Speakers

session speakers

This speaker is identified as a MAX Master, ranked as one of the top 20 speakers at MAX 2015.

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

    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.

    www.stephengates.com

  • Becky Simpson

    Adobe Creative Resident

    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 and 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.

  • Amy Balliett

    Killer Infographics

    Amy Balliett is the CEO and co-founder 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 with Nick Grant to build lead-gen-based websites, but in the fall of 2010, the business pivoted to an entirely new model: infographic design. In the years since, Killer Infographics has grown to become an industry leader, driving visual communication campaigns for nonprofits and Fortune500 clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more.

  • Sebastian Bleak

    Astute Graphics

    Let Illustrator veteran and training support manager Sebastian Bleak show you his top techniques to get the most from the tools and enhance your creativity in Illustrator. Sebastian is Graphic Scientist at Astute Graphics, the leading innovators of imaginative tools for designers that significantly save time, increase precision and enhance the creative process when using Adobe Illustrator. Although Sebastian specializes in Adobe Illustrator, his focus is on the Creative Cloud workflow for graphic designers. Follow his weekly project "Never Stop Learning," where he studies different Adobe tools and shares his findings with the design community. He has been demonstrating his passion for over 250 weeks and the majority of tools studied are in Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • Chad Chelius

    Author & Adobe Certified Instructor

    Chad Chelius is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Community Professional based in the Philly area. As a trainer 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 several books and created multiple videos 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.

  • Rufus Deuchler

    Adobe

    As Principal Manager for Creative Cloud Evangelism at Adobe Systems with an affinity for creative technology, Rufus Deuchler has established himself as a leader in a very specialized arena. With more than 25 years of experience as a corporate and editorial designer, he is an expert in creative workflows with Adobe solutions.

  • Martina Flor

    Letterer and Designer

    Martina Flor combines her talents as a designer and illustrator in the drawing of letters. Based in Berlin, she runs a leading studio in lettering and custom typography, working globally for clients such us The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Harper Collins, Fontshop, Monotype, Etsy, and Cosmopolitan, among others. With a master in Type Design from The Royal Academy of Arts in The Netherlands under her belt, she dedicates a big part of her time to teaching lettering and type design in and outside of Europe. She is the author of Lust auf Lettering, published in 2016 by Verlag Hermann Schmidt (to be released next in English as The Golden Secrets of Lettering by Princeton Architectural Press) and travels quite a bit to present her work at conferences and to hold workshops that help designers grow their set of skills.

  • James Fritz

    Lynda.com/Linkedin

    James Fritz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. After beginning his professional life as a designer for a variety of clients, he became hooked on helping others learn. Over time he became an Adobe Certified Design Master and began teaching, speaking and writing worldwide. Today he is the senior manager of content at Lynda.com/Linkedin and spends his time helping the world learn creative skills.

    www.lynda.com

  • Mordy Golding

    Lynda.com/LinkedIn

    Mordy Golding, Director of Content for Lynda.com at LinkedIn, is a 5-time Adobe MAX Master presenter who has published over 50 online video courses and books covering Adobe software and related design topics. Mordy was the Illustrator product manager at Adobe from 2001-2004. 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.

  • Nick Grant

    Killer Infographics

    Nick Grant is Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of Killer Infographics, a Seattle-based leader in visual communications and the design of infographics, motion graphics, and interactive infographics. Nick is a California native who moved to Seattle after studying entrepreneurship in college. Nick worked in marketing and business development roles before setting off on his own to co-found a lead-generation venture and cost-per-acquisition site alongside Amy Balliett in 2009. By 2010, the infographics they had made to promote their websites had created such a buzz that other companies were asking the duo to design infographics for them — and that's how Killer Infographics was born.

  • Maria Grønlund

    Graphic Designer

    Maria Grønlund is a Danish based graphic designer who specializes in branding and digital art. She’s a former classical musician, trained in singing opera and playing the piano. In her mid-thirties she started studying graphic design. From 2007 to 2010 she worked for a couple of creative bureaus in Aarhus, Denmark; she started to work as an independent graphic designer in 2010. Her work is especially known for her use of bright vibrant colors and her digital art using creative and innovative methods. Her design is colorful, simplistic and easy on the eye.

