One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries.
She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.
In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change.
Multi-talented director, writer and actor, Jon Favreau continues to challenge himself with a variety of eclectic projects.
Favreau is currently directing the Disney live action feature, The Lion King, hot off the heels of directing his wildly successful The Jungle Book. Before taking on the Disney live action universe, Favreau was seen in the Open Road Films feature, Chef, which he also wrote and directed.
Before that, Favreau directed the Dreamworks/Universal feature, Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, and both blockbuster hits Iron Man and Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios. He also directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit Elf, starring Will Ferrell for New Line Cinema, as well as Zathura, a children’s adventure film starring Tim Robbins, for Sony Entertainment. He made his feature film directorial debut with Artisan Entertainment’s Made, which he also wrote, and originally established himself as a writer of considerable talent with the acclaimed comedy Swingers.
In addition to his tremendous success on the big screen, Favreau has served as the creator, producer and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated IFC series Dinner for Five, and has directed the pilots for the CBS Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon, the Seth McFarlane FOX sci-fi comedy The Orville.
As an actor, Favreau’s feature film credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Wolf of Wall Street, I Love You, Man, The Break-Up, Something’s Gotta Give, Wimbledon, Daredevil, Rocky Marciano, Love & Sex, The Replacements, Very Bad Things, Deep Impact, and Rudy. Acting for television, his credits include Seinfeld, a recurring role on Friends and a special appearance on HBO’s critically acclaimed The Sopranos, in which he played himself.
Favreau is proud to have helped keep production in Los Angeles, notably on the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Chef, Jungle Book, The Lion King, and on the pilot episodes of Young Sheldon and The Orville. Favreau also serves as third Vice President of the Directors Guild of America, and is a board member for the American Cinematheque, a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms and the operation of both the Egyptian and Aero theaters in Los Angeles. Another cause important to Favreau has been Tony Hawk’s Stand Up for Skateparks Fundraiser for the past eight years; he was a co-chair in 2013, and in 2014 he served as a member of the Benefit Committee.
Potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery.
In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Jonathan’s desire to design all the bits one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, we are a design company with over 25 stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, a full slate of residential and commercial projects, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally.
Pottery continues to be core to our brand, and our commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and luxury is reflected in all we do. Our offerings span furniture, lighting, home accessories, decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, rugs, pillows, and more. Our design work can be found in top restaurants, hotels, and homes around the world. We are dedicated to bringing Modern American Glamour to your life.
Beginning his career as New York’s hottest DJ, Mark Ronson has just produced his fourth album UPTOWN SPECIAL.
UPTOWN SPECIAL - Nelson George, November 2014 Uptown Special, is a tale of several cities, a wide range of collaborators, and a road trip deep into the American South. However, the story of Ronson’s latest project really starts back when he was New York’s hottest DJ. In the late 1990s into the early 2000s the New York club scene was percolating with booming hip-hop and glitzy R&B. In those days before he emerged as a multi-talented musical force, Ronson mannaed the turntables of many great parties. This mix of vintage R&B and pop with contemporary hip-hop is what made Ronson a star DJ. Uptown Special has all the flavor of a night with Mark rocking the ones and twos with funk, soul, and psychedelic pop in a style that echoes classic productions by Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, and funneled through its creators sophisticated understanding of arrangement and melody.
The first single, “Uptown Funk”, features GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars on vocals and drums, who sings with passion and plays drums with fire that will bring funk back on the radio. Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Several musicians, who worked with Mark on his historic production of Amy Winehouse’s multi-platinum Back To Black and his own breakthrough album, 2007’s Version, rejoined him for this album, including drummer Homer Steinweiss, bassist Nick Movshan and guitarist Tommy Brenneck. Also making guest appearances on ‘Uptown Special’ are bassist Willie Weeks(who played on Stevie Wonder’s classic Innervisions) guitarist Carlos Alomar (who created the familiar guitar riff on David Bowie’s “Fame”) and drummer Steve Jordan (member of the John Mayer Trio).
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Sneaks host Kumail Nanjiani is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and comedian, perhaps best known for his co-starring role as 'Dinesh' on the award-winning HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," which won the TV Critics Choice Award for 'Best Comedy Series' last year and has two Emmy and Golden Globe wins, as well as several Emmy and Golden Globes nominations.
Nanjiani adds feature film writing to his impressive list of credits with "The Big Sick," which he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon. The film tells the story of their real-life relationship. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and directed by Michael Showalter, Nanjiani also stars in the lead role opposite Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan and Ray Romano. The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently on a number of lists as one of the most anticipated films of the festival.
He will be heard voicing one of the ninja warriors in "The Lego Ninjago Movie," scheduled for release on September 22 for Warner Bros.
Nanjiani's many memorable comedic roles include the films, "The Five-Year Engagement," produced by Judd Apatow, "Sex Tape" and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," and more recently on the big screen in "Hello, My Name Is Doris," "Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Central Intelligence."
On television, Nanjiani is writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central's "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," along with Jonah Ray. He has had roles on IFC's "Portlandia," TNT's "Franklin & Bash," the reality show parody, "Burning Love" and Comedy Central's "Michael & Michael Have Issues." where he also served as a staff writer. He recently appeared in a guest role on the return of "The X-Files" on FOX and has appeared on "Community," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Drunk History," among others.
The speakers at MAX are pushing boundaries, inspiring possibilities, and redefining the way you work. Check back often as we continue to add more speakers.
Jessica Bellamy Design
The Creative Group
Red Bull Media House GmbH
Tina Roth Eisenberg
The Coca-Cola Company
Former White House Photographer
Mohammad Javed Ali
Diane Burns Inc
Chelius Graphic Services
Wyndham Hotel Group
Codify Design Studio
Draplin Design Co.
The Republic of Quality
Studio Martina Flor
Nigel French Graphic Design
Timothy Goodman LLC
OCD | The Original Champions of Design
Fractured Vision Media, LLC
Andre Jay Meissner
Project H Design
Bring Your Own Laptop
Debi Sementelli Lettering & Type Design
Eight and a Half
Bart Van De Wiele
Lumenbrite Design & Training
Wyndham Hotel Group
Brian Wood Training
Laura Worthington Design
Master FX Training
The Art of Aaron Blaise
A Bracker Design
Christian Clayton Studio
Dave Cross Workshops
Glyn Dewis Photography
Sean Duggin Photographics
Rob Generette III
The Monster Project
rockymontezcarr.com / 3DG Creative LLC
Photoshop Training Channel
Lindsay Adler Photography
DJI Aerial Photography Academy
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
School of Visual Arts
DJI Aerial Photography Academy
Photography, Lightroom and Photoshop Instructor
Bryan O'Neil Hughes
CHRIS ORWIG PHOTOGRAPHY
Pamela Ann Berry, LLC
J Greenberg Consulting
Ready On Demand Inc
SoftBox Media LLC
Steele Pictures Studios, Inc.
This speaker is identified as a MAX Master, ranked as one of the top 20 speakers at MAX 2016.
This speaker is identified as a MAX Master, ranked as one of the top 20 speakers at MAX 2016.
Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events. A clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, whether shooting advertising campaigns, designer look books, jewelry, hair campaigns, fashion editorials, or professional athletes. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. Lindsay’s energy and enthusiastic teaching style showcase her excitement to share her passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms and the industry's largest conferences, or through her blog, DVD videos, online tutorials or her five books. She is located in Manhattan shooting fashion full time. She is honored to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light as well as a ProFoto Legend of Light.
Jonathan’s mission: to bring Modern American Glamour to your life. How? By creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon. It all started with pottery. Jonathan first gave the wheel a spin at summer camp when he was 12 years old. He was obsessed with clay the moment he touched it. Unfortunately, his passion wasn’t always encouraged. After his college professor told him, “You have no talent. Move to New York and become a lawyer,” he attempted to comply, moving to the city and working in entertainment biz. Three years later he quit and went back to the wheel. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Today his offerings span furniture, lighting, home décor, and more, plus countless iconic interior projects, and over 25 stores, all rooted in his commitment to outstanding design, impeccable materials, and unparalleled craftsmanship.
For over 17 years, Justin Ahrens has led his creative firm, Rule29, in its commitment to “Making Creative Matter®” through great design and by helping others think differently about the world around them. With a collaborative approach to both strategy and design, Rule29’s culture is just as important as the work it creates; the firm is involved in many social causes, including substantial work in Africa. Rule29 has been recognized by major competitions and publications, including AIGA, Communication Arts, Fast Company, Graphis,HOW, Print, The Webby Awards, and many more. Ahrens has been a consistent voice for the design and business community in areas around Design for Good and work/life balance, which he has spoken about at the AIGA Design Conference, Design Thinkers, Lynda.com, Brand New, and HOW, and has written about in his book, Life Kerning™: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life. Additionally, Justin serves as a National Board member for the AIGA focusing on Design for Good and the impact we can have as a community.
Javed is a Product Manager with InDesign team. He has been working with Adobe for over 8 years now. Prior to joining Adobe Javed completed his graduation in Computer Science and joined Adobe fresh out of College. He doesn’t have a design degree but over time he has gotten better with design, but there is still a long way to go. His current role is no different than other Product Managers at Adobe, where he interacts with customers and engineering to build the next version of InDesign.
Karen Alsop is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne, Australia-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world. Specializing in Portrait Art, her digital portraiture captures the personality and character of her subjects by placing them within a visual story highlighting their interests. Karen uses the power of Photoshop to composite multiple captures together, making the impossible possible within her art. The Heart Project, founded in January 2016 by Karen, sees her using her compositing skills to give children with severe disabilities the wings to fly. The Heart Project, a joint partnership between Story Art and Adobe Australia is bringing hope worldwide to children and families through the power of photography.
Kelli Anderson is a designer and paper engineer who uses humble materials to expose invisible forces at play in the world. Obsessed with the transparency and intimacy offered by “ lo-fi magic” , she believes that handheld experiences can effectively subvert our expectations about how the larger world works. Kelli's work includes original and award-winning projects for Tinybop, NPR, The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times, and The American Museum of Natural History—as well as her redesign of brands such asRuss & Daughters, momofuku, and Munchery. Additionally, she once made a paper record player wedding invitation and a counterfeit NY Times newspaper from the "utopian future" (a 2008 Yes Men hoax, for which they won an Ars Electronica Award.) She was Adobe's first Creative Resident in 2015. This Fall, Chronicle is releasing her pop-up book, This Book is a Planetarium, a collection of functional paper contraptions that demonstrate how technology can work when pared-down to its bare minimum. It includes a tiny paper planetarium, among other minimalist devices.
