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A Few Minutes with Stephen Coles

We’re looking forward to our first Working Late event in San Francisco this Wednesday (February 25) with editor/typographer Stephen Coles. If you haven’t already grabbed tickets, there’s still room; claim one from the Eventbrite page.

Stephen will be presenting “A Typeface is a Chair,” which interweaves typography with Mid-century Modernist furniture design. To gear up for the talk, we asked Stephen a few questions about typography, his influences, and some of his favorite typographic inspirations.

Illustration by Laura Serra.

Illustration by Laura Serra.

Illustration by Laura Serra.

Illustration by Laura Serra.



What excites you most about typography?

Just when I think I’ve seen it all—every typographic possibility has been exploited, the font market is saturated—someone does something new. Almost as exciting is when I discover that one of these things was done 50 years ago and most people didn’t realize it. That’s the stuff I usually post on Fonts In Use or Flickr.

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Who are your mentors? What are the most memorable things they’ve taught you?

My first boss in the type industry, Erik Spiekermann, taught me an important lesson about hiring: Don’t start with a position and look for candidates to fill it. Instead, seek out smart people you trust and want to work with, and let them create the position that fits them.

My other mentor is my mom. She told me to be kind to people.

What are some fun places to go for typographic inspiration both online and off?

Online: Flickr is the best place on the Internet to see old type specimens, rare magazines, and weird signs. Forget Instagram for type (Instagram is for pet videos and things that are square. Type is almost never square.)

Offline: San Francisco Signseeing
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Coles_42. The Dahl-Beck Electric sign on Mission and 2nd.


Coles_53. The nineteenth-century gravestones in Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery.


4. The Letterform Archive. Did you know that one of the world’s most complete collections of typographic ephemera, original artwork, and typeface specimens is here in San Francisco? Go see it.

What are you looking forward to with the future of typography?

For hundreds of years, type was arranged by typographers and set by typesetters: a narrow subset of design specialists with special equipment and special training. In this new era of self-publishing, suddenly everyone is a typographer. This is both scary and exciting. It brings new education challenges: for instance, basic terms like “type” are increasingly misused. (Hint: most of the signs and stone carving I mentioned above are all examples of lettering; stuff made with fonts is type.) The positive news is that this expansion of the craft engages specialists from other fields who haven’t had to think about type until now. People from diverse disciplines (like web design and engineering) are contributing all sorts of new ideas to typography.

Also, font jokes make more sense at a normal person party than they used to.

In anticipation of your talk on Wednesday, will you give us a teaser?

You will see how birdwatching is like fontspotting. You will learn how a chair is like a typeface. You will hear the sound Gill Sans makes.
 

We can’t wait to hear more from Stephen on Wednesday at our Working Late event in San Francisco. There will be food and drinks, typographic design talk and, probably, some font jokes. So, visit Eventbrite to grab a ticket if you haven’t already, and we’ll see you there.

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What’s Your Creative Jam?

We know what ours is… celebrating creative community.

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It’s why in late in 2013 Adobe evangelist Michael Chaize hosted an event that was part gathering, part challenge and part presentation and called it Creative Jam.

Held in Adobe’s Paris office, the event was a four-hour-long combination of tournament and showcase and get-together during which fifteen teams of designers took on a creative challenge while, in an adjacent room, local designers shared stories and insights about projects and process.

Next stop North America

In January, we held our first North American Creative Jam in San Francisco. Moderated by evangelist Paul Trani, it consisted of six pairs of designers challenged by a single theme; presentations by designers Brian Yap and Joshua Davis, and illustrator Aggie Tsz Yan Cheung; and lots and lots of food, chatter and creative camaraderie.

Take a look at how it went down:

Now we’re headed to Atlanta

Adobe evangelists Terry White and Paul Trani will be taking center stage at Strongbox WEST on Thursday February 26 for Creative Jam Atlanta. Along with showcases highlighting the work and talent of four local creative types—including illustrator Caleb Morris, and designers Jonathan Lawrence of Matchstic and Amanda Sweeney—ten pairs of designers will be competing in a three-hour-long design charrette showdown.

