Our friends over Adobe recently announced the hire of Val Head, a Pittsburgh-based author and professional that specializes her work into UI animations across interfaces. She will be working as design advocate focusing on UI/UX animations reporting to Khoi Vinh from the Adobe Design team. Let's get to meet her. Who is Val Head? She is a web and UI animation professional specializing in motion style guides and web animation training. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, teaches the Lynda.com course CSS Animation and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter. In their words UX/UI design is quickly becoming an essential component of a digital strategy, making now an exciting time to join Adobe and the team behind Adobe XD. Interface animation also is becoming an essential part of great digital experiences. Industries such as media, enterprise software, and even finance are getting creative in how they leverage UI animation to improve the customer experience. For example, in the media industry, publications are designing interactive editorial features for readers to dive deeper into information. I’m excited to join a passionate team committed to creating new tools that support and evolve the way we enable richer, more intuitive digital experiences. At Adobe, Val will work closely with the teams building tools for the UX design community, including Adobe Experience Design CC (XD), an end-to-end tool to design, prototype and share wireframes, high-fidelity designs and interactive prototypes within one app. She will also serve as an evangelist for UI design tools and skills among designers and developers, and bring awareness to the importance of UI design in branding and digital customer experiences. The field of UX/UI design is still emerging, and many of these jobs didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago. We hired Val as part of our strategy to continue bringing new thinking and ideas to the Adobe design team. Val is a widely respected subject matter expert in the field of UX design, and will add valuable insight as our team continues to innovate Adobe XD and Adobe’s next generation of design tools. - Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe More Links Check out Val Head's site: valhead.com Read Val Head's post via her blog
Our friends from Adobe are introducing some pretty cool features with Adobe Stock. One of them is an editorial collection with big partners that can provide photos from a diverse range of subjects. You should definitely check out their announcement video to get a little sneak peek. Another thing they have announced is the enhancement of the search capabilities within Adobe Stock. We all know how frustrating it can be during a photo search when the search options aren't accurate or friendly enough. Seems like Adobe changed this issue for the better, let's give it a try. In Adobe's Words Today, we are proud to launch the Adobe Stock Editorial collection in partnership with renowned news agencies Reuters and USA TODAY Sports. The new Editorial collection includes photos and videos across a diverse range of subject matter, including business, politics, sports, entertainment, and more. Editorial photographs and videos connect us to the world. They serve as our guide to foreign places and cultures. They tell stories of those who do not have a voice. These visuals have been critical in shaping our understanding and perception of the world, from changing public opinion on the Vietnam war, to mobilizing an entire generation to stand up against climate change. They have the power to unite us, divide us, and create empathy – they enable us to celebrate, suffer, and mourn as one human race. Video Offering these editorial images as a part of the Adobe Stock collection marks a momentous milestone for Adobe. Our partners’ network of photographers provides on-the ground, around-the-clock coverage of issues and scenes from around the world, and our partnership brings this broad library of editorial content to our Creative Cloud customers. Next-Gen Search Capabilities Powered by Adobe Sensei, our search technologies are simple (and smart). These are the time saving stock tricks you’ve been waiting for. With visual search, you can drag an image into your browser and get similar results to the original photo. With Aesthetic Filters, you can fine-tune results based on characteristics like Depth of Field and Vivid Color. It’s stock photos - like only Adobe can. Video How the new interface looks Links Get started now with Adobe Stock: stock.adobe.com