AIGA Medalist Charles S. Anderson is a design entrepreneur and creative director who's company specializes in building brands for clients, and also creating their own analog, digital, and interactive products. Established in 1989, CSA Design is one of the profession’s most influential design firms. Their early work for the French Paper Company helped create a new design approach by merging elements of the past and present, resulting in a modern design aesthetic that continues to this day. In addition to their client work, Charles S. Anderson Design is unique in creating CSA Images, one of the most extensive and highly regarded archives of licensed artwork, inspired by the history of modern design, and reinvented for the 21st Century. CSA Design's work has been exhibited in museums worldwide, and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2014 Anderson was honored with the AIGA Medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions in the field of design.
Jessi Arrington is a designer who taps into the power of unexpected joy. As co-founder of the Brooklyn-based experience design studio WORKSHOP she produces projects with love for clients like Etsy, Cultivated Wit, and TED. Jessi is an integral part of the team behind the super successful Brooklyn Beta, a web conference aimed at the “work hard and be nice to people” crowd, and Brooklyn Derby the largest Kentucky Derby party outside of Kentucky. She draws inspiration from her friends at Small City the Gowanus coworking space she helped found. She makes a point of never buying new clothes, and her TED talk on that topic has been viewed over 1 million times. Jessi’s belief is that people should consciously design their lives and careers to exploit their unique creative traits – not only accepting, but celebrating, what makes each of us different, weird and special.
Justin Avery curates the Responsive Design Weekly Newsletter, Podcast, and maintains Responsive Design Knowledge Hub (rwd.is) where you can find articles, examples, patterns, and resources related to building a web solution that works everywhere. Justin is passionate about the web, performance, and new formats in which web content can be delivered.
Amy Balliett is the CEO of Killer Infographics, a Seattle-based industry leader in visual communication. She owned her first company, a candy store and ice cream parlor, at the age of 17 before heading off for college. She subsequently built a successful career in SEO and marketing, and has headed up SEO at several companies. In 2009, she partnered to build lead-gen-based websites, but in the fall of 2010, she pivoted the business to an entirely new model: visual communication. In the years since, Killer Infographics has grown to become an industry leading full-service visual communication agency, driving successful content marketing campaigns for nonprofits and Fortune500 clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more.
Corey has been a well-known Photoshop instructor for the past 10 years but has been using Photoshop since version 2.0. He graduated from the Ringling College of Art & Design In Sarasota, FL with a BFA in Illustration. He has since gone on to became an award-winning designer and educator in a variety of fields. In 2006 he joined the Photoshop guys on the popular podcast Photoshop TV and instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Also a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine where he writes the popular Down & Dirty Tricks column. He is also the author of the best-selling books The Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers Vol 1&2 and How to Create Badass Effects in Photoshop. Corey also teaches at live events such as Photoshop World and Adobe MAX. He was recently inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the education of Photoshop and continues to inspire through his online training, books, articles, and training events. He recently founded MasterFxTraining.com.
Elvira Barriga is a Creative Director at the Exhibition and Media Design firm Local Projects, where she also heads the Department for Visual Experience Design. She is most passionate about shaping creative processes and mentoring talent while pushing for powerful concepts that enrich our environments with meaning, beauty and surprise. Elle has worked internationally with prominent museums, universities, publishers, architects, and global brands. She was also a Creative Director at Imprint Projects NYC and Bruce Mau Design in Toronto. Prior to moving to North America, she was a partner at Blotto Design in Berlin and a freelance Art Director for Meiré und Meiré.
Dani Beaumont has been managing innovative applications in the web and design space for more than 20 years. She is currently the principal product manager on Adobe Muse and frequently presents on the latest web design trends and Muse techniques in her bi-monthly Muse Jam sessions. Before Adobe Muse, Dani was integral in the acquisition and integration of Business Catalyst into the Adobe web solutions portfolio. She's also served as the group product manager for the web segment, and a senior product manager for Adobe Fireworks and Macromedia Director.
Melinda Beck is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer based in her hometown of New York City. She briefly left New York to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated summa cum laude, in graphic design. Over her quarter century in the business she has had the pleasure of working for such clients as: Neiman Marcus, Nickelodeon, Nike, Real Simple magazine, Supreme, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Random House, Target, and Time Magazine. Melinda has received numerous awards including two Emmy nominations and a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. A series of her prints was acquired by the Library of Congress for their permanent collection. Melinda served as the vice president of ICON9, the Illustration Conference, has taught at Parsons School of design, and been a visiting lecturer at a variety of institutions around the globe.
Sarah Bell was trained in cartography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her professional cartography career at the National Park Service, and later went on to work at an independent cartography company, creating maps for clients like the U.S. Forest Service, Green Trails, and the National Park Service. Sarah created mapping products for community disaster recovery during her subsequent work as a data visualization designer for Western Washington University’s Resilience Institute. She has been a cartographer and data visualization designer at Esri for nearly four years, where she provides mapping and viz solutions for customers. Her favorite mapping projects are those that present the most design challenges, as they are opportunities for creative new visual solutions. Sarah lives in Bellingham, Washington – and Lexington, Kentucky part of the year – and enjoys rock climbing and running in both places.
A designer and activist from Louisville, Kentucky, Jessica Bellamy tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. In her work driving social change through design, she partners with nonprofits and community groups to creating compelling materials that break down complex service and policy information. She currently is an Adobe Creative Resident and is spending the next year trying new approaches in her creative process and execution of her designs as well as encouraging the creative community to support nonprofits and work with them on creative projects. Prior to the Creative Residency she founded and ran GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio in Louisville working with local and national non-profits, community groups, and social change initiatives.
Pamela is both a photographer and filmmaker. She has been a radio DJ, podcaster and loves to geek out on cameras. She loves everything about cameras and amazed how taking pictures everyday can change and impact lives. Her motto in life is to make life around her more positive. In the past, she has tech edited books on Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator & Motion. She has been a filmmaker for 20 years and has worked along side Oscar and DGA winning Directors. She’s done everything from PA, 2nd A/C, Script Superior and Director, mostly working on major motion pictures and commercials. Currently she writes for Photofocus.com and is directing a Documentary that tells the story of challenges rape survivors face in the court system. She wants to continue empowering photographers and filmmakers to continue growing and learning to be their best self both behind the camera and in life. Her day job is Brand Experience Executive with Peppershock Media in which she helps companies tell their brand story in every aspect of Media.
For 21 years Aaron Blaise worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time, he worked as an animator or supervising animator on The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, and more. In 2003 Aaron was co-director of Brother Bear for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. After Brother Bear he helped to develop several projects, but ultimately left Disney to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida. Aaron recently served as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for the The Bear and the Hare, an advertisement loved by millions around the world. He is currently also working on a new animated short film, once again involving bears called Snow Bear.
David Blatner is the world's most recognized authority on Adobe InDesign, the founder of InDesign Magazine, the co-host of InDesignSecrets.com, the producer of The InDesign Conference, and the co-author of "Real World InDesign." He is also the author of "InDesign Essential Training" and a dozen other video titles at Lynda.com. When he's not helping people master InDesign, Blatner writes about a wide variety of topics, such as his popular science book "Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity." You can learn more about David at 63p.com or follow him at @dblatner
Demian is a Strategic Development Manager for Adobe XD on the Creative Cloud team at Adobe. As one of the first Product Managers for XD, since the early alpha days, he is based in the company’s San Francisco office and has more than 16 years of experience with technology, interactive media, design, business, community engagement, and training. Before Adobe, he worked as a Developer Advocate, first for BlackBerry and then Braintree/PayPal, traveling the world to engage with developers and startups. He also ran Action Creations, an interactive agency based in San Diego, designing and developing apps for clients including Oakley, 20th Century Fox, World Surf League, Nike and more. Demian is committed to the growth of new innovators, has taught design and programming at UCSD, as well as his training programs focused on Design Thinking and mobile development, reaching hundreds of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Learning, empathy, innovation, and technology drive his work and his personal life. In addition to being a software engineer focused on UX and Web technologies, Demian is a surfer, Design Thinker, and father.
Anne Bracker, a designer from Kansas City, spends nearly every moment of each day working on some aspect of design, whether it's coming up with designs for her freelance clients, creating new vector designs for stock websites, or adding new pieces to her Etsy shop. A design veteran with 18 years of experience, her work has been featured by Forbes, Huffington Post, Popular Mechanics, Ebates, CNET, and Canva, among others. When she's not designing, she spends her time creating graphic design video content for her Youtube channel, speaking at design conferences, and traveling.
Randy Jay Braun has been a professional photographer for thirty years on the island of Maui. For most of those years Braun also owned and operated Hawaii’s most successful photography art gallery. In late 2012, the DJI Phantom quadcopter came on to the market and Randy was one of the first photographers ever to adapt to this new genre of aerial image capture. He began testing consumer drones and cameras for DJI, the world’s largest drone company, and struck up a working relationship. Braun published the first-ever book about the topic, entitled, Aerial Drone Photography. Randy Braun began working full-time for DJI in 2014. He served as Director of Product Experience and managed the Still Photography Development Team. In 2017 he co-founded the DJI Aerial Photo Academy, a traveling workshop series teaching drone photography skills across North America.
Russell Brown is the Senior Creative Director at Adobe as well as an Emmy Award-winning instructor. His ability to bring together the world of design and software development is a perfect match for Adobe products. In Russell’s thirty two years of creative experience at Adobe, he has contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts, and most recently HTML5 panel development. He has helped the world's leading photographers, publishers, art directors, and artists to master the software tools that have made Adobe's applications the standard by which all others are measured.
Paul is the Principal Asia Pacific Evangelist for the Creative Cloud focusing on the design, web and photography tools. Based in Singapore, Paul travels the Asia Pacific region presenting to creative audiences on Adobe’s solutions. Before Adobe, Paul ran his own award winning design, web and video company MAD - Multimedia Art Design for many years, and also worked as the APAC Evangelist for Macromedia.