  • Mark Heaps

    Adobe Community Professional

    Mark Heaps snapped his first picture at the age of four. His grandmother provided him with a camera and film so he could explore the world around him. As he got older he picked up a guitar, a skateboard, and a can of spray paint and thrashed his way into the world of art and design. Today he's an Adobe Community Professional. He's the former Executive Director for Houndstooth Studio and has held lead positions with Duarte, Google, and Apple. Mark's images, and design solutions, have been utilized by a wide range of Fortune500 companies as well as boutique agencies. He is an author, instructor, teacher, entrepreneur and most importantly husband and father. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, as a workaholic operating under the web label @lifebypixels.

  • Ekene Ijeoma

    Studio Ijeoma

    Ekene Ijeoma is a designer and artist. He explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data, transforming them in poetic and pragmatic ways to change how we understand our world. He was featured in Good Magazine ‘Good 100’ 2016 for “tackling pressing global issues”. His most recent interactive installation, Wage Islands is about wage and housing inequality in NYC was exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture. His interactive map The Refugee Project, about refugee migration around the world was nominated for and exhibited in Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ 2015. It’s also been exhibited at Annenberg Center for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Istanbul Design Biennial and published in MoMA ‘Design and Violence’. He has been a lecturer at The New School and NYU, critic at Yale and SVA, visiting artist at VCU and School for Poetic Computation and artist in residence at Fabrica and Ace Hotel.

  • Chana Messer

    Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Trainer, Public Speaker, & Online Author

    Chana Messer works independently at her design studio Mac in Art, offering the creative consulting, technical skills and art direction businesses need in order to achieve their goals. She contributes to the Creative Community with tutorials, advice and resources through her Adobe User Group, webinars, online venues and industry events. Chana is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Partner, Adobe Community Professional,and an Adobe User Group Manager. As such she has been invited to present at Adobe events across the U.S. and overseas. Chana also has been teaching at the university level for 30+ years in the fields of Fine Art, Digital Imaging in the Departments of Visual Arts at UCLA. Photoshop Mentor at USC School of Cinematic Arts and is an Adobe ACA instructor at USC Annaberg School of Journalism.

    www.chanamesser.com

  • 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.

  • Avi Muchnick

    Adobe

    Avi Muchnick is currently the Director of Products for Adobe’s mobile ecosystem. He is an artist and serial entrepreneur based in NYC with a background in business, law, design and programming. His personal mission is to empower others to create. He co-founded the creative contest community, Worth1000 (acquired by CrowdSpring) and mobile photo editing app [SDK Aviary](acquired by Adobe). His products have been used by 125 million+ people to make billions of photos more creative. In 2010, MIT’s Technology Review named him one of their [Top 35 innovators under 35"].

    http://www.adobe.com

  • Michael Ninness

    Adobe

    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 Senior Director of Product Management for the Web and Graphic Design products at Adobe, including InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Muse.

  • Daniel Pelavin

    Illustrator and Typographic Designer

    Daniel Pelavin grew up in Detroit Michigan and began his career in local art studios. From his earliest work, produced with templates, french curves and drafting tools, to a present day virtuosity in digital media, Pelavin has used a restrained and simplified vocabulary of geometric forms, rich, flat colors and typography inspired by a wide range of 20th century ephemera. His mastery at combining stylistic elements from various historical periods while maintaining an unwavering focus on clarity has resulted in a body of work that is timeless and enduring. He has received recognition for illustration, typographic design and a singular ability to seamlessly combine the two. He began his journey into digital media at its onset and continues to play a pioneering role. Pelavin earned his BA in advertising and MFA in graphic design, but credits high school industrial arts classes and studio apprenticeship as his most valuable source of training and inspiration.

  • Yves Peters

    Graphic Designer

    Yves Peters is a graphic designer / rock drummer / father of three who tries to be critical about typography without coming across as a snob. Former editor-in-chief of the defunct The FontFeed, he now writes for FontShop News. His ability to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.

  • Thomas Phinney

    FontLab

    Thomas Phinney is President of FontLab, secretary of the global type association ATypI, and an 11-year Adobe veteran (lastly Product Manager for Fonts & Global Typography). His typefaces include Hypatia Sans, an Adobe Original. Thomas teaches type design and font tools worldwide with the Crafting Type collective.

  • Justin Seeley

    Lynda.com/Linkedin

    Justin Seeley is currently a Senior Staff Author for the design segment at lynda.com at LinkedIn. He has over 12 years experience in the graphic and web design industry, and he is a regular speaker at events like Adobe MAX, HOW Interactive, NAB, and PePcon. To date Justin has authored over 150 hours of instructional content on various topics such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; is the author of over 70 online courses at lynda.com, including Illustrator Essential Training, Photoshop for Web Design, and the Creative Quick Tips weekly series; and blogs regularly at justinseeley.com. Justin is also an Adobe Community Professional, Adobe Certified Expert, and a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor.

