Hosted by the one and only Adobe Principal Creative Director Russell Brown, this fun, lively and inspirational event is for graphic designers, art directors, photographers and creative directors seeking fresh, inventive ways to use the newest Adobe Creative Cloud.
Does learning all of the new and useful features in the Adobe Creative Cloud sound like fun? If so, join us for this unique event to thrive on creativity and be surrounded by some of the most inspirational and brilliant minds in the design world.
Each day will treat you to a classic collection of great Shakespearian plays and valuable tips and techniques for designers. Our professional troop of actors will perform some of the great moments from the golden age of the Globe Theatre. The Bard’s words will inspire and energize your projects, unlike any event thou hast ever attended.
Adobe's Inspirational Master Class, a lively, three-day experience where art directors, designers, illustrators and photographers learn advanced imaging techniques using the tools and services found in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Using a combination of cameras, computers and the Adobe Creative Cloud, along with fine art photography and illustration, you'll design and create Shakespearian hand-made books and renaissance fine art paintings.
In the process, you'll master many of the features of the Adobe Creative Cloud. You'll handle your hand-made book project from inception to completion, using laser cutting, fine art printing and hand assembly. On the final day, your completed books and paintings will be displayed in class for all to view.
In addition to the book project, my distinguished troop of experts will review many of the latest services and applications found in the Adobe Creative Cloud, including some features intended specifically for creative professionals.
This year’s class is all about storytelling and one of the world’s best storytellers was Shakespeare himself. Just like Shakespeare, today’s designers are storytellers as well. Designers stories have to sell ideas and concepts, and our goal is to give you the knowledge and tools you need to make your stories clear and powerful.
Opening Reception will begin tentatively at 5pm on Sunday, April 12th. Please plan to arrive at the Asilomar by 4pm on Sunday. We will wrap up with the talent show on Wednesday evening, April 15th.
Have a question on logistics, lodging, or travel planning? Reach ADIM event planner Lisa Gladstone – email@example.com, 303.521.2379. All conference details are handled by The Van Heyst Group (VHG), event planning experts who have helped Russell Brown and Adobe with all of the previous ADIM events.
The learning and fun take place at the Asilomar Hotel in Pacific Grove, California, where the food is delicious, the service is attentive, the seaside atmosphere is inspiring and the fresh ocean air rejuvenating. Please feel free to use this opportunity to extend your stay into a family vacation. Thou will not be disappointed!
Note: The basic gluing and cutting skills you learned in Kindergarten may be necessary.
Russell Preston Brown is the Principal Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated and an Emmy Award-winning instructor. He uses Adobe products to combine the worlds of design and software development. In his 29 year Adobe career, he's contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts, and most recently, Adobe Photoshop panel development. Brown's extensive design knowledge and zany presentation style have won him a devoted following among users of all levels. Via his entertaining series of Photoshop Tips and Tricks, Brown tests the creative limits of Adobe tools for an audience that includes art directors, designers, photographers, artists, and other creative professionals. His tips appear on the web at tv.adobe.com and www.russellbrown.com.
In 1984 Joel graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Photography and soon established a commercial studio working out of Denver Colorado.
For over 30 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe.
In 1990 Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and produce an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum.
Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. “There is no face on the planet that is the same, and my vision as an artist is to capture that individual uniqueness through the creative photographic process.” Joel currently has a photo studio located in Phoenix, Arizona where he resides with his wife Amy.
Sandee Cohen started her career as an advertising copywriter and creative supervisor for ad agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather and Grey Advertising. In 1989 she left advertising to teach art directors and designers how to use “the machine” as Macintosh computers were known. She became one of the premiere trainers for QuarkXPress, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
In 1999 she was approached by Adobe Systems to beta test their new page layout program called K-2 which eventually became InDesign. From that beta testing she wrote the first Visual Quickstart Guide on InDesign. Since then, she has written books on every version of InDesign.
In her career teaching computer graphics, she has taught for numerous private computer graphics schools as well as New York University, Parson’s School of Design, New School University, and Peter Cooper. She has also been hired directly to teach as many publishing houses and design studios in New York City as well as all over the United States. She is the senior contributing editor to InDesign Magazine. She has also contributed to InDesign Secrets and CreativePro.com. She and Diane Burns have written Digital Publishing with InDesign CC.
Chris is also a featured speaker at various industry-related conferences, including the Adobe MAX, How Design, AIGA, and Emerge. Watch his step-by-step courses online at Lynda.com and Udemy.com, download free templates on Adobe Developer Community (Adobe DevNet), and find more events, articles, templates, and courses at chrisconverse.com.
Julieanne is Principal Evangelist for Photoshop and Lightroom at Adobe Systems, founder of jkost.com, author of Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC Essential Training with Lynda.com, publisher of the Daily Photoshop and Lightroom Tip, host of “The Complete Picture” a bimonthly instructional training program featuring Lightroom and Photoshop on AdobeTV, and author of “Window Seat – The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking”
As Group Manager, Social Business for Adobe Systems, I drive the social strategy for Acrobat, EchoSign, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, in addition to leading our focus on Innovation in Social Business applications. Prior to my current role, I was a Group Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, creating the strategy for sales & channel enablement and customer engagement for Adobe's Document Solutions business worldwide.
I have extensive marketing, sales, and training experience and I am a frequent speaker at global marketing and technology conferences. Prior to joining Adobe, I’ve held numerous marketing roles and worked as an engineer with Agfa. I hold an MBA (Global Leadership, Strategy & Marketing) from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, a BSEE from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Wellesley College.