Adobe is introducing the latest creative residents for 2017. Imagine getting the opportunity to spend an entire year working on a personal project with provided tools, resources, guidance and etc? That would be great right? Well, this is what Adobe's Residency program is all about. With the goal to create a positive impact in both the creative community and around the world; we are introduced to six new creatives that are ready to take on this journey. Let's meet them! What is the Residency? It's a package where the residents can get access to creative tools, resources, even guidance from advisors and a compensation package. Everything in a goal to proactively pursues a personal project and at the same time sharing its process, insights, and inspiration with the community. Wanna try to be the next resident? You can learn more via Adobe Blogs. The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project while sharing their experience and process with the creative community. Adobe is proud to introduce the 2017 residents — up and coming creative leaders who are eager to share their creativity with others. In their words This year’s Creative Residents, spanning from Seattle to Munich, will pursue a range of artistic mediums from leveraging tools from traditional photography to designing user-interface programs. Meet the 2017-2018 Creative Residents: Aundre Larrow Aundre Larrow is a Brooklyn, New York-based photographer who will create a project called “Echo Chamber,” which will connect Americans and their geographic locations to identity and values by documenting with photography, video, and audio. Chelsea Burton Chelsea Burton is a designer from Erie, Pennsylvania, who will create her own line of signature longboards, focusing on material sustainability and quality, as well as her artwork messaging. Jessica Bellamy Jessica Bellamy a Louisville, Kentucky-based graphic designer will bring together her design talents and her passion for social justice and social impact and will create a toolkit for non-profits to tell their stories. Julia Nimke Julia Nimke is a Berlin, Germany-based photography passionate traveler who will examine the natural world through Europe’s four seasons and document the changing light through a variety of photographic techniques. Natalie Lew Natalie Lew is a Seattle, Washington-based UX/UI designer who will crafting an open-source toolkit aimed at equipping designers with resources to make positive, interdisciplinary impact on both small and large scales. Rosa Kammermeier Rosa Kammermeier graphic and letterhead designer based in Munich, Germany plans to design messages of positivity and happiness in urban environments wants to bring happiness and positivity to people’s lives in urban environments and stop pedestrians in their tracks by powerful design. Video Via Adobe Blogs
Last month, we've featured the 25th anniversary celebration of Adobe Premiere on ABDZ. What we've included was an announcement for the global editing competition Make the Cut in partnership with Imagine Dragons and featuring a panel of video and entertainment industry luminaries. The grand prize winner will claim a grand prize of $25,000 and here is the winner and winners from subcategories. It was a unique opportunity to show off their editing skills to cut a video using exclusive footage for their new hit single “Believer,” shot by accomplished director Matt Eastin. Cutting a music video is a significant undertaking, but we knew that our users would be up for the challenge. In their Words Make the Cut received nearly 9,000 submissions from 28 countries, including cuts from the UK, Germany, India, Japan, the Philippines and Norfolk Island. Sixty percent of the entries came from brilliant young creators under the age of 25, and 68 percent used Adobe Stock content in their cuts. Adobe’s Make the Cut Winner Since it takes, on average, 15-20 hours to edit a music video, potentially hundreds of thousands of hours were spent by our amazing community to create their submissions – and we couldn’t be more impressed. I was blown away by the level of creativity, skill and storytelling in the submissions we received. I always say Adobe has the most creative community in the world and the quality of work from this contest was yet another proof point. - Ann Lewnes, Adobe’s CMO, and a judge of Make the Cut. Additional Winners Fan Favorite: Christian Gravland, USA Most Unexpected: Timo Hensen, The Netherlands Best Young Creator: Nicolas Burnage, France Best Short Form: Lucia Noriega, Spain Best Use of Stock: Micah Stuart, USA For more information, visit Make the Cut.
