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Adobe MAX
The Creativity Conference

  • Nov 2–4, 2016, San Diego, CA
  • Preconference Oct 31–Nov 1

The world’s premier creativity conference, MAX is an awe-inspiring mashup of over 9,000 of the world’s top creatives and best-in-the-business experts who come together to learn, share, create, connect and play.

Who should attend?

  • Who should attend?

    You belong at MAX if you're:

    • a graphic, web or multidisciplinary designer
    • an art or creative director
    • a video, film or motion graphics professional
    • a photographer
    • an Adobe Creative Cloud partner
    • a tech or business strategist
    • interested in Adobe products
    • interested in building a creative career

speakers

See these and more inspirational speakers in the MAX keynotes and Sneaks.
Stay tuned as we continue to add more keynote speakers.

  • Lynsey Addario

    Lynsey Addario

    Photographer

    Lynsey began photographing professionally for the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina in 1996 with no previous photographic training or studies. She eventually began freelancing for the AP in New York, before moving abroad to New Delhi, India to cover South Asia. In 2000, Addario first traveled to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to document life and oppression under the Taliban, and has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, and Congo. She photographs features and breaking news focused on humanitarian and human rights issues across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

    In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts.

    Lynsey’s recent bodies of work include an ongoing reportage on Syrian refugees for The New York Times, ISIS’ push into Iraq, the civil war in South Sudan, and African and Middle Eastern migrants arriving on Sicily's shores. Addario was the official photographer for the Nobel Peace Center's 10th peace prize exhibition, photographing 2014 winners Malala Yousefzai and Kailash Satyarthi for an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Lynsey has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship, or ‘Genius Grant’ 2009; Overseas Press Club's award for 'Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books' for her series ‘Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women’. She was part of the New York Times team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for her photographs in ‘Talibanistan’. In 2010 Lynsey was named one of 20 women on Oprah Winfrey's Power List, for her Power of Bearing Witness, and one of Glamour Magazine’s 20 women of the year in 2011. In 2014, Lynsey was included as one of eleven renowned women photographers in the National Geographic Women of Vision exhibition and photography book. Lynsey is married with one son.

  • Janet Echelman

    Janet Echelman

    Experiential Sculptor

    Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light becoming focal points for urban life. Recipient of the Guggenheim, Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, Harvard University Loeb Fellowship and Fulbright Lectureship, Echelman received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Art, and was named Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces". Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 34 languages with well over a million views. On Oprah’s list of “50 Things that Make You Say Wow!”, Echelman’s art ranked #1.

  • Keegan-Michael Key

    Keegan-Michael Key

    Actor, Writer, Sneaks Host

    As an award-winning actor, writer, and creator, Keegan-Michael Key has become one of the most creative and in-demand faces in Hollywood. With his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging talent in both comedy and drama, Key redefines what it means to be a chameleon and multi-hyphenate in the worlds of film, television, and theater.

    Key is the co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” with Jordan Peele. For his work on the show, Key was nominated for five 2015 Emmy Awards including “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy” and “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” The show won a 2014 Peabody Award and an American Comedy Award for “Best Alternative Comedy Series.” The show has become a TV and viral sensation, with four Emmy® nominations and over 700 million online hits. The series concluded its five season run in September 2015.

    In film, Key recently completed production on Peter Atencio’s Keanu, in which he stars and also co-produced. Warner Bros. will release the film on April 22, 2016. Key also recently completed production on Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice opposite Gillian Jacobs. Key is currently in production on John Hamburg’s Why Him? opening in November 2016.

    Key, along with Peele, is currently developing Substitute Teacher for Paramount. The duo is also working on New Line’s Police Academy, in which they will both star and produce. Key was most recently seen in Vacation, Pitch Perfect 2, Horrible Bosses 2 and Let’s Be Cops.

    On television, Key has recurred on the Emmy-winning FX series “Fargo,” USA’s “Playing House,” Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital,” and NBC’s “Parks & Rec.”

    Key was named among TIME magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2014” and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s “Entertainers of the Year of 2012.”

    Key is a veteran of Detroit and Chicago’s The Second City Theater. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Theater from Pennsylvania State University. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

  • Jared Leto

    Jared Leto

    Actor, musician and director

    Jared Leto is an actor, musician and director.

