Adobe has recently announced huge news with the introduction to their Open Platform. With the month of September, Adobe XD has released new tools to help you design multiple screen sizes, timed transition elements. With responsive design of being now an industry standard, I am more interested in the new timed transitions. It will allow us to simulate the effects of loading states, looping animations and more. I would definitely think that you should take some moment to watch the short tutorial videos below. September brings an exciting update to Adobe XD, as we’re now releasing new tools to help you easily design for multiple devices at different screen sizes, and introducing timed transition elements to add an extra realisms to your prototypes. Responsive Resize “When building new components, to add to our ever-growing library, our team must account for devices of all sizes starting from the truly early stages of ideation,” said Greg Pilawa, UX/UI design manager for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. “XD’s new responsive resize feature gives us the power to rapidly conceive, design, and test across multiple devices without having to rebuild each component from scratch or adjust every element individually. This will undoubtedly allow us to build more, faster.” Check out responsive resize in the video below. Timed Transitions When creating a transition between two artboards in Prototype mode, you’re now able to select Time instead of Tap as your trigger, and you can define how long you want your delay to be and the transition you want it to take. XD will save your attributes from that same screen and offer them as the default on further screens. Watch the video below to see Timed Transitions in action, and see how they can be used to simulate an onboarding experience in an app. Spell Check Now, the great lifesaver of digital copywriting is officially part of Adobe XD. Spell check is integrated in XD, meaning you’ll have access to real-time spell checking directly on the design canvas. All you have to do is enable spell check in XD (it’ll be on by default), and once you select text in your design, you’ll see any potential spelling errors right there. Check out what spell check looks like in Adobe XD in the video below. Improved in XD: Web prototype full-screen viewing We’ve made a number of improvements to the full-screen options in Adobe XD, meaning you’ll be able to show others a much more accurate representation of your work and provide a more realistic experience when viewing a web-sized artboard in the browser. Web and custom artboards are now displayed from the top of the browser, without black padding issues, while mobile artboards continue to be centered on the screen in full-screen mode. The background color in full-screen mode is now white instead of black. This will eliminate any user confusion — most browsers have a default white background, and black doesn’t provide an accurate representation of a real web experience. Additionally, we’re excited to announce that HCL Technologies has chosen Adobe XD CC as its standard tool to design, prototype and share engaging experiences. More Links Get the Starter plan for Adobe XD for free #MadeWithAdobeXD
Adobe has announced big news with Adobe XD where they are opening its platform to enable users to customize their tools through an ecosystem of community and partner-built plugins. Leveraging their APIs, developers can now build on top of XD, adding new features, automating workflows and connecting XD to the tools and services designers use every day. Following up from what we have shared last month, they are also integrating with what's existing collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, Slack and Jira Software Cloud. We are committed to developing a rich ecosystem around Adobe XD to fit the modern designer’s needs,” said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud at Adobe. “Delivering seamless, engaging user experiences is imperative for brands, companies and all digital products, and Adobe is focused on serving designers with powerful collaboration capabilities In their words The open platform will be made publicly available later this year, but Adobe is already working with early developer partners to build plugins for XD, including Microsoft, Trello, UserTesting, Airtable, Dribbble, Silicon Publishing, Slope, inMotionNow, Astute Graphics, Anima and Google Cloud, along with its own Behance and Stock services. These solutions complement a series of integrations Adobe announced earlier this year, offering friction-free workflows with popular third-party tools and services such as Dropbox, Sketch, Zeplin, Avocode, ProtoPie and Sympli. $10 Million Fund to Empower Creative Innovation Initial grants and investments include individuals and companies building tools and services on top of Adobe XD to empower designers around the globe with several expected to be available in the product later this year. CloudApp, Protoio, Inc, Stark, Florian Schulz, Precious Design Studio, Odin Chart, Iconscout, Impekable, UI Faces and more Enhancements in Adobe XD Earlier this month, Adobe also released several new features in Adobe XD, which streamline designers’ workflows and facilitate the designer-to-developer handoff process to make coordination faster and simpler than ever before. Marquee new features include the ability to extract assets in Design Specs, making it more productive and efficient to work with developers. First released in November 2017, Design Specs is also no longer in beta and designers can now mark assets for export and give developers the ability to extract them in the format they need to be used in their code. The $9.99 Adobe XD Single App plan gives Creative Cloud members unlimited shared prototypes and design specs. Additional details on plan options and pricing for each tier are available on Adobe’s website. More Links Get the Starter plan for Adobe XD for free The new plugin ecosystem for Adobe XD