Long on the bleeding edge of design and publishing technology, Diane Burns is an author, trainer and consultant. She is founder of San Francisco-based TransPacific Digital, a leading print and digital localization company. An Adobe Community Professional and an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, she provides custom training and consulting services to a wide variety of corporations and publishing companies. She is the author of several InDesign courses for Lynda.com, including Publish Online with InDesign and Creating Animations with Adobe InDesign CC. For more information, visit www.dianeburns.com
Bo Campbell is an Interaction Designer and Accessibility Design Lead at IBM. As an accessibility thought leader and innovator in the IBM Accessibility organization, Bo functions as a driving force behind the integration of IBM Design Thinking with accessibility practices and techniques. Additionally, he functions as a lead designer on research projects designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Bo is a member of the W3C CSS Working group and holds an MS in HCI.
As a professional colorist, Robbie’s nearly 20 years of color grading experience have helped National Geographic, Discovery Networks, hundreds of independent filmmakers, and national political campaigns get the best looks for their projects. Robbie has authored seven books and dozens of hours of training content for Lynda.com. Robbie is also the co-founder of MixingLight.com a subscription website focused on color grading and is two-time Adobe Max Master.
As her extensive portfolio indicates, Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spend over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries. Vast as her industry experience is, Lisa’s teaching credentials are equally impressive. She is a regular presenter at the Adobe MAX conference. Her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students in Los Angeles, London, Italy, and France. Her engaging style works equally well whether she’s mentoring individual students just starting out with Photoshop, or presenting a workshop to thousands of industry professionals. Portfolio Includes: Entertainment — all major movie studios and many television networks, including Disney, Buena Vista, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers, Sony; advertising credits include — Burger King, Circuit, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordana Cosmetics, Strategic Perceptions, Stylorouge UK, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Mazda, Kraft, BestBuy; agencies include — BLT communications, Gunthy Renker, Arsenal, Cold Open, And Company, Emerald City, Metafor, Bloomoon, Ignition, Canyon Creative, Gravillis, Eclips, Midnight Oil, Motion.
Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica Carpenter where they focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O'Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter has worked with numerous bands on posters and tour campaigns for over 10 years, including John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Carpenter has written and illustrated over twenty children's books in our marketplace today intended for adults and children of all ages. Tad also currently teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.
Rick Champagne heads up Global Media & Entertainment Industry Strategy and Marketing for NVIDIA. In this role, Rick works closely with customers and industry partners within the Film, TV, Broadcast, Games and Advertising industries. With a long history of managing products such as the Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Softimage, Mudbox, and Painter, Rick has been in the service of Artists, Designers, Photographers, Filmmakers, and other Creative Professionals for over two decades. Rick holds a Master’s in Business Administration and spends much of his personal time in his technological and creative pursuits.
Elaine Chao is a product manager on Adobe Experience Design CC. In her 12-year tenure at Adobe, she's worked on a variety of products geared toward designers and web producers, including Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, and Creative Cloud Extract. Elaine is also a martial arts instructor, musician, writer, volunteerism advocate, and an Adobe Founders Award winner. You can find her online tweeting and blogging on Medium as @elainecchao.
Chad Chelius is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Community Professional based in the Philly area. As a trainer, author, and consultant, he helps clients to learn, use, and get the most out of Adobe products. He has helped major publishing clients to implement Adobe software into their business processes and has assisted them in streamlining their workflows. As an author, he has written and co-written several books and created multiple videos for Lynda.com on Adobe software. He also writes articles featured in InDesign Magazine, CreativePro.com, and InDesignSecrets.com. Chad is also the Managing Editor of InCopySecrets.com.
Mark Christiansen is best known in the Adobe community as an author whose books (for Adobe Press) and videos (at lynda.com/LinkedIn) helped many visual effects artists start and refine their careers with After Effects. He has used the software since starting at LucasArts in the early 1990s. He was inspired to start writing books after using After Effects on feature films including the Day After Tomorrow and Spy Kids 3D. He went on to work on Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End, Avatar, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. He even created an app just for the visual effects community, Cinefex for iPad, which included the 3rd most successful Kickstarter campaign in the publishing category. Mark is a San Franciscan, a fifth generation Californian and the father of two more Californians.
Trina Cintron is an award-winning design leader who has spent over 15 years creating digital experiences for world-class brands such as Starwood (W Hotels, Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, and others), Mattel, NTT, Disney and more. Currently, she is responsible for bringing Wyndham Hotel Group’s 20 iconic brands to life digitally, and for driving the business forward through innovation. Trina’s passion lies in delivering high-impact designs that draw in guests, and in leading high-performing creative teams.
Christian is an artist, painter, image maker and storyteller. His 30-year process begins with trusting the first mark of vulnerability — followed by inspiration, intuition and the “gut reaction." All these energies unfold in the process and are essential to the image creation from beginning to end. The experience is unpredictable at best, often compelling, but always accepted and the results invariably represent the creative risks endured. Christian's body of work includes his individual and collaborative art practice. His work is in museums and public, corporate, and private collections around the world including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Saatchi Gallery. His work has been featured in publications such as Art In America, Juxtapoz Magazine, Flash Art, Hi-Fructose Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the New Yorker and Rolling Stone. In 2016 Christian received a 20-year service award from The Art Center College of Design. In 2015 he was awarded "The Great Teacher Award," from the Art Center College of Design Student Body. His teaching credentials also include Cal State University Northridge and Otis College of Design. Christian lives and works in Los Angeles County with his wife and two teenage sons.
Anne-Marie "HerGeekness" Concepción is a digital publishing expert. She owns Chicago-based Seneca Design & Training, a cross-media design studio that develops print, PDF, and ebook projects for clients. Anne-Marie is also a certified Adobe independent trainer and consultant specializing in InDesign-centric publishing workflows, InCopy integration, and publishing to EPUB, Kindle, PDF, and iBooks Author formats. She has authored over 20 courses on Lynda.com on these topics and others. Anne-Marie is also the co-founder and CEO of the Creative Publishing Network, which produces the InDesignSecrets.com blog and podcast, InDesign Magazine, CreativePro.com, and industry conferences including The InDesign Conference, the CreativePro Conference, and PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @amarie.
Currently Sr. Director, Engineering, in the Digital Imaging group at Adobe, Stefano Corazza leads a team that is integrating machine learning and 3D technology into Adobe’s family of products. Corazza joined Adobe with the company’s acquisition of Mixamo Inc, an online software platform for 3D character animation, a company he founded and led as CTO/CEO. Prior to Mixamo, Corazza was a research associate at the Stanford University Biomotion Lab, where he developed markerless motion capture technology and won the Stanford-Caltech-Berkeley Innovators' Challenge in 2005. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from University of Padua, a master of design from University of Florence, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in bioengineering and computer vision from University of Padua, part of which was completed at Stanford University. He holds several patents in the motion capture domain where he has published over a dozen peer reviewed papers and over thirty conference proceedings. Corazza’s previous presentations include: Lecture on Character Animation at FMX, Stuttgart, 2013 Keynote on Computing Enabled Innovations at IFA (largest consumer electronics conference in Europe) with AMD, Berlin, 2012 Lecture on Character Animation for Games at Unity Conference Unite2011 and Unite2012 Invited Keynote on Markerless Motion Capture at SPIE Conference, San Diego, 2009 Invited Keynote at CVPR (Computer Vision) Conference Symposium, 2006. Stefano is a mentor at the River VR Accelerator program.
For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training, CreativeLive and Photoshop Cafe. He offers online training at online.davecrossworkshops.com and runs a “boutique” stock photography site for compositing, compositingstock.com. Over the last 15 years, Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
Nicole is currently a high school technology teacher and staff developer in Silicon Valley who has been teaching “kids of all ages” since a previous millennium. Passionate about mobile photography, creativity, and education, she has has been recognized as an Adobe Education Leader, and has won many awards for her innovative teaching, photography, videos, and tutorials. Nicole also presents and keynotes at ed tech conferences around the world, and in every moment of her free time, she can be found exploring beautiful places while snapping and “apping” pictures with her family and her iPhone.
Erica Deahl is a San Francisco-based designer who believes in design as a tool for social change. As a UX design lead at 18F, she helped federal agencies leverage user-centered design to respond to some of the most pressing needs of the American people. She was a lead designer of the U.S. Web Design Standards, a shared design system for government agencies, and helped launch new services to support immigration applicants and provide voter education. Erica is currently a principal designer at Khan Academy. Previously, she served as Senior Designer at Hillary for America, worked with MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab to develop data literacy curricula for high school students, and was a senior designer at 2x4 in NYC.
Glyn Dewis is a Professional Photographer, Educator and Author based in Oxford, UK. With clients such as the BBC, SKY TV, Fox and Air New Zealand, Glyn also presents at events around the world covering all aspects of Photography and Post Production. Author of the Best Selling Photoshop Workbook - Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques and most recently Photograph Like a Thief - Using Imitation and Inspiration to Create Great Images, Glyn also provides educational material through his YouTube Channel over at youtube.com/glyndewis.
Diane Domeyer is executive director of The Creative Group (TCG), a specialized staffing service placing interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. When she’s not managing operations for TCG’s locations across North America or speaking and tweeting about career and workplace trends, you can find her on a bike or spending time with her husband, five kids and grandchildren. As a 25-year veteran in the staffing industry, Diane has been interviewed by numerous outlets, including NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and more. She also has been named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential women for six consecutive years and “Forever Influential” in 2013.
Megan Donahue is a Director of Product Management for Creative Cloud at Adobe. Her team shepherds creative content as it flows through the cloud and into many of the Adobe products, via CC Libraries, the "Start" & "File New" experiences, CC Assets web, and the Bridge desktop application. Her goal is to ensure people can easily create and collaborate on their work and with their teams, while rethinking the ways in which we manage our digital content. In the past, Megan helped birth the "Metro" design language as part of the Windows Phone Design team at Microsoft, developed iPods as part of Apple's iPod Engineering team, produced casual games for Shockwave.com, and researched wearable technology at MIT's Media Laboratory, as part of John Maeda's Aesthetics + Computation Group.
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity and Illustration categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Dinosaur Jr, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires, Poler, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Jill Soloway, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Rhett Miller, Old 97s, Nixon Watches, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We’ve traveled the world telling our story, with 240 speaking fiascos under our belt and counting! We co-created Field Notes with Jim Coudal, and our proud offering of American-made memo books are sold in over 1,000 stores nationwide, with limited-edition special editions shipped quarterly to a booming subscriber list. Our first book titled “Pretty Much Everything” came out on May 17, 2016 on Abrams Books, which incredibly, is already in its third printing. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.