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Projects from Creative Jam San Francisco based on the quote by Pablo Picasso, “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”

What to expect from a Creative Jam Tournament

As part of a unique, two-part (creation and presentation) design event, ten teams of two compete against each other to execute a visual or motion design concept based on a theme revealed at the event. After three hours and no rules, the teams present their work to an audience/jury who chooses a winning team. The prizes? A trophy, a free year of Creative Cloud and, of course, bragging rights.

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From Aggie Tsz Yan Cheung’s Fashion of The Day project, presented at Creative Jam San Francisco.

And a Creative Jam Showcase

Presenters have 15 minutes to share the creative arc of personal portfolio project to an audience of about 100 creative professionals. From the sparks of inception, to the prides and the pains of creative output, we’re looking for insight into how creative professionals from different perspectives, with varying skills, and diverse backgrounds meet the creative challenges that come their way.
Want to be a presenter? Want to take part in a tournament? Want to come by and hang out with us? Or just know what city we’re headed to next? Whatever the question, the information is on Adobe Creative Jam.

Follow us on Behance, and on Twitter with #CreativeJam.

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Five Questions for Elana Schlenker

Elana Schlenker, a graphic designer and the publisher of Gratuitous Type, will be speaking at our next Working Late event in Brooklyn at Makeshift Society. In preparation, we asked her to share a few thoughts about her work; below Elana expresses her enthusiasm for independent publishing and the freedom and creativity it breeds.

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Who are your mentors? How have they shaped your approach to publishing?

Elena2My earliest mentors were the authors of books I loved as a child. Shel Silverstein and Graeme Base were perhaps my favorites—both authored and illustrated their own books, and from a very early age I remember telling people that’s what I wanted to do as well, write and draw. Not one or the other, but both. It’s funny that so many years later, in my own way, I’m doing that with Gratuitous Type, designing and writing everything myself. I suppose even as a five-year-old, I had some sense that I wanted to be in charge of everything—a tyrant from the start.

In my professional life, there are so many people who have inspired and supported me, but one of the most notable would be Tod Lippy, the editor and publisher of Esopus, a magazine I interned with during my first summer in New York. Esopus is an incredible publication of artists’ projects that Tod runs almost completely on his own. Just like those childhood inspirations, here was someone doing everything himself. I really respect his singular vision and ability to carry it out; he was a huge inspiration in my decision to start Gratuitous Type.
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What are some interesting trends you’re noticing in printed material?

I love how more and more people are taking the whole process into their own hands—not just self publishing, but producing and printing work themselves. Publishers like Conveyor Editions, Hato Press, Publication Studio are some of my favorites.

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What do you most enjoy about the zine format?

I like the inherent simplicity of the booklet format, and the endless ways in which artists continue to subvert and reinvent it. There is so much potential for incorporating unique production details, storytelling techniques, and just to play—it’s a great place for experimentation.

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To what type of communication style are zines and quarterlies best suited?

I think the beauty of zines and other independent publications is that they are adaptable to so many styles and types of communication—again, it’s exciting to see people continue to reinvent a format that’s been around for ages. From a personal standpoint, I’m interested in the serial nature of publications (like Gratuitous Type), and the ways in which this feature facilitates reinvention, play, and growth. I love that I always have another chance to change things and make them better. (I hope!)

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In anticipation of your presentation Wednesday, what are you most looking forward to (how about a little teaser)?

Everyone will be asked to draw one thing they love and one thing they hate. Both will be printed on the same page, and each contributor will be able to decide to what degree these pieces will overlap or interact. I think there will be some really interesting and exciting results.

I’m also super excited to work with Gerardo Madera of Common Satisfactory Standard. I can’t wait to see his Riso printer in action! I love that we’ll be making the zines right there on the spot, so attendants will really be a part of the entire process.


Hear more from Elana in person at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn, Wednesday February 18 at 6:30pm. We’ll have food and drinks, and an evening that’s part presentation and part zine-making… and the final piece will be printed through a Riso printer.

