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CreateNOW-Atlanta Event boosts a community

Atlanta #CreateNOW event boosts rebooted local Adobe User Group.

#CreateNOW tour stopped in Atlanta on 27 Feb 2013; and, it provided an excellent opportunity for Adobe to reconnect with its User Group community. The Atlanta AUG has had a series of leadership transitions the last couple of years. So, as an Adobe Community Manager,  I was eager to see how they were getting along and meet with their new leader, Michelle Johnston. We met a couple of hours before the event to talk about the Adobe User Group program, benefits, ACP speakers, AdobeMAX, and Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Michelle remarked that when she first took over the Atlanta Adobe User Group, it had been dormant for some time. The first “reboot” meetings were really tough, only 3-4 people showed-up. But, after Michelle’s persistent networking at several local user groups and finding a new co-mgr (Daniel Flores), the group has now grown to up over 400 members on their meetup page.  Now, Atlanta AUG is very active in social media and recently launched a twitter account (@AUGAtl) and a facebook page to better engage new users. As a community manager, I love this level of initiative; it’s a beautiful thing.

Adobe User Group Managers Michelle Johnston and Daniel Flores great their attendees before the Atlanta #CreateNOW event

An Opportunity to Grow with the #CreateNOW tour

Michelle Johnston (Atlanta AUG mgr) first heard about the CreateNOW tour via the pre-release emails and facebook postings from the Adobe Community Team.  She was then contacted by Adobe to see if there was interest in hosting an event in Atlanta.  Atlanta is a major hub for creatives/developers and there was interest from the Adobe Product teams to do an event in the U.S. southeast. So, Michelle rallied the existing members, friends and co-manager to start planning out this event. There was lots to do: search for a suitable venue; engage corporate sponsors (Matrix Resources), engage Adobe for funding; securing food/drinks @Costco; promote the event; etc. The corporate sponsor (Matrix Resources) provided a very nice meeting facility that seats 150 people for free. I had a chance to meet with Leah Antonoff (@LeahShortie), Matrix’s community manager earlier in the day to discuss future visits and ACP speaker training opportunities. It truly pays dividends, when Adobe invests time and resources to develop these corporate contacts with the Adobe User Group mangers, because they are very important in holding events like #CreateNOW tours; venues are tough to come by these days at a reasonable rate; and, Matrix Resource was very gracious in letting the Atlanta host the event in their wonderful training center for free; They do training and they recruit creatives, web developers…so, it makes good business sense to forge these relationships. Involving the local trainers, recruiters, and User Groups, is a kind of “marketing from the street” approach that is both credible and more appealing to end-users than traditional marketing. And the interaction is regional, not from a corporate Facebook page, website, and other social media. The folks from Atlanta appreciated Adobe taking time to meet with them on a personable level.

What Happened at #CreateNOW Atlanta in under a Minute!

( Time-Lapse video) or go here: http://bit.ly/15tOYER

 

Attendance VERY GOOD — First Event! Something to build upon!

At the event itself, we had about (95) attendees from the initial 159 RSVPs that’s not bad for a typical free event. There was a check-in desk manned by Michelle’s co-manager Daniel Flores who did an outstanding job with the other volunteers: stuffing attendee bags, answering questions, and being the greeters for the event. Very Cool Group of folks!

Adobe Freelancer Claudia McCue and Adobe Speaker Garth Braithwaite converse before kicking-off the demos

While at the event, I got to see one of the Adobe Freelancer speakers present, Claudia McCue. Also, I got to see Garth Braithwaite from the Adobe XD team (User interface/product design) present. I’m always interested in how people present and deliver their content. Claudia cover features from the various products in the Creative Cloud and she dispelled some of the myths people are having about the Creative Cloud. More about debunking those Creative Cloud myths here.     Garth covered some of the new Adobe Edge Tools that web developers and designers can make use of (i.e. Edge Code, Reflow, Animate, & Web fonts). He told the audience that they can get these 1.0 version tools forever via the “FREEmium-level” creative cloud membership, just by going to http://html.adobe.com and clicking on the “Edge Tools Service” tab…scroll down and click on the yellow “get started” button! Enjoyed both of their talks.!