  • Nicholas van der Walle

    Astute Graphics

    In 2002, Nicholas van der Walle was working as a Graphic Designer for an aerospace company. Having just designed a show stand, Nick’s manager wanted the artwork “more blue”. This seemingly small change took many days and created the question that there must be a better way. This is how Astute Graphics was founded; Nick designed and commissioned the creation of a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator named “Phantasm CS” which delivered instant color changes. Over the last 10 years Nick has ensured that Astute Graphics leads the way through designing innovative, imaginative tools for vector designers that significantly save time, boost creativity and achieve refined results. Astute Graphics now has a repertoire of 14 plug-ins available to purchase via their website. Clients range from individual freelancers to global corporations including Adidas, Disney and Apple. Nick heavily invests time in finding out what graphic designers and illustrators want and need which enables a steady stream of releases and learning material each year.

  • Terry White

    Adobe

    Terry White – Worldwide Creative Suite Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over 15 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 products. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is a columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. Terry is the host of the top ranked award winning Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast. Terry is a key presenter at major industry shows around the world.

  • Laura Worthington

    Typeface Designer

    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 80 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.

  • 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.

  • Jim Babbage

    Adobe

    Jim Babbage, Senior Solutions Consultant, Education, Adobe Systems Jim Babbage’s two passions, teaching and photography, led him to his first career in commercial photography. With the release of Photoshop 2.5, Jim became involved in the world of digital imaging, and he soon began designing for the web in addition to taking photographs. Jim is the author of several books and video training titles on Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Muse, and written hundreds of online articles and tutorials on Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and general web and photography topics. A former college professor of 21 years, Jim taught imaging, web design, and photography at Centennial College, and web design at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario until he joined Adobe in May of 2011 as a Solutions Consultant for Education. Jim has spoken at a variety of technology conferences, including D2WC and Adobe MAX. Learn more about Jim’s passion for photography at https://www.behance.net/JimBabbage And https://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_babbage/

    http://jimbabbage.myportfolio.com/projects

  • Corey Barker

    Photshop Guru/Author/Instructor

    Corey is a Photshop guru, author, and instructor. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version.

  • Russell Brown

    Adobe

    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 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.

  • Dave Cross

    Dave Cross Workshops

    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.

  • Katrin Eismann

    School of Visual Arts

    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. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and 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, which is offered as both an on-campus and low-residency program. Katrin enjoys the three f’s – food, photography and golf…not necessarily in that order! www.katrineismann.com

  • Michael Flarup

    Pixel Resort

    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 like the App Icon Template used by hundreds of thousands of Photoshop users around the world.

  • Zorana Gee

    Adobe

    Zorana Gee, MBA, is a Senior Product Manager on the Photoshop team. She has been on the Photoshop team for over 14 years and has been involved with giving direction and scope for a variety of feature areas for both Photographers and Designers. Zorana has also been instrumental in driving Adobe’s direction with 3D printing and various 3D workflows in Photoshop. She is a published author and speaks worldwide representing Adobe and the Photoshop family line of professional products. Outside of Adobe, her time is often spent teaching the art of Capoeira to her community. She has been training and teaching Capoiera for over 12 years and holds a black-belt (equivalent).

  • Tim Grey

    Author & Professional Photographer

    Tim Grey is a photographer who has written more than a dozen books for photographers, has published dozens of video training courses, and has had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer, among others. He also publishes the Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter, the monthly Pixology digital magazine, and a wide variety of video training courses through his GreyLearning website. Tim teaches through workshops, seminars, and appearances at major events around the world. You can learn more at www.timgrey.com.

  • Brian Haberlin

    Digitalarttutorials.com

    Brian Haberlin is an award winning comicbook writer and artist who started in comics at TopCow Productions, he created their computer coloring department and developed many of the modern methods of comic book production. While there he co-created "Witchblade" as well as several other characters. He formed his own studio in 1995 producing commercial illustrations and digitally coloring for Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics. He then started Avalon Studios with Whilce Portacio and co-created/created many comic titles such as Stone, The Wicked, Hellcop, Houdini: The Man from Beyond, Jinn, Aria, M-Rex, Area 52 and Athena Inc. He became Editor in Chief for Todd Mc Farlane productions in 2006 and pencilled and inked their popular Spawn title for 2 years with David Hine as writer. He currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com where he produces art tutorials, teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is partner in Anomaly Productions producing graphic novels, comics, and apps. His debut graphic novel ANOMALY is the longest full color graphic novel ever done and features cutting edge digital components, app and free UAR app that when pointed at pages make them come to life with interactive 3d and back story information. Faster Than Light a new comic written and drawn by Brian comes out this through Image Comics. And his work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum.