Scott Valentine is a Photoshop author and Adobe Community Professional. His teaching style is a mix of practical and conceptual, often including tips on how to think about the task at hand. He emphasizes mastery of tools through experimentation and a fundamental understanding of how they work - and when they don't. Scott's background in physics, music, and theater give him a unique approach to learning and using Photoshop.
For ADIM 15, Scott will draw on his years-long experience as a fencing instructor at Renaissance Faires to say inappropriate things with an Elizabethan accent while demonstrating how to recreate lighting and texture seen in Rembrandt, Titian, and Vermeer.
Michael Hawley is an educator, computer scientist, musician and photographer who serves as impresario of EG. Educated at Yale and MIT, he held industrial positions at Bell Labs, IRCAM in Paris, Lucasfilm in San Rafael, and NeXT in Palo Alto. For many years, Michael was the Alex Dreyfoos Professor of Media Technology at MIT. He plays the piano (won the Van Cliburn amateur competition in 2002) and has a passion for photography (produced a notable photographic book on Bhutan). Michael lives in an old church in Cambridge where his family includes a quirky HImalayan mastiff (Tashi), an adopted Bhutanese daughter (Choki) and his beloved bride Nina You.
Michael Ninness paid his way through design school at the University of Washington by teaching designers and photographers how to use digital tools and techniques. He has 20+ years experience leading content strategy, product management, and user experience teams. Past positions include multiple stints at Adobe and Lynda.com. He is currently the Sr Director of Product Management for the Design products at Adobe, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Muse. He lives in beautiful Santa Barbara and dreams in keyboard shortcuts.
Nick Mandracchia has been seen the past few years acting in Santa Cruz, San Jose, Los Gatos, and Sunnyvale. A Shakespeare fanatic, favorite roles he has played are Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, and Nick Bottom in Midsummer Night's dream. Other theatre credits include Amadeus and Coney Island Christmas (City Lights Theatre Company) The Beard of Avon (Santa Cruz Shakespeare) and multiple plays/musicals at Foothill College.
Rayce Bird is an internationally known award winning artist. He is involved in a multitude of design projects and innovations. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Virtual Technology and Design, Rayce went on to compete on national television on the Syfy Channel's highly rated series, Face Off, Season 2. After winning the competition, Rayce has been combining both his degree knowledge and his skills that he used on the show doing special effects makeup and conceptual art for both the film and gaming industry. He is also a design consultant for Adobe Photoshop and has been contracted by the government to design game simulators for training and other cognitive learning projects. Rayce has also been hired to speak at schools and several conventions about his design theories and experiences. Rayce is just beginning his career and has some big projects on the horizon. Rayce's goal is to innovate and recreate the world around him while inspiring others to do the same.
Erik Natzke, artist, designer, and programmer, creates and gives material substance to his ideas through immaterial computer code. As a Principal Designer for Adobe's Experience Design group, Erik has the good fortune of working with a variety of groups throughout the organization. Collaborating on ways to promote innovation within the tools we create at Adobe while searching for ways to reduce the friction within the process of creativity for our customers. Targeting both the existing spectrum of working professionals as well as those who don’t quite consider themselves creative (yet!).
The team at VHG, global event management experts, has a long history of handling Adobe's ADIM events. VHG oversees marketing, audience recruitment, registration, lodging, and on-site management for ADIM. VHG's client list includes Apple, Cisco, Equinix, TIME, Fortune Magazine, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others.
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All the ADIM 15 action is taking place at the Asilomar in Pacific Cove, CA. To receive the discounted Asilomar room rate of $253 per night (plus tax), call 831.372.8016 and refer to Adobe's ADIM15 Conference, or use the link below. The hotel strongly suggests that all reservations for ADIM 15 be booked by Friday, March 27th. Once the rooms not reserved by event attendees are placed back into inventory, attendees can continue to call the hotel to make reservations, subject to availability.
Our 2015 theme opens the door to creative thinking and storytelling techniques. With Shakespeare as our guide, we will begin with professional photography of our classic theatre actors in class, along with any personal images you bring to ADIM. You may use your own camera to capture images in our onsite photo studio or work with ADIM's professional photographer to capture the image you desire for your renaissance portrait. When your book and portrait are complete, they will be laser cut by the Universal Laser and imaged with the Roland printer to your exact specifications.
You'll have the opportunity to ask questions of Russell Brown and the team of experts conducting classes whilst networking with other design professionals. Part of the fun of an ADIM event are the clever costumes, masks, and extreme makeup used to carry a creative theme to the max. Come one, come all, and dress to impress! Hollywood special effects artists will facilitate Russell Brown's dramatic transformation from mild-mannered Adobe professional to the 15th century actor… or even Shakespeare himself.
At the closing night’s dinner, prizes will be awarded for talent (or just plain effort). You're invited to sing, dance, juggle, strum, howl or stage a Globe Theatre performance. Our talent show brings out the quietest minds and most extravagant flair. Dr. Brown will award valuable prizes to any and all who are bold enough to step onstage and entertain the ADIM audience.
This hands-on class will supply each participant with their very own Apple iMac for use at ADIM. We recommend that you bring a Macintosh formatted hard drive or USB thumb drives to backup your projects. It is also helpful to bring your own Wacom tablet to ADIM.
Two weeks before ADIM15 begins, Adobe will email you with your membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud. You may install it immediately and activate it before ADIM15. Remember: you must create an Adobe ID before installing the software. When you create your ID it is suggested that you provide an email address other than gmail or Yahoo. There can be communication "challenges" with these particular email clients that are out of Adobe's control. Keep in mind that your one-year subscription will kick in the moment you sign into your account and launch any of the applications. Note for returning ADIM participants: you'll receive an update to your existing Adobe Creative Cloud account, extending your membership another year.
*Price does not include transportation, hotel, or airfare