 

 Attendee Comments from the event
 All in All, I hope we will be back soon in Atlanta with more Adobe speakers. For the next visit, I hope to bring in Adobe Community Professional speakers to focus more on work-flow within the Creative Cloud.Atlanta Adobe User Group is “off and running” once again!

Thank You Atlanta!

On the road for #CreateNOW

There’s a slight calm before the flurry of activity associated with the #CreateNOW tour.

The Adobe User Group portion of the #CreateNOW tour kicked off in San Francisco on Feb 7th with Terry White & the following Adobe User Groups: SF Creative Suite Lovers, Photoshop till You Drop, SF InDesign, and SF Illustrator User Group. I will be out on the road at most of the events listed below

The full listing of the tour appears here:  CreateNOW World Tour

Feel free to tweet about any of the following events or just click on the link to learn more. I will be at most of these events.

 

 

– Aaron Houston Adobe Community Mgr No. America.

 

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15 Jan 2013  Seattle Photoshop Meeting with Colin Smith

Seattle Photoshop User Group Meeting 15 Jan 2013

It all started with an email from a User Group Manager frantically looking for a last minute speaker.  As a Community Manager, sometimes I can help, sometimes I cannot.  But this time, I was able to go the extra mile in trying to help this User Group….We originally just intended to do just an Adobe Connect Webinar; but then I thought, wouldn’t it be great to bring a live speaker to Seattle? We have never done been able to do this with one of the Creative Suite User Groups on such short notice.  And so fortunately, after a few phonecalls, I was able to find an Adobe Community Professional Speaker (ACP): Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE.com.  Howard Heflin who runs the Seattle Photoshop User Group (SeaPUG) was thrilled! Now, the SeattlePUG originally started in 2008; and, it is one of the larger Photoshop User Groups in the Adobe Group’s Program. Initially, we had over 200 RSVP’d and over 81 on the waiting list for Colin’s visit. We were fortunate to pack the place with over 160 attendees. I usually start off a session by asking a few questions about product usage; 50% were using Photoshop CS5; 50% were using Photoshop CS6; not too many Creative Cloud Users; lots of Lightroom Users, including some newbies who came just for this meeting. All in All, this was a heavy photographer focused User Group.

After the marketing stuff by some Adobe guy, Colin got right into the Lightroom and started his Demo. Colin generally does not cover the demos or content material from his many videos, instead he focuses on new discoveries and questions he’s come across with the products…. Like, I did not know that there was an xml-based file associated with a Lightroom image and the adjustments made to it.  This XML file can actually be opened in Dreamweaver. And Colin, did just that, by opening the XML file and changing the lighting/Color adjustments from text in the XML file. Pretty Nifty and something new.  Colin is so patient as a presenter. Now, discussion did get bogged down a bit on “Photoshop/Photo file–Meta Data”, there was a lot of interest in this subject, but as Colin answered a few of the immediate questions, he then pointed to his Lightroom 4 DVD that pretty much covers all the basics, and then got back on track.  Colin then move onto more “juicier” topics, like What is “High Dynamic Range – HDR Photography?.  Lots of folks, really didn’t know, so Colin did a short explanation on how today’s cameras are limited in the amount of “details” that can be picked up in a photo, less than what the human eye would normally see.  He also went over some of the new features in Photoshop CS6 which allows for the combining of “bracketed” exposures of a subject into one singular image with higher dynamic range (Colin was flipping back and forth between Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 to make his point). Very cool part of the presentation and seemed to hold the interest of some of the newbies.

All in All, there was definitely audience interest in having more topics on Lightroom at the SeattlePUG. The audience was appreciative of having a high quality speaker come to present at their group.  The Adobe Community Team often tries to bring Adobe Community Professionals to the User Groups (when feasible) to:

  1. Bring Fresh new content/speakers to an area
  2. Promote Photoshop & the New features available to Creative Cloud Members
  3. BUILD COMMUNITY.

