Adobe Wins Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

Adobe Systems today announced it was honored this evening with the Corporate Achievement Award from Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Presented as part of the 2007 National Design Awards, the Corporate Achievement Award recognizes corporations that help advance the relationship between design and quality of life.

The 2007 National Design Awards nominations were solicited from a committee of more than 800 leading designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. A jury of experts, chosen by Cooper-Hewitt, selected finalists and winners in each category. First launched in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote excellence and innovation in design

Adobe and the BBC Announce Strategic Relationship Around Web Video

The BBC and Adobe today announced a strategic relationship around the delivery of Web video. By adopting Flash Player software, the BBC will make its free service for downloading TV content—BBC iPlayer—available over the Internet. BBC iPlayer is cross platform, available for Macintosh, Linux and Windows.

The strategic relationship will also allow the BBC to provide a single consistent user experience for the majority of streamed video and audio content on their Web site.

To read the full release, please visit:
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200710/101507adobebbc.html

Are you interested in learning ActionScript 3.0 from world-renowned expert Colin Moock? If so, we have some great news!

As part of Adobe’s ongoing commitment to the Web developer community, Adobe will host a series of FREE ActionScript 3.0 training sessions starting in October and continuing through 2008. The trainings, led by Colin Moock, will be an intensive, full day session designed for developers worldwide who use Adobe Flash, Flex and AIR extensions and who have beginner to intermediate level programming skills. He will cover topics such as object-oriented programming, classes, objects, variables, methods, packages, conditionals, loops, operators, functions, error handling, event handling, display programming, compiling, and running programis.

The tour kicks off in San Francisco on October 27. From there, it will reach nine cities worldwide including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and major design markets in Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information or to register for a session in your city, please visit http://www.adobeas3tour.com.

Sessions are expected to fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up soon!

Adobe Announces Winner of Adobe Stock Photos’ “Take Creative License” Contest

Designer Meg Richardson has reason to celebrate. She was recently announced as the winner of the Adobe Stock Photos “Take Creative License” contest, a stock imagery mashup competition. Judges narrowed submissions into the top 12 mashups, and from there chose Meg’s “clean” and “beautiful” design as the winner. Contest participants pieced together images from the Adobe Stock Photos library to create an advertisement promoting the royalty-free image service. Compatible with the Adobe arsenal of tools, Adobe Stock Photos houses over one million images from some of the world’s top collections.

Titled “Let your imagination soar,” Meg’s winning design plays upon the theme of unbridled creativity. Her ad appears in this month’s Graphic Design: USA on newsstands now, and online at http://www.adobestockphotosentertowin.com/gallery/mashup.aspx

It’s Showtime! for CS3 Design Premium

Adobe today announced that Showtime Networks Inc. has implemented Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium edition across The Red Group, its in-house creative agency.

After successfully switching to Adobe InDesign software several years ago to produce its print marketing materials, The Red Group’s staff of 80 is currently using the efficient, highly integrated tools in Adobe Creative Suite 3 to design and produce marketing campaigns for the top-rated Showtime original drama series Dexter.

By standardizing on Creative Suite 3, The Red Group joins a community of design firms worldwide that use Adobe products to create integrated, multi-component marketing collateral.

To read the full case study, please visit http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/showcase/index.cfm?event=casestudydetail&casestudyid=345467&loc=en_us

Top 12 Finalists Announced in “Take Creative License” Contest

It’s a race to the winners’ circle as Adobe has announced the top 12 finalists in Adobe Stock Photos’ “Take Creative License” contest. Entrants used their creativity to combine and alter images from the Adobe Stock Photos library to create an advertisement for the Stock Photos service.

Check out the 12 most creative and innovative mash-up entries on Adobe Stock Photos Web site and vote for your favorite in a special gallery located here: http://www.adobestockphotosentertowin.com/gallery/mashup.aspx.

Stay tuned: Graphic Design: USA will reveal the winning design in its September issue. You can also log on to the Adobe Stock Photos Web site on Sept. 25 to view the most imaginative and skillful creation in all its mash-up glory.

The latest word from Johnny L

Our venerable leader, John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe, has just posted a new piece on his blog about Open Source titled “Innovate or Integrate?”

Interested in what he has to say? Check it out here: http://blogs.adobe.com/johnnyl/

And the Winners of the 2007 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the seventh annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards! On August 2 in a ceremony at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Adobe honored the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from the world’s top institutions. Using the latest Adobe products, more than 2,500 students from 30 countries competed in the annual program.

Students were recognized for their achievements in nine categories. To view the winning entries visit, http://www.adobe.com/education/adaa/winners.

So what is the name of this video remixer thing anyway?

Well, we call it Adobe Premiere Express. It has been a mystery to most, because it’s working behind the scenes powering fun experiences like video remixing with music video footage on MTV.com.

Premiere Express is a free, web-based video remix and editing technology that is easy and fun to use. The drag-and-drop interface means you don’t have to be a pro to create something slick. Express users can easily create and edit mash-up style Web videos by combining video clips, music, photos, effects, transitions and titles.

Premiere Express can be found on YouTube, MTV.com and Photobucket. On MTV.com users are able to remix hot artist’s new music videos; YouTube and Photobucket allow users to upload their own videos to remix. To try out the new Premiere Express technology check out these sites:

http://remix.mtv.com/contest.aspx
http://www.youtube.com/ytremixer?turn_on=next
http://www.photobucket.com

May The Best Mash-Up Win!

Designers and creative pros can unleash their imagination and debut their mash-up skills by participating in the Adobe Systems Incorporated “Take Creative License” contest. Entrants combine, alter or mash-up images available on the Adobe Stock Photos library to create a winning advertisement for the Adobe Stock Photos Service. Entries are judged on outstanding use of mash-up skills. The winning entrant will have their masterpiece published in the September issue of Graphic Design: USA Magazine along with an editorial feature highlighting the designer’s creative process. Entries may be submitted through July 16, 2007.

For contest information and entry forms, please visit: http://www.adobestockphotosentertowin.com/contest/mashup.html