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A New Year, A New Name—Video and Audio Social Channel Changes

Join us in welcoming the newly-minted Adobe Creative Cloud Video & Audio feeds to Facebook and Twitter.

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We’ll be sharing tutorials, interesting product and industry news, customer stories and much more about our pro video applications.

Creative Cloud Video & Audio accounts will feature cutting-edge content for ALL Adobe pro video tools, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Story CC Plus, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Premiere Clip, and Adobe Media Encoder CC. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter starting today.

Want more? The following accounts feature tool-specific posts:
Adobe Premiere Pro on Facebook and Twitter
Adobe After Effects on Facebook and Twitter
Adobe Premiere Clip on Twitter

A note about Twitter: From now on, Adobe Story CC Plus, Adobe SpeedGrade and Adobe Prelude content will be shared on Adobe CC Pro Video & Audio (@AdobeCCVideo). Follow us there.

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Two Days of Adobe Creative Camp at SXSW 2015

We’re headed to SXSW Interactive to host Creative Camp, two days of lessons, insight and conversations about creative tools and the creative process with Adobe evangelists, product managers and design experts.

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Take a look at our packed schedule:

 

Friday March 13

11:00am–noon
Revamping Photoshop for Screen Design with Zorana Gee
Come join us as we dig into the full and behind-the-scenes story on the revamping of Adobe Photoshop CC for screen design. For the past two years, a small group of designers, researchers, and management has been reaching out to Photoshop CC’s design users and listening to the complaints, smiling at the praise and, most importantly, learning. And with that knowledge we’ve set into motion a number of responses meant to improve designer workflows. As we weave in and out of this story about how an iconic piece of software is being transformed to meet new demands, we’ll share new projects (and perhaps products) from the tireless Photoshop team.

12:30–1:30pm
Moving from Graphic Design to 3D Object Design with Paul Trani
Seemingly overnight a new industry has emerged: 3D printing. And while it’s easy to get excited about the technology, it’s the design of the 3D objects that really matters. Thankfully the new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC allow graphic designers to take their design skills in new directions and create, perfect, preview, and print 3D designs in a familiar environment. What was once on your screen can be a physical object in front of you.

This session teaches what you need to know to bring ideas and designs into the physical world, including the different materials for printing, how to use your own printer or a printing service, how to market 3D design services, and more. Learn what will you can create and where will this new industry can take you.

2:00–3:00pm
Failure as a Creative Catalyst with Erik Natzke
It’s often said that change is good, but the reality is that change can be scary especially when it involves taking a new job or working on a new creative project in an area that you’ve never worked in before. It can be even harder when everything doesn’t go as planned and you encounter challenges, setbacks or failures.

In this session principal designer Erik Natzke will talk about his experience leaving his own agency to come to Adobe, and building his first iOS app, Adobe Brush CC, and the challenges he encountered along the way. Erik’s goal for Brush was to let designers extend their creativity and engage them to play more but the app development process wasn’t always fun or smooth, and solutions didn’t always appear right away. Ultimately the journey of getting through all the setbacks led Erik to discovery and launching a truly delightful app.

3:30–4:30pm
How to be a More Inefficient Designer with The Made Shop
Are you well-organized, methodical, and competent? Is your work productive, effective, and streamlined? Well, we can help. We’ve all been taught to value efficiency (because obviously time is money), but the religion of efficiency comes to us from industrial revolution assembly lines with the goal of churning out the same product repeatedly with as little variation as possible. And that’s not the goal of design.

In this session, The Made Shop will share tips and tricks for Introducing friction, indecision, and waste into the design process; misspending time and energy; making things the hard way; un-automating simple procedures; and consistently producing downright inefficient design.

 

Saturday March 14

9:30–10:30am
The Evolution of the Web with CJ Gammon
The web has changed a lot in just the past few years and continues to grow in exciting ways. We have new devices and interaction paradigms as well as increasing expectations from users. In this session we’ll explore inspirational examples of where the web is headed and what new opportunities they provide and we’ll look at demos and techniques that allow us to take advantage of what we have today while looking to the possibilities of the future.