  • Josh Haftel

    Adobe

    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.

  • Jason Hoppe

    Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor

    An Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 20 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, PDF forms, interactive PDFs, and InDesign Publishing. In fact, Jason has been performing high-end electronic production and design since the industry’s inception. Also during this time, Jason has taught prepress, production and graphic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in a variety of settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. He currently teaches the Adobe Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College and was the founding Instructor at creativeLIVE.

  • Julieanne Kost

    Adobe

    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 and the Art of Photoshop Compositing for Lynda.com, as well as “Revitalize your Workflow with Lightroom” for CreativeLive. 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 schools and leading educational institutions around the world. She has created and published more than a thousand instructional videos for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. For her outstanding service and contributions to the photographic industry, she received the Gerhard Bakker award from the Professional Photographers of America and was granted the title of Honorary Educational Associate from the American Society of Photographers.

    blogs.adobe.com/jkost

  • Bria Lear

    Digital Darlings Creative

    Bria empowers entrepreneurs, marketers, and creatives to elevate their influence and their income through insightful coaching and step by step training. She is the creator of PsBootcamp (a progressive crash course in Photoshop covering everything from program basics to intermediate photo editing techniques) - and Magnetic Brand Academy (a business & brand-positioning program focused on developing the foundational elements of a long-lasting, authentic brand, coming Spring 2017). Bria began her career in Fashion Design, but quickly carved a more entrepreneurial path. Her varied experience includes creating and running a digital lifestyle magazine for women, designing brands and websites, and crafting social media campaigns. Now, Bria combines her branding, marketing, and design expertise with a talent for teaching through Digital Darlings Creative. Within her courses, on her blog, and everywhere else you might find her, Bria distills concepts with relatable language and examples, teaches technical skills through fun, relevant exercises, and offers practical inspiration that shifts mindsets.

    http://www.digitaldarlingscreative.com

  • Bert Monroy

    Digital Artist and Painter

    Bert Monroy is a pioneer of digital art. He is a hyper-realistic digital painter who builds his digital paintings as a traditional artist would, adding color and texture, but on a digital canvas. He is a veteran of 20 years in the advertising industry and 30 years as a commercial illustrator. He coauthored the first book on Photoshop and has authored several books since. An accomplished teacher and lecturer, Bert has served on the faculties of many institutions worldwide. He was a regular on Tech TV for several years. Bert has produced thousands of training videos. His client list includes Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Pixar and Disney Animation. Bert is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and in 2004 was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

  • Stephen Nielson

    Adobe

    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 eleven years ago. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children, working on his photography, hiking, wakeboarding and snowboarding.

  • Tomasz Opasinski

    ImageMassive

    Entertainment Advertising Creative Director, Author, and Independent Consultant, Tomasz is both a winner and juror of numerous national and international competitions, and has crafted designs for everything from movie posters, to television shows and video games. Tomasz currently works as an Originals Creative at Netflix in Los Angeles, California. See more of his work at www.tomasz-opasinski.com.

  • Daniel Presedo

    Adobe

    Daniel Presedo has been an employee of Adobe since 1999 and works full time on Adobe Photoshop. He has over 20 years experience in the computer industry and publishing, crossing multiple genres working with many Industry influencers and companies including S.F. Giants, Virgin, DreamWorks, Pixar, LucasFilm, along with many others. He has been writing, drawing and experimenting with new technologies his entire life, and was one of the first artist to have a complete digital workflow. His self published independent comic book, Dream Wolves- 1993, went on to sell nearly 100,000 copies after only a few issues. He has continued this tradition with his new book "Advent" on sale now at Amazon.com.

    www.presedo.net

  • Helena Price

    Commercial, Editorial, & Portrait Photographer

    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.

  • Jesus Ramirez

    Photoshop Training Channel

    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.

