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Get Out There and #CreateNow

There’s inspiration everywhere, but we tend to miss it in the chaos and speed of our daily lives. So, we set out to create Random Acts of Creativity around the world, partnering with artists to generate moments in public that get people to stop in their tracks.

Artists have done a handful of Random Acts but this was just the kick off – there’s so much more we can do, and we can’t do it alone. To make a real impact, we need your ideas. And maybe with a little help from us, we can work together to make them happen.

Share your Random Acts of Creativity ideas with us. Leave logistics, such as funding needs, off the table for now. What would you beautify in this world? Where would you do it? No idea is too big or too small. Tell us your concepts and we may surprise you with creativity starter kits to get you going. We may also help sponsor a random act that you’d like to see come to life in your local communities.

It’s easy to get started. Simply share your ideas using #CreateNow on your social network of choice – i.e., tweet us your idea, share an Instagram of your inspiration, etc. – by Friday, August 1.

Already doing a Random act of Creativity? Tag your project on Behance with ‘createnow.’ We’re curating a Collection of the Random Acts and want to include yours.

SXSWedu: Top Five Take-Aways for Creative Educators

SXSWeduLast week, over 6,000 educators, entrepreneurs and experts came to Austin, TX for the annual SXSWedu. The Adobe education team was lucky enough to attend and engage around a variety of interesting topics. We were blown away by the support for and interest in creativity in education. Here are our biggest take-aways and “aha” moments from the conference:

5. Creativity is top of mind for innovative educators. From the keynote presentations to the smaller sessions, from the parties to the Twitter back channel, creativity was a hot topic. The LAUNCHedu pitch competition invited entrepreneurs to put their creative solutions to pressing problems to the test. An interactive “playground” space invited participants to build circuits, create analog memes and test drive exciting new creative software and hardware. A session led by Columbia University Teacher’s College focused on unleashing teacher creativity through empowering them as designers. Actor Jeffrey Tambor closed out the conference with a rousing call to attendees to access their own creativity to solve the problems facing education today. A quick scan of the #createedu conversation on Twitter reveals over 603 mentions of the topic that was on the minds of many conference attendees.

4. To foster creativity in education, a transformation is needed. We loved hearing from Dale Dougherty, Erik Natzke and Chad Soleo on how to nurture creativity based on their experience in the workplace and in formal and informal education. Some highlights include:

  • Dedicate a space for students and teachers to play, to explore, to create, and to fail.
  • Teach students they don’t have to solve everything on their own. Practice leaning on community for support and inspiration.
  • Focus more on students and learning processes and less on subjects.
  • Ask students interesting and unsolved questions. Education isn’t just about learning answers but also about learning to explore the unknown.
  • Being held to a specific set of standards doesn’t mean you can’t develop creativity.
  • Support teachers in fostering creativity through professional development and institutional support for innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Showcase student success beyond just test scores with portfolios and exhibitions.

3. Never underestimate the creative power of youth. Jonathan Blake Huer of Ball State University shared his exciting initiative, the Digital Corps, which puts students to work in a hands-on, youth-powered design studio. David Conover of Connally High School proudly presented his innovative game design program for at-risk youth through testimonials of four young men whose lives have been changed by the opportunity to create in the classroom. Chad Soleo of Green Dot Public Schools spoke eloquently about the need for teacher professional development to transform classroom practices that stifle creativity.

2. Roadblocks, challenges and failures are nothing more than creative opportunities. An engaging and interactive session on learning from failure, hosted by the team from Working Examples, got us started thinking about how we handle mistakes. Later, Deborah Morrison from the University of Oregon and Glenn Griffin of the University of Alabama shared their findings from a research study on how creative professionals handle failure. The answer? Creatives don’t give up in the face of staggering personal and professional challenges. Instead, they pivot, change the story and imagine new, better outcomes.

