Getting creative for the Olympics

The @AdobeUK Team

July 25, 2012

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After seven years in the planning, London 2012 is almost upon us. With the final preparations underway, I got thinking about a recent chat I had with Matt Snelson, Assistant Head at The County High School, Leftwich in Cheshire.

The school recently held its annual Media Arts Day, which this year was themed around The Olympics. The day saw students from Years 7 up to 11 all taking part in workshops spanning the entire curriculum. These included taking part in alternative sports in Physical Education, an Olympics Enterprise workshop in Maths lessons, Drama classes running Street and Chinese dance,  Olympic Song Writing in Music, and a whole host of creative workshops including clay-based animation and website creation to name but a few!

Several of the workshops involved pupils engaging with tools such as Adobe Creative Suite. For instance, Fireworks was used to create animations and Photoshop to make Olympics themed banners. Students also used Premiere Pro and After Effects to help put together a video wrap-up of the day, and Soundbooth to create a radio show for the school’s radio station LOL (Leftwich out Loud) FM. What a great way to get students experimenting with creative tools!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you done anything special to celebrate London 2012 with your school? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

Adobe Digital Media Education Summit 2012

The @AdobeUK Team

July 20, 2012

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We are now back from a jam-packed few days at the Adobe Digital Media Education Summit in Istanbul and wanted to tell you about the fantastic time we had!

The conference was a unique opportunity to hear from leading educators about how they implement digital media in film, video and design schools, as well as gaining insight into how technology ties into teaching goals.

We kicked the conference off on Tuesday evening with some welcome drinks at Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, which gave us the opportunity to get to know the speakers and attendees we would be spending the next two days with.

Wednesday and Thursday were full of interesting workshops and heated debates, where we had the chance to hear from some of the best speakers in the industry including Andy Balzdell (CelAction), Lee Brimelow (Platform Evangelist, Adobe) and Sue Tong (The Illuminated Film Company).

 

Here’s a snapshot of what some of you were saying on Twitter:

Thanks so much to everyone that joined us in Istanbul – we couldn’t have done it without you.

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The final #CreativeWeekUK Twitter Chat on Photography and Digital Imagery

The @AdobeUK Team

July 06, 2012

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Maintaining company confidentiality through collaborative working

Emma Wilkinson

May 15, 2012

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Today’s fragmented workforce means document creation and distribution is a core activity for the majority of businesses, with workers frequently collaborating on and exchanging documents with colleagues, suppliers, partners, agencies, and customers remotely. This increasingly collaborative way of working means that business productivity and document security can be compromised.

This trend is exacerbated by the consumerisation of IT, where employees are increasingly using their favourite mobile devices for corporate data and applications regardless of the security perils. With confidential information being regularly exchanged outside of the corporate firewall, there is an increased risk that this may fall into the wrong hands.

It’s therefore more important than ever that businesses are equipped with collaboration tools which not only increase efficiency through the document review, creation and distribution process, but also enable workers to protect confidential information, achieve cost savings and ultimately grow the bottom line.

Given how many mobile devices are lost or stolen, it’s no surprise companies’ data is at risk. In the UK recently, we have seen high profile data losses endangering not only a company’s intellectual property, but its reputation as well. It is the IT department’s role to proactively protect data and know who in the business is responsible for identifying and classifying sensitive information. That means knowing where it resides, who has access to it and in what way it is coming in or leaving the organisation.

This presents a big challenge to IT professionals but here are some top tips from Adobe that can help navigate this minefield:

  • Apply passwords and usage restrictions to documents: It’s important that employees protect documents with strong passwords or digital signatures, that way, if the documents fall into the wrong hands company information will stay confidential. It’s also a good idea to set usage restrictions to documents so people can’t print or extract information from important files.
  • Educate employees: It is critical that employees not only understand the security measures your company takes, but understands how to use the software that protects them. Training and refresher sessions should be made compulsory for all employees that use software. The key is to make the process as straightforward and understandable as possible so that best practice is second nature to each and every employee.
  • Regularly update software: To help keep your software up to date, ensure you receive regularly scheduled updates and patches from your provider. If you outsource your IT or work with a supplier, make sure that you’re regularly getting updates from them too – they should also be able to provide you with updates and new ways of managing your data. It will also give you an opportunity to brief them on any changes or new challenges you need to work around.
  • Back up work: Making back-up copies of data should be regular practice. This will need to be encrypted to ensure that no one can access the information.  Again, not only should this be part of the company culture so every employee takes responsibility for securely backing up data, speak to your supplier or IT management company and they should be able to assist you with managing your data back-up.
  • Hide or remove sensitive information from documents: Redaction unfortunately normally hits the headlines when it’s done incorrectly, however when done properly, it’s an invaluable tool which lets you permanently remove (redact) visible text and images from PDFs. In place of the removed items, you will see redaction marks that appear as either colored boxes or blank spaces – it is here that you can specify custom text or redaction codes to appear over the redaction marks.

To see how Adobe and its partners can help businesses prepare, protect, and deliver professional communications click here.

Mr Bingo talks about the creative process

Emma Wilkinson

May 15, 2012

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Ever wondered what goes through the mind of a leading illustrator during the creative process? We grabbed 5 minutes with leading illustrator Mr Bingo to find out just that! Speaking at the recent Adobe CS6 and Creative Cloud launch in London, Mr Bingo talks about going to the pub for inspiration, setting up shoots, developing his ideas from initial sketch to digital animation and shares his secret for client success!

He also talks about how Adobe products like Photoshop and Flash transformed the way he worked, helping speed up the process and facilitate his creativity.

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