Today Adobe announced the addition of 665 fonts from Monotype, one of the largest most influential type providers in the world, to the Adobe Typekit library; as well as new type features coming to Illustrator CC and InDesign CC. The Monotype fonts now available for sync offer some of the most well-known and beloved type to Creative Cloud users, spanning 41 different font families across a range of styles. Many of the fonts were originally designed in the early 20th century and have been updated and refined over the years to bring them from their original use cases such as the letterpress, hot-metal typesetting and phototypesetting to the digital era. Highlights of the collection include the 80s film classic ITC Benguiat (Stranger Things, anyone?), the bold and sophisticated ITC Avant Garde Gothic, the commercially popular Gills Sans, and the popular choice for titles and branding Rockwell Nova. We are thrilled to expand our alliance with Adobe and make it easier for creative professionals to access the premium fonts they need in the world’s most widely adopted creative tools. The additional designs, along with improved availability through the Typekit Library and Typekit Marketplace, provides enhanced value to our joint customers. - Mike Matteo, Vice President of Global Alliances and Partnerships, Monotype Adobe also unveiled new type innovations coming to Illustrator and InDesign to make it easier than ever to explore and find the perfect font within the design tools. New features include the ability to easily filter and sort available fonts, quickly customize sample display text and seamlessly access the 9,000+ fonts included as part of a Creative Cloud membership, directly within Illustrator and InDesign. For more information make sure to check out the Typekit blog.
Our friends from Adobe have just shared their monthly updates and it will includes new features that have just released. This month, we are taking a look at a bunch of updates related to stroke enhancements, label assets and more. What has been really retaining my attention is the integration of Adobe XD into third party workflow integrations for Windows for example. We have been hearing many quotes and possibly facts about how it's a myth that designers can't work on PC and vice-versa. These new changes will be up for a test, would you like guys to give it a whirl? Fire away! Be sure to tune in to Adobe Live, July 17, 18, and 19 (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m PST) to see top UX designers using these latest features in Adobe XD. New to XD The ability to bring your XD designs into popular prototyping and handoff tools has been one of the top requested features since XD began shipping last year. We delivered support for the Mac platform in January, and are excited to announce that XD now works with Zeplin, Avocode, and ProtoPie on the Windows platform as well. Start your designs in XD, then bring them into your favorite tool to speed-up developer handoffs and create advanced animations. Additional Updates Stroke Enhancements: Users can now create dotted and dashed lines, specify end caps and rounded corners and copy more complex strokes from Adobe Illustrator to use in Adobe XD. Label Assets: Now, users can keep their assets and design choices organized with labels - enabling naming for colors, character styles and symbols in the assets panel. Commenting on Design Specs: Just like Prototypes, users now have access to the same commenting features for Design Specs - letting you easily receive and address comments on your designs. Other updates: Additional updates this month include a paragraph spacing function, image pasting from clipboard and simplified Chinese language option. More Links Learn more about the latest updates on Adobe XD Visit the Creative Cloud Blog
It must be such an honour to have your work featured on one of Adobe's splash screens also what I called: "Loading Screen" before your tool interface comes to life. It was the case for Luke Choice and the work he has done for Project Felix now called Adobe Dimension CC and also worked with the Adobe Make It Impactful team to engage and educate the design community through a series of tutorials, workshops and competitions. Tasked with exploring Project Felix, Adobe’s beta 3D program, Luke created and broke down one of his artworks to highlight the program’s unique features and capabilities. New users to Felix also had the opportunity to watch live demonstrations of the working processes on the Velvet Spectrum Instagram. These tutorials led to an open competition for all artists to submit their own Felix creations in the hopes of winning a trip to Adobe MAX where Luke would host another live workshop for the program. More Links Learn more about Luke Choice Follow Luke's work on Behance
A few weeks ago Adobe announced the ADOBE HIDDEN TREASURES BAUHAUS DESSAU to promote the release of some of the Bauhaus fonts redesigned for the modern technologies and screens. With that announcement, there was an open challenge to all designers and enthusiasts to create a piece of graphic design using the fonts. So for this post, I'd love to share some of the coolest entries I've seen so far. About the Challenge It’s your turn to design like a Bauhaus master. In the coming months, there will be five separate challenges to inspire you to use the restored typography sets in your own work. A selection of the best submissions will be featured in an exclusive exhibition at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. And the grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to explore the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in person. Design challenge #1: Logo Use one or more of the new Bauhaus Dessau fonts to create a digital logo in the Bauhaus style. The winner will take home a 13-inch MacBook Pro, plus a one-year Creative Cloud subscription. To enter, just share an image or Behance project link on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #AdobeHiddenTreasures and #contest. See the Official Rules. Design challenge assets Get the fonts Entries
