Thank you to everyone who attended the first virtual Adobe Creative Jam! One of the main goals of this Jam was to involve as many designers as possible worldwide. With over 400 attendees across 17 countries, we exceeded our expectations. This two-day event was filled with inspiring presentations, educational bootcamps, and a creative competition using Adobe XD.
Michael Ryan, Manager of TEDx Global Partnerships, kicked off day one (timestamp: 16:30) speaking on how to develop, champion, and sustain communities of all sizes around the world. In the case of TEDx, event organizers are volunteers, presenting the question of how do you sustain this business model? The answer, to trust and educate these organizers, vetting based on the ideas they would like to share in their community, not their credentials or qualifications. This has led to around 4,000 TEDx events a year in over 170 countries. Watch the recording to learn how TED is pivoting their business model during the COVID pandemic.
We then had the opportunity to learn from Patti Sokol, Adobe’s Principal Solutions Consultant, on creative collaboration using Adobe’s suite of creative apps, especially Adobe Stock (timestamp: 52:30). In her presentation, Patti showed tips and tricks of how to use Adobe’s Creative Cloud across apps, including implementing CC libraries to share Stock images. One highlight was when she showed how Adobe is making it easier than ever to find the image you have been searching for in Stock (timestamp: 1:19:30).
Our last bootcamp was with Zach Perkins, Adobe’s Strategic Development Manager, on Adobe XD (timestamp: 2:20:10). In his presentation, Zach showed how XD can be used to design, prototype, and collaborate remotely across teams. He showed useful tips, like how to create components. This allows a designer to create a master asset to be used consistently throughout an artboard or other XD files (timestamp: 2:39:48).
Day 1 concluded with the presentation of the design brief to the competitors for the design challenge. There were 12 teams paired up from around the globe with the goal of designing an app that would grow and connect the Amazon design community. The teams were given the day to work and submit their Adobe XD prototypes to the judges.
Day 2 kicked off with the announcement of the 5 finalist teams. These teams then presented their apps to the audience and judges. These apps included, Mosaic (timestamp: 22:15), Design Oracle (timestamp: 27:18), Dieter (timestamp: 37:20), One(S)pace (timestamp: 41:01), and Amazon Showcase (timestamp: 44:52).
After the presentations the viewers voted for their favorite app, and awarded One(S)pace with the audience choice award! Dieter was awarded with the Judges Choice. Congratulations to all those who participated and finalists!
What’s next? If you would like to learn more about Adobe XD, Amazon has access to virtual training sessions that cover a wide-range of topics that cater to both beginners and advanced users. These sessions are intended to be delivered in a group setting of 10 people or more, and can be tailored to 1-4 hours per session depending on the subject/topic. Below are some suggested topics based on the experience level, but can also be custom tailored to cover any specific topics and/or use cases:
· XD as your all-in-one solution
· Migrating from Sketch to XD
· How to run a successful design sprint using Adobe XD
· Prototype and share your designs remotely
· Using plugins and integrations to streamline your workflow
· Fail fast to succeed sooner: design, prototype and user test with Adobe XD
· Advanced prototyping: unlock the power of auto-animate
· Scaling design across your organization with Adobe XD (design systems)
· Mastering remote collaboration with Adobe XD
If you have any questions, please email Zach Perkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information, and to sign-up for training, please visit http://adobe.ly/xdis.