Hangin’ Around

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our 2015 Creative Cloud identity came to be.

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While Adobe makes digital software, we also love analog. We’ve commissioned artists to build a wall of lights, turn our logo into a fish bowl, and transform thousands of purple pencils into performance art. With the new identity for the 2015 Creative Cloud, we went analog in a big way, working with Japanese artist collective NAM to construct a scene that is surreal but very much in the physical world.

Why an Identity?

John Caponi and Eddie Yuen are creative directors in the Studio, Adobe’s in-house ad agency. They collaborated with NAM on the 2015 Creative Cloud identity.

Both have helped craft Adobe identities. In the past, the software came in packages, which needed beautiful imagery. But as John points out, even with the subscription model, “Products still need identities to give them a personality, a voice. There needs to be something expressive that talks about what the product does.” Below, the Creative Cloud identities from previous years show the evolution from more a literal representation to the conceptual.

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In the case of 2015 Creative Cloud, the product is actually many applications and an array of services. In addition, some apps are for mobile devices and some for desktop computers, and the services include sharing assets between mobile and desktop with CreativeSync.

“We wanted to express a transformative story because the Creative Cloud is transforming the way we all work,” says John. “We wanted to show the mobile to desktop process in one environment.” Executive creative director AJ Joseph asked John and Eddie to make the 2015 identity a narrative. That instruction set the tone for a more literal direction.

“We brainstormed about what this environment should be,” Eddie continues. “What about the Creative Cloud in a transit environment? Or a design studio? How could we make this space different, more creative? Then the idea of making it dreamy and surreal came up.”

Tolleson Design, an agency the Studio has worked with for years, explored variations on the theme. The best of those concepts involved defying gravity.

Collaborating with NAM

NAM Collective is known for fantastical imagery that’s often achieved in camera after elaborate preparation of the scene. The Studio had long wanted to work with NAM, and the 2015 Creative Cloud identity turned out to be an ideal opportunity.

Read the full story on Inspire Magazine online.