November 22, 2013

Profile: Erik Natzke, Generative Artist

Erik kinda makes me sick—with jealousy. He’s that exceedingly rare combination of a great artist & great technologist. His work has inspired me for more than a decade (I still keep a folder of his ancient SWF “toys”), and I’m so happy he’s now creating some groundbreaking touch tools at Adobe.


“What if?” Erik Natzke, generative artist and principle designer at Adobe, uses this question to constantly test what is possible at the intersection of art and technology.

In this Creative Spark, Erik explains his quest to build tools that improve people’s ability to be creative—and to make them forget they’re using a tool to begin with.

By combining interactivity, remote collaboration, touch input, and gestures with the real-world behavior of paper, ink, and brushes, he hopes to build applications that lead to a more organic, playful, and inspiring creative experience.


Posted by John Nack at 8:02 AM on November 22, 2013


  • Jonas Hummelstrand — 3:18 PM on November 22, 2013

    I’ve been a fan of Eric for years too.

  • Andrew Phang — 8:58 AM on November 23, 2013

    Was tha a prototype Mighty he used on the iPad?

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