11:00am–noon
Going from Design to Code without Going Insane with Ryan Stewart & Sarah Hunt
Designing and coding for the web is complicated for designers and developers working together; designers have to produce designs for various screen sizes, developers have to turn those designs into code, and they have to finish as quickly as possible. We’ve all been there, done that, and felt the pain. But, help is here. Learn about new workflows for designers and developers to work better together. Learn how to share information from a PSD without needing to red-line or write a “spec” defining how to use layer comps for designing various screen sizes, and explore techniques for optimizing assets and code. While you might not be ready to kiss each other you’ll be going from PSD to code in a snap.

12:30–1:30pm
Story Structure Secrets with Christine Steele
Learn how to hook viewers with a compelling opening structure questions that engage the audience; identify when it’s time to move from one scene to another; and learn how the rules of three-act structure can be applied to films of any length. From shorts to features or documentaries, your film will benefit by applying classic techniques to create a strong story structure.

2:00–3:00pm
Make Social Media POP with Video with Dave Werner
One of the best ways to reach your customers is through social media and while words and pictures can be interesting, a sure-fire way to capture attention on social is with engaging video. If you’ve never made a video before, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin: How do you get your message across in a short amount of time and find the right balance of entertainment vs. information? How should you plan before you shoot to capture the best possible material to work with? How do you edit? And how do you decide where to post your videos? 
In this session you’ll learn how to create video content and give it a professional look and sound, with Adobe Premiere Clip on your iPhone or iPad, and how to share it on social media for maximum reach.

3:30–4:30pm
Promoting Your Creative Work on the Web with Roxanne Schwartz
Your online portfolio is one of the most important parts of promoting your creative career—but just how do you do that? It can be daunting to get started. As a community manager at Behance, the world’s largest creative portfolio platform with over four million members, Roxanne Schwartz has seen thousands of creative portfolios on the web; she’ll be sharing what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to showcasing creative work online. Even non-designers can create a knockout online portfolio by following best-practices learned from top creatives. From guiding principles to the nitty-gritty details, this session will teach you the best way to promote your creative work online (on Behance and elsewhere) and expose it to the right people.

Join us for one, or all, of our Creative Camp sessions in Salon E at the JW Marriott on 110 E 2nd Street and be sure to be a part of the conversation on Twitter with #adobeSXSW.

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Adventures of Creative Kid: A Scavenger Hunt with Extract

Are you ready for a challenge? We’ve hidden five words in this PSD comp and your mission is to use Extract in Creative Cloud to find and make sense of them.

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Once you’ve found all five words in the PSD your next task is to arrange them into a phrase that you can add to the end of www.adobe.ly/—this is where you can enter your information and you might just WIN a year-long Creative Cloud subscription or some sweet Adobe swag which includes a full Creative Cloud pillow set, a TimBuk2 backpack crammed with goodies and more!

Don’t ruin it for others by sharing the URL. Remember, the fewer people who submit their information, the better odds you’ll WIN!

Helpful hints to get you started

You’ll know when you’ve found a word because the layer or folder name will be “CLUE.”

The various CLUES appear across the two layer comps. You can look through the two of these by using the dropdown menu in the top right corner:
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You’ll find…

  • a clue hiding in an image
  • three clues hiding behind an image
  • a clue spelled out in bricks

Happy hunting!

A bit more about Extract…

In case you haven’t heard, Extract is a FREE feature in Creative Cloud Assets that helps you explore a PSD directly in your browser, including layers and layer compositions. Extract gives you all the info you need to turn your design into code:

  • Copy text and CSS
  • Get colors, gradients, and fonts
  • Measure distances between elements
  • Save production-ready image assets (SVG, JPG, PNG)

Learn more about the Extract family of tools.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter by February 4, 2015. Must be 18+. For complete details, eligible countries, and promotional item descriptions see Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Originator: Adobe.