1. We all have a role to play in ensuring creativity is the future. Throughout our time at SXSWedu, we were impressed by the broad array of stakeholders who believe that creativity is a vital skill to be fostered in education. At our meet-up on Tuesday night over 100 attendees pledged to support this movement. Their commitments ranged from personal to professional and to the political. Explore the gallery here.

As SXSWedu comes to an end, we know we can’t let the conversation about creativity in education fade away. It will take more than one person, one school, or one organization to make this transformation—we need a global movement.

We ask you today to pledge your support for creativity in education by visiting http://edex.adobe.com/pledge. Together we’ll shape the future of education and unleash a new generation of creators and innovators.

Adobe Education Exchange – 2013 in Review

AEE in Review2013 was an exciting year on the Adobe Education Exchange. The highlight was watching you engage with each other, share mind-blowing content, and exhibit your power as a creative force within Education. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share top trends, themes, and highlights from the past year. As we reflect on a wonderful 2013, let’s make 2014 even better!

Creativity

Like no other theme, creativity captivated AEE members this year. Sparked by the need for creative ideas to solve global challenges, you showed you’re up to the task of preparing students to meet these challenges. You flocked to our Creativity in Today’s Classroom workshop series and digital creativity courses. You discussed how to promote creativity in classrooms and how to teach creative thinking. Thank you for all the creative teaching ideas and we look forward to more on this topic in 2014.

Professional Development Launch

In February, we launched a new Professional Development portal with twenty self-paced workshops, three MOOCs, and a wide variety of online and in-person events. More than 19,000 of you completed a training activity including the 350 of you who finished the Train the Trainer course to become credentialed Adobe Education Trainers. The momentum is building so expect expanded opportunities in 2014.

Technology Integration

You continued to share ideas for integrating technology into the curriculum in 2013. Just a few of our many favorites include creating Instagram profiles for historical figures, a collaborative spoken word animation project, and combining math and 32 pictures to create an average visual of an interest. We’re excited to see the ideas you have up your sleeves in 2014. 

Gamification

From gamifying the classroom to earning points and badges on the AEE, gamification was a winning theme in 2013. You explored ways to incorporate gamification into the classroom and a group of you is collaborating on a gamified curriculum delivery system. Gamification on the AEE allowed you to showcase an impressive amount of activity. You earned more than 150,000 badges and over 1 million points in 2013!

Tablets and Smartphones

With the exponential growth of mobile devices, it’s no wonder you were interested in how they affect both the way you teach and the need-to-know design skills to respond to this trend. You discussed the best use cases for integrating devices in the classroom and wondered what Adobe software on a tablet would be like. There was also a growing interest in the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and web tools like Muse, Edge Animate, Edge Reflow, and PhoneGap for creating device friendly content.

As we begin 2014, thanks for joining us in the mission to change the world through creativity. With each resource you find, question you ask, connection you make, or new skill you learn on the Adobe Education Exchange, you can spark ideas and creativity in others. We promise to continue to support you as you ignite creativity at your institution, colleague, or in your students.

Big Day 1 News at MAX

Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, opened today in Los Angeles and we announced some big news: a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, including fully integrated cross-device collaboration, community and publishing capabilities; and the next generation of Adobe’s pro creative desktop applications.

Here are some of the details:

Adobe Unveils Major Update to Creative Cloud

CreativeCloud_Logo[4]A milestone update to Adobe Creative Cloud simplifies the entire creative process with new versions of desktop tools; services that take publishing content to the next level; and capabilities that make it easier than ever to collaborate and share work on a worldwide basis. Behance, the world’s leading online creative community with over 1.4 million creatives in the network, is now central to the Creative Cloud experience.

Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS) are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating.  All of Adobe’s fan-favorite desktop apps have been updated: InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Muse CC and more.  Indeed our most iconic application, a powerful new version of Photoshop – Adobe Photoshop CC – will anchor this update to Creative Cloud.  In all, Creative Cloud will now consist of more than 30 tools and services that enable professional grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography.

This major update is expected to be available, around the globe, in June.

