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June 9, 2014 /The Latest /

Sometimes the Hardest Thing to Get is the Easiest Thing to Give


One of the benefits of social media is that it allows us to keep up with what our friends, colleagues, and mentors are working on. But, one of the consequences of having constant access to an almost unlimited stream of inspiration is that it can make us feel self-conscious about our own productivity or creative ambitions.

Whether it’s a series of illustrations or photographs, a mural, a short film, or a new blog or podcast, just about everyone I know has had trouble getting started on some kind of creative project, or has left one unfinished.

There are an infinite number of reasons for putting the things we’re passionate about on hold—from a lack of time and energy, to insecurity and fear of failure—but there’s one thing that seems, universally, to help get people going: encouragement.

At Adobe, we build the tools and services that help creatives express themselves. But having access to the latest tools and technology isn’t always the answer; new features and more intelligent algorithms are great, but sometimes what we need, more than anything else, is to know that someone is in our corner, with all the reasons why we can do something instead of all the reasons why we can’t. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do:

A group of us at Adobe got together and decided that one of the most meaningful (and, quite frankly, fun) things we could do for our community is help as many of you as possible either start a creative project you’re passionate about, or finish a project that you’ve already started. If that describes you or someone you know, send your name, mailing address (anywhere in the world), and a description of the project to Let us know what your challenges are, and what obstacles are getting in your way. Obviously we can’t work miracles, but what we can do is send you a little encouragement, and let you know that there are people at the finish line cheering you on.

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  • By Max Aceituno - 6:29 PM on June 9, 2014  

    Two startups, three pet projects later, main designer for a web dev shop. Just want to say thank you. Been using Adobe products since 1998 when I started at Joe Boxer in SF. Couldn’t have been able to break the creative block without them.

  • By mustafa - 8:50 AM on June 10, 2014  

    I have loads of projects im trying to finish 🙂 one is a web-type project that encourages responsible type online. Ive managed to list all of the things that need to be considered as a checklist and have written a SASS file with all of them + comments. Just not sure what the next step is :S

    you can see it here >

  • By Vincent - 2:58 PM on June 10, 2014  

    You guys are awesome.

  • By Melissa - 6:50 PM on June 12, 2014  

    What an excellent way to support and encourage creatives! Now my biggest challenge is which one to pick! :0

  • By Jim Conner - 2:28 PM on June 14, 2014  

    Wow, there must be millions of artists out there and you guys are attempting to help them… INCREDIBLE! (Is there a catch????)