First of all, would love to salute all our friends and partners at the on-going OFFF Barcelona that is happening from May 24-26. For the occasion, the kind of folks from Adobe were there and they took the opportunity to present a teaser of new features coming soon on XD and Illustrator. Make sure to check the videos below! In their words Adobe shared several sneak peeks of upcoming features to design tools XD and Illustrator CC at OFFF in Barcelona. Adobe XD: Overlays and Fixed Elements These new features are coming soon to Adobe XD. Overlays and Fixed Elements will add richer prototyping capabilities that allow you to prototype beyond artboard to artboard transitions. Illustrator CC: Diffusion gradients A new gradient feature is coming to Illustrator CC later this year. Traditional linear or radial gradients can limit your flexibility, while gradient meshes can have a steep learning curve. The new gradient feature lets you create rich blends of colors that seemingly diffuse naturally into each other. More Links Learn more about Adobe
The awesome folks from Adobe is introducing their third visual trend of the year: Multilocalism. What is it? Let's just say it's all about going back to your roots. Where are you from? Where are your parents come from? How about your grandparents? It's an origin of a multi-cultural question but mostly it's all about: Where do you feel yourself at home? I guess this is what is more important, let's take a look at this stunning and exclusive photo gallery that reflect Adobe's connections in a multi-local world. In Adobe's Words For designers and brands, the multilocal trend requires striking a delicate balance. Images need to embrace true, local moments without appropriating them, and to celebrate the local while elevating our shared global connections. Technology, travel, and migration are shrinking the world and strengthening our connections with each other. As we flow between cultural and geographic boundaries, more of us are embracing our complex global identities, deepening our awareness across cultures, and seeking authentic, local moments. For our third visual trend of the year, we’re exploring what it means to be multilocal in 2018 and considering how the newly imagined global village is shaping visual culture. And we’re looking at how stock photographers around the world are helping brands capture genuine, respectful local images that appeal to consumers’ deepening global consciousness. Contributor Spotlight: Andy Smith Links Learn more about Adobe Blog Check out the dedicated gallery of Adobe Stock celebrating a multilocal world
The fine folks from Adobe Stock has shared an exclusive collection of gorgeous photos by Ussi’n Yala. He is a photographer originally from Gabon, Central Africa. What started as a simple hobby has now turned into a career. You just gotta appreciate his goal to challenge our perception of beauty and Adobe Stock is using their platform to bring more awareness and increase appreciation of African art and photography. A true stunning collection to share, check it out! In their words As a stock marketplace, it’s our duty and responsibility to provide the most relevant, contemporary, and high-quality images to the world’s creatives. Following British photographer Bex Day’s beautiful and authentic portrayals of the transgender community, we are proud to present Ussi’n Yala’s emotive portraits exploring gender and prejudice, exclusively for Adobe Stock. Ussi’n’s goal is to challenge the notion of beauty and break stereotypes with his images: “I hope to free people from the injustice and social barriers we face today. I want to produce a work that will have an impact on the way society works and the way we see the world.” In October of 2016, he exhibited the photo series “Pink Albino” at the African Art Fair in Paris. The portraits were created to address and shed the prejudices held against albinos in Africa. For his shoot on The Fluid Self, Ussi’n collaborated with two close friends, designers Clément Réthoré and Sandra Boutz. All three of them are based in France, but each faces a unique challenge of identity and acceptance due to their identity and sexuality: Ussi’n is black, Clément is gay, and Sandra is Jewish. “We each live in a constant state of discomfort in society and which is, in part, connected with who we are,” says Ussi’n, “and we wanted for this project to merge our peculiarities, while also telling the love story of two men.” More Links Learn more about Ussi’n Yala Check out the Adobe Blog Photography
Nothing is more inspiring for a designer to work on a project where the client just gives you full creative control. Well it's the privilege given from the team at Adobe when DBLG London when they took on the task to build a physical installation for Adobe's Digital Marketing conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They built a bespoke installation which was 3x5 meters tall, with over 47 handcrafted pieces assembled together. It's amazing that the mighty folks from DBLG London shared their behind-the-scenes process so we can all get inspired and also admire how stunning is the final result. Adobe is the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. In short, Adobe is everywhere, changing the world through digital experiences. More Links Learn more about DBLG at dblg.co.uk Follow DBLG's work on Behance Art Installation & Branding