Seattle will be hosting another ACP – Stephen Burns of Chromeallusion.com on March 19th at the Adobe Offices. This will again be another GREAT! user group meeting, brought to you by the Adobe Community Team.

“Creating Your Own Uniqueness” — March 19, 2013 Workshop by Stephen Burns

Lastly, while I was at the meeting I got to meet the Adobe sponsor for the Seattle Photoshop User Group, John Cornicello and thanked him  for volunteering and helping out this user group. One of the hardest things for a User Group going is finding a venue in which to meet at consistently.

 

Time Lapse Coverage 0f SeaPUG meeting

While at the meeting, I set up my camera to take a series of time-lapse photos which resulted in a short 30 sec movie. It’s not meant to provide detail just a high level overview of what happened at the user group meeting.

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From SeattlePUG-TimeLapse-15Jan2013

 

Thanks to the volunteers at the Registration Desk! And to our Speaker — Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE!

 

16 Jan 2013 – Dinner with Seattle Area Adobe User Group Managers

While in Seattle, I took the opportunity to gather up the local area Adobe User Group managers in order to talk to them about the upcoming #CreateNOW tour being sponsored by Adobe. The CreateNOW tour was fast approaching and we needed to speed up the logistics and planning for the event. More importantly, we needed to decide on a venue for the next big event.  It is not often the Adobe Community Team gets around to the user groups; and, we are trying to do more of this when it is practical and makes business sense.  The Seattle Adobe User Group will be holding their #CreateNOW tour on March 9th; I am looking forward to attending that event to see what they can do.

Seattle Area Adobe User Group Managers (Creative Suite & ProVideo)

 

2012 Community Recap-Look Ahead

 

 

2012 was a busy year for the Community Team at Adobe.  There were challenges carried over from the previous year, but some real successes thoughout the year.  Mainly, as a community manager, I was able to get out more and attend more regional events. But perhaps, one of the best things that happened to the Community Team was the hiring of a dedicated European community manager (Christie Fidura). It was a team effort (i.e. the hiring process) between current & former Adobe Community Mgrs. (Rachel Luxemburg, Ed Sullivan, Liz Frederick, and myself).  I am so pleased (perhaps, relieved) to have Christie onboard and getting us reconnected with our community partners in Europe. Europe is our 2nd largest market; and, they have not had a community manager…..perhaps ever. Thanks to Andre Jay Meissner for his support, doing all that community work in Germany, and for being a proponent of regional community managers.  We still have lots of work to do in So. America and Asia-Pac, but that will have to wait for now.

There was also a transition of Community Managers in the Adobe Community Professionals Program (ACPs) with Marie Nedich now at the helm. Liz Frederick is now engaging with HTML5 and Gaming Developers as part of Adobe’s 2011 strategy shift.  The ACPs and the Freelancers are sooo important to the Adobe User Group program (symbiotic in nature), because in most cases they are the only speaking assets the Adobe Community can routinely rely upon to speak at their events.  Adobe Evangelist were super busy in 2012 with the release of all those new products; Edge Tools, and of course, the Creative Cloud. This why we have community programs like the ACPs and Freelancers.

Now, the Creative Suite Product team did do an excellent job with the CS6 Pre-Launch TechWed NDA Webinars.  The Community often remarked that CS6 was the best prepared launch that Adobe has ever done; and, we took extra steps to get the community up to speed and educated about the Creative Cloud.Special Thank You to Tricia Lawrence (Adobe Creative Suite Team), Scott Morris (Creative Cloud) and ALL of the TechWED speakers for their efforts (12 webinar sessions, over 3000+ attendees; avg 125/session) in keeping the community informed, it very likely impacted the Creative Cloud membership adoption rates.There were over 30 CS6 & Community events in 2012 in North America, reaching over 10,000 community members.

We still have much more education to do in 2013 about Creative Cloud Team, so I suspect there will be additional Adobe Community Events in 2013. In 2013, there will likely be changes in the way we measure program participation in both the Adobe User Group and Adobe Community Professionals Program, stay tuned for that.

