Adobe’s MAKE IT Event in APAC on May 5th!

Events and Workshops

Are you ready for one of the biggest creativity conferences in Asia-Pacific? Adobe is teaming up with some of the world’s top creative thinkers for #MAKEITAPAC on May 5! Whether you’re a designer, developer, animator, video editor, marketer or creative director, Adobe’s MAKE IT is the event for you. We’ve gathered a stellar host of international guest speakers as well as world-class creative thinkers for this event.  Hear from some of the biggest names in the industry on a variety of topics that will change the way you view the creative process.

This live event is being held in Sydney, Australia, so for those of you who are not in this region, be sure to check your time zones or you might miss out on watching this live streaming event! 

You can follow the event using #MakeITAPAC on Twitter or join us online and watch the livestream here –

Here’s a peek at what is lined up for the day:

Overcoming fear of failure, Erik Johansson

Swedish photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson creates impossible pictures, capturing not moments but ideas. While some ideas succeed, there are many obstacles in the path from planning and shooting to retouching the final artwork that challenge the artistic process. Erik will reflect on how problem solving is a large aspect of his work, but more importantly, how failure drives success and stimulates creativity.

Blurring the Boundaries of Typography, Illustration and Art, Gemma O’Brien

After studying a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts Sydney, Gemma O’Brien was interested in finding a space to work, primarily with typography, outside the traditional constructs of design.  Over the last five years she developed a multi-faceted practice that attempts to balance the commercial with the creative, merge craft with concept and embraces a variety of techniques such as illustration, calligraphy and large-scale typographic murals. Along the way, various forms of fear – procrastination, creative block, self-doubt, comparing one’s work with others, overthinking and perfectionism – have emerged in her creative process.  In her presentation, Gemma will discuss how she managed these setbacks within different commercial projects and how over time she has started using fear to fuel bolder, better work.

On the Edge, Jason Little

To be a designer is to perpetually sit between failure and success – so how do you reach a creative balance? How do you find purpose and meaning in a job rife with rejection and inner struggles? What happens when your work doesn’t match the aspirations you have for it, and how can you help yourself to overcome obstacles to reach creative fulfilment? Jason Little, designer and co-founder of the recent creative startup, For The People will share why he created the studio, For The People, and what led him to throw away everything in order to start again.

Q&A with Vanessa Tamblyn

Also, hear from Vanessa Tamblyn, head of the creative team at Sydney Opera House as she chats with Adobe evangelist Paul Burnett on what it’s like to head up the creative team at Sydney’s best known icon and how she arrived at where she is today.

Blindspot, Kevin Dart

Hear how Kevin overcame a surprising shortcoming to forge a successful career in visual development for film and television.

And, not to be missed are our very own Adobe speakers Julieanne Kost, Paul Burnett, Karl Soule, Chantel Benson, Paul Robson, and Sarah Gormley bringing you the latest updates to Creative Cloud.

I hope you can join us!

Events and Workshops

Posted on 05-03-2016


  • By Paul Wright - 2:26 AM on May 7, 2016  

    I was there at the Sydney event. Very inspiring day which is still resonating with me days later. To hear highly successful creatives across different disciplines not just discuss their work but also their own vulnerabilities, and how failure can be your best friend was incredibly refreshing. At past Adobe events we have been used to presentations by professional equivalents of Superman, creatives who could do no wrong. Make It 2016 helped make the rest of us feel ok about pushing past fear of failure and just having another go, again and again.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:11 PM on May 7, 2016  

      Thank you so much for joining us!