Adobe Creative Cloud for teams standardizes a studio’s design workflow.
AppStudioz is an innovative web and mobile application development company that specializes in developing applications for various platforms and devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Facebook. In just three years, the company has developed apps for diverse industry segments including healthcare, consumer and retail, gaming, augmented reality, and wearable computing.
Although the dynamics of such a nascent industry keep evolving, core app design remains at the heart of what AppStudioz does to deliver its services across the world. The company needed a platform that would enhance the creative ability of its design team and one that was easily scalable and agile. A cloud-based solution emerged as a default answer.
“When we started our cloud discussions, we did a lot of research and held extensive sessions with designers,” says Preeti Singh, vice president of technology at AppStudioz. “After careful deliberations, top management, designers, and the IT team collectively and unanimously decided to adopt Adobe Creative Cloud for teams.”
For AppStudioz, adopting Adobe solutions was a natural choice primarily because the platform is an industry standard and the firm was already using Adobe tools extensively—specifically Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Additionally, a majority of its clients based in the United States and the United Kingdom had already adopted Adobe Creative Cloud; using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams helps standardize the process for the company and its clients.
Broadening designer expertise
The migration to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams took two weeks and was completed without any work disruption. The Adobe team helped AppStudioz train designers and programmers on Creative Cloud tools. “The ease of use of all the components of Adobe Creative Cloud for teams allowed us to quickly train our team on these tools to deliver great results for clients,” says Singh.
AppStudioz works extensively in the area of scalable graphics and Adobe Creative Cloud tools, specifically Adobe Photoshop CC, come in very handy. Photoshop CC makes it easy for AppStudioz’s designers to customize vectors at any point in the design stage. For instance, previously, if there was a figure with four sharp edges and designers wanted to make those edges rounded, they had to remake the entire figure. With Photoshop CC, designers can bring in alterations at any stage. “Such innovative features have given our designers the power to create newer designs with ease and efficiency,” says Singh.
The design team at AppStudioz is a mix of graphic designers, illustrators, and user interface designers, all using different Creative Cloud tools. “Adobe Creative Cloud tools integrate flawlessly with each other, which lets our designers concentrate on the creative challenges before them and not get bogged down in the technology,” says Singh.
With Creative Cloud, AppStudioz designers can start creating images in Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC and later open them in Adobe Dreamweaver CC or Flash Professional CC. Further, the team can switch back-and-forth between the tools and experiment with designs to get different results. “The integration among the tools in Creative Cloud has gone a long way in making our workflows smoother,” says Singh.
Adobe Creative Cloud for teams enables the AppStudioz design teams to work and collaborate from anywhere in the world. Additionally, it has helped the firm’s designers to explore new approaches for designing and developing content delivered across various channels and devices. Migrating to Adobe Creative Cloud gives the creative team the flexibility to work effectively at any location and experiment with the latest tools to deliver content across platforms and devices with ease.
Raising productivity while lowering total cost of ownership
The streamlined administration in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams has greatly helped AppStudioz to eliminate time-consuming manual processes such as installing packaged software and maintaining version consistency. It has also helped raise productivity across the company by simplifying software administration with license management, automated tracking, and version upgrades.
For AppStudioz, Creative Cloud for teams membership has significantly reduced the total cost of ownership for Adobe solutions by creating a standardized model for purchasing and deploying the most current versions of Adobe Creative Cloud tools. “The predictable, easily managed membership model in Creative Cloud for teams eliminates having to deal with lump-sum software purchases,” says Singh. In addition, Adobe Creative Cloud helps support AppStudioz’s rapid growth and streamlines management of creative tools for designers.
“Our firm is continually growing and changing,” says Singh. “Adobe Creative Cloud for teams is helping us manage this growth and scale up rapidly by giving ready access to the latest creative tools to our designers.”
Read the AppStudioz case study.
We were on pins and needles during Interaction14 in Amsterdam, where we were presented with the award:
Which, by the way, looks like this:
Thank you IxDA jury. We’re honored. And thrilled.
That was the short story; here’s the long(er) version:
Because inspiration doesn’t always hit when we’re in front of our computers, and the colors of the world are not always right outside our windows, Gabriel Campbell (lead designer), David Ericksen (product manager), and the rest of the Adobe XD team created a way for people to take some of the functionality of the desktop version of Adobe Kuler into the world:
It’s called the Adobe Kuler iPhone App.