Looking forward to AdobeMAX the content, people, and community activities may be different than in past years and this should be a good thing. MAX will be more reflective of where Adobe is heading as a company. (More about the Adobe Community activities at AdobeMAX in a later post). I would urge all ACPs and User Group Managers to attend this year and look at the content schedule for MAX…it’s different this year!

I have prepared a listing/links (below) of the 2012 Adobe Community events in North America from my notes, emails, conversations, etc.  I also have photo slide show (flash-based) that captured some of the spirit, faces, and good times from an incredible year at Adobe.

Thank You! To All the Adobe User Group Manager & ACPs for an incredible year. It is a pleasure being your Community Mgr  – Aaron Houston Adobe Community Mgr No America

 

 Direct Link to 2012 Events Photos

 

Date Event Organizers/Speakers Attendees
DEC-17-2012 San Jose Creative Suite AUG Holiday Gala w/Colin Smith Sally Cox| Spkr Colin Smith ACP 130
NOV-16-2012 Creative Talent Network w/LA area AUGs + WACOM Technologies Tony Arredondo WACOM + Booth Duty: Chana Messer ACP + Cynthia Gordon, Adam Bell, George McKinney, Josua Bustos, Rick Miller 5000+
NOV-16-2012 Fall for Design Camp – Phoenix IDUG UGM Tami Rodgers & ACP Stephen Burns 120+
NOV-15-2012 Los Angeles Web Pro’s Fall Event – New Tools for the Web UGMs: Daniel Kramer, Anissa Thompson, & Sharon Sasche; Spkrs: Chana Messer & Lee Varis 250
NOV-08-2012 Orange County Video Crossroads – FCP vs. Premier demo shootout UGM Mike McGreedy 50
OCT-21-2012 #LVAdobe NEON PhotoWalk Las Vegas UGMs Kystal Hosmer, Nate Ludens; Spkrs/Organizers: Chana Messer, Stephen Burns, Lee Varis, Sally Cox + more 60+
OCT-18-2012 LA Mobile & Web Camp hosted by LAPhoneGapUG & DDLA UGM Organizers: Sharon Sasche, George McKinney, Josue Bustos; Spkrs: Greg Wilson (keynote); Renaun Erickson 380+
OCT-09-2012 Adobe Illustrator of LA AILA -Astute Graphics Tour UGM Chana Messer & Sebastian Bleak; Spkr: Nicholas van der Walle (Astute) 50
SEP-07-2012 CS6 UG Launch Event Portland/Vancouver WA UGM Tatiana Sullivan 27
SEP-03-2012 Adobe Photoshop UG Mgrs Meetup/Tweetup @Photoshop World Las Vegas Organizer: Kevin Stohlmeyer; UGMs: Stephen Burns, Nate Ludens, Krystal Hosmer, & Adobe’s Terry White 80
JUL-24-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Phoenix & Tuscon IDUGs Organizer: Tami Rodgers; Spkrs: Chana Messer & Pariah Burke 100
JUN-16-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Long Beach, CA UGMs: Lynnette Kent, Cynthia Gordon | Speakers Jack Davis & Chris Griffith 250
JUN-14-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Las Vegas & UNLV Krystal Hosmer UGM | Spkr Kevin Stohlmeyer, Stephen Burns, Sharon Sasche & Chana Messer 79
JUN-10-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Los Angeles Chana Messer UGM, Sharon Sachse; Speakers: April Clark, David Hogue, Justin Seeley, Colin Smith, Mark Anders 140
JUN-06-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Atlanta GA UGM Organizer Steve Howard 140
JUN-06-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Sacramento Rob Huddleston ACP UGM Speaker 50
JUN-05-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Cleveland IDUG OH April Clark UGM | Spkr April Clark 135
JUN-05-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – San Jose CA @ San Jose Tech Museum Sally Cox & Kelly McCathran | Spkr: Al Mooney 165
JUN-02-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Portland OR Ae/Pr Chris Tegethoff UGM | Spkr: Todd Kopriva Ae 160
JUN-02-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – San Diego City College Stephen Burns UGM | Spkr Zorana Gee & Sally Cox 200
JUN-02-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Seattle/Bellevue WA Organizers: Diane Pobol UGM, Teresa Anderson UGM Howard Heflin UGM; Spkrs: Topher Welsh & Adobe’s Ken Rice 400
JUN-01-2012 CS6 Launch Party – OCDigital Arts Anaheim, CA UGM Scot Trodick 170
MAY-31-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Dominican Republic Santo Domingo UGM Luis Sosa 290
MAY-29-2012 CS6 AUG Launch Webinar Ae/Pr – Albuquerque, NM UGMs Becky Padilla & Elaine Montoya | Spkr Al Mooney 275
MAY-29-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – San Francisco CS Lovers! UGMs Kelly McCathran & Sally Cox | Spkr Mark Christiansen Ae 235
MAY-21-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Santa Rosa CA NorthBay AUG UGM Cyndie Reese Santa Rosa Jr. College 100
MAY-16-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Kansas City AUGs at D2W conference UGMs Dee Sadler, Buck Sommerkamp | Spkers Tom Green, Jim Babbage, Pariah Burke, April Clark, Chris Griffith, David Hogue, Rob Huddleston, Kai Koenig, Joe Labrecque, Justin Seeley + many more 300
MAY-15-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – DMALA East Los Angeles Ko Maruyama UGM | Spkr Al Mooney Pr 300
MAY-11-2012 Adobe Design Camp Boston & CS6 Launch Event Kirsten Rourke UGM | Spkr: ACP Kevin Stohlmeyer, Pariah Burke, & Chana Messer 200
APR-10-2012 AdobeTouch Event – Denver, CO UGM Amanda Johnson | Paul Trani 50
APR-05-2012 Reach Out & Touch Adobe Apps” Madison WI IDUG: Adobe ACP Kevin Stohlmeyer UGM Speaker Kevin Stohlmeyer 30
MAR-20-2012 Adobe Touch App Demo Event – Creative Suite Orange County Fullerton College Cynthia Gordon UGM | Spker Sally Cox 55
MAR-19-2012 Adobe Touch App Demo – San Diego Photoshop Stephen Burms UGM & Eric Addison UGM| Spkr Sally Cox 105
MAR-16-2012 CS6 Design Camp: 2012 Mid Univ Missouri Adobe Camp Myra Ferguson UGM | Spkr Paul Trani 70
MAR-12-2012 New Web Trends – PhoneGap & Digital Designers DDLA UGM Sharon Sasche & George McKinney 65
FEB-21-2012 Digital Media Arts of LA (DMALA) event w/ ACP Chana Messer UGM Ko Maruyama | Spkr: Chana Messer 200
FEB-15-2012 LA PhoneGap Adobe Evangelist Visit UGM George McKinney 30