    His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. Leto’s recent performance as the transgender AIDS patient ‘Rayon’ in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club brought him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is next starring in the DC Comics / Warner Bros film, Suicide Squad.

    Leto’s other performances have included his portrayals in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream; Steve James’ Prefontaine, as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; J.P. Schaefer’s Chapter 27; David Fincher’s Fight Club and Panic Room; Mary Harron’s American Psycho; Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War; Oliver Stone’s Alexander; Todd Robinson’s Lonely Hearts; James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted; Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line; and Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody.

    He was honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature Artifact, which he produced with Emma Ludbrook. Leto directed Artifact under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Also under that name, he directs music videos for the multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, which comprises Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic.

    Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “The Kill”, “Kings and Queens,” and most recently, “City of Angels”. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube.

    In addition to his career as an award-winning actor and musician, Jared is also a successful tech investor. He’s invested in startups like Nest, Uber, Airbnb and Spotify, and he operates his own streaming video-platform, called Vyrt, as well as a social- and digital-media marketing outfit called The Hive.

Lynsey Addario

Photographer

Janet Echelman

Experiential Sculptor

Keegan-Michael Key

Actor, Writer, Sneaks Host

Jared Leto

Actor, musician and director

session speakers

MAX brings together over 200 expert speakers. View featured speakers by track.

Creative Careers
Graphic Design & Illustration
Photography & Creative Imaging
Video
Web & App Design
  • Sara Dietschy

    Sara Dietschy

    Adobe Creative Resident
    Filmmaker and online personality Sara Dietschy creates inspiring video content for her self-titled YouTube channel, which now has over of 100,000 subscribers. Her channel includes mini documentary films exploring the lives of creative types, travel vlogs, and ‘edu-taining’ tutorials. During the Residency, she’ll focus on taking her “Creative Spaces TV” video series to the next level by continuing to amplify her work across social media channels and pursuing new mediums for sharing her art.
  • Diane Domeyer

    Diane Domeyer

    The Creative Group
    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 24-year veteran in the staffing industry, Diane has been interviewed by numerous publications, including the Associated Press, 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.
  • Stephen Gates

    Stephen Gates

    Citigroup Inc.
    For over 15 years Stephen has worked to create the strategy, concepting and design for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and innovative digital experiences for web sites, mobile apps, wearables, global social media platforms and emerging technologies. He has lead world-class teams to create groundbreaking ideas for clients including American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, ExxonMobil, Acura, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, St. Regis Hotels, Subaru and many others.
  • Rebecca Simpson

    Rebecca Simpson

    Chipper Things
    Becky Simpson is an illustrator, author, designer and founder of Chipper Things, a paper and lifestyle brand that celebrates play. As a 2015-2016 Adobe Creative Resident, Becky spent the year learning how to build and manage this online store that features over 70 products with her illustrations. Becky is also the author and illustrator of I’d Rather Be Short. Her work has been featured on HOW Design, The Great Discontent, Design Milk, Refinery29, Adobe Create and more. Becky lives, illustrates and eats tacos in Austin, Texas.
  • Aaron Draplin

    Aaron Draplin

    Draplin Design Co
    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, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Dawes, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Old 97s, Sub Pop, Poler, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.
  • Timothy Goodman

    Timothy Goodman

    Timothy Goodman, Inc.
    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, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He has received awards from almost all major design & illustration publications. In 2014, 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. Timothy & Jessica recently finished their second social experiment, 12 Kinds of Kindness, which was featured in The New York Times. His writing series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” has exhibited at the concept store Colette in Paris, France, and his second book, Sharpie Art Workshop, came out last year. He teaches design at SVA in NYC.
  • Debbie Millman

    Debbie Millman

    Sterling Brands
    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.
  • Gemma O'Brien

    Gemma O'Brien

    Gemma O'Brien
    Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After completing a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic and Fuel VFX before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. Her typographic work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustration and digital type, to large scale hand-painted murals. She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements, and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Playboy Magazine, Nike, Volcom Stone, Kirin, Westfield, Heineken, QANTAS, and Diet Coke. A number of her projects have received the Award of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, in 2015 she was recognised as an ADC Young Gun and in 2016, named one of PRINT Magazine’s New Visual Artists: 15 under 30.
  • Lindsay Adler

