Countdown To Our Creative Jam At The #CreateNow: New Creative Meet Up

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March 27, 2014

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With just a few hours to go until our Create Now: New Creative Meet Up, we wanted to introduce you to the 12 creatives who will be (metaphorically) fighting it out in our live ‘Creative Jam.’

 Over the course of two hours, these ambitious motion and graphics specialists will be battling it out to create the most inspirational, original and unique pieces of design work they possibly can around a specific theme, which will be revealed at the start of the live streamed event this evening.

They are:

Alex Hill

Alex is skilled in a wide range of materials and media, including 3D spatial design, branding and illustration. Some of his past clients include Nike, Umbro, Diageo and BBC.

Edward Monaghan

A freelance illustrator and animator, Edward’s work includes a range of bizarre creatures, bold colours and narrative-rich compositions.

Alex Davies

Alex focuses on graphic design and typography in his work. He mastered the art of clean design at University for the Creative Arts, in Farnham.

Ciara Philips

Illustration and paper craft art are the mediums of choice for Ciara. She loves print and image making, and collecting vintage ephemera. In a short space of time she has worked with the likes of the New York Times, Toyota, Burger King and Canon.

Nicolas Ménard

Originally from Montreal, Nicolas is currently completing a Masters in Animation at the Royal College of Art in London. A fine animator and illustrator, he has created some fascinatingly striking work.

Anna Ginsburg

An animator and filmmaker, Anna loves working in stop-motion and traditional 2D mediums. She’s won a Bafta for Best New Work at the 2012 New Talent Awards and had her films screened in festivals in Los Angeles, Edinburgh and New York.

Salim Adam

From animated ads to urban garage design, Salim’s work has been used by O2 and HMV amongst others. He enjoys working in lots of different Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Ben Campbell

Ben has 10 years’ experience as an art and design director. He has created everything from title sequences to channel branding and animated logos.

Doug Hindson

Student Doug is currently studying Illustration and Animation at Kingston University in London. He’s into film, animation, illustration and enjoys using his work to tell great stories.

Tom Anders

Studying creative advertising at the University of Lincoln, Tom aspires to become a creative director. His distinctive typography and photo-manipulation really makes his work stand out in a crowd.

David Mahoney

Tradigital, is David’s signature style. In his own words, he believes in having one eye on the future and another on the past. He is currently collaborating with the NBA RareInk to produce illustrations of iconic players such as Michael Jordon.

Isaac Holland

Isaac is an animator, writer, designer and director. Currently finishing his Masters in Animation at the Royal College of Art, his linear designs have a unique style.

 

You can catch all the action from the ‘Creative Jam’ by joining the Create Now: New Creative Meet Up live stream from 7pm tonight. Plus, we’re also giving our online audience the chance to win a 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and a Wacom Cintiq. All you have to do to enter, is tweet us a picture of yourself watching the Adobe Create Now: New Creative Meet Up live stream, making sure to include #CreateNow and @AdobeUK. Full T’s and C’s available here.

 

Your Chance To Take Part In A Live ‘Battle Of The Creatives’ – Creative Jam

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March 03, 2014

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First there was the battle of the bands. Then the dance off.  Now there’s Creative Jam.

As part of our Create Now: New Creative Meet Up in London later this month, we’re recruiting graphic designers and motion designers to (metaphorically) fight it out over two hours to create the most inspirational, original and unique piece of design work they possibly can.

We’re looking for ambitious creatives to join us on Thursday 27th March at Fabric in Central London to take part in, what we’re calling, a ‘Creative Jam.’ We’re looking for entries from the very best motion and graphics specialists, who are ready to do battle, collaborate and show off their boundless originality amongst their peers.

Here’s how it works

We’ll task our participating designers with creating a piece of content around a particular theme, giving them two hours during the event (which will be live streamed) to interpret the theme and create a fantastic piece of work. You’ve got creative licence to interpret the brief however you wish, so long as any graphics used are royalty free.

First things first, you need to enter – and we’re accepting entries for both individuals and teams (of two) across two categories; motion and graphics. All entrants are required to have a Behance portfolio as this will be used to show your work throughout the ‘Creative Jam.’ If you think you’ve got what it takes, then you have until Friday 7 March to enter. The winning designers will walk away with membership to Creative Cloud and a Wacom Cintiq on the night.

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Be part of choosing the creative theme

We’re also giving you, the creative community, the chance to decide exactly what the theme of the Creative Jam is. It could be anything from a current news story, to a line from a poem, song or well-known saying. We’ll be revealing all on the night, but if you have a flash of inspiration or a theme you think it would be interesting to bring to life in our Creative Jam, and then submit your suggestion here by Monday 17 March.