With it, users can sample colors and create color themes. On the go. With an iPhone. It’s functional, it’s fun and, when the Kuler app is combined with an Adobe ID and synced with Creative Cloud, the color themes are available in Illustrator CC, Flash Pro CC and Edge Code CC in the Kuler Panel (with no need to save them as Adobe Swatch Exchange files).
So, not only does the Kuler app capture colors, it organizes them in a way that makes them useful and usable. It’s why, after launching the app in May 2013, the proud Adobe XD team submitted it to the 2014 IxD Awards. And, well, the rest of that story is… We won!
As if that weren’t enough, jurors Aaron Siegel (Fabrica) and Anab Jain (Superflux) discussed the category and why the Adobe Kuler app stood out among the nominees. Our favorite bits from their three-minute video: Aaron’s comment, “We selected this primarily because the range of creative outlets for this particular application is unforeseeably unlimited,” and Anab’s acknowledgement that she finds the app as useful as we do, “In a sense it becomes an enabler for people to start doing things they would not do otherwise.”
But, really, don’t just take our word for it (or, for that matter, the word of the jury), the Adobe Kuler iPhone App is free in the iTunes store. Download it. See for yourself why we, and the 2014 IxDA jury, love it so much.
For some time now, Paul Kercal (@Kercal) has been sharing his Adobe Ideas creations with us. Whether they have been doodles from a bus ride or sketchnotes from interesting events he has attended, we’re always excited to see what he will send us next. So, to pay tribute to this devoted Adobe Touch Apps fan, we decided to feature his work as our next Twitter background.
In our exchanges with Paul on Twitter, we were able to learn how our Touch App has changed his creative process and workflow for the better. Read what he had to say by checking out the full Q&A below.
Creative Layer: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?
Paul Kercal: The introduction to Adobe Ideas came at the hands of another talented mobile digital artist, the marvelous Mr. Stefan Marjoram (@stefanmarjoram). We met at a conference I had organized on behalf of my college. Since then I’ve followed all apps with more interest, the variety of tools available on tablet devices is staggering.
What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps?
It’s difficult to point to the first picture as, with any new app, I’ll create three of four pictures quickly to get to grips with the UI and canvas. The first thing I remember creating is this image, which introduced me to a lovely way of working I hadn’t used before, zooming in, drawing a face and zooming out to add another, then another until I ran out of zoom. It was either the second or third piece I worked on as the UI to Ideas became familiar and natural very quickly indeed.
How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
Touch input has made the world of difference to the way I create imagery. My primary tools had been pencils, inks and desktop computers but these have faded a significant amount from my daily efforts. Now it’s all about the glass screen and the speed at which my fingers can dance on it.
When I’m doing youth work or working in schools, I often talk about the difference between a tablet and a piece of paper. A piece of paper is wonderful and I certainly don’t want to see traditional art ever disappear, but a tablet will allow you to undo, expand and edit in ways that traditional art cannot achieve and, most importantly, it’s all about the speed, the flow and the lack of resistance you are confronted with. With all forms of traditional art, you are faced with pushing something against something else: a chisel collides with stone, a pencil is scraped against what is basically softened sandpaper. Clay is pushed and pulled, canvas strains against a frame. A mobile device? When speaking to children I often say the screen is like the surface of a very still pond. All you have to do is touch it to coax a variety of beautiful pixels, swimming and dancing around your gestures like koi carp. It’s a very poetic process.
How have the Adobe Touch Apps changed your creative workflow?
Speed…glorious speed. Between a computer and the image is a mouse. Maybe a screen mimicking tablet and pen, rarely a distance than you can reach across. With a phone or a tablet, the brain and the screen you are accessing is a hand clap away. With a slight slice of computer power you can create artwork as good as the largest of drab boxes, just quicker. I love it.
Of the different Touch Apps, which one is instrumental to your creative process and why?
I LOVE Adobe Ideas and find it’s the first app I reach for in everything from meetings to life drawing sessions. It is an app that truly feels written for the glass screen and makes me happy in the second between icon and loaded app and happier when I get into the drawing process.
Touch Apps gives you the freedom to create anytime, anywhere. Where is your favorite place to create?
It’s an honorable tie between the number 34 bus between Guildford and Camberley and the Chin Chin Labs ice cream parlor in central London. I can happily create artwork in either venue, but only one offers me ice cream as a reward for my doodling.
Recently, we discovered an Adobe Ideas fan that incorporates the app into his creative workflow to publish an entertaining web comic series. This fan, who prefers to go by an alias of one of his creations – “pete the duck” – uses the Touch Apps throughout his comic creation process.