    Lindsay Adler

    Lindsay Adler Photography
    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 including Marie Claire, Elle, InStyle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought-after speakers internationally, teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events. A Canon Explorer of Light, her work is marked by a clean, bold and graphic style. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. An author of four books, she is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others. Each year she teaches to tens of thousands of photographers world-wide through prestigious events.
  • Chris Burkard

    Chris Burkard

    Professional Photographer
    Chris Burkard is a thirty-year-old travel, landscape, and adventure photographer who makes his home on California’s Central Coast. But if you are one of the more than 1.7 million who follow Chris on social media, you’d be excused for thinking that he was permanently on the road. Chris’ work has been published in National Geographic, The New Yorker, GQ, Men’s Journal, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, and Surfer Magazine, where he is a staff photographer. Chris has also published or contributed to several books: The California Surf Project (2006); Plight of the Torpedo People (2012); Russia: The Outpost Vol. I (2013); Distant Shores (2013); and, most recently, High Tide: A Surf Odyssey (2015). Last year Chris was honored to speak at TED in Vancouver. The title of his talk: “The Joy of Surfing in Ice-Cold Water.”
  • Helena Price

    Helena Price

    Techies Project
    Helena Price is a commercial, editorial and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California, most recently known for creating the Techies Project, a large-scale photo project documenting the stories of underrepresented people in the tech industry. Raised in a small town in North Carolina, Helena has been making photos since she was six years old, getting her start shooting with disposable cameras from Wal-Mart. At 25, Helena ditched her prospering Silicon Valley career to try and make photos full-time. Within two years, she was named “Silicon Valley’s Most Wanted Photographer,” working on projects with Facebook, Fitbit, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Square and more. Her work has been featured on ABC, CNN, The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, The Guardian, Inc. and more, and Huffington Post named her one of the “Top 30 Most Influential Photographers on the Web.” She no longer shoots with disposable cameras from Wal-Mart.
  • Kyle Webster

    Kyle Webster

    KyleBrush.com
    Kyle T. Webster is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer, and digital product creator. His work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has worked as a creative partner with companies like Adobe, Apple, and IDEO. He currently makes the world's best-selling digital art tools as president and founder of KyleBrush.com, while continuing to draw for a select group of clients. His first children's picture book, "Please Say Please!" will be published by Scholastic in August, 2016.
  • Robbie Carman

    Robbie Carman

    DC Color
    Robbie's 15+ 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 6 books and dozens of hours of training content for Lynda.com including the popular Video Gear Weekly show with Richard Harrington. Robbie is also the co-founder of MixingLIght.com a subscription website focused on color grading across multiple platforms & skill levels. Visit www.mixinglight.com to find out more. Find Robbie on Twitter - @robbiecarman
  • Rich Harrington

    Rich Harrington

    ThinkTAP
    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. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. 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.
  • Dave Werner

    Dave Werner

    Adobe
    Dave Werner is a Senior Experience Design Lead for the Character Animator team at Adobe. His past projects include the FWA-winning portfolio site Okaydave, TechCrunch50 finalist Atmosphir, and the Extraneous Lyrics video series. Dave's work has been featured by Wired, The Verge, Gawker, Entertainment Weekly, TechCrunch, Kotaku, College Humor, and Sesame Street.
  • Luisa Winters

