Author Archive: Christie Fidura

Create Now – A Hot Topic in the Cold Nordics

The first week of March, I had the opportunity to ‘live like an Adobe Evangelist’ by touring with our 3 creative evangelists, Jason Levine, Rufus Deuchler, and Paul Trani. It was a daunting task, but I grabbed the reins with both hands and held on for dear life as we sped from city to city across Europe.

First, we had our London event on Tuesday 5th (see my blog post here). As soon as the last question from the audience was answered, the guys slammed their laptops shut, and we dashed off to a taxi, headed for Paddington Station and my first ride on the Heathrow Express train. It really was like touring with a rock band – I kept expecting crowds of screaming girls to rush the car!

After a quick flight to Stockholm, we only allowed ourselves one quick beer in the bar before getting a good night’s rest.

It was a good thing we did have a good night’s rest, as the Stockholm event had 600 attendees! The crowd were excited and energised, and gave lots of great feedback. Rufus again dazzled with his trick of taking a photo of the crowd on his iPad and then using Photoshop Touch to insert an image of himself into the crowd shot. Brilliant! Jason was on fine form with his 1970s John Travolta impression on video, and had the entire crowd in hysterics. And Paul really impressed the audience with his responsive web design.

Rufus in Stockholm

Rufus in Stockholm

Slamming shut the laptops and again jumping into a taxi, we sped off to Arlanda Airport for our flight to Copenhagen.

Recognising that I wouldn’t be making myself popular by inhabiting every minute of their time, I let the guys have dinner to themselves and met up with a great Adobe community member. She gave me a lovely walking tour of the ‘meat packing district’ of Copenhagen and I got a few nice shots. What do you think?

Bosch*Bosch

Bosch*Bosch

Cycles

Cycles

Cool architecture

Cool architecture

The next morning, we had another phenomenal turnout; this time nearly 600 attendees at the Copenhagen event! We were treated to lots of great questions and excited attendees. You can get a sense of the excitement the guys were generating in this shot:

The Team

The Team

I was so sorry to leave the guys but I had a lovely lunch planned with several of our community members at a beautiful restaurant in the new foodie capital of Europe, Copenhagen. It was a delightful end to a whirlwind trip!

I can’t thank the team enough for inviting me along, making me feel so welcome, and impressing the hell out of me. What they do is amazing and we should all be very appreciative of seeing them in action!

Until the next time, this is Christie The Roadie, signing off…

Cx

 

Create Now London – A Jolly Good Event

Toodle pip!

The Adobe Create Now event in London held on Tuesday 5th March smashed all expectations. In order to accommodate the hundreds of people wanting to register, the team hosted 2 events: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. There was also a live stream of the event, to accommodate those whom were unable to get a physical place in the venue.

Despite the long day, we were delighted to welcome two fully sold-out audiences to the physical and streamed events, reaching over 800 people!

I was really excited to meet up with some existing and new community members. I even had the honour of taking a nice photo of some of our attendees in front of the Create Now banner, and giving them information on our user group system. That’s an excited audience!

One of the nicest chats I had with an attendee:

A nice chat! Tweet Chat

Huge thanks to the London Adobe team for putting together such a great team!

Some nice tweets from the audience

Some nice tweets from the audience

This gentlemen sketched our 3 evangelists

This gentlemen sketched our 3 evangelists

The afternoon session attendees

The afternoon session attendees

 

Cheers from Christie Fidura

Create Now Warsaw – A Rousing Success!

On Friday 1st March, Adobe held a #CreateNow event in the historic city of Warsaw. It was a huge success with over 500+ attendees – standing room only! Our evangelists Rufus Deuchler, Jason Levine and Paul Trani presented the Creative Cloud Workflow. The team had collaborated to create shared demo assets that each of them utilised, powering the case of the workflow as it passed from one creative member to the next. The roof nearly blew off the house when Rufus presented the new Photoshop Touch for iPhone. People were absolutely delighted to see ‘Instagram on steroids’ as he put it!

Jason Levine gave us an extra-special surprise which had the crowd in fits of laughter. I won’t spoil the surprise, but let’s just say we were taken on a cruise on ‘The Love Boat’.

It was a fantastic event hosted by my wonderful Adobe colleagues Klaudia Jaworska and Piotr Walczyszyn of the Warsaw office and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work.

I was delighted to meet our fantastic Adobe Creative Suite Poland User Group Manager, Pawel Zakrzewski. We had a really fun dinner in an historic restaurant which I highly recommend next time you’re in Warsaw, U Kucharzy at Ossolinskich 7.

To see a Create Now event in your hometown, check out the full schedule here.

Tomorrow, Create Now London – then off to Stockholm & Copenhagen! Hope to see you there!

Rufus explains the Creative Cloud Workflow

Rufus explains the Creative Cloud Workflow

A standing room only event!

A standing room only event!

Some great tweets from the live audience

Some great tweets from the live audience

 

 

 

 

Adobe is Ready to Party at CampusParty Berlin 2012

Campus Party is the largest electronic entertainment event in the world. With a week-long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival for  thousands of “campuseros” – hackers, developers, gamers and geeks. Equipped with computers and other toys, they camp on site and are immersed in a truly unique environment.

Adobe is proud to participates with several sessions at the conference:

This enormous event occurs 21-26 August but unfortunately, is now completely sold out. You can still follow all the action on Twitter using #CPEurope.

If you are lucky enough to attend, send us some photos!

Announcing UK Creative Week 9-13 July!

Adobe UK is proud to announce its first Creative Week, celebrating all things creative! Join us for lively interactive daily debates, creative challenges, and exclusive demonstrations broadcast live online over 5 days from our London studio.

We’ll be covering every aspect of the creative industry with the help of creative luminaries, industry experts, Adobe evangelists (including Jason Levine, Paul Trani, Rufus Deuchler and Julieanne Kost) and many members of the creative community – including you!

Each day of the week is dedicated to a specific theme, so you can tailor the content for your preferences.

  • Monday 9th July – Creative Industry Overview
  • Tuesday 10th July – Design & Publishing
  • Wednesday 11th July – Film & Video
  • Thursday 12th July – Web & Mobile
  • Friday 13th July – Photography & Imaging

Learn more about the programme for each day by visiting Adobe Creative Week.

Follow us on Twitter @AdobeUK and #CreativeWeekUK

A Big Hello to the Adobe Community!

My name is Christie Fidura, and I am the new Adobe EMEA Community Manager. I’m thrilled about my new role, and I wanted to introduce myself.

I joined Adobe in August 2009 as the EMEA Marketing Manager for two of our niche software products, the Technical Communication Suite and the eLearning Suite. In this capacity, I organised marketing activities, event sponsorship (around 32 conferences per year), advertisements and more. At the heart of all of these activities was my engagement, cultivation and nurturing of the wider communities of eLearning and documentation professionals across Europe. This was my real passion: making connections, sharing knowledge, and working closely with the people within the community.

I was thrilled when I was the successful applicant for the EMEA Community Manager vacancy and I am looking forward to working with each of you. At the same time, I’ll be ‘keeping a toe’ in the waters of eLearning and TechComm; it’s important that I maintain a connection with my previous communities and continue to learn from them whilst contributing to them.

My official start date was Tuesday 8th May so I’m working pretty hard on getting up to speed in the new role. Please bear with me!

In the meantime, you can reach out to me anytime. I’m a social media junkie so the best way to contact me is via Twitter: @cfidurauk. I’m based in the Adobe London office (Maidenhead) and proudly hold both US and UK citizenship.