (askBrianWood.com); long-time Photoshop guru Lee Varis (Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group – LADIG co-organizer), and Adobe Community Professional Chana Messer (Mac in Art). Chana did an overview of Adobe’s TouchApps for iPad.

Attendance was great! Over 250+ attendees throughout the evening showed up for some great tips for the website development. The venue’s auditorium was nearly full and the lobby during breaks was “cozy”. Any more attendees and things would have started getting uncomfortable.  Daniel Kramer also feeds his attendees & guests quite well; This time he had a variety of Chinese food entrees. Attendees seemed very happy with the selections. The LAWEBPRO group does charge a minor fee to attend these events, but the amount was insignificant compared to the value and content that this event provided.  One thing I do recommend to User Group Managers who want to hold events is that it often good to charge a fee to attendees, because it keeps the attendee “no-show” rate low.  And since, this event was funded by Adobe Camp monies, the Adobe Community team appreciates a “personal incentive” for the attendess to ensure they show up. “Details about the sessions and the content can be found at the LA Web Design Camp – Registration Page.All in all, this was a successful event.  

Looking forward to future LAWEBPRO events in 2013.

Lee Varis - Photoshop Guru

Adobe User Group Mgr (LADIG.org) Lee Varis really enjoys presenting!

 After the event, I asked the event organizer to provide me some EventBrite charts on how this event tracked in terms of paid registrations and page views from the time we first started promoting the event till the day of the event.  The charts are interesting in that what we see from attendees is that most decide with 72 hrs whether they will be attending.

LAWEB Pro Web Design Camp – Attendee tracking

2012 LA Web Pro Web Design Camp – Registration Page Views