We are in celebration with Mother's Day (again!) and this time is about collaboration with Adobe Stock and Wavebreak Media. A variety of free card layouts fully customizable for your leisure, to add a personal word and colour palette for your Mom. You can see more of the templates over Adobe Stock. Remember when mom used to hang your artwork on the fridge? We always redeem ourselves! You can read the full article here via Adobe Blogs. Give it a look as an inspiration or download one of the templates to make it into your own. There's several different styles to pick from, please enjoy! Feeling a little festive? You can also organize a celebration for mom and invite others using this fun poster template.Or maybe you want to splash your love for mom across your social media page using these layouts. Via Adobe Blogs
Raise your hand if anyone of you have ever use at least once Adobe Premiere? What was the version? It’s hard to believe that they are celebrating its 25th Anniversary. For the occasion, they are sharing with us some cool souvenirs to take us down the memory lane. Give it a look, you’ll get to watch of their first demo from Version 1. Happy 25th Adobe Premiere! From aspiring creators to broadcast and film professionals, Premiere Pro has helped editors deliver stunning video content, adapting over the years with significant features and changes driven by the needs of users. Your browser does not support the video tag. Adobe Premiere 1.0 Commercial Your browser does not support the video tag. Adobe Premiere 1.0 Demo Your browser does not support the video tag. Adobe - Make the Cut A global editing competition in partnership with Imagine Dragons and featuring a panel of video and entertainment industry luminaries. The competition is the first of its kind, granting fans access to a wide range of uncut footage from the official music video of Imagine Dragons’ hit song “Believer.” Using these clips and Premiere Pro, aspiring video creators and professionals alike can cut their own original version, and the winner can claim a grand prize of $25,000. Projects will be judged by notable names in editing and entertainment, including the band itself, Matt Eastin (director and editor of the Believer music video), two-time Academy Award winner Angus Wall (who edited films like Fight Club), and award-winning music video editor Vinnie Hobbs (who has worked with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Britney Spears). For more information, visit Make the Cut.
It’s Women’s History Month and a follow-up from yesterday feature from Adobe. For the occasion, we are sharing another initiative from our friends from Adobe Stock and it’s to talk about how a lot of stock images lack the diversity in terms of women being pictured as slender, delicate, domestic, unthreatening, and models are often Caucasian. But more and more, photographers are stepping it up to newer perspectives to the table which is pretty cool. Read the full article here, you can read beautiful insights from Tara O’Brien, Kristinahader, Eve Saint Ramon, Hakase420 and more. Totally worth checking it out! These new images of and by women are filling a critical gap in the stock photography market — designers want unique photos that buck gender stereotypes and appeal to female consumers (which is especially critical given that women make 85 percent of all consumer purchases). Journalists are looking for stock images that can accompany stories about social change and the real lives of women. Credits (Images) Tara O’Brien Kristinahader Eve Saint Ramon Hakase420 Video Via Adobe Blogs
It’s Women’s History Month and it’s always a great occasion to celebrate the incredible things accomplished by women. We are taking a look at this very interesting article/initiative by our friends over at Adobe Stock. They have gathered some data to bring up the awareness in the environment of advertising and creativity. They aren’t just women, they are the symbols of something quite bigger. We would advise you guys to read the full article. Check out the shared images from Adobe Stock's top female contributors for this dedicated gallery. As we reported earlier this month, searches for women are rising across the Adobe Stock collection — they’re up 39% year-over-year (YoY). And searches that seek women as the protagonist of the image are 1.8 times more common than similar searches for men. With queries for women up overall, we decided to dive deeper into the numbers (our aggregated, anonymous data for over 450 million Adobe Stock searches in the last year) to learn more about the types of images people looked for. Credits (Images) Jacob Lund Image Source Iko Matias Del Carmine Via Adobe Blogs
I know we are past Valentine’s Day but it’s never too late to share some love, especially coming from Adobe, they have made some really funny freebie for us to download via Adobe Stock Template. Besides, it’s always good to be able to dissect a template from Adobe themselves. Grab them and go on with your inspiration and creativity. Happy Friday guys! Published via Adobe Blogs , it's nice to get some love from Adobe, more precisely about their humor. I wouldn't lie, I did laughed to the one that says: I love your CTRL+M. To start many your own for now or even next year? Grab them by clicking on this link. We took traditional Valentine’s Day colors, shades of red, purple, and pink, and mixed in modern lines and shapes to give a creative edge to classic lace-like cards. And because no Valentine’s Day card would be complete without a pun, we threw in a little Creative Cloud humor. Via Adobe Blogs