Our friends from Adobe has launched earlier this year: Motion Graphics templates for many of us designers who are using motion for post-production workflows or even creating micro-interactions. I love the fact that they provide a variety of files established for beginners all the way to the real professionals. Also one of the best features is the integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro. It prevents editors from having to alternate between the two applications during the post process. Each template can be dragged from the Essential Graphics panel’s “Browse” tab into a sequence in Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro also ships with dozens of Motion Graphics templates that users can select as the foundation for creating their own motion graphics. Image via Adobe In their words If you’re a video editor (and not a motion graphics designer), you can take simple edits to the next level by harnessing the amazing work of After Effects artists through Motion Graphics templates on Adobe Stock. Adobe introduced the Master Artists Collection on Adobe Stock – prebuilt templates sourced from acclaimed motion graphics designers, including Andrew Kramer, Valentina Vee and Nik Hill. You can leverage the power of After Effects without having to know how to write expressions, manage multiple pre-comps, or dig into text animators. Score! If you’re an After Effects master, you can collaborate with control by designating what can or cannot be edited within your Motion Graphics template. In other words, you can be a team player and save time when those inevitable, minor changes need to be made, such as fixing a typo on a lower third. Additionally, you can generate additional revenue by selling these new file types on Adobe Stock. If you’re a jack of all trades, you can edit your After Effects creations within Premiere Pro (no more switching back and forth!). To prove it, new research from Pfeiffer Consulting has found that productivity was on average 350% higher using these Motion Graphics templates! Motion Graphics templates are making it possible for editors to take advantage of the powerful, creative capabilities After Effects offers and presenting the essential elements directly inside Premiere Pro to customize the design directly, allowing editors to harness their own creativity to produce something truly unique and engaging on the screen. More Links To read more about Adobe After Effects new Motion Graphics templates Get started with a free library on Motion Graphics templates Via Adobe Blogs
It's always lovely to see one of your inspirational designers kicking with amazing projects one after another. It is the case with Vasjen Katro and his collaboration work with Coca-Cola x Adobe. Using Adobe Creative Cloud Tools, his task was to simply create awesomeness for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics inspired by Coca-Cola. The results are stunning and reminding what we mostly used to do 5-6 years ago. Hit it! Vasjen Katro a visual designer and creative director based in Tirana, Albania. We have featured his work before on ABDZ, it's always quite inspiring seeing his progress. Check out his work on Behance. More Links Learn more about Vasjen Katro at katro.me Follow Vasjen's work on Behance Follow Vasjen on Instagram
Our friends over Adobe is having a busy week with a couple of cool announcements that includes a new add-on that will let you do more within your Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Announcing their integration with Google Slides to allow users to easily create, edit and collaborate meanwhile using their inventory of images at your disposal. You'll be also able to search for images, explore curated galleries, perform a visual search and more. On the other hand, Adobe Stock is introducing a new member to their team that will be acting as the first director of editorial content. Let's take a closer look. In their words Image via Adobe New Features • Search: Perform a keyword search or browse curated collections available directly inside the add-on panel. You can even use Visual Search powered by Adobe Sensei to find high-quality, royalty-free results that match the color, tone and composition of your uploaded sample -- all you need to do is drag and drop an image onto the search bar! • Templates: Make your work that much better and your life that much easier with the many template options (pitches, portfolios and other pre-made presentations) available. • Preview and License: Easily insert a preview image into your layout to test different options as you work and collaborate on your presentations. Working with Google to develop a stock service add-on for Google Slides has been an important step in ensuring that customers are enabled with the best tools for their presentation needs,” said Vikram Viswanathan, Director of Strategy & Product Partnerships for Adobe Stock. “Users are able to work and collaborate through the Google Slides experience while leveraging high-quality, royalty-free images from Adobe Stock with the confidence that the images come with the appropriate licenses for their business. Image via Adobe Santiago Lyon has joined Adobe Stock As the first director of editorial content. In this newly created role, Santiago will lead Adobe Stock’s editorial content strategy and collection, working with world-class photojournalists, documentary photographers, editorial providers and media. Santiago brings more than 30 years of experience as an industry executive and award-winning photojournalist – including two World Press Photo prizes on conflict and the Bayeux prize for war photography. Under his direction, the AP earned three of its 31 Pulitzer Prizes for photography, for work in Iraq, the West Bank and Syria. Santiago’s passion and perspective reflects a lifetime of taking on new challenges with journalistic integrity – a passion that will continue to propel Adobe’s commitment to delivering the most compelling and newsworthy visuals to creatives worldwide. More Links Install the free add-on, please visit the Chrome Web Store To read more about Santiago Lyon Via Adobe Blogs
