June 11, 2007
Help us Help you
The Flash file format (swf) is extremely versatile. It is used in a wide range of applications; from broadcast animation, to presentations and games. The folks in our user research group have asked me to share this request with you:
Subject: Adobe’s Customer Research team wants to see your SWF content!
Adobe’s customer research team is collecting an assortment of SWF content. We are looking to get a wide range of content for a variety of purposes so that we can better understand the types of projects people are working on, and better support those projects that are not as always posted on the web. We are especially interested in uses of SWF beyond web sites and advertising – such as (but not limited to) presentations, e-learning, character animation, prototypes, games, rich internet applications, etc. We’d also like to get representation of a variety of skill levels, so feel free to submit your project even if you are not an ActionScript user.
For every 50 submissions we receive, we will select one at random to receive an Amazon.com gift card for $50 (US dollars). You can submit as many projects as you like!
For each submission, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 6, 2007:
· Your SWF or a link to your project or a screenshot of the project
· A brief description (3 to 4 sentences) describing the audience and purpose of the project
· Descriptive tags to categorize the project’s content and purpose – Use as many or as few tags as you like, and feel free to make up your own. Some examples tags are included below.
· Percent of all your projects that are SWFs
· Percentage of time you spend writing ActionScript
· Percentage of time you spend using the timeline
· Your name
· Your job title and company
· Your phone number (so a member of the Adobe’s customer research team can contact you for a quick 15 minute phone call if they need more information)
Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested or post it on your blog.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Adobe Customer Research Team
Example category tags:
· Banner ad
· Broadcast graphic
· Character animation
· Interactive motion content
· Interactive prototype
· Interactive video
· Mobile content
· Rich internet application
· Software demo or simulation
· Web design
June 8, 2007
Animation and Motion Graphics Conference
I'm always on the lookout for events that facilitate the cross-pollination of motion graphics disciplines (typically characterized in terms of tools by After Effects and Flash).
The Best in the Southwest conference in Albuquerque this Oct. is looking like it could an excellent springboard for exchanging ideas, learning about new tools, meeting new people, and being a source of inspiration. As a disclaimer, I haven't been to this conference before, so I can't attest to the quality of the sessions, but after perusing the speaker line-up looks like an all-star group of presenters. If you are interested in presenting, its not too late. The deadline for speaking submissions is June 30th.
As an added bonus, the conference takes place during the Albuquerque balloon festival which is on my list of events to see before I get too old to travel!