Chris Duffey spear-heads Adobe’s Creative Cloud strategic business development partnerships across the Creative Agency enterprise space. Prior to Adobe Chris was an Award-Winning Executive Creative Director, Noted Speaker, Author and Mobile & Wearable Technologist. Chris has been featured by Business Insider, and Yahoo as one of “The industry’s leaders on the top issues, challenges and opportunities in the fast-changing world of mobile marketing.” Chris has been a creative consultant with over 35 advertising agencies across all the major global holding companies: WPP, IPG, Havas, Omnicom, Publicis and MDC, having worked across every major industry vertical. Chris is an accomplished author, with an affinity towards creating innovation for the most complex business challenges imaginable. The Guardian awarded “How Mobile Became Mighty in Healthcare” to their Top Ten Best Healthcare Stories of the Year. Chris is a three-time Cannes Lions Speaker. This year Chris spoke at Cannes Innovation about Artificial Intelligence and Creativity. Previously, Chris took the stage with Kim Kardashian at Cannes Lions on how to connect with audiences thru mobile gaming mechanics. And for the inaugural Cannes Lions Health Festival Chris co-chaired with Google for the keynote on future trends in mobile marketing. Chris is the winner of the Boldest Digital Health Influencer award by New York City Health Business Leaders, recognizing the Best of the Best in digital and was named to PM360’s Healthcare Elite Digital Crusader Award honoring the most influential digital minds in health. Chris’ work has been featured by Google, McKinsey and Wharton in their digital marketing book and recently profiled by the Wall Street Journal..
Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, and photo educator. He has been helping photographers and digital artists master photography and digital darkroom techniques since 1996. He teaches in the MPS Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York , and he leads workshops at venues across the country. He has many online courses on Photoshop, digital photography, and mobile photography on Lynda.com, and he is the co-author of Photoshop Artistry, Real World Digital Photography, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Photoshop Masking & Compositing. In addition to workshops and seminars, he also offers personalized online consulting and training.
Jessica Edwards (Scenic) has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer and publicist. Her first feature-length documentary, Mavis!, about soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers, premiered on HBO in February, 2016 and was awarded a Peabody for distinguished achievement in documentary filmmaking. Her award-winning debut short Seltzer Works premiered at SxSW and was broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2010. Her films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and IDFA. She recently directed her first VR piece “The Fastest Ride”, a 360 documentary in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal about cyclist Denise Mueller’s attempt to break the bicycle land speed record.
Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts. Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. Her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin is the founder and chair of the Masters in Digital Photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2015 Katrin was named a Sony Artisan. An early inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, Katrin has never met a pixel she didn't want to change.
Multi-talented director, writer and actor, Jon Favreau continues to challenge himself with a variety of eclectic projects. Favreau is currently directing the Disney live action feature, The Lion King, hot off the heels of directing his wildly successful The Jungle Book. Before taking on the Disney live action universe, Favreau was seen in the Open Road Films feature, Chef, which he also wrote and directed. Before that, Favreau directed the Dreamworks/Universal feature, Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, and both blockbuster hits Iron Man and Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios. He also directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit Elf, starring Will Ferrell for New Line Cinema, as well as Zathura, a children’s adventure film starring Tim Robbins, for Sony Entertainment. He made his feature film directorial debut with Artisan Entertainment’s Made, which he also wrote, and originally established himself as a writer of considerable talent with the acclaimed comedy Swingers. In addition to his tremendous success on the big screen, Favreau has served as the creator, producer and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated IFC series Dinner for Five, and has directed the pilots for the CBS Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon, the Seth McFarlane FOX sci-fi comedy The Orville. As an actor, Favreau’s feature film credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Wolf of Wall Street, I Love You, Man, The Break-Up, Something’s Gotta Give, Wimbledon, Daredevil, Rocky Marciano, Love & Sex, The Replacements, Very Bad Things, Deep Impact, and Rudy. Acting for television, his credits include Seinfeld, a recurring role on Friends and a special appearance on HBO’s critically acclaimed The Sopranos, in which he played himself. Favreau is proud to have helped keep production in Los Angeles, notably on the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Chef, Jungle Book, The Lion King, and on the pilot episodes of Young Sheldon and The Orville. Favreau also serves as third Vice President of the Directors Guild of America, and is a board member for the American Cinematheque, a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms and the operation of both the Egyptian and Aero theaters in Los Angeles. Another cause important to Favreau has been Tony Hawk’s Stand Up for Skateparks Fundraiser for the past eight years; he was a co-chair in 2013, and in 2014 he served as a member of the Benefit Committee.
Steve is the founder of The Design & Content Conference, The Experience Code Conference, and The Republic of Quality. He leads the charge on coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design and content strategy. Steve has over 20 years experience in research, business strategy, experience strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy for the web. He's worked as a freelance designer and served as director of UX in agency and studio settings. Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer’s Society of Canada and served as the national VP of web for three years.
Michael is a designer from Copenhagen who loves making things and going on adventures. He’s got a treasure-trove of design experience creating his own companies, leading teams of developers and designers and working on countless of successful products and services. When he’s not pushing pixels to millions of users, running epic kickstarter campaigns or making games, he works on his many side-projects; Teaching people about making things through his YouTube channel or making resources at applypixels.com used by hundreds of thousands of Photoshop users around the world.
Martina combines her talents as designer and illustrator in the drawing of letters. Based in Berlin, she runs a leading studio specializing in lettering and custom typography for clients around the globe, such as: The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Monotype, Etsy, Adobe, Macy's, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She cofounded the online competition Lettering vs. Calligraphy, which has garnered international attention, and has initiated numerous other noncommercial projects, including Letter Collections, a series of postcards. With a master in Type Design from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) under her belt, she dedicates a large part of her time to teaching lettering and type design. Her book The Golden Secrets of Lettering (Princeton Architectural Press and Thames & Hudson, 2017) will be published in English, German, Spanish, and French. When she is not busy drawing letters, Martina teaches at several universities, travels around the world to host workshops, and speaks at design conferences. Through her work, she has helped establish lettering design in the European design scene.
Nigel French is a graphic designer, trainer, and photographer based in Lewes, Sussex, UK. He is the author of InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (Adobe Press), and more than fifty titles in the Lynda.com online training library. He also writes a type-related column for InDesign Magazine. This is his fourth year speaking at Adobe MAX.
Professional radio and television engineer, sound engineer. CEO of SAE, Austria’s first private sound engineering school. Deputy head of technology at Antenne Bayern radio station from 1989 to 1991; head of technology of 104.6 RTL (Berlin). Founder and CEO of Mondocom GmbH (Munich and Vienna) in 1992, which operates the technical premises of Austrian national radio Ö3 since 1998. From 2002 to 2007 Chief technology officer for Austrian national broadcaster ORF. Chief technology officer Officer of Red Bull Media House since 2007. Married, one son.
Inspiration came during a close encounter with a humpback whale in her kayak near Maui; an experience that forever changed her life. Since then Stacy Garlington spends much of her time studying the art of photography and creating images using small aerial drones. Stacy realized the tremendous potential of aerial photography during the early stages of the consumer drone industry. She began to create impactful images using basic camera skills. Her work is now published in both Forbes and TIME magazines -- examples of the new perspective achievable using this technology. “I never had a formal education, so how did I end up working for the world’s largest drone company with an office in both Silicon Valley and Shenzhen China? I had a dream and I made a choice to pursue what made me happy.”She is now co-owner and instructor at the DJI Aerial Photo Academy. She continues to teach thousands of people worldwide how to experience the freedom of flight while operating their cameras in the sky.
Stephen is a 2nd generation Creative Director with extensive experience building agency and client-side teams that have created award-winning global advertising campaigns, multiple Fortune 100 brands and innovative digital experiences. His work has received over 150 international awards and Apple has featured his work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials, in Apple Stores and more. He also hosts The Crazy One which is an iTunes Top 10 Design podcast that focuses on helping people be more creative, be a better leader or learn how to make a difference in their company.
Catherine is a product manager for Photoshop. She works with teams of engineers, designers, researchers and data scientists to add new features and technology into Photoshop. She has a JD-MBA from Northwestern University and has worked at Adobe for four years.
Robert Generette III is an award winning illustrator, educator and self-proclaimed "vector art monster" based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Under the pseudonym Rob Zilla III, he uses an iPad Pro to create compelling sport illustrations and portraitures for clients ranging from Nike Baseball, NASCAR, NBA (Wizards & Warriors), Major League Soccer (L.A. Galaxy & D.C. United), Wacom and Adobe. Rob attributes his success to traditional art experiences, layer management and his willingness to try new things with mobile applications.
Mordy Golding, Director of Content for LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com, is a 5-time Adobe MAX Master. Once the Product Manager for Adobe Illustrator, Mordy has published over 50 online video courses and books covering Adobe software and related design topics. With a background in typesetting, art production, and graphic design, Mordy has traveled the world helping creative professionals use tools and technology to help them express their creative vision. As a consultant, Mordy worked with Nike, The New York Times, Random House, Cabelas, Victoria’s Secret, Sesame Workshop, Coach, The NBA, Scientific American, USA Today, among others. Mordy was named a Champion of Graphic Design by Graphics IQ (formerly Publish! Magazine), and a Road Warrior MVP by American Way Magazine.
Nathan Goldman initially joined artistic forces with future DKNG partner Dan Kuhlken in high school where they designed album artwork and collateral for the rock band in which they both performed. Nathan graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Film & Television and went on to work in the art department at Warner Bros. Television. Prior to joining DKNG as a full-time Creative Director, Nathan served as Director of Design at the USC Design Studio, during which time, Nathan and Dan began collaborating on rock posters for the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. DKNG has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented and iconic musical artists, brands, and businesses including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, The National, SXSW, Wired Magazine, Bank of America, Lucasfilm, Disney, Paramount Pictures, and HBO.
Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, and author running his own studio in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Adobe, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Samsung, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications. Timothy co-created the blog and book 40 Days of Dating with Jessica Walsh, that has received over 15 million unique visitors and whose film rights were optioned to Warner Bros. Their second social experiment, 12 Kinds of Kindness, was featured in The New York Times & NPR. His writing series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” has exhibited in NYC, LA and at the concept store Colette in Paris, France. His second book, Sharpie Art Workshop, came out last year. He teaches at SVA in NYC. He speaks around the world at creative conferences, including SXSW and TEDx.