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Adobe at Sundance Film Festival 2015

We’re at Sundance Film Festival 2015; check out what we’re up to:

A panel streaming LIVE: Blurring The Lines between Indie And Hollywood

On Friday January 23, Adobe will host a discussion on how technology is blurring the lines between indie and Hollywood filmmaking. Panelists include Rob Legato (Misery Loves Comedy, Sundance Film Festival 2015; The Wolf of Wall StreetHUGOAVATAR), Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Sundance Film Festival 2015, C.O.G. Sundance Film Festival 2013, and Easier with Practice), and Dave Ginsberg, CTO of the Sundance Institute. Learn more and register for the LIVE streamed event: http://bit.ly/1tGTXNx

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A #SundanceSpotlight: Shining a light on the Sundance journey

Attendees are invited to create a quick video showing:

  • The moment you knew you wanted to be a filmmaker
  • What inspires you creatively
  • What brings you to Sundance

Include #SundanceSpotlight when sharing (publicly of course!) for a chance to be featured on Adobe social media channels. #SundanceSpotlight videos published from Adobe Premiere Clip may also be shown on special screens around Park City, and the in-app Community Feed.

The first 50 videos shared using #SundanceSpotlight will get a free 3-month Creative Cloud membership—so get started ASAP.

And films: Highlighting Adobe Creative Cloud workflows

Adobe is proud to report that 21 films debuting at Sundance Film Festival this year were edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Find the complete list below & stay tuned for more blog posts and video interviews with these filmmakers during the festival.

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Misery Loves Comedy (Special Events)—Kevin Pollak, director; Kevin Pollak and John Varhous, screenwriters
Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Children cry, “Hey, look at me,” but who turns that into a profession? Over 50 funny people, like Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, and Amy Schumer share pain-filled insights from a life in pursuit of laughter. World Premiere. Cast: Tom Hanks, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (US Dramatic Competition)—Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director; Tim Talbott, screenwriter
Based on the actual events that took place in 1971, when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time. Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby.

Advantageous (US Dramatic Competition)—Jennifer Phang, director; Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang, screenwriters
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.

Being Evel (US Documentary Competition)—Daniel Junge, director
Millions know the man, but few know his story. Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and actor/producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert “Evel” Knievel while reflecting on our voracious public appetite for heroes and spectacle.

Fresh Dressed (Documentary Premieres)—Sacha Jenkins, director
The history of hip-hop fashion from its birth in the South Bronx to its rise as a billion-dollar global industry, Fresh Dressed is supported by rich archival materials, in-depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution, and the outsiders who study and admire them.

Things of the Aimless Wanderer (New Frontier)—Kivu Ruhorahoza, director and screenwriter
A white man meets a black girl, then she disappears. The white man tries to understand what happened to her while also trying to finish a travelogue. Things of the Aimless Wanderer is a film about the sensitive topic of relations between “locals” and Westerners, and about paranoia, mistrust, and misunderstandings. Cast: Justin Mullikin, Grace Nikuze, Ramadhan Bizimana, Eliane Umuhire, Wesley Ruzibiza, Matt Ray Brown. World Premiere

Cop Car (Park City at Midnight)—Jon Watts, director; Christopher D. Ford and Jon Watts, screenwriters
Two ten-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. World Premiere. Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim.

Short films

Every Day—Gabe Spitzer, director

Followers—Tim Marshall, director

Greenland—Oren Gerner, director

Hotel 22—Elizabeth Lo, director

Making it in America—Joris Debeij, director

OM Rider—Takeshi Murata, director

Palm Rot—Ryan Gillis, director

Papa Machette—Jonathan David Kane, director

Russian Roulette—Ben Aston, director

Symphony no. 42—Réka Bucsi, director

Storm hits jacket—Paul Cabon, director

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal—Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera, directors

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul—Kitty Green, director

The Collectors: Beekeeper—Steven Cantor, director
The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 22–February 1 in Park City, Utah. Check the Sundance Film Festival website for the schedule and theatre listings.

Learn more about the Pro Video Tools in Adobe Creative Cloud.

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An Adobe Inspire Webinar with Designer Maria Grønlund

Designer Maria Grønlund will demonstrate her I speak fluid colors technique on January 14 during the inaugural session of Adobe Inspire’s new webinar series Inspire: Artists at Work.