Back in September, we’ve featured this cool initiative called: Collabograms by the folks over Adobe. What’s Collabograms? You’ll find a combination of both Worlds through collaboration of different mediums of Art for which sounds definitely unusual but it is the beauty of it. Rules are meant to be bend and in results of creating something quite unique and elegant at its finest. Published via Adobe Blogs , we are submerged into the collaboration between David Madero and Danielle Clough to create a sculpture. Not just any kind but an embroidered metal scorpion shape, quite exquisite! Make sure to give a watch to the video. In our third installment of Collabograms, David and Danielle welded and wove their unique artistic backgrounds together to create an exquisite embroidered metal scorpion sculpture. The harshness of the metal and the bright delicacy of the thread come together in an unexpected way to highlight how differences can complement one another, instead of clash. Video Via Adobe Blogs
Halloween is here! Judging by our feeds, some of us had fun partying since it was during the Weekend even though the official day is today. Hope you’ll have some energy left to do some more Trick & Treating tonight. For the occasion, we would love to feature this exclusive video made by François Fortin especially for Halloween. What a treat! François is based in Montreal, Canada (Like me) and he used a number of Adobe tools such as Photoshop, Fuse CC (Preview) and Illustrator to create a world filled with zombies, ghouls, and skeletons. Hope you will enjoy! My background is photography so Photoshop and Lightroom were my main tools, then I started doing video with Final Cut and then animation with After Effects wich was Photoshop with a timeline. Then a couple years ago, I started to do some 3D work with Cinema 4D lite that came with After Effects. I did a few projects incorporating 3D with simple elements. Early this year, I had a video clip project where a wanted to have 3D characters. But doing character creation and animation was too complex for me. Then I discovered Adobe Fuse for character creation with the Mixamo website and it was a real life saver. The combination of Fuse, Mixamo, and Cinema 4D makes it possible for me. Before that, it wasn’t really conceivable to do that kind of work for me. Watch the Video Your browser does not support the video tag. Tools used for this Project Cinema 4D Adobe Fuse Mixamo Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator Octane for 3D Adobe After Effects Adobe Audition Pond 5 More information: http://francoisfortin.com.
What’s more interesting is mixing different mediums to accomplish a premium creative experience. It’s just interesting to gather what’s good from different aspects and all come together to simply create. Our folks from Adobe has started a new series entitled: Collabogram. Mixing two things which is Collaboration + Instagram, they will pair up two artists which for this case were Ken Davis who is a traditional sigh painter/gold leaf artist. And also with Klem who is a stained glass/tattoo artist who’s a master when it comes to ink and glass. Together, they decided to go with the theme and common love for Motörhead. Let’s take a closer look at the result and hopefully we’ll see more of these in the near future. What better way to expand your creativity than to expose yourself to an art form completely different from your own? To prove our point, we paired up three dynamic duos who specialize in (seemingly) incompatible art forms and challenged them to collaborate and create something awesome together. Welcome to our first installment of Collabograms – brought to you by an oddly matched pair named Ken and Klem. Video More information via Adobe Blogs.
A design process is not a simple to accomplish, especially when it's a popular brand like Adobe. Through the layers of bureaucracy, there will be also research, information architecture and programming for the goal to represents a design organization committed to creating innovative digital experiences. We are following the process behind the process of rebranding the Adobe Experience into simply calling themselves as Adobe Design. Charging into challenges and ideation, the team went forward with the mindset of one design move with solid shapes and gradients. I really dig the abstract approach that wasn't quite definitive in their previous launch. I also love the fact that they deconstructed the logos to create the posters, nameplates and wallpapers. Congratulations to Adobe Design Brand Team! For over 10 years, our organization had been called Adobe Experience Design. While we loved our original identity, we believed it was time to streamline our name and align with industry standards. After consulting with stakeholders across the board, we decided to rebrand ourselves as Adobe Design. We believe that this new name will resonate more with our external audience and better present what we do as an organization to prospective hires.Adobe Design is a worldwide organization of over 160 designers, engineers, researchers, program managers, writers, and makers. We create smart, sophisticated applications for a wide variety of devices, and our expertise ranges from interaction and visual design to research, information architecture, and programming. Once we finalized our new logo, the next step was to create an identity system. We deconstructed the logo mark into its core shapes: the square pixel and the circle. From these two shapes we derived a series of units that would serve as the building blocks of our visual language. Credits Anny Chen Shawn Cheris Sonja Hernandez Sam Wick More information via Behance.