Tom Goodwin’s main role is the EVP of Innovation at Zenith Media, his role is to understand new technology, behaviors and platforms and ideate and implement solutions for clients that take advantage of the new opportunities these make possible. Tom’s focus is leading the innovation and content wing within Zenith, unleashing the power of emerging platforms, content and influencer programs, new media and devices and new technology to product robust business results. Tom is also voted the #1 voice in Marketing by LinkedIn with over 400,000 followers on the platform, he is also one of 30 people to follow on Twitter by Business Insider and the top two people in Advertising to follow by FastCompany. An industry provocateur and commentator on the future of marketing and business, he's a columnist for the Guardian, TechCrunch and Forbes and frequent contributor to The World Economic Forum, GQ, Ad Age, Wired, Ad Week, Inc, Quartz and Digiday. He features on Global TV as a regular guest on i24News’s “Cutting Edge” section about the future.
Jeff I. Greenberg is a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers.) He specializes in editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. He runs a conference for editors called the EditorsRetreat.com. For Adobe press, he wrote Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques. He has online materials on Lynda.com and JGreenbergConsulting.com and or on twitter @filmgeek.
Dr Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a PHD and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England. Ten years ago, Shelley founded the creative educational company Type Camp International. She now travels the world helping people expand their creativity and learn more about typography.
Cisco Guzman, Group Product Manager for Adobe XD is fairly convinced that he has the best job in the world. He taught himself Photoshop and Illustrator on a Centris during work-study at Stanford University, where he studied interdisciplinary philosophy. Cisco enjoys thought, ideation, science, communication, people, working hard, working out, and getting the job done. He devotes his time to capturing expression with technology and believes deeply that art can heal us.
Josh Haftel is currently the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile product manager. Previously, Josh worked at Google on the Google+ Photos team as well as at Nik Software. More of his work can be found at joshhaftel.com and instagram.com/joshhaftel.
Rod Harlan is an Industry Veteran with over 25 years experience as an author, educator, editor, animator, videographer, marketing & media consultant and Adobe addict! He is an in-demand speaker at some of the most influential industry conferences and a trainer for some of the largest & most reputable organizations including Adobe, NAB, FMC, WEVA and NAPP among others. He shares content to over 100,000 followers and can be contacted via Twitter @RodHarlan.
Tony Harmer is a British Illustrator, Designer, Lynda.com author and Adobe Specialist Solutions Consultant with a specialism in interoperability, and an enthusiasm for the integration of mobile tools with design workflows. Tony's three decade career has taken many turns as the world of graphic production has changed. He has been a press operator, a concept artist in IP development in the toy and entertainment industries, and spent several years working in marketing and advertising agencies, up to the level of Creative Director. With more than 160 technical certifications , Tony has presented and delivered training related to graphic production across the EU and US and is the author of several Lynda.com titles, including Creating Infographics with Illustrator.
Rich is an Adobe Master Trainer as well as a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications.. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker at international conferences. He has chaired conferences since 2003 for the National Association of Broadcasters. He is also the publisher of the website Photofocus which provides daily education and inspiration for photographers.
Mark Heaps snapped his first picture at the age of four. Then he picked up a guitar, a skateboard, and a can of spray paint, grinding and kick-flipping his way into the world of art. Today, he’s a professional photographer, an Adobe Certified Expert, an Adobe Community Professional, and executive director for Heaps LLC in Austin, Texas, where he partners with his wife Kristina. They are a boutique design and communications studio that specializes in moving passive audiences to participatory ones. Mark has led design teams and taken care of clients for over twenty years, offering solutions to small businesses and top ranking Fortune 500 clients alike. Mark’s clients have included Google, Apple, HP, Dell and many more. He’s been a featured speaker at SXSW-Interactive, a keynote speaker at PePcon (2015) and Bloomberg University (2016), and was a MAX Master’s award recipient while speaking at Adobe MAX. He has also taught at various colleges and universities, co-authored and published articles in a multitude of industry publications and books, and continues to volunteer with community outreach projects that support creative opportunities for local youth. He has an avid wanderlust, loves playing music, is a dad of two amazing kids, is a dog owner, husband, and foodie with a bad addiction to ketchup.
David Helmly is part of a Senior Field Team specializing in Pro Video/Audio production workflows for film, broadcast, VR, and new video technologies. Helmly also travels abroad giving lectures and participating in various industry advisory councils and panel discussions. Helmly has worked for Adobe for over 21 years and has specialized in digital video and digital imaging products for over 30 years. Prior to Adobe, Helmly worked for a digital video pioneer, Radius Inc, a well-known hardware company developing digital video and digital imaging accelerator products for Adobe's award winning line of software. You can watch his latest videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/dhelmly.He also has his own blog site on Adobe.com where he discusses new hardware and software tools and workflows for Adobe’s Video and Audio applications at blogs.adobe.com/davetechtable.
Gary Hustwit (Scenic) is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in New York. He is the director of the design documentaries Helvetica (2007), Objectified (2009), and Urbanized (2011), and his films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, HBO and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide. His latest project, Workplace, about the future of the office, premiered at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2016 Gary founded Scenic, a collective of acclaimed documentary filmmakers using immersive VR technology to explore new directions in non-fiction storytelling. In the past year Scenic has produced over a dozen VR pieces and collaborated with The Wall Street Journal, Google, The New York Times, Artsy, and Frieze, among others. Gary was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.
Maxim Jago is an Adobe Master Trainer, author of the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and an award winning film director and screenwriter. His books and training materials are used by film schools and film makers all around the world, and having created nearly 2,000 tutorials, with 20 years of production and post-production experience, he brings a unique perspective on efficient ways for storytellers to use creative tools - and the future of storytelling. Maxim is regular conference speaker, both as a media technology expert, and futurist. Much of his work explores the fusion of socio-technical, educational, spiritual, and creative practice. maximjago.com.
Katie Johnson is a native Austinite and Founder and President of The Monster Project, an initiative that helps children recognize the power of their own imaginations through art and monsters. She also owns and designs for Katie Made That, an online shop that sells patterns, art prints, and stationery.
Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, speaker, and traveler based in San Francisco. After a decade teaching special education in the public school system, Pei now teaches photography classes privately and through companies such as Creative Live, The Image Flow, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She also serves as a photographic mentor for travel experiences with companies such as Passion Passport. In addition to her experience with DSLR and medium-format film photography, Pei is also an accomplished mobile photographer. Pei specializes in travel and commercial photography in San Francisco and worldwide.
Jennifer Kinon leads OCD's business, design and strategy. Since founding the company with Bobby C. Martin, Jr. in 2010, she has developed brand identity systems for clients that range from the Girl Scouts of the USA to The New York Times and the NBA. During 2016, Kinon served as Design Director of Hillary for America. Kinon speaks about the role of identity systems around the world. She's been a guest on Design Matters, Studio 360 and served as President of AIGA/NY. She graduated from the University of Michigan and earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she was the first graduate of the program to join its faculty.
Matt is a guy that hates bios written in the third person. He ... strike that ... I love teaching and photography ... in that order. I feel that enjoying photography, Photoshop and Lightroom can get WAY too complicated. So my personal mission (and absolute favorite thing to do), is to create education that simplifies the process of taking great photos, and how to edit them to get the results you’ve always wanted. I’m also very honored to be included as a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Photoshop Hall of Fame Inductee, and author of over 15 books on photo-editing (Lightroom & Photoshop) and photography.
Named one of Fast Company’s “ 100 Most Creative People in Business,” Julieanne Kost is a Principal Evangelist at Adobe Systems, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating and educational training sessions, sharing original techniques and tutorials worldwide — via live events, Adobe.com, her own website (jkost.com) and blog (blogs.adobe.com/jkost). She is also the author of “ Passenger Seat—Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” and “ Window Seat — The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking” , an accomplished photographer and fine artist, and creator and host of the popular Photoshop CC Essential Training, Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training, and the Art of Photoshop Compositing for LinkedIn Learning | Lynda.com. Kost is well-known for her unique approach to instruction, infusing practical tips and tricks with an equal amount of humor and creativity that keeps audiences entertained and engaged. She often serves as a guest lecturer at distinguished photography workshops, industry events, and leading educational institutions around the world. She’s a contributing columnist and author for a variety of print and online publications and has created over 500 instructional videos as the host of Adobe’s “ The Complete Picture” featuring Lightroom and Photoshop, serves as producer and instructor of the “ Lightroom Getting Started” and “ What’s New in Lightroom,” training courses, as well as the “ Revitalize your Workflow with Lightroom” seminar on CreativeLive.
Dan Kuhlken learned to illustrate as a child observing wildlife at the San Diego Zoo. He met future business partner Nathan Goldman in high school where the team’s first collaboration included playing in a band for which the pair designed album artwork and promotional materials. Dan holds a graphic design degree from Cal State Long Beach. He began his freelance design career collaborating with Nathan Goldman on posters for the legendary Troubadour. Dan was a designer for Disney’s Consumer Products Division and various fashion labels before joining DKNG Studios full-time in 2009 where he currently serves as Creative Director and Senior Illustrator. DKNG has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented and iconic musical artists, brands, and businesses including The Black Keys, Jack White, Audi, Warner Brothers, Marvel Comics, Outside Lands Music Festival, and MTV.
Manhattan-born Leigh Lahav is an animator and comedian, best known for her animated comedy “Fangirls,” as well as many various pop culture-related shorts. All can be viewed on her YouTube channel Only Leigh (consisting more than 350k subscribers and over 32 million views!). Leigh has been featured in io9’s greatest breakout starts of 2013, SSNinsider’s “The up and Up”, as well as on many sites and magazines including, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Time, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Huffington Post, Wired, The Guardian and more. Leigh currently lives in Los Angeles, enjoying the dry sun and vegan options.
Natalie Lew, 2017 Adobe Creative Resident and interaction designer, is passionate about the intersections between philosophy, design, and technology. A recent graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Natalie strives to consider and design equitable future technologies and shares her process with the creative community.
Bronwyn Lewis is a Product Manager for video workflows at Adobe, responsible for the Motion Graphics templates workflows in After Effects and Premiere Pro. She has a background in film, multi-media performance, making art with kids, and applying glitter to faces. Bronwyn is a cat enthusiast and a serial costume contest winner. Bronwyn Lewis holds a white belt in Kung Fu.
Clint leads a cross-disciplinary team that designs and developments map-based information products. He has 20 years of experience in the graphic design and mapping industry. During that time, he’s supported some of the most well-known organizations in both the private and public-sectors including; NOAA, USGS, Swiss Federal Office of Topography (SwissTopo), National Geographic, Nike, CBRE and USA Today. His team supports both project and product business lines; creating client specific data viz solutions and product/feature development for Esri. Clint’s personal production experience includes creating maps and charts for both web and print media. He’s dabbled in freelance design as well, however his friends and families’ budgets don’t allow him to quit his day job. He likes design, dev, UI/UX, sci-fi, hockey, running, music, and other things he's not always great at…but hopes to be someday.