Today marks the celebration of Jessica Bellamy, our fifth Adobe Creative Residency talent hailing from the lovely Louisville, Kentucky. Bellamy specializes in infographic design by telling visual and personalized stories using data with a focus on driving social change. As a former PR professional myself, I personally appreciate this vertical within design as infographics are something I have heavily relied on to catch media's attention with a story idea. Bellamy has a strong (and might we add altruistic) belief that good work deserves good design predominantly partnering with nonprofits and community groups to help create compelling materials that break down complex customer, service and policy information. During her year long residency thanks to Adobe, Bellamy will be pursuing new approaches in her creative process and execution of her designs as well as encouraging the creative community to support and promote working with nonprofits. Peek our favorite visuals from Jessica Bellamy's portfolio below and be sure to check out what it takes to join Adobe's Creative Residency for 2018 here. As an Adobe Creative Resident, Jessica’s overall goal is to change the face of Communication Design. She’ll be tackling new approaches to her creative process, execution, and evaluation in order to develop a new method to provoke a cultural shift. MORE ABOUT ADOBE CREATIVE RESIDENT JESSICA BELLAMY Jessica Bellamy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (UofL) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. As a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at UofL and activist in Kentucky, Jessica created a business that combines grassroots community organizing, research, and information graphics. That business was GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio.
We hope you're getting familiar with the Adobe Creative Residency program at this point, an amazing endeavor brought to us by the dreamers at Adobe who are generously empowering talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a passion project, while sharing their experiences and processes with the creative community. Today, we're excited to mark day four with the inspiring work of Chelsea Burton, a graphic designer and illustrator hailing from Erie, Pennsylvania with a passion for street art, skate board-smithing & longboard deck designing who develops her own line of boards showcasing original artwork. “I plan to approach topics that most strongly reside within me, including the public perception of female strength, individuality, sustainability, product quality, and—always—functional and accessible art application,” says Burton. Chelsea will spend her Residency year creating and launching a new line of longboards as a follow-up to her university senior show and serving as a grander launching pad for a lifelong entrepreneurial goal. She will design and create both the wood decks and vinyl graphics with messages to inspire others to find the purpose and meaning of creativity in everyday activities. Chelsea has a strong belief that her products aren’t necessarily part of a traditional craft, but they have the potential to broaden public awareness about the possibilities of intentional and functional art application. MORE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRES ADOBE CREATIVE RESIDENT CHELSEA BURTON A lifelong pledge in opposition to the clean-cut framework that is housed in expensive taste, my artwork has always found it’s calling in the nitty-gritty, bump and grind freedom of the streets. A sketchbook has continuously been only a beginning—a basic map from which my work is pulled off the page and pushed to the limit of reality. There is a desire to have my work to be revisited and to be used; I want it to go beyond white walls, creep into every crack, and breathe in every city bustling with life.
It's day three of featuring the six lucky Adobe Creative Residents of 2017 on the blog and today we're pumped to showcase the moving work of photographer Aundre Larrow. In his own words, Aundre is a Brooklyn-based creative focused on community building, photography and strategy with some other stuff sprinkled in. For the Adobe Creative Residency program, Aundre will spend his year working on a series of projects that explore the diverse range of people across the United States and their daily lives, challenges and perspectives. His main project is a snapshot of America through the eyes of its residents, and his challenge will be to learn how to create impactful visual imagery to fully tell the story of the people and places he visits. Aundre will be capturing photographs, making video content for the first time, and sharing his process as he learns how to work in this new medium. His goal for the Residency is to make longer-form storytelling about unheard and less represented voices his primary work. Enjoy some of our favorite snapshots from Aundre's work for the Residency below and view more of Aundre's beautiful work at this special site. MORE ABOUT AUNDRE LARROW AND HIS ADOBE CREATIVE RESIDENCY PROJECT Thanks to the Adobe Creative Residency, I've had the pleasure to travel across this nation and learn about the micro-stories that build into what makes a person and validates our experience. My goal at the conclusion of this project is to have a library of immersive portraits that challenge the cycle of giving exclusive visibility (seeing and listening) to those we've already deemed worthy.