We are showcasing this bold piece of commissioned typography artwork by freelance graphic designer Mario De Meyer for Adobe's 'Experience' seminar at the Cannes Lions Festival 2016. The result is really fantastic at creating an illusion with the word: Experience, especially knowingly having as speaker guest the famous Stefan Sagmeister. Another thing that we do enjoy is that little BTS gif showing the process behind the piece which is always helpful to learn and get inspired from. Superb work! I was commissioned by Adobe to make a visual for the 'Experience' seminar at the Cannes Lions Festival 2016. 'Experience' is a seminar which will explore how risk-taking, fighting against industry norms and breaking out of silos are critical to delivering breakthrough experiences. Equally, it will discuss what new types of content, design and experiences are shaping our future and culture, as well as how agencies can adapt to this approach and partner better with clients to create impact. About Mario De Meyer Mario is a freelance graphic designer currently based in Ghent, Belgium. Focusing his work mainly in Typography and he worked with brands like: Adobe, Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc., Ogvilly & Mather just to name a few. Credits Art Direction: Kashka Pregowska-Czerw Typography: Mario De Meyer Client: Adobe More information: http://www.dm2graphics.com.
The folks over at Adobe have been putting together a pretty interesting challenge entitled: Take 10 Challenge. In this challenge, you have to create an artwork using 10 Adobe Stock images and you can win a lot of great prizes. For the 2nd take, they are going with the word Weightless and all the submissions will be judge by the mighty Joshua Davis. For the occasion, we had the opportunity to share a few questions with him, hope you'll enjoy this interview. Tell us about yourself? What do you do for living? My Name is Joshua Davis. I’m the Media Arts Director at a studio in New York called Sub Rosa. Since 1995, I’ve been using computers as a medium to create work, lately focusing on the collaboration between hardware and software to create physical interactive experiences. Tell us about the Adobe "Take 10" Challenge. What was your involvement and how did Adobe approach you to be a judge? Over my career as a designer, I’ve had a long relationship with Adobe. The software they make helps me deliver the best visual experiences possible. The company reached out to me and threw me an interesting challenge: "you get 10 images from Adobe Stock and get to make whatever you want." It sounded like a fun project. Given I’ve never worked with Adobe Stock, or with any kind of stock photography, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something out of my comfort zone. I agreed to collaborate on 10 Adobe Stock pieces of content and to make something that sings with my style and voice and then to challenge the community to do the same. Then, I become a judge to award winners with some great prizes. What criteria did you look for while looking at the submissions? For this Adobe Take 10 Challenge the keyword was “weightless." The common reaction was to create something that embodied this word. Instead, I chose to use the word as a property in an animation algorithm. What would it look like if I suspended all this Adobe stock in a state of weightlessness and observed and rendered its composition? I wanted the challenge to inspire and push me. I would hope my finalists embody this same thinking. I want to be inspired by the risks they take. To me, a winning piece of work should always invoke jealousy for not having thought of what they made. Tell us your process behind reviewing all those submissions? I want to stop in my tracks and say, "Damn I wish I would have made that." This doesn’t always mean beauty. To me the most beautiful work might not be the winner. Being unique don’t always mean being pretty and I’m looking for unique. Aside from this challenge, do you get creative satisfaction on commercial projects? How much time do you give yourself for personal work? Much of my time in the Sub Rosa lab is split. Half of the time, I’m researching new code, new hardware, or new ways of remixing things to create visual aesthetics. This allows us to spend the other fifty percent of our time applying this research to commercial clients. Our goal in the lab is always to strive to innovate not replicate. How does social media affect your work these days? I have a website, but I imagine that no-one ever goes to it. Rather, social is 100% the megaphone by which I broadcast the things I’m working on to the world. Funnily enough, I have pretty strict rules about which content lives where and what purpose it serves. My hierarchy is as follows: I have 77k+ followers on Instagram. I use this space to permanently document thinking in flux, projects in motion. The content is usually somewhat final. This Instagram content gets pushed to 27k followers on Twitter and 24k followers on Facebook. If the work is really rocking