Jeanette is a creative chameleon whose skills run the line of 3D modeling, digital illustration, and video game design. As part of the Project Felix product team, she interacts with the community through the Prerelease program, forums and authoring of the Coffee Break video series, gathering insights from customers to help guide product discussions.
Lara McCormick is a nationally recognized designer and educator, received her MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, and a post-graduate degree in typography from Cooper Union. She is the author of Playing with Type: 50 Graphic Experiments for Exploring Typographic Design Principles, published by Rockport Press, and a juror for the Communication Arts Typography Annual in 2017. She's currently the Creative Director at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Matt McCue lives in New York City and is the editor-in-chief of 99U. Previously, he contributed to New York magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune.
Jay is a passionate tec diving enthusiast working on the Adobe XD team. In his spare time Jay enjoys woodworking and builds his own furniture. He runs IxDA Berlin http://IxDAberlin.de and fuels LabUp! http://lab-up.org, a nonprofit helping to establish and promote Open Device Labs to ultimately help the web and user experience forward. Follow Jay on Twitter at http://twitter.com/klick_ass, check out http://OpenDeviceLab.com and make sure to test your work on REAL devices!
Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator and brand strategist. She is the CMO of Sterling Brands, host of the award-winning podcast “Design Matters,” Chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, President Emeritus of AIGA, and the Editorial & Creative Director of Print Magazine. She is the author of six books on design and branding.
Rocky is a freelance retoucher, photographer and art director. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, a past Photoshop World Guru Award winner and currently runs a small creative studio with his wife in Las Vegas offering digital media content creation for brands like The Macallan Scotch Distilleries, Stoli Elit Vodka, Hard Rock Cafe, Red Rock Resort and many more. When he’s not 8 hours deep into a Photoshop project you can usually find him near a waters edge somewhere with his wife and pups or snowboarding down a mountain in Utah or Colorado. To see some of his work visit rockymontezcarr.com.
Adam Morgan is a Senior Creative Director at Adobe. He ensures that the writing and creative execution is world class across the enterprise, from long-form thought leadership to Adobe.com and demand gen. He’s a marketing and advertising veteran of 22 years, with a creative pedigree from several international ad agencies. He was named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders by Utah Business Magazine, and Advertising Professional of the Year for Utah in 2014 by the American Advertising Federation. To read one of his articles on data-driven creativity or more about his new book, Return On Ideas—proof that creative ideas are better for the bottom line, visit his blog at ReturnOnIdea.com.
Noreen Morioka is a creative leader for brand driven projects ranging from corporate, on-air, and digital. Her creative input has led to the success of multiple communications programs. Noreen believes that personal involvement with a client helps her crack the brand’s spirit. This allows her to interpret her clients’ sometimes vaguely articulated goals into actionable plans. In 2006, Noreen was named as a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Morioka served as President of Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA, chair of the AIGA National President’s Council, Fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen, Chair of the James Beard Foundation Award for Design and Architecture, and currently serves as a board member of the ADC in New York. She is a frequent competition judge and lecturer. Highlights included the Cannes Lions, British D&AD, South Africa’s Design Indaba. In 2014, Noreen was awarded the AIGA Medal, one of the highest design honors recognized by her profession. Her most meaningful achievements, however, remain her contributions to the success of her clients and her teams.
Dan Mumford has been working on the cutting edge of the pop culture scene for the past 10 years, creating illustrations for Films, TV shows & Album art. A self-described child of the ’80s, he draws inspiration from comics, science fiction and the cover art from horror movie VHS tapes he loved when he was younger. A small selection of Dan's portfolio includes officially licensed work for Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Rick & Morty, Futurama, Batman, Iron Maiden, Ghostbusters, Halo and clients including Disney, Sony, AMC, Hasbro and many more.
Michael Murphy (@theindesigner) is a Digital Media Solutions Consultant for Adobe, acting as a technical liaison to Adobe’s enterprise customers in the publishing, broadcast, and agency markets. Prior to joining Adobe, Michael spent 25 years as a hands-on creative director, pushing the limits of Adobe's tools on a daily basis for a variety print and web projects. He's also the author of two books from Adobe Press, five video training courses on Lynda.com, and the creator and host of The InDesigner video podcast. An unapologetic sci-fi and comic book lover, Michael is based in Connecticut, where he is usually being run ragged by his daughter and twin sons when not geeking out over technology, typography, or photography.
Neeraj is a Product Manager with Adobe Illustrator team. He has 18+ years of design experience in variety of roles - designer, production artist, quality engineer, workflow specialist and product management. As a designer, he worked extensively on branding and packaging assignments. In 2003, he joined the Adobe Illustrator team as a quality engineer. This was the time team was building the first version of Creative Suite. In his current role as a Product Manager for Illustrator, he interacts with a lot of designers and works closely with the engineering team in defining new features for upcoming releases.
Kumail Nanjiani is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and comedian, perhaps best known for his co-starring role as 'Dinesh' on the award-winning HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," which won the TV Critics Choice Award for 'Best Comedy Series' last year and has two Emmy and Golden Globe wins, as well as several Emmy and Golden Globes nominations. Nanjiani adds feature film writing to his impressive list of credits with "The Big Sick," which he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon. The film tells the story of their real-life relationship. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and directed by Michael Showalter, Nanjiani also stars in the lead role opposite Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan and Ray Romano. The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently on a number of lists as one of the most anticipated films of the festival. He will be heard voicing one of the ninja warriors in "The Lego Ninjago Movie," scheduled for release on September 22 for Warner Bros. Nanjiani's many memorable comedic roles include the films, "The Five-Year Engagement," produced by Judd Apatow, "Sex Tape" and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," and more recently on the big screen in "Hello, My Name Is Doris," "Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Central Intelligence." On television, Nanjiani is writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central's "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," along with Jonah Ray. He has had roles on IFC's "Portlandia," TNT's "Franklin & Bash," the reality show parody, "Burning Love" and Comedy Central's "Michael & Michael Have Issues." where he also served as a staff writer. He recently appeared in a guest role on the return of "The X-Files" on FOX and has appeared on "Community," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Drunk History," among others. His 2013 comedy special "Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male" was on several "Best of" lists for VULTURE, VILLAGE VOICE and THE AV CLUB, and was chosen as one of the 5 best stand-up albums of the year by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. Nanjiani also hosts two podcasts, THE INDOOR KIDS and THE X-FILES FILES.
Harish Narayan tries all things; he achieves what he can. As part of the product management team for Adobe XD, Harish passionately tries to the solve the communication problems in designer-developer workflows. Photography, caricature, and snooker are some of the other things he's tried and can reasonably claim as an achievement.
Victoria Nece is the Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at Adobe, which includes After Effects and Character Animator. Before joining Adobe, she was a motion designer for over a decade, as well as a developer of scripts and extensions for After Effects. As Director of Animation at the Documentary Group (successor to Peter Jennings Productions) she oversaw graphics, animation, and design for dozens of productions across broadcast, theatrical and educational markets. As a developer, Victoria has consulted on broadcast automation, developed workflows for motion capture animation, and created tools used in Hollywood films.
Jamie leads product design at Monotype – with a special focus on the digital design workflow and typography. He was previously part of the team that developed Typecast, a free web app helping to make web typography accessible, useful and fun.
Brittany Neff (Co.Reality) is a producer and filmmaker whose global perspective and love of people drives her interdisciplinary work. Brittany has conducted culturally specific research on women’s issues in Southern India, facilitated health screenings for women and children in rural Guatemala, and has studied, worked and traveled in 27 countries. Her tendency to prioritize people and logistics made her a natural fit to produce and co-direct RISE ABOVE, Co.Reality’s first major VR documentary project. Brittany is dedicated to leveraging the tools of VR to expose environmental and social injustice and shift global consciousness to create a more interconnected world.
Stephen Nielson is the Group Product Manager for Photoshop at Adobe. Stephen and his team work closely with engineers, designers, and marketing team to create awesome new Photoshop features and capabilities. He is a long time user of Photoshop, and an accomplished photographer. Stephen grew up in Arizona, but traded sunshine for rain by moving to Seattle twelve years ago. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children, working on his photography, hiking, wakeboarding and snowboarding.
Michael Ninness has 20+ years experience building and leading content strategy, product management, and user experience teams at Adobe, Microsoft, and Lynda.com. He is currently the Sr Director of Product Management for Web and Graphic Design at Adobe, and has helped shape flagship creative products like Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Muse, and Adobe Spark.
Gemma O’Brien is an Australian designer specializing in lettering, illustration and typography. Over the past 10 years, she has taken her passion for typography and built a flourishing career around drawing letters. Her bold type, expressive calligraphy and detailed illustration can be seen in advertising campaigns, editorial publications and large-scale murals in galleries and interiors around the world. She has collaborated with international brands including QANTAS, Audi, Volcom, Heineken, Nike and The New York Times. A number of her projects have received the Award of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, in 2015 she was recognized as an ADC Young Gun and in 2016, named one of PRINT Magazine’s New Visual Artists: 15 under 30. Beyond her commercial work, Gemma O'Brien is a regular speaker at international conferences and hosts hand-lettering workshops at design schools, agencies and events. Instagram: @mrseaves101, Twitter: @mrseaves
Bryan O'Neil Hughes is Adobe's Head of Outreach & Collaboration, closely working with product teams, partners & press. Bryan spent fifteen years on Photoshop, a decade as Product Manager (CS3-CC) and then drove the expansion to mobile with Photoshop Mix & Fix. Bryan is a regular keynote speaker, author & 5X MAX Master - his videos have enjoyed over 12 million views. He lives with his wife & two boys in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he's slowly restoring an old truck. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.
Chris Orwig is a best-selling author, teacher and photographer. He is popular instructor on platforms like lynda.com and CreativeLive. His down-to-earth and approachable style makes learning difficult topics a breeze. He speaks on creativity and photography frequently and has been invited to speak for companies like Google, Adobe and on the TEDx stage. Whether shooting photographs, speaking, or writing books, he inspires others to become more creative and to lead better lives. Chris is based Santa Barbara, California and when he isn’t making photographs you’ll find him out in the ocean surfing the waves.