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

Lovers of the Luminous Lights-VegasPhotoWalk

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photowalk badgeThe Las Vegas Adobe User Group hosted a “Neon Photowalk” in the Fremont Street district (Old Vegas) — Sunday, Oct 21st, 2012, from 4-10pm. This was a FREE event for all levels of photographers from pros to iPhone/iPad users. We also had lots of Adobians from out of town (Los Angeles, Florida, San Jose, San Diego, etc) as well as some new friends from the Sin City Photography Group.  And that was the main purpose of the Photowalk: community building between two very different communities.There were over 120 signups to the event; but, we kicked things off with over 60 shutter snappers at Emergency Arts – “The Beat” coffee shop. As it turned out, some of the Beat employees were also lovers of the luminous lights. One employee had already been photographing hundreds of Vegas neon signs for his own art-piece which he presented me a copy which was very cool!

The Beat has definitely got an artistic vibe to it and the Photowalk organizers were so pleased that they allowed us to set up camp there. While onsite, we also conducted few drawings for Adobe Software, T-shirts, and a special drawing for a WACOM tablet (Thanks to Tony Arredondo -WACOM Technology & Stephen Burns). Those in attendance also got a free beverage courtesy of Adobe. With maps in hand, the Photowalkers sallied forth in their quest for best Neon Photo and a chance to win (CS6 Photoshop Extended).