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With its new series, “Inspire: Artists at Work,” the Adobe Inspire team wanted to provide something a bit different from a typical online tutorial. We envisioned events that would not only give participants new skills and teach them new techniques, but also spark their creativity and inspire them to try new things. We wanted to provide an over-the-shoulder look at an artists’ creative processes, as well as a peek at their inspirations.

So we were thrilled when Danish graphic designer Maria Grønlund agreed to join us for our first event. We’re big fans of Maria’s beautiful abstract creations—she is well known for her work’s vibrant colors and for her innovative methods.

During the one-hour event on Wednesday, January 14 (at 10:00am PST/6:00pm GMT), Maria will be demonstrating and discussing (in a conversation with Adobe worldwide design evangelist Rufus Deuchler) the Adobe Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC  techniques she employed to create her I speak fluid colors series.

An image from Maria Grønlund's I speak fluid color series was used as the visual identity for Adobe MAX 2014.

An image from Maria Grønlund’s I speak fluid color series was used as the visual identity for Adobe MAX 2014.

“I fell in love with Maria’s red, orange, and blue version of I speak fluid colors,” says Adobe creative director Kashka Pregowska-Czerw. “Very imaginative, great composition, and so visually appealing. I thought it was a perfect fit for Adobe MAX. The idea that it was digitally created from scratch was a nice bonus. I think our attendees agreed.”

Maria bases her images on organic shapes such as flowers, smoke, and ink suspended in water. She says, “These are digital drawings developed primarily for aesthetics. It’s a study in colors and Illustrator CC techniques…in principle, there’s no right or wrong way to interpret the drawings. It’s a bit like watching the clouds and finding rabbits and sheep in the shapes—though [they are] created with the intention of evoking a positive and light feel.”

The process by which Maria creates these images begins with an outline in Illustrator CC (based on a shape found in nature or even a simple doodle); she then employs blend shapes, gradients, and other Illustrator tools. The results are surprising forms with a 3D look.

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Formerly a classical musician, Maria made the switch to graphic design when she was in her mid-30s and describes herself as a self-taught designer. She has a unique approach to learning new software and has said that she simply sets herself the task of learning one tool each day. In that way, she wrote in a recent blog post, she “has no expectations as to what the outcome might be or what the tools are supposed to produce. The work method is pretty much driven by curiosity.”

Terri Stone, Adobe Inspire’s content director, explains, “Illustrator CC is a complex, powerful application, and that can be a little intimidating. But if we approach it like Maria—with a sense of curiosity, not fear—we’ll get unique results and a deeper understanding of the possibilities.”

We hope anyone with an interest in Illustrator CC will join Maria and Rufus for this inspiring hour. Register now for the free January 14 webinar.
 
Don’t worry if you can’t join us live on January 14; we’ll be posting a recording of the event on inspire.adobe.com (sign up for our free newsletter to stay informed about upcoming events).

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At Sundance Film Festival ’15, A 130% Increase in Films Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Adobe is proud to report that 21 films debuting at Sundance Film Festival 2015 were cut with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, more than doubling the number of films, edited on Premiere Pro CC, at last year’s festival.

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A hub of creativity, Sundance Film Festival features filmmakers who aren’t afraid to break new ground. While much attention is paid to how the stories unfold in front of the camera, filmmakers continue to innovate and push creative boundaries after filming wraps. The seamless integration with Adobe After Effects CC—as well as the native editing, speed, and affordability of Premiere Pro CC—make it an ideal choice for both up-and-coming and experienced filmmakers.

“There’s been such a change in terms of how Premiere Pro CC is perceived between when I cut C.O.G. on it in 2012 and today,” says Kyle Patrick Alvarez, whose film The Stanford Prison Experiment will premiere at the festival. “It’s exciting to see that change. It was alien to cut on Adobe Premiere Pro CC two years ago, but today it’s fairly commonplace.”

Bill Roberts, senior director of product management for video at Adobe, applauds the filmmakers who’ve put in the hard work to make it to Sundance. “We are thrilled to provide tools that independent filmmakers use to bring their stories to the screen,” he says. “Adobe is committed to providing filmmakers with a tightly integrated set of creative tools that offer the most productive workflow regardless of how big or small their production budget is.”

