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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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A Vibrant Web Development Community: Pushing the Edges of the Web

It is really amazing to see the level of energy and enthusiasm around Web technology and how the envelop get constantly pushed by developers. This becomes really visible in the conferences that happen around the world on the topic. In our teams, we attend and participate to a lot of events as a way to present new advances on the Web but also as a way to learn and be aware of developer pain points.

In the last week alone, for example, we have been involved in various events.

First, Adobe hosted W3Conf in San Francisco.

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This is a conference organized by the W3C and which addresses Web developers. The agenda was packed with great talks such as Eric Meyer’s presentation on “The Era of Intentional Layout”, Adobe’s CJ Gammon’s inspiring talk about the future of reading (see “Do androids read electric books?” or Adobe’s Alexandru Chiculita’s stories from the mobile web trenches in “The making of CSSFilterLab”. And of course, Joshua Davis’ talk on “Beyond Play: the Art of Creative Coding” showed how web technologies (SVG) can be used in the creative process, even though not necessarily inside a browser.

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An example of generative art by Joshua Davis shown at W3Conf

 

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A slide from Christofer Gammon’s W3Conf talk – Pushing the edges of the Web!

Read more about the W3Conf, the Doc Sprint that was held after, and the Processing Workshop by Joshua Davis.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend W3Conf myself, but that was for a good reason: I was speaking at another great conference in Bangalore, India. The conference was called Meta Refresh and gathered a lot of developers and designers. I enjoyed giving a talk about “The Quest for the Graphical Web” and listening to speakers who thought beyond simple responsive layouts to get into content prioritization and interleaving (see Arpan Chinta’s talk “Getting serious about Responsive Web Design”) and questioned our approach to design altogether (with Tulsi Dharmarajan’s talk “High on design”).

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Another example of a great conference is Web Visions NewYork where Mihnea-Vlad Ovidenie from our team talked about “Using CSS Regions to Create Magazine-like Layouts for Any Screen” and Kevin Hoyt gave a presentation on “Building Mobile Applications with Web Standards”.

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All those events are a testimony of the activity around the Web platform (if proof was needed!) and how creative it is becoming. It is also nice to be in a day and age when, if you miss a conference, or cannot travel to it, you can alway catch up online with videos. See the W3Conf videos and the Meta Refresh videos for example.

We are actively involved in organizing or sponsoring events to make the web better, please join us at html.adobe.com/events!

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