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Adobe MAX 2016: Featured Speakers and Session for Graphic Design and Illustration

We’ve got a stellar speaker lineup for MAX this year, and we can’t wait any longer to share them with you. We wanted to give you an idea of who you can look forward to seeing at MAX, a bit about the sessions they have planned, and why we’re excited to have them present. Take a look at just a few of our speakers for the 2016 Graphic Design & Illustration track at MAX. You can see the full speaker lineup here.


Aaron Draplin – we’ve been fans of Aaron Draplin for a very long time, and this certainly isn’t his first time at MAX. He’s a fan favorite every year. But this year is special, as Aaron has his first book out. His session will give you the inside scoop on the beginning to end process of making a book, reassure you that print isn’t dead, and also provide Draplin’s greatest tips for project and time management.

Session: Pretty Much Everything: What Making a Book Taught Us

Debbie Millman – we’re thrilled to have Debbie join us this year. If you haven’t been a regular listener of her Design Matters podcast, you’ll want to check that out. Debbie’s session, “On Rejection: A Cautionary Tale about Hopes and Dreams” will provide insights into the journey of a career, the highs and lows, and how the worst moments can actually lead to great things.

Session: On Rejection: A Cautionary Tale about Hopes and Dreams

Tad Carpenter – This is Tad’s first time speaking at MAX, and it’s about time! Tad is a designer, illustrator, teacher and author based in Kansas City. He’s known for his whimsical and colorful designs. Tad’s session will cover the importance of passion projects, and how to lean into the things you love the most.

Session: A Night You Will Soon Forget


Gemma O’Brien – Typography enthusiasts need to introduction to Gemma’s work, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her speak this year to the MAX audience. She’ll discuss what it’s like to have an analog approach to typography, lettering and illustration in a digital age, her philosophy behind the trend of authenticity in design, and her take on the future of typography.

Session: The Future of Typography is Human

Timothy Goodman – We’re excited to welcome Tim back as a MAX speaker this year. He’ll be doing a session, and a Sharpie art workshop. In his session, you’ll hear about he steps he took to redirect his career, redefine his work and push the boundaries in a new and exciting direction. His workshop will cover effects, techniques and mediums in a hands-on fashion, and it’s a great chance to unleash your creativity and play.

Session: Finding What You Love and Letting it Kill You

Workshop: Sharpie Art Workshop

Illustration & Drawing, UX/UI Design

Join the discussion

  • By sanjay - 10:03 AM on July 12, 2016  

    I want to join this session.

  • By Kevin Durham - 7:20 AM on July 20, 2016  

    These all sound so interesting. Thank you Elissa for highlighting these. I am so excited for Max this fall, the only thing I am scared about is having to finally pick which sessions and workshops I will actually be attending!