Justin Patton is the Senior Art Director for Project Felix. Formerly Art Director at Mixamo and a member of the visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has a strong passion for art and technology and enjoys being at the forefront of both in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A decade ago graphic designer and rock drummer Yves Peters started reviewing type in his Bald Condensed column on Typographer.org. In August 2008 he put his graphic design career on the back burner, freeing him to concentrate on his writing and related activities in the digital type business. After writing for Unzipped, his blog on the FontShop BeNeLux home page, Yves came to notoriety as the editor-in-chief for the international design and typography blog The FontFeed. He is now design writer and producer for Type Network, news editor for Typographics magazine, and assists a number of independent foundries as copywriter and consultant. Yves tries to be critical about typography without coming across as a snob. His talent for being able to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life. Nicole A. Phillips from Typograph.Her said of Yves: ‘One of the best contemporary writers on typography, type design & culture because he makes his content accessible and easy to understand.’
After 10 years at the helm of a leading eurpoean technology magazine, Andreas Pfeiffer founded Pfeiffer Consulting in 1998, with the aim to provide in-depth, market specific analysis, research and consulting to media producers and technology providers, as well as publishing independent research studies. (In the course of his research he established notions such as "user interface friction", which are now widely used in efficiency research and ergonomics.) The methodology for measuring productivity and efficiency in workflows and user processes developed and fine-tuned by Pfeiffer Consulting over the past decade has been used to measure aspects as diverse as the impact of screen size on efficiency, the impact of the operating system on user efficiency, as well as the productivity gins linked to workflow enhancements. Mr. Pfeiffer is a frequent speaker at international events for the publishing and media community and his insights have been quoted in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Wired.
Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit design agency Project H Design. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 to bring to life public architecture projects that transform lives and communities. Her work seeks to change the authorship of our built environment and give power to the underestimated and marginalized, specifically young girls and communities of color. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley, and is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education. Her work is documented in the full-length film If You Build It.
Jonathan Pimento is a Product Manager working on Adobe XD. He focuses on the design workflow for XD. Prior to joining the XD team he worked as an experience designer on Adobe Web.
Daniel Presedo has been with Adobe since 1999 and works full time on Adobe Photoshop. His first independent comic book series Dream Wolves was published in 1993 and sold nearly 100,000 copies. His experience includes project management, development, team lead, marketing, design, film production, and articles for industry trades. His expertise of Adobe products has lead to speaking events at Cons and universities across the country. Find him at the Adobe booth or panels at San Diego Comic Con, always looking for creative ways to engage his audience.
Dan Ramirez has 12+ years of experience in the trenches of Adobe software engineering. Passionate about the intersection of music and technology, Dan started his QA career in Seattle working on Adobe Audition. After 9 audio patents and looking for a new challenge, he moved onto the After Effects team. He is currently a Senior Quality Assurance engineer on the only Adobe application that can truly appreciate his cartoon voices, Character Animator. When he’s not sitting in the television studio with Homer Simpson or backstage at Comic-Con with Sterling Archer, you’ll find him building Rube Goldberg machines for live music performance and otherwise pushing the limits of Character Animation in general.
Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. He is an Adobe Community Professional, and a content creator for the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog. Jesús is best known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel, one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world. Jesús has been a speaker at Adobe MAX, Adobe SUMMIT, Adobe MAKE IT, CreativeLive, CreativePro and many other conferences and industry events.
Ian Robinson is a creative double agent as both a creator and instructor. As the Creative Director and CEO of SoftBox Media, he’s been creating motion graphics and consulting for such clients as Discovery Channel, TLC, the Travel Channel, NASCAR, National Geographic International and PBS. A renowned motion graphics instructor, he’s been teaching both online and in person for over 15 years as an author for Adobe Press, Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning, Peachpit Press, and Future Media Concepts. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ian’s latest endeavor is to help all creatives lead a more engaged and balanced approach to eduction and life, as co- founder of Creative111.com.
Ben Ross (Co.Reality) is a filmmaker and visual storyteller specializing in immersive and experiential media. He co-directed the VR documentary RISE ABOVE, in partnership with nonprofit Womankind and Facebook / Oculus as part of the first-ever VR For Good Creators Lab. Merging a background in ethnographic documentary storytelling with a deeply practical and theoretical knowledge of VR filmmaking, Ben is uniquely positioned to create work within complex narrative spaces that allows subjects to be heard on their own terms. After spending nearly three years working for VR-pioneer Chris Milk and his production company, Here Be Dragons (fka Vrse.works), he co-founded Co.Reality, an immersive social impact storytelling collective.
As the Community Experience Manager heading up email campaigns, social media, and in-person workshops at Behance, Al Rossin has helped countless Behance members showcase and discover the best creative work on the web. Over the past five years, Al has had the pleasure to speak at a number of universities and organizations and learned what’s important to the ever-changing creative career.
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a New York based, Swiss born, raised and trained graphic designer. Over the past 11 years she started numerous side projects that have organically turned into businesses: a collaborative co-working space called FRIENDS, a global, monthly lecture series called CreativeMornings, a simple to-do app called TeuxDeux and Tattly, a designer temporary tattoo shop. Tina is often referred to as Swissmiss after her popular design blog which is also the name of her Twitter handle. FRIENDS http://friendsworkhere.com creativemornings http://creativemornings.com teuxdeux http://teuxdeux.com/ tattly http://tattly.com swissmiss http://swiss-miss.com
Eric Rowse is a Senior Solutions Consultant at Adobe, working with Commercial and FSI clients to achieve the ideal balance between asset creation and workflow streamlining. In addition to his background with creative applications as a software trainer, Eric equally has broad experience in media technologies. His versatility includes print, web, video, mobile apps, PDF accessibility, e-signatures, and form design. Since everyone has preferred workflows, methods, and habits, Eric ventures to discover creative ways that technology can be used to solve complex business problems.
Nick Sambrato is the Founder of Mama’s Sauce, a spot color print shop & VP of it's parentcompany, Fiction. Mama’s Sauce is a renowned print shop in the graphic design culture. The two companies, now merged, and are headquartered in Winter Park, Florida amongst a budding creative scene in the greater Orlando area. A veteran of creative and tech, Nick has blended Internet communication strategy with his companies since his first offering - a paid bulletin board service (BBS) in 1993, which he started out of his bedroom when he was 13. Today he guides the vision of Mama’s Sauce, looks for new opportunities for Fiction, and tells his story regularly from the stage in Print Matters, a nationally touring event that celebrates design, printing, and paper along with French Paper Company’s Brian French.
Rich Sangillo is a Creative Director at VLG, a digital advertising agency in Dallas, TX. Throughout his 20+ years of experience in the interactive space, he has worked with Fortune 500 clients and held positions at IBM, AOL, and NASA. Rich's expertise includes traditional animation techniques, video editing, motion graphics, and user interface design. His work incorporates a strong focus on delivering interactive experiences using HTML5 and related technologies.
As the Community Experience lead at Behance (Adobe), Roxanne focuses on creating support systems that are scalable and constantly looks for creative ways to redefine customer service. Prior to Behance, Roxanne held a number of support roles in the tech community. As a former art student, she also enjoys working with and is inspired by Behance's creative community.
Daniel Walter Scott: Daniel has been a media designer for 14+ years & teaching just as long. He is an Adobe certified instructor (ACI). Founding the Adobe training school 'Bring Your Own Laptop' in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and now delivering courses online. “Sharing is who I am. Teaching is when I’m at my best!”.
Justin Seeley is an graphic designer, podcaster, and author of nearly 100 online courses that have been viewed over 2.5 million times by people all over the world. Some of the companies Justin has authored training for include Adobe, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Lynda.com, and Pluralsight. Justin rose to prominence in the mid 2000’s. While in college, he started his first podcast called Photoshop Quicktips. The showing quickly became a hit and frequently reached the top of the iTunes video podcast charts. He has since moved all of that content over to his YouTube channel, where he continues to produce weekly content with his #TutorialTuesday video series. Justin is also highly sought after public speaker and trainer. He regular speaks at several industry events such as Adobe MAX, NAB, AIGA Design, CreativePro Week. Currently, Justin is developing his own online training business at SeeleyTraining.com and has also begun creating a series of audio podcasts for his Podnation.com network.
Debi Sementelli is a professional lettering artist and font designer based in Dallas, Texas. She's had a romance with letters for the past 25 years. Her favorite moments are spent playing with pens, inks, paints, and brushes, wildly flourishing her way through an alphabet. Her greatest thrill is seeing someone use one of her typefaces in a uniquely creative way. That feeling of collaboration is what inspires her to keep creating more hand lettered fonts. The next best thing is sharing her love of lettering with others. She is working on an online lettering course that will be available in the near future.
Abba Shapiro is an Adobe master trainer, certifying university and training center instructors to teach Adobe Premiere Pro. H e is also a master trainer in several non-Adobe video production tools and has helped editors migrate to the Adobe platform. With 30 years of experience in Photography, Video and Film production, Abba has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including: USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, Viacom, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. Abba also teaches video editing on a variety of platforms, DSLR production and post production, scriptwriting, and Photoshop for video In addition, Abba conducts production workshops around the globe at conferences includin g NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and Macworld. He has Adobe CC and production online training classes on CreativeLive.com, Linda.com, and RippleTraining.com. When Abba is not bouncing around the globe teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.
Yogesh is a product manager with Illustrator team. He joined Adobe and the Illustrator team in 2006 as a quality engineer. Even though he had no background in design, his love affair started with Illustrator the first time he drew an artwork in it. One of his artworks “Looking for adventure” was included as part of the Illustrator CS6 sample files. His current role as a Product Manager is to work with customers and engineering to find out what needs to be built in next version of Ai.
Ajay is a Group Product Manager at Adobe managing Adobe Animate CC. He is passionate about all things related to animation. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing cricket and squash.
Bonnie Siegler is the founder of the multi-disciplinary design studio Eight and a Half. She recently designed a parody Trump memoir called "You Can't Spell America Without Me" by Alec Baldwain and Kurt Andersen and the new titles for Will & Grace. Other clients include Participant Media, Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO, Brooklyn Public Library, The Criterion Collection, Storycorps, FilmStruck, Random House, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. She has just finished writing a book (for clients) called “Dear Client,” which will be released in March 2018. Bonnie was voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA and was a featured designer in the Art Director Club's Legacy Project. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, the Society of Publication Design, the Webby Awards, and the Broadcast Design Association. Bonnie has taught in the graduate programs at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts, has been a guest instructor at RISD and MICA, and was the 2014 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the University of Hartford. She has also taught a couple of classes on Lynda.com that you should definitely watch!