me, I create larger selections from a series to post exclusively on Ello. Generative animation is a huge component of what I do, and longer, better quality animation renders go on Vimeo. After all this is done, and a body of work is complete, it gets packaged up as a final project on Behance. I use Snapchat to show day-to-day through my eyes. It includes mistakes, crazy ramblings, late night dance parties; stuff that should definitely evaporate after 24 hours, especially when you scream at your followers that you’re a wizard, while fully dressed up as a wizard, etc. Where do you see your work/style evolving in the next few years? I’m mostly following the evolution of gaming boxes these days. The evolution of gaming video cards has allowed me to explore using the GPU to render meshes and textures and animate in ways I never thought I would be able to do. Having just demo’d Microsoft’s Halolens in Barcelona, I’m much more excited about Augmented Reality-related experiences than Virtual Reality-related experiences. On a last note, what is a common mistake that most designers always make these days? I’d say, having taught in an art university for 10 years, a lot of education systems are about replication, rather than innovation. We teach, "copy Van Gogh" or, "copy Picasso." This can be fine to a point but what gets lost is finding your voice. Following your industry on the internet can be a slippery slope. Replicating those you admire only gets you farther away from who you are. Find you. It’s actually easier than you think, because you are pretty good at being you. For more information about Joshua Davis: http://www.joshuadavis.com and about the Adobe Take 10 Challenge: http://create.adobe.com/2016/2/17/take_10.html
Adobe has been the biggest software maker for the design community. Since I started my design journey I have been using their software, especially Photoshop. One of my favorite tools, however, was the forever missed Fireworks, an app that was initially created by Macromedia which was bought by Adobe. Fireworks had it all, pages, frames, symbols, vector and a lot of top UX designers using it. That wasn't enough for Adobe and they killed it. The outcome was a big gap in the market and when there's a gap there's opportunity and a small team created a killer app called Sketch which in a small amount of time took over the UX design community. Adobe, observing this trend, decided to respond and the answer seems quite awesome, it's called Project Comet. I was invited by some Adobe friends to visit their San Francisco office for a demo of a new tool. I was super curious about it, are they resurrecting Fireworks? Once the demo started I understood that this wasn't a new version of Photoshop or Illustrator for the web, it was a brand new product, started from scratch. I was amazed to see that approach by Adobe. The fact that it is a new app gave them the opportunity to do it right, not get paralyzed by constraints of legacy code. The result is a blazing fast rendering engine, for me that was one of, if not the most, impressive features. A whole new experience in user experience design. Design and prototype websites and mobile apps faster than ever with Project Comet, the first all-in-one solution for UX designers. There are tons of details and features that were made to increase our productivity. The idea of merging a design and fast prototyping tool is a great example. Another super useful feature is the Repeat Grid feature. I hate designing lists of content because there's always changes to be made, and that is always super laborious. Comet fixes part of my workflow beautifully well. Another great feature is the Live Preview on the device via USB. I know there are tons of apps that do that. But the fact that it's via USB solves one of the biggest hurdles designers from big companies have, the WIFI security issues that block mirroring tools. It's great to see Adobe back in the game and it's even better to see that now there's more competition in this field that has been dominated by Sketch. Sketch is my tool of trade, I use it everyday but I am excited about Project Comet. I am excited to see what it will do to the market, I am sure 2016 will be one of the best years for UX designers in terms of tools. We see an avalanche of apps coming to life, like Principle for prototyping, Flinto, InVision, Pixate. With Adobe in the race the only thing that can happen is that we will have better tools that will allow us to spend less time doing repetitive work and more time creating, ideating and innovating for the future. For more information check out Project Comet website.
For the 2014 release of Creative Cloud, Adobe is celebrating creativity by bringing together amazing artists from around the world to remix the Creative Cloud logo into a collaborative mosaic. Each artist gets one tile. The finished piece will be an expression of the endless possibilities of Creative Cloud. These are only a few pieces of the puzzle, to view the entire mosaic go to Adobe Creative Cloud.