One of our favorite stops was the Neonopolis courtyard and some of us spent a lot of time at this location. At NeonoPolis, Adobe Community Professional Stephen Burns gave lessons to about a dozen Photowalkers on color extractions using timed exposures and also a nifty click and drag technique which produced some interesting abstract neon photos. Here’s one:

 

Abstract Neon Photo — Delayed Shutter Technique

Click & Drag Technique

 

 

ACP Chana Messer finds some new friends on the PhotoWalk

This event spawned TWO other Blog posts worth mentioning:

Chana Messer Photoshop Touch App WorkFlow with Neon: http://adobe.ly/UNmBPE

Lee Varis: “Color & Tone” http://networkedblogs.com/E4BKM

Notable Twitter Posts:

Facebook Posts:

Photowalkers taking a break at Mediterrean Cafe after shooting inside Neonopolis courtyard

“Thanks for sharing with the group! And special thanks to Krystal, Nate, Aaron, Stephen, Chana, et al., for putting on a great event!” – Speer Photography & Design

We gave lots of stuff away to the Neon Photowalkers at the Adobe Table

“I LOVED the photo walk. Well organized and I met some GREAT TALENTED photographers and Photoshop gurus I admire. I had a great time and I can’t wait for the next one!” — Barbette Siller

” I made these images on the Adobe sponsored Photowalk down Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas a week ago Sunday, October 21st at night. It was put together by several hard working folks both from Adobe and the Las Vegas Adobe Users Group. Made slideshow using only iPhone and the Photodex’s Mobile App.! Using the 30 horizontally composed images I posted just below this video. We had about 60 photographers participating walking in small groups.” – John Daniel http://www.facebook.com/johnndaniel

NeonPhotoWalk Photo Winner:

“Viva Vegas” — Cindy Wilson Winner LVAdobe Neon PhotoWalk Photo Contest!

Here is our winning picture for the event. Congrats to Cindy Wallace for “Viva Vegas” and also to the runners-up Jeff Speer and Wayne Wallace — True Pros! There was also some very very nice stuff shot by Stephen Burns, Sally Cox, Chana Messer, Nate Ludens, Krsytal Hosmer, and of course, Lee Varis! Thanks for being good leaders of this Photowalk

As with anything we do with Adobe Community Events we try to capture some data on how the event went down. From the number of signups to the pageviews we try to gage how we will promote the next events. We had a slow start to the promotion of the event, but things ramped up quickly the last 72 hrs before the event as evidence from these EventBrite charts.

Stats — Attendee Signups

Stats – Page Views Up till the Event



 

 Oh What Fun We Had!

Oh What Fun We Had! — Thanks Wayne Wallace Photography!

Mobile Camp Los Angeles-18Oct2012

Mobile Camp Los Angeles convened on 18 Oct 2012 at LA Mart. Adobe Community team was a co-sponsor of this camp along with RIM BlackBerry Playbook folks, and Lunarpages. We had over 380+ paid registrants. Audience mainly consisted of: Entenpreneurs, hackers, coders, designers, i-Phone, Android Developers, and Adobe LA area User Groups. (We had more attendees viewing the live-stream)
Greg Wilson, Adobe’s Evangelism director, kicked-off the event keynote with a couple of questions:

  • How many people (raise hands) knew that Adobe was involved in web standards?
  • How many people know that Adobe is contributing to WebKit?