Jerry Silverman is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise. He creates exceptional experiences for Adobe’s salesforce, enterprise customers and community members across the world, educating, enabling and energizing them to adopt creativity as a core cultural mission.
Colin Smith is founder of PhotoshopCAFE which has received over 30 millionvisitors. Colin has Authored 20 books. As a commercial artist, his clients include Satcchi & Satcchi, Proctor & Gamble, Toyo Tires and Microsoft. As a leading Photoshop trainer, he's worked with many large companies including Edison, ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe. He has won numerous awards including three Photoshop Guru awards. He's been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. He loves art and technology and is currently one of the foremost aerial drone photography experts. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He's been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including WPPI, Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, Imaging USA, PPE, creativeLIVE, Siggraph, CES, PMA and NAB.
James Sommerville is a key leader at one of the world’s most valuable and innovative brands. James joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2013 as VP of Global Design. In this time, he has re-branded over 20 global brands across the Coca Cola portfolio. He is an accomplished Public Speaker and the recipient of numerous Design Awards including a Clio, Webby and a Cannes Lion. His work for the The Coca Cola Company has been seen by billions of consumers, in over 200 countries. James recently led and launched the design of the ‘One Brand Strategy’ and “Taste the Feeling” global campaign for the Coca-Cola trademark. This global campaign was launched in 200 markets in a 24 hour period – the largest single campaign in the history of marketing.
Karl Soule has been with Adobe for over 10 years, focused on the Pro Video and Broadcast market. Karl traveled worldwide as an Adobe Video Evangelist, inspiring video professionals on five continents. For the last 5 years, Karl has been living in Singapore and working in Asia, helping to grow the broadcast business and drive awareness of the video tools for that growing market. Currently based in Los Angeles, Karl is supporting the Hollywood and Broadcast markets for the US West Coast.
From eyewitness to history maker, Pete Souza provides behind-the-scenes photographs from the White House and beyond. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and President Reagan. During Obama’s eight years as president, Pete took close to two million photographs. To truly document both of the president’s lives, Pete would take on the responsibility of attending every meeting the president was a part of, all the time. It was important for him to capture the president not just as a leader, but as a human being. In addition to the national political scene, Pete has covered stories around the world. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan, after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow. Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on ABC’s 20-20. Dateline NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Sunday, and Fox Friends and Family.
Christine began her career as an assistant Avid editor at Pixar, on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2. She moved on to effects editing for the Dreamworks feature, Evolution. Working across all genres, Christine edited narrative drama for Showtime, and created in-game film sequences for The Lord of the Rings at Electronic Arts. Her love of documentary filmmaking led her to PBS, where she recently served as Lead Editor and Post Production Supervisor for the 13-part series Food Forward. She served as Supervising Editor for Paramount's feature documentary Talhotblond and Lead Editor on Air Racers 3D, a 70mm IMAX feature currently screening at the Smithsonian. In addition to long-form feature work, Christine won a ProMax award for editing promos at ABC. Christine is currently busy directing the feature documentary, Take Me Home Huey, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and will soon air on PBS. Christine Steele is a popular teacher and speaker. You can view Christine’s training at Lynda.com. Look for upcoming classes and events and steelepictures.com.
Dan Stiles has been working in the graphic design industry for more than 20 years. Cutting his teeth making punk flyers with sharpies and paper stolen from Kinko's, he quickly adopted digital tools in the early 90's. These tools, coupled with screen printing, shaped not only his art but his creative process. From working with bands like Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, and Tom Petty, to fortune 500 corporations like Google, IBM, and Nike, Dan has discovered that the most difficult thing he ever had to design was his own career.
As Senior Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe, Paul is passionate about empowering designers to create compelling content using their creativity and new technology. Whether it's traditional graphic design and branding, creating cutting-edge web content or intuitive mobile experiences. With over twenty years of experience Paul has become an award-winning designer, passionate public speaker, and prolific trainer. He has earned top author status on Lynda.com and has created a steady stream of content for Adobe and paultrani.com. With over 40 countries and countless presentations under his belt he has become a sought after speaker. When not on the road he likes to get exercise and eat lots of pastries. It's a vicious cycle.
As a Sr. Solution Consultant, Bart shares his passion for design and Adobe technology on stages all around the world. Equipped with extensive knowledge of Creative Cloud & Adobe Stock, Bart assists customers with their Adobe workflow, implementation and best practices. He's an InDesign and print specialist with +13 years of experience as a designer and trainer. His energetic style of presenting has awarded him with much praise throughout the years, including recently as Adobe MAX 2016’s top rated speaker. (@bartvdwiele)
Valentina Vee specializes in creating online videos for brands and charities. Her clients include Adobe, AT&T, Sony, Mashable, YouTube, Ipsy, National Geographic, and Nike.
James Victore runs an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination. Described as "part Darth Vader, part Yoda"; Victore is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and it's place in the world. He expresses these views and teachings through his numerous lectures, workshops, and his weekly video series, “Dangerous Ideas” on Patreon and YouTube. As a designer, Victore continually strives to make work that is sexy, strong and memorable; work that tows the line between the sacred and the profane. His paintings of expressionist designs can be seen on ceramics, surfboards, billboards and supermodels. James' work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of the museums around the globe. James is currently writing a book (Chronicle 2018) on his favorite subject, Creative Courage. He lives, loves and works in rural Texas.
Roman is the founder of Lumenbrite, a design training school and consultancy that specializes in Adobe creative tools and workflow. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has Adobe Authorized Training locations throughout the US. Over the past 17 years, Roman has delved deep into many different disciplines, including web design and development, print, video production, motion graphics and anything design related.
Thuy Vu is a product manager for Creative Cloud for teams and enterprise. She is a part of a team who focuses on bring value-add features to our small and large customers ranging from purchase to deployment to sharing and collaboration.
Lindsey is an Experience Researcher with Adobe Design Research. Anthropologist turned experience researcher, she uses expertise in observational and qualitative methods to make the voice of our users count in our product development process.
Syd Weiler is a visual development artist, illustrator, animator and partnered Twitch Creative streamer. She is a current member of the Microsoft Creator Council.She was a 2016-2017 Adobe Creative Resident, during which she developed a creative community through streaming. She worked on Jenny LeClue, an interactive choose-your-own-adventure mystery game, releasing 2017. Syd is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, where she studied animation and illustration.
Dave is a Senior Experience Design Lead for the Character Animator team at Adobe. His past projects include the FWA-winning site Okaydave, TechCrunch50 finalist Atmosphir, and the Extraneous Lyrics video series. Dave’s work has been featured by Wired, The Verge, Entertainment Weekly, TechCrunch, Kotaku, College Humor, and Sesame Street.
Andrew Whelan is an accomplished career coach and small business owner. His background also includes performing at The Second City and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His results-oriented, growth mindset approach to coaching has helped hundreds of graduates and freelancers achieve professional success. His current coaching focuses on students and entrepreneurs, guiding them through their branding and job search.
Terry White – Worldwide Creative Cloud Design & Photography Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over 21 years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Professional product line. In his current position, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe’s Creative Design and Photography products. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years. Terry is the host of the top ranked award winning Adobe Creative Cloud TV Video Podcast. Terry is a key presenter at major industry shows around the world.
Caroline is a multi-disciplinary art director, designer and native Texan living in NYC. Currently, as Senior Digital Design Manager at Wyndham Hotel Group, she creates a cohesive digital presence across multiple platforms for 15 global brands. Previously at Starwood, she helped design a completely new template structure for all branded sites and served as an integral part in developing the brand strategy and design for the latest additions to Starwood’s portfolio, Design Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. She has also recently partnered with the Adobe team to help evolve Adobe XD and Creative Cloud Libraries. With a background in logo design, packaging and print collateral, she applies the same conceptual thinking to her current work in building digital experiences. Her past clients include American Airlines, Chick-fil-A, Bausch + Lomb, 7-Eleven and Slurpee, and her work has been recognized with a Cannes Silver Lion in Promo and Activation.
Brian Wood is a web developer, the author of 12 books, including Adobe Muse CC, Second Edition Classroom in a Book and Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 Classroom in a Book. The author of numerous training titles including Muse, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator and more. In addition to training many clients, including Nordstrom, REI, Boeing, Starbucks, Nintendo, and many others, Brian speaks regularly at national conferences, such as Adobe MAX, HOW Design, HOW Interactive, as well as events hosted by AIGA and other industry organizations. He has also written articles for SmashingMagazine.com, Peachpit.com, CreativePro.com, and more. Brian has a YouTube channel at: youtube.com/askbrianwood and a corporate training site at: brianwoodtraining.com.
A.J. Wood is a Senior Solutions Consultant at Adobe where he actively engages enterprise customers on the benefits of Adobe’s digital media solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in arts & technology, and was ranked the #1 Adobe Instructor worldwide more than once. He has appeared on NBC, GeekBeat TV, and spoken at conferences including Adobe MAX, HOW, Big Design, Rocks Digital, D2WC, and OpenCamp. A.J. is best known for his video series I Create Content published on ajwood.com.
Laura Worthington is a typeface designer from Washington State. After training and working as a graphic designer since the mid '90s, she turned her lifelong fascination with lettering and typography into a business, publishing her first typeface in 2010. She has since published more than 200 typefaces, and designed custom faces for Fortune 500 companies. Laura's faces are primarily based on her own hand-lettering and calligraphy, a practice she continues to hone daily. Her typefaces are primarily for display, and often include a broad variety of ornaments, contextual alternates, and swash forms. Laura Worthington handles every aspect of a font's creation, from concept and hand-lettering to digitization.
Suhas Yogin has been with Adobe for 7+ years, and he currently leads Dreamweaver and Brackets projects. He loves learning and indulging in tech, and particularly web, big data, and digital marketing interest him immensely. When not at work, Suhas is passionate about learning and practicing Indian classical music, cricket, and spending quality time with his son.
As a senior user experience designer in Baidu, Zixuan Zhou focuses on user experience of Baidu mobile app, used by more than 400 million people. Zixuan has been enthusiastically working on simplifying the world through with technology and design thinking. He was rewarded as the Best Design Thinking Coach in SAP, lecturing in Scrum Gathering China 2013. He’s excited to share the spirited design exploration of mobile internet and artificial intelligence behind the Great Wall.