by Terry Hemphill


May 14, 2014

The Adobe Illustrator Story

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.

Watch the Illustrator story unfold from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.

You can watch the full movie below or view it by chapters after the jump.

The Adobe Illustrator Story — full movie

The Adobe Illustrator Story — Beginnings


The Adobe Illustrator Story — Opening doors


The Adobe Illustrator Story – As you think it, you create it

Big thanks to all involved in this production, but a very special tribute to John and Marva Warnock, who welcomed the video crew into their home.


  • By Sharon Milne - 2:50 PM on May 14, 2014  

    Loved watching these… great videos <3

  • By Ulf Laursen - 7:35 PM on May 14, 2014  

    Interesting 🙂

  • By Leon Brown - 7:52 PM on May 14, 2014  

    Most excellent – thank you.

  • By Mr. Serge - 2:17 PM on May 16, 2014  

    Very lovely videos. Thanks for sharing.

  • By serge paulus - 2:41 PM on May 18, 2014  

    Good follow-up of the book “Inside the Publishing Revolution: The Adobe Story”. Interesting to see those legendary figures in videos…

  • By Teri Pettit - 2:30 PM on May 24, 2014  

    Very cool! Thanks for making and sharing this.

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