  • Sarah Silver

    Professional Photographer

    Born in Tokyo to parents who traveled the world, Sarah Silver spent her early years in love with dancing and photography, studying both from a young age. Shortly after finishing her Master’s Degree in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she was chosen to shoot for Surface Magazine’s prestigious Avant Guardian issue. Using professional dancers as models, the fashion shoot marked the beginning of Sarah’s love for combining movement and photography. An established fashion, beauty, and movement photographer and director, Sarah’s extensive list of clients include Vogue, V, W, Allure, Proenza Schouler, Pantene, L’Oreal, Nike, Pantone, Sephora, Revlon, DKNY, AG Jeans, and Target. Sarah has also worked with Tresemmé in an award-winning collaboration for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Equally comfortable in front of the camera, Sarah is often featured on screen, herself, on shows such as Make Me A Supermodel, America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway and LA Ink. In addition to her visual work, Sarah is a featured speaker for Photo Expo in NYC, APA, and at universities including Parsons School of Design, The Pratt Institute, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and The School of Visual Arts.

  • Colin Smith

    Photoshop Cafe

    Colin Smith is founder of PhotoshopCAFE which has received over 30 million visitors. 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.

  • Paul Trani

    Adobe

    Paul is Senior Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe, where he is passionate about helping designers build compelling content using their creativity and new technology. Whether it's creating cutting-edge web content, intuitive mobile experiences, or actual physical objects using 3D printing, Paul's goal is to empower and inspire. As an award-winning designer with over twenty years of experience, Paul is also a writer, prolific trainer, and public speaker. He has earned top author status on Lynda.com and has created a steady stream of content for www.paultrani.com. When he's not on the road he can be found... on the road, running or getting exercise in his native state of Colorado. But you can always find him on social media.

  • 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.

  • AJ Wood

    Adobe

    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, Big(D)esign, D2WC, and OpenCamp. A.J. is best known for his video series “I Create Content” published on ajwood.com.

  • 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

  • Jeff Greenberg

    J Greenberg Consulting

    Jeff I. Greenberg has two decades of experience as a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers) for Adobe, Apple, and Avid, specializing in the areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression.  He teaches seminars at events such as NAB, Adobe Max, CabSat, IBC, CES and Inter BEE. Additionally, he's the chair for the Editors Retreat , an annually held exclusive getaway for editors by editors. Jeff is a published author of several books on the subject of editing and post-production.  His most current book is Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques (Adobe Press.) He writes for various blogs and creates training materials . He's happy to talk to you about consulting and helping you find solutions that meet your training needs.

  • 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 Helmly

    Adobe

    As Head of World Wide Technical Field Team for ProVideo at Adobe, David Helmly manages a Senior Field Team specializing in Pro Video/Audio production workflows for film and broadcast. Helmly also travels abroad giving lectures and participating in various industry advisory councils and panel discussions. Helmly has worked for Adobe for nearly 20 years and has specialized in digital video and digital imaging products for nearly 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"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 "http://blogs.adobe.com/davtechtable"

  • Christine Steele

    Steele Pictures Studio, Inc.

    Christine Steele is an Adobe Certified Trainer and content creator who enjoys the art of storytelling. Christine has post-supervised and edited film and video at Disney, ABC, FOX, Paramount, Warner, Pixar, Showtime, Frontline, Electronic Arts, VH1 and PBS. She served as the Supervising Editor and Post Supervisor for Paramount's feature film talhotblond -- now available on Netflix. In addition to long form feature work, Christine won a ProMax editing award for her promos and spots for ABC's Desperate Housewives. In 2011 she served as lead editor for AIR RACERS 3D, an IMAX feature currently screening in theaters worldwide. 

  • Dave Werner

    Adobe

    Dave Werner is a Senior Experience Designer at Adobe, most recently working on the mobile video editing app Premiere Clip. His past projects include the FWA-winning portfolio site Okaydave, TechCrunch50 finalist Atmosphir, and the popular Extraneous Lyrics video series. Dave's work has been featured by Wired, The Verge, Gawker, Entertainment Weekly, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, TechCrunch, Kotaku, College Humor, VH1’s Best Week Ever, and HOW Design Magazine.