Additionally, Adobe will be hosting a panel at the Sundance Film Festival discussing how technology is blurring the lines between indie and Hollywood filmmaking. The panel features Rob Legato (Misery Loves Comedy, Sundance Film Festival 2015, The Wolf of Wall Street, HUGO, AVATAR) and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Sundance Film Festival 2015, C.O.G., Sundance Film Festival 2013, and Easier with Practice). Learn more about the panel and register to watch it streamed live online.

Below is a list of the films edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC that will premiere in Park City. During the lead up to the festival, we’ll be talking with many of the films’ directors and editors to learn about their projects and the role Adobe software played in bringing them to the big screen.

Misery Loves Comedy (Special Events)—Kevin Pollak, director; Kevin Pollak and John Varhous, screenwriters
Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Children cry, “Hey, look at me,” but who turns that into a profession? Over 50 funny people, like Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, and Amy Schumer share pain-filled insights from a life in pursuit of laughter. World Premiere. Cast: Tom Hanks, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (US Dramatic Competition)—Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director; Tim Talbott, screenwriter
Based on the actual events that took place in 1971, when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time. Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby.

Advantageous (US Dramatic Competition)—Jennifer Phang, director; Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang, screenwriters
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.

Being Evel (US Documentary Competition)—Daniel Junge, director
Millions know the man, but few know his story. Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and actor/producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert “Evel” Knievel while reflecting on our voracious public appetite for heroes and spectacle.

Fresh Dressed (Documentary Premieres)—Sacha Jenkins, director
The history of hip-hop fashion from its birth in the South Bronx to its rise as a billion-dollar global industry, Fresh Dressed is supported by rich archival materials, in-depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution, and the outsiders who study and admire them.

Things of the Aimless Wanderer (New Frontier)—Kivu Ruhorahoza, director and screenwriter
A white man meets a black girl, then she disappears. The white man tries to understand what happened to her while also trying to finish a travelogue. Things of the Aimless Wanderer is a film about the sensitive topic of relations between “locals” and Westerners, and about paranoia, mistrust, and misunderstandings. Cast: Justin Mullikin, Grace Nikuze, Ramadhan Bizimana, Eliane Umuhire, Wesley Ruzibiza, Matt Ray Brown. World Premiere

Cop Car (Park City at Midnight)—Jon Watts, director; Christopher D. Ford and Jon Watts, screenwriters
Two ten-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. World Premiere. Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim.

Short films

Every Day—Gabe Spitzer, director

Followers—Tim Marshall, director

Greenland—Oren Gerner, director

Hotel 22—Elizabeth Lo, director

Making it in America—Joris Debeij, director

OM Rider—Takeshi Murata, director

Palm Rot—Ryan Gillis, director

Papa Machette—Jonathan David Kane, director

Russian Roulette—Ben Aston, director

Symphony no. 42—Réka Bucsi, director

Storm hits jacket—Paul Cabon, director

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal—Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera, directors

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul—Kitty Green, director

The Collectors: Beekeeper—Steven Cantor, director

 
The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 22–February 1 in Park City, Utah. Check the Sundance Film Festival website for the schedule and theatre listings.

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Unpack The App!

This December, celebrate the holidays with Adobe Premiere Clip.

Throughout December, the Premiere Clip blog will feature posts that show how to get the most out of the mobile app along with filmmaking tips to help you create videos that look and sound great. Stay tuned for an in-depth look at all of Clip’s features, including Story Guides, audio controls, and guidelines for dialing in your visual storytelling skills.

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All month long, we’ll be shining our spotlight on videos #MadeWithClip that showcase seasonal cheer. Use Clip to create a holiday video card to share with loved ones or compile a “Year-in-Review” video using photos and videos taken throughout 2014. Share your videos with us on @PremiereClip and include #MadeWithClip for a chance to be featured on our blog and the Community Video page in the app!

To kick things off, check out this video greeting card from Adobe:

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Watch the Premiere Clip blog for tips, trick & highlights.

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