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Adobe Accelerates Shift to the Cloud

Moving forward, the company also announced that it will focus creative software development efforts on Creative Cloud.  While Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, there are no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. By focusing development on Creative Cloud, Adobe can accelerate the rate of innovation that it can deliver to creatives worldwide.

We thought long and hard before doing this, and we understand that this transition may be hard for some people.  As our teams work to deliver a constant stream of innovation for Creative Cloud members, we are actively engaging with customers to answer their questions — in forums like Creative Cloud community. And attractive pricing plans and promotions for individuals, teams and enterprise customers are being offered to make the transition to Creative Cloud really easy.  More information can be found at on our Creative Cloud plans page.

More detailed information about today’s major Creative Cloud update can be found in the full press release here.

And if you have specific questions, chances are you’ll find an answer in our comprehensive FAQ.

Major Update to Creative Cloud and New Licensing Program for Edu Institutions

cc-edu-cloud200x200As you may have already heard, today at Adobe MAX, the Creativity Conference, Adobe announced a significant update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the company’s flagship offering for creatives. Available in June and packed with new features, Creative Cloud reimagines the creative process through a stunning set of Creative Cloud desktop applications (“CC” apps) and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure. For education, this means keeping a competitive edge and providing students and educators with access to the latest tools for college and career success.

This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications—including Adobe Photoshop® CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. Adobe Creative Cloud includes more than 30 tools and services that enable professional grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography.

New Licensing Program for Education

Also today, Adobe announced a new licensing option for primary, secondary, and higher education institutions. The Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program is an easy-to-manage, term-based licensing program that gives educational institutions access to the new CC apps. With this program, institutional customers can have the creative tools they need to be more productive, foster creativity in teaching and learning, and help their students develop essential digital communication skills.

Additional ways students, educators and institutions can purchase Creative Cloud:

  • Creative Cloud for individual—includes a membership offer for individual use by students and teachers available on Adobe.com and through authorized resellers.
  • Creative Cloud for enterprise—provides the best coverage model for institution-wide access to Creative Cloud apps and services under an Enterprise Term Licensing Agreement (ETLA).

For more information about Creative Cloud enhancements please see today’s press release. Additional details on EEA can be found here.

Adobe Reveals Web Innovations for Creative Cloud Products

In anticipation of the marquee Adobe event for designers, MAX, The Creativity Conference, May 4-8 in Los Angeles, Adobe shared a few project updates today that have been in the works for the last several months.

Adobe released a second preview of the responsive web design tool, Edge Reflow, that is now available to Creative Cloud members. The new features add more styling and layout capabilities and are user-driven, based on initial feedback to the first preview. Edge Reflow Preview 2 is the most recent example of how Adobe is using an open development model to create the next generation of innovative web design tools to support today’s new workflows. Learn more in this blog post.

The Dreamweaver team revealed an exciting sneak peek into the new CSS Designer feature that provides a visual interface to let users quickly and intuitively work with CSS properties like gradients, box shadows, and media queries. It gives users the ability to visually apply and set different media queries for web content to be presented in different sized media. This feature will be available later this year and you can find out more information in this blog post.

Make sure you check out MAX to learn what’s coming next for Adobe’s creative tools.

 

Creative Camp at SXSW – That’s a Wrap

Paul Trani in his demo

Paul Trani in his demo

Our Creative Camp at this year’s SXSW Interactive has officially come to a close. It was a great day filled with rich content and good conversations with attendees. Here’s a quick recap of the day’s highlights.

We started off the day with our tradition, the 5th annual bacon breakfast. You can’t start a productive day without a good breakfast, right? Then, worldwide evangelist Paul Trani jumped into the latest tools and services available in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Paul showed us how individuals and teams can create and collaborate in the Cloud. Then, he showed us how easily we can add animation and interactivity with Edge Animate.