We caught up with him to better understand his creative process and learn how Adobe Ideas plays a role in his comic-creation development. See his responses in the full Q&A below, and check out our new Twitter background featuring his work.
Creative Layer: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps? What was your very first creation?
pete the duck: Last Fall, I was directed to Adobe Ideas after searching online reviews of the best drawing apps for the iPad. Since then, I’ve tried other drawing applications, including some that even cost more than Adobe Ideas, but none have had the quality and ease of use of Adobe Ideas. I primarily have used Adobe Ideas to create comics based around the Halo video game franchise that feature a character of my own creation, pete the duck.
How have the Adobe Touch Apps change your creative workflow?
In short, Adobe Ideas has made my creative workflow possible. I would not be creating the work that I create without this tool.
Where’s your favorite location to create? Outside? Inside? On the go?
As my work is very casual, I enjoy a casual environment to draw in. I create most of my art while relaxing on my couch.
What time of day do you find yourself creating with Adobe Touch Apps? Morning? Afternoon? Night?
I use it throughout the day. It’s easy to pick up Adobe Ideas and sketch an idea in the morning and then come back and compete it in the afternoon or evening.
How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
Although I am not a professional artist, I have always had an interest in drawing. Several years ago, I purchased an art tablet and professional graphics program for my computer. I used them for months, but I could never overcome the disconnect that occurs when you draw on a tablet while the image appears not where you are drawing, but on a monitor several inches away. I have always been better with paper and pencil, where there is no disconnect and you have a precise and tangible connection with your drawing as you create it. I resorted to drawing in pencil, scanning the image, and attempting to enhance and color the image digitally–often with poor results. Adobe Ideas has let me retain that real connection with my work that you get from paper and pencil while gaining all of the quality advantages of fully digital drawing.
Of the different Touch Apps, which is most instrumental to your creative process and why?
The only Adobe Touch App that I use is Adobe Ideas – but it is a powerful drawing App and is the only tool that I need to express my creativity!
If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?
I would love to visit Japan and use Adobe Ideas in studying their calligraphy.
What are the top three sources you look to for inspiration?
I have always had an interest in art in general and I especially enjoy natural landscapes and skies. I am a fan of science fiction, which is a great source of inspiration as well. I also have a one-year old daughter who has given me much lighthearted inspiration that I can’t resist instilling in my work.
Architect by day and artist by night, Doug Wittnebel incorporates the use of the Adobe Touch Apps in his daily routine, and we’re convinced the tablet never leaves his side. His dedication to creating has really inspired us, so we’re featuring his work as our new Adobe Touch Apps Twitter background.
We connected with Doug to ask him a few questions. Check out his responses in the full Q&A below, and as always, feel free to share your work with us on Twitter or Facebook and/or drop us a note in comments below.
It’s that time again! We’re proud to show off some more creations that our Adobe Touch Apps users have shared with us on our Facebook and/or Twitter profiles. This week, we’re delighted to showcase the work of Heidi Schwoerer (a.k.a. “2CuteInk”). This individual’s imaginative and adorable creations made the decision for our next Adobe Touch Apps Twitter background that much easier.
There’s no denying how excited we get when our Adobe Touch Apps fans submit their work to either our Facebook or Twitter channels. Needless to say, when we saw the creations that Chris Landau shared with us, featuring one of his pieces as our new Adobe Touch Apps Twitter background was a no brainer!
We connected with Chris on Twitter and asked him about his day-to-day experiences with the Touch Apps and how they factor into his overall creative process. Find out what he had to say below. And, if you have some work you would like to share with us, definitely do so here, on Facebook or through Twitter. You may be next!
We’ve just wrapped up at the 2012 Mobile World Congress, an international conference for everything mobile, in Barcelona, Spain.
This year, Adobe Touch Apps were the lead story for Adobe, with two big announcements: the launch of Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2, and the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 featuring pressure sensitivity with its S pen and preloaded Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas.
Photoshop Touch went live in the iTunes App Store for $9.99 on February 27th. The app is also available in the Android Market at the same price, along with the other five Touch Apps for creativity. At the show, attendees had the chance to try out the apps in the Adobe device bars and learn more from live theater presentations. (more…)
We’re very excited to announce that the Adobe Touch Apps are now available worldwide from the Android Market! The Adobe Touch Apps, first debuted at Adobe MAX last month, are a family of six intuitive touch-screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite software, to bring professional-level creativity to tablet users. Capture ideas wherever creativity strikes – even sync and store them to the Adobe Creative Cloud.