What is Create Now: New Creative Meet Up?

It’s an exclusive, invite only affair, and a great way for you to meet some top industry movers and shakers, and show them your creativity at the same time. There’ll be luminary sessions from illustrator and graphic designer Gavin Campbell, designer and artist Chris LaBrooy, in addition to the live Creative Jam.

For full FAQ about the Creative Jam, click here.

 

#CreateNow World Tour: UK Highlights

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December 09, 2013

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Since mid-September, Adobe’s #CreateNow world tour has brought creative experts and Adobe’s own evangelists to cities across the globe. We’ve been celebrating all things Creative Cloud by giving all of you the lowdown on the very latest updates to our creative offering.

On 26th and 28th November we came to the UK, stopping off in Bristol and Edinburgh. With new features and applications being continually updated in Creative Cloud, the #CreateNow events have been a great chance for the pros and I to show everyone just what exciting and dynamic content can be created using the new suite of tools.

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A number of deep dive sessions took place at both events, with specialist knowledge on everything from digital imaging to video editing being shared.

Richard Curtis kicked off proceedings with two photography based sessions exploring Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC, walking through the workflows for designers and publishers and telling everyone how photographers can reimagine their content and share it with the rest of the world via Behance.

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Iona Walters showcased Adobe Muse, the software which makes it possible for designers to create web pages without having to code, as well as highlighting how the Edge suite of tools and services can save web designers hours of time thanks to handy features like responsive design.

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Niels Stephens was up next, focusing on all things video-related. He showcased some of the latest updates to Adobe’s CC video applications, inclu ding the seamless collaboration between Audition and Premier Pro as well as running through performance enhancements to After Effects CC.

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Finally, Rupert Knowles spoke about the huge shift towards digital publishing and demonstrated just how simple and seamless digit al publishing can be with the Digital Publishing Suite, with some great examples of tablet publications from Adidas and TopGear, which were honed using InDesign CC.

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On the day, attendees were encouraged to live tweet throughout the event as well as have a go on our very own interactive graffiti wall, with some great feedback:

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I think the #CreateNow tour has been so successful as we’ve tailored the day to suit what our audience want to know and hear. The #CreateNow sessions focused on the workflows that creatives deal with on a day to day basis as well as exploring how to get the best from Creative Cloud. By listening to feedback and interacting with our customers, we are enabling people to enhance their creative processes.

If #CreateNow has inspired you, find out more about becoming a member of the Creative Cloud and the tools that are available to you as part of our creative community here.

If you want to see more images from the Adobe #CreateNow events, then head over to our Creative Juices Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page to stay tuned on future events.

John Cole, Adobe Digital Media Manager for Northern Europe

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October 04, 2013

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Esquire Launches Weekly iPad Edition using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

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September 06, 2013

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As the fashion world gears up for the Autumn/Winter season, stylish men across the UK with a thirst for the latest trends are set to have a new ally, as today sees the launch of a new digital weekly edition of monthly men’s magazine, Esquire.

Dubbed Esquire Weekly, the new tablet format is designed for men on the move.

By introducing the digital weekly format, brought to you using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition, it allows Esquire to become more up to date for their readers. It is an interesting shift, but a necessary one in order for Esquire to attract a new, younger audience.

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The concept for the new weekly title is “your week in 20 minutes”. Esquire promises it will deliver seven original features spanning culture, politics, comedy and food. Features will be brought to life with interactive functionality and video, and the app will also contain an in-built e-commerce functionality enabling people to search and buy product recommendations.

The move to introduce e-commerce functionality will have particular appeal to their target demographic. In 2012, some 12.7% of all purchases were made over the internet, according to a recent study, and this is projected to rise to 22% by 2018. Clothes are the most popular online purchases by men with 43% of internet users purchasing items online. Giving their readers the opportunity to ‘get the look’ with the swipe of a finger will have huge connotations not just for the title but also its advertisers. By using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Enterprise Edition Esquire will be able to drive tablet-commerce revenue by allowing customers to purchase using links to various eCommerce sites from within the app.

Other new additions for Hearst include the launch of bi-annual fashion magazine, the Big Black Book as well as a complete overhaul of the Esquire website in the spring, and a concerted push into mobile apps for smartphones.

The Esquire Weekly app will be sold exclusively through the Apple iTunes store. The app is launched with a 30-day free trial period and beyond that will cost 99p per week – Esquire currently costs £4.25 in print from a newsagent. A three-month deal, for £4.99, will provide 12 Esquire Weekly editions, three of the digital editions of the monthly magazine and one of the Big Black Book.

An Android version for other tablet devices set to follow in the near future, make sure you follow @AdobeUK for more updates.

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