Response: Very few hands…which was exactly what we were looking for. Adobe is trying to build awareness around its contributions to WebKit and HTML5, so this is the type of audience we are doing outreach to. There’s a new website http://html.adobe.com dedicated to showcase our contributions, use-cases, and the new html5 tools — Adobe is a tools company. So, for the 250 folks watching the Adobe keynote, Greg Wilson (Adobe Evangelism Director) focused on Adobe Edge Tools & Services (Animate, Reflow, Code, Inspect, Web Fonts, TypeKit, & PhoneGap Build) and CSS Shaders. This was same content from the “Create the Web” launch event which kicked-off on Sep 24th, 2012. Greg also did an additional deep dive session after the keynote; and, the overwhelming interest from the attendees was in the responsive design tool “Reflow” which is to be released by the end of 2012. (Those who signed up for the free Edge tools creative cloud account would get notified via Adobe Application Mgr + email when reflow would be available.  Greg’s slides are forthcoming.

Over 25 LA-area technical User Group communities came together to organize this huge effort; and, there was lots of learning along the way for the event planners (i.e. power outages, “musical chairs”, etc). Adobe’s local User Groups were heavily involved in the logistics, venue selection, setting up the day before, and the promotion of the event. My thanks to the volunteers and the event planners: ShaRon Sachse (HTML5-LA organizer & DDLA AUG Mgr) & George McKinney (LA PhoneGap User Group Mgr). Thanks to the sponsors like LunarPages and RIM BlackBerry Playbook team.  Without sponsorships, large events like mobile camp LA just don’t happen, there’s lots of logistics to consider. Lunch, Prizes, Speakers…Yep, lots to do! Thanks ShaRon & George!

 Photos from the Event:

 

 
 
 

 STATs for this Event:

Main registration Page: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2402395630

Website: http://mobilecampla.com

107 FB likes; 143 tweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adobe Illustrator Los Angeles-AstuteGraphicsTour-9Oct12

In part of my ongoing quest to visit ALL of the Los Angeles area Adobe User Groups, I had the opportunity to attend the Adobe Illustrator User Group of LA (AILA) on October 9th (Facebook event URL) They have partnered with ING Direct Cafe to hold meetings at their location. ING cafe has nice digs and they are nice people. They regularly let folks use their cafe for community meetings.AILA Mgr Chana Messer met me at the door; and, there were some regular AILA & Adobe User Group members I have seen at other LA events: AILA-CoMgr Andrew Kutchera,  Sebastian Bleak, Andew Kanavagh, Cynthia Gordon (OCCMA.org), Beverly Houwing, Sharon Sachse, and several other Adobe User Group Mgrs came out to this event.  Astute Graphics was on its final leg of its USA Tour, so once again Nicholas der Walle was presenting the new tool plugin tools Vector Scribe for Adobe Illustrator CS6. We had about 45 folks on hand to observe and take part of the presentation.Here are some photos from the event.

AILA members tune in to the Astute Graphics presentation

Astute Graphics Founder Nicholas van der Walle addresses the AILA audience

Nicholas van der Walle from AG discusses Phantasm Color Correction tool for Vectors using a piece of Von Glitschka (aka @Vonster on twitter) artwork: “Evil Worm”

AILA AUG Mgr – Chana Messer & Adobe Community Mgr Aaron Houston

 
 AILA is one of many Adobe User Groups in the Los Angeles area; and, they often coordinate with the other Adobe User Groups to hold joint events (ie the CSNext LA event).  My next stop in LA will be for LA PhoneGap and Digital Designers of LA’s  LA mobile event on Oct 18th, 2012.
 
 

Illustrator is NOT just for Illustrators Anymore! SF Bay ILUG

 

With all of the things going on at Adobe this fall (ie Acrobat XI launch, Create the Web & AdobeEdge tools, Creative Cloud, etc), it is prudent for a Community Manager to keep an eye out for other activities happening out in the community. I had not visited the SF Bay Area Illustrator Adobe User Group (aka SFILUG) in awhile and I got a tip from an Adobe Community Professional that the SF group was hosting something special at their Oct 4th meeting. The folks from Astute Graphics were stopping by and it looks like they have some interesting Toolbar Add-ins for CS6 Illustrator, so I thought I’d drop in and check it out.