    Luisa Winters

    Independent Consultant
    Luisa loves gear, gadgets and technology. She loves After Effects and to fly drones - so much, that she became a private pilot in 2015! Luisa Winters is a Certified Instructor for Adobe and Apple (ACI and ACT). She consults for organizations and works at several different training centers all over the United States and abroad. Luisa is one of the few Adobe Premiere Pro Master instructors. A well-known artist, Luisa often speaks at different conferences on topics ranging from video editing to compositing and web. An accomplished violinist, Luisa was, at the age of 13, a full-time member of the National Symphony Orchestra in the Dominican Republic. While attending the legendary Peabody Conservatory (in Baltimore, MD), Luisa learned from master musicians: Henryk Szeryng, Berl Senofski, Aarond Rosand, Charles Libove, and Leon Fleisher, among others. Expressing her art in digital form, Luisa became an editor and motion graphics artist in 1985, and has been performing both arts full-time since that point in time. Throughout her career, Luisa has won several awards, including: Telly Awards Videographer Awards Aegis Awards WEVA Hall of Fame Baltimore Videographers Association Excellence Award Luisa is an author, speaker, consultant and overall Adobe and Apple expert, she loves working with graphics, video and the web, as well as IT.
  • Jina Bolton

    Jina Bolton

    Salesforce
    Jina Bolton created her first style guide in 2004. She has grown to be a designer, developer, writer, and speaker on design systems ever since. At Salesforce, she is lead designer on the Lightning Design System. She also created the Design Systems Slack, which led her to start the San Francisco Design Systems Coalition. Recently, she organized Clarity, the first ever design systems conference. Additionally, she is active in the Sass community. She leads the Sass brand and website. She was a tech editor for Dan Cederholm’s Sass for Web Designers. She organizes The Mixin, a front end meet up which has hosted talks by some of the most prominent members of the CSS/Sass community, and recently took ownership of Sass News. Previously, Jina has worked at companies including Apple, GitHub, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely. She coauthored two books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS.
  • Nancy Douyon

    Nancy Douyon

    Google
    Nancy Douyon is a User Experience Research Program Manager at Google. She has a special focus on remote user research methods and emerging markets. Her daily quest is to increase the usability of products, applications, complex systems and websites across different cultural ideals and cultural practices. Prior to Google, Nancy worked at IBM Interactive Research, Accenture Experience Agency, and Intel's Mobility Group. She was instrumental in creating a User Experience Lifecycle approach to help illuminate practical applications of technology in the global south and beyond.
  • Denise Jacobs

    Denise Jacobs

    The Creative Dose
    Denise Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder + Chief Creativity Evangelist of The Creative Dose, she teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, and practices for sparking innovation. Working in Web Design & Development since 1997, she is an industry veteran and regarded expert on many things web. She is the author of The CSS Detective Guide and co-author of the Smashing Book #3 1/3 and Interact with Web Standards. Denise is also the Chief Unicorn of Rawk The Web and the Head Instigator of The Creativity (R)Evolution.
  • Ethan Marcotte

    Ethan Marcotte

    ethanmarcotte.com
    Ethan Marcotte is an independent designer and author, who coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing Web. Responsive Web Design and Responsive Design: Patterns and Principles, his popular books on the topic, have been widely praised, showing how designers and organizations can leverage the Web’s flexibility to design across mobile, tablet, and desktop—and whatever might come next. Over the years his clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and the W3C. Ethan has also been a featured speaker at many conferences, including Webstock, An Event Apart, and SXSW Interactive. Headshot credit: Copyright © Joyelle West

session speakers

MAX brings together over 200 expert speakers. View featured speakers by track.

Sara Dietschy

Sara Dietschy

Adobe Creative Resident
Diane Domeyer

Diane Domeyer

The Creative Group
Stephen Gates

Stephen Gates

Citigroup Inc.
Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca Simpson

Chipper Things
Aaron Draplin

Aaron Draplin

Draplin Design Co
Timothy Goodman

Timothy Goodman

Timothy Goodman, Inc.
Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman

Sterling Brands
Gemma O'Brien

Gemma O'Brien

Gemma O'Brien
Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler Photography
Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard

Professional Photographer
Helena Price

Helena Price

Techies Project
Kyle Webster

Kyle Webster

KyleBrush.com
Robbie Carman

Robbie Carman

DC Color
Rich Harrington

Rich Harrington

ThinkTAP
Dave Werner

Dave Werner

Adobe
Luisa Winters

Luisa Winters

Independent Consultant
Jina Bolton

Jina Bolton

Salesforce
Nancy Douyon

Nancy Douyon

Google
Denise Jacobs

Denise Jacobs

The Creative Dose
Ethan Marcotte

Ethan Marcotte

ethanmarcotte.com

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