Traverse New Boundaries in the World of Design—Hear from the Creative Residents at MAX
When Creative Residents Kelli Anderson and Becky Simpson were interviewing for the opportunity to work with Adobe, they were asked repeatedly, “Will you speak at MAX?” They were asked this even before they committed to being Creative Residents, which says something about how excited everyone at Adobe was (and still is) to have them on board.
Now that we’re just two weeks away from Adobe MAX, the residents have a full schedule of talks and activities planned.
Both residents will be giving talks on different days at MAX. Becky has two sessions — one on Monday and the second on Wednesday — on “Adventures in Book Publishing.” Becky’s pursuit of book publishing relates back to how she first caught Adobe’s eye for the Creative Residency. Her personal motivation and drive to go through the long process of proposal submissions, in addition to finding an agent and publisher all were indications of her willingness to put in hard work to achieve a great result. Her book, I’d Rather be Short, eventually got picked up by Penguin and you can now buy it at several retailers — including the Adobe MAX store at the conference. You can learn more about this journey and tips for how you can publish your own book in her session.
Kelli’s talk, titled “The Hidden Talents in Everyday Things,” takes place Tuesday and highlights the impact design can have when used in different ways. Kelli’s past and present work ties into this theme, with projects like a faux New York Times newspaper and others she’ll share in the talk. The concept of there being unexpected potential in everyday things is an entry point for Kelli when beginning new projects. For instance, she’s spent several years exploring the powers of paper. What she’s come up with is a fully functional pop-up book titled This Book is a Planetarium and other pop-up objects that connect science, design,and art with our everyday lives.
In addition to their presentations, Kelli and Becky will be talking on the MAX Live broadcast channel. This will be more free form and offer you an opportunity to learn about other aspects of their art and design practice. Follow @CreativeCloud on Twitter, Meerkat, and Periscope to get information on the broadcasts and watch the live streams.
You can also catch Becky on the exhibition floor. She’ll be running illustration sessions in the Make-It booth on Monday from 1:00–2:00pm and 6:00–7:00pm as well as Wednesday from 9:30–10:30am. She’ll be in the MAX store on Tuesday from 12:00–1:00pm signing and selling copies of her book I’d Rather Be Short. In addition to books, she will have a new wall calendar for sale, hot off the press.
Both Kelli and Becky will be around for the Monday night reception and closing party on Wednesday. Come find them and introduce yourself! In the meantime, you can learn more about them and their work online. You can follow Becky on Twitter and Instagram and visit her website for all her recent work. And you can do the same with Kelli by following her Twitter, Instragram and visiting her website.