Then, Product Manager Jacob Surber shared the development principles behind the creation of Adobe Edge Reflow. Jacob showed us all the iterations of Reflow’s UI, starting with today and going backwards all the way to the beginning.

Next, we hosted a panel on the realities and challenges of responsive design today with talented panelists: Sophie ShepherdTrent Walton, and Emily Wengert.

Panel on responsive design

Panel on responsive design

Last, Adobe’s Alex Morris presented a session on the “Content shaped elephant in the room.” How can web designers think content first, while reflecting the intent of your message?

Highlight of the day? Probably Jacob’s shirt, “Friends don’t let friends fix widths.”

Catch all the highlights in the video below and pictures from our events here.

Edge Reflow & the Creative Camp at SXSW Interactive

ReflowLast week we launched the first Edge Reflow Preview and several other key releases of our Edge Tools into the Creative Cloud. We are showcasing Reflow at SXSW Interactive at our Creative Camp on Sunday, March 10th. Come and join Product Manager Jacob Surber to share insights on how we created Edge Reflow here. There will be even more sessions and panels and you can see the Adobe Creative Cloud in action with the latest tools and services that let you create content for the modern web – go and check out the entire line up of the Camp Day here.

We look forward to seeing you there! Follow us @Adobe and @Reflow leading up to and during the Interactive festival, and join the conversation with #AdobeSXSW.

Adobe Sends Creative Cloud Members Some HTML5 Love for Valentine’s Day!

Today Adobe released a great update for professional Web designers and developers with the release of several new product updates for HTML5 Web tooling.

Leading the release is the first public preview of Edge Reflow, a new responsive design tool that we first showed the community at our Create the Web event in September 2012 when we did a sneak peek of it. We heard from many users wanting to get their hands on Edge Reflow and today we’re happy to make that happen. We look forward to people playing with this very early preview release and telling us what type of features they would like to see added.

We’re also excited to deliver several new feature updates to Edge Animate, Dreamweaver and Edge Code Preview! All these releases are immediately available, exclusively to both free and paid Creative Cloud members. For more information on Adobe Edge Reflow visit html.adobe.com/edge/reflow and for additional details on Creative Cloud, Edge Animate, Dreamweaver, Edge Code preview and other tools available in Creative Cloud, visit www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.

SXSW 2013 – Here we come!

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Where do web designers, developers, and social marketers all come together? SXSW 2013, of course. Come join us this year for 2 days of jam-packed sessions about the latest tools and services that allow you to create content for the modern web and how digital marketing innovations help debunk some of the most controversial marketing myths. People can’t trust marketers? Preposterous.

Our Creative Camp will be on Sunday, March 10th. Join us for a full day of sessions about all of the powerful things you can accomplish with Adobe’s Edge tools and services and an overview of what’s new in Adobe Creative Cloud. Your favorite presenters like evangelist Paul Trani and product managers Jacob Surber and Alex Morris will be there to host the sessions and answer your questions. You will also get to watch a panel of talented panelists, including Sophie Shepherd, Trent Walton, and Emily Wengert, who will discuss the challenges they have faced as more projects begin incorporating responsive design. View the agenda and mark your calendars here.

Marketing is BS. Social marketing is worthless. These are the myths we have been hearing about marketing for years. During our Marketing Camp on March 11th, we will switch gears to talk about how today’s digital marketing campaigns are rooted in hard numbers and data-driven insights that allow marketers to prove the value of their marketing efforts in a way that they were never able to accomplish in the past. First, our team will give attendees an overview of the Adobe Marketing Cloud and how it helps marketers accomplish their goals. Next, a panel of digital marketers will debate the a common myth, “Marketing is BS,” and discuss the biggest challenges facing marketers today. To finish up the day, we’ll have a special performance on Tuesday by comedian Baratunde Thurston, who will recap our discussions about marketing myths. View the agenda and mark your calendars here.

Follow us @Adobe and @Reflow leading up to and during the festival, and join the conversation with #AdobeSXSW.

See you there!

Pooja

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