Meeting — Preplanning, A Discussion, & Setup

Bay Area Illustrator Group meets at the Adobe SF offices, so I met up with Adobe User Group Manager, Teresa Roberts, in the lobby and helped her check-in folks. We briefly caught up on the User Group happenings; and the group is doing quite well, since the leadership change 2 years ago + securing an Adobe sponsor to help them with their meetings. Thanks Terry Hemphill (Adobe Illustrator Product Mgr).

Teresa stressed that she was looking to expand the membership of her user group and create an awareness that: “Illustrator is NOT just for Illustrators, anymore”. Lots of people use Illustrator these days: Marketing/Print folks, Web Designers, some Mobile App builders, Product Development, traditional art designers, and also… Cartographers? Teresa is always seeking innovative speakers from different disciplines to come speak at her User Group.  Indeed, Illustrator is one of those rare Adobe products that touches across a lot of Adobe’s creative communities. It is important to note that Teresa also has a co-manager: Terry McGlone who is a big help with the logistics at these meetings!

Happy San Francisco Bay ILUGer sporting the new “Ai” button

 

Attendees roll in: 

We had 44+ in attendance; 80+ RSVPs, typical for a free event…those other 40 really missed-out though!

First of the Attendees to sign-in: noted author Sharon Steuer!  Sharon has always been one of the Bay Area ILUG core members and she’s quite generous over the years to the User Group with her books. Thank You Sharon — her latest CS6 book. After catching up with Sharon, I moved over to the main room set up the Adobe swag table: stickers, t-shirts, buttons, pens etc. The new Illustrator buttons were a big hit!  Several SF Bay ILUGers were sporting their new buttons! Adobe Community Team showed off a couple of new T-shirts too!  There were also free pizza, a 12 mo Creative Cloud prize, CS6 Design Standard prize + T-shirts and swag from Adobe.

Astute Graphics:

I had a chance to chat briefly with the speaker for the evening, Nicholas van der Walle (AG founder & evangelist) before his talk. I quickly learned, judging by the accent, that AG is based out of the UK and San Francisco was the 2nd stop of their USA tour. Nick mentioned that he first likes to see what types of folks in attendance and then gage the types of techniques they are using; then show of those same techniques with Astute Graphics tools in the demo. In other words, it is less about showing off the tools and more about learning about WHO is coming to the event and HOW they use Illustrator. Good Approach!Bay Area ILUG is a quiet group as Nick found out, but he did manage to tease some info out of the audience. SFILUG consists of lots of designer/freelancers; not too many agencies folks/art directors…..and a Cartographer? Interesting.

Nick led off the discussion with a question:

Nicholas van der Walle from Astute Graphics

Nicholas van der Walle from Astute Graphics

How would YOU render this shape below? — The Saunder’s Leaf

The Bay Area ILUGers came up with ALL kinds of answers–lots of discussion….AND then “All was revealed” at the end. Nick showed how he did it with the new CS6 Vector-Scribe tool add-in to the Illustrator tool bar. Be sure to catch-up with Nick via the Astute Graphics Blog, Twitter, and Facebook page.

Astute Graphics also has a whole list of short 4min-15min tutorials about their different tool-sets…. Here is link to them and the image below links to one of the videos I liked–Path Scribe which looks very useful in rendering vectors from a sketch.

 

Video About Path Scribe Tool

 Thank You Nick! I will be seeing you again at the Adobe Illustrator Group of LA (AILA) next week. I promise I won’t spoil your “Saunder’s Surprise”

 

Lastly, Astute Graphics is a partner of Adobe, so I was not surprised to see Adobe folks in attendance at the meeting: Terry Hemphill (Project Mgr Illustrator), Brenda Sutherland (Adobe Customer Engagement), Anubhav Rotahgi (Sr. PM for Illustrator), and Rajesh Budhiraja (Sr engineering manager for Illustrator). At a time, when Adobe is remaking itself, it was nice to see that one of Adobe’s Product Teams is still very much connected/committed to their community. Of course there’s always more work to do in this area; and, it is a bigger problem to solve than most people realize.  Note to User Group Mgrs: It is important to cultivate your contacts within Adobe Product Teams as well as staying connected to the Adobe Community Team ;-)