  • Sherry Bishop

    Instructor Emerita of Information Technology/Graphic Design

    Sherry Bishop is an instructor emerita of Information Technology/Graphic Design at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. She is the author of several textbooks sold internationally by Cengage Learning including Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud Revealed and Adobe Dreamweaver CS Illustrated. Sherry has authored or co-authored 34 titles on Dreamweaver or web design since she began her academic writing career. She writes Dreamweaver tutorial and video content for the Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog. In addition to holding three endowed chairs in technology during an accomplished teaching career, Sherry was selected the outstanding instructor at North Arkansas College in 2004 and awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 and 2004. She retired after 26 years as a college instructor in 2010 to devote her time to writing. This is Sherry’s fifth Adobe MAX. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, photography, cooking, reading, and yoga.

  • 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.

    http://salesforce.com/designsystem

  • Demian Borba

    Adobe

    Demian is a Product Manager for Adobe XD (formerly Project Comet) on the Creative Cloud team at Adobe. 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 many more. Demian is committed to the growth of new innovators, has taught design and programming at UCSD, as well as his own 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.

    http://www.adobe.com

  • Chris Converse

    Codify Design Studio

    Chris has over 23 years experience in graphic design and interactive media, with a unique focus on both design and development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and AngularJS, making his design execution optimal across various media. In addition to design and development, Chris is a featured speaker at various industry-related conferences, including the How Design and Interactive Conferences, AIGA, and the Adobe MAX conferences. Chris has also written, designed and hosted video training titles on Lynda.com, HOW Design University, Udemy.com and Amazon Video (free with Prime).

  • 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.

  • Chris Georgenes

    GSN.com Games

    Chris started life like most humans, covered in placenta and with minimal motor skills. It wasn’t long before he gained enough coordination to become the drummer for a number of Boston based bands. Upon standing fully erect Chris attended an art school and learned to draw. Then someone invented the internet and another person invented Adobe Animate CC. Riding on the coattails of these individuals, chris was able to carve a unique niche for himself using both tools. Chris is a featured streamer on Adobe’s Creative Channel on Twitch. “Being an artist means having the ability to manipulate light. Being an animator allows me to manipulate time. If I can manipulate light and time, then maybe, I'm a god. But then my daughter reminds me that I just “color” things – and she’s exactly right.”

  • Chris Kellett

    123muse.com

    Chris has been a web designer and animator for nearly twenty years. Has worked exclusively with Muse for the past two years. He has built 100's of templates and widgets for third-party template and widget providers as well as his own business 123muse.com. Chris and his brother, Dan's aim is to show the small business community how to use Muse and the entire Creative Cloud to supply real-world solutions to everyday working problems. With their ability to switch from photography, animation, video, audio and of course the web they are an internationally followed team. Chris his wife and two children live in Wales in the UK. Chris is now a regular at MAX and brings a lot of fun and humour to his classes. If you are into all things Muse, his MAX sessions are a must.

    http://123muse.com

  • Joseph Labrecque

    University of Denver

    Joseph Labrecque is primarily employed by the University of Denver as a senior interactive software engineer specializing in the creation of expressive desktop, web, and mobile solutions. His work incorporates a strong focus on the Adobe Flash Platform alongside more general web standards initiatives involving the use of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and related technologies. He is also the proprietor of Fractured Vision Media, LLC; a digital media production company, technical consultancy, and distribution vehicle for a variety of creative works. Joseph authors video courses and written works through organizations which include Lynda.com, Peachpit Press, Train Simple, Packt Publishing, O'Reilly Media, Brainbuffet, and video2brain. Joseph is an Adobe Education Leader and Adobe Community Professional.

    http://josephlabrecque.com/

  • Aaron Lawrence

    Pivotal Labs

    At the age of 14, Aaron fell in love with letters and type design by practicing the art of graffiti. "Don’t worry, it was the legal kind of graffiti" he says. Aaron is no stranger to the arts. He grew up surrounded by artists – his father works in advertising, his brother in animation, and his mother styles hair. Aaron began his career as a Graphic Designer in corporate advertising. A few years later, he transitioned into an Interaction Designer role at a small local studio. His passion and talent for typography and brand identity still shine through his design work. Currently, Aaron is the Design Manager for Pivotal Labs in San Francisco, CA. He spends his days designing products, collaborating with his teammates, hand drawing letters and filming them and loves typography. https://www.instagram.com/aaronlawrencedesigns/"If you want me to buy something, put some type on it, and I'll buy it" he says.

  • Mike Roush

    Titmouse

    Mike Roush is the Director of Animation at Titmouse with 12 years experience in the industry. He has lead teams of animators creating cartoons like Metalocalypse, Motorcity, and Turbo F.A.S.T.. He is known as an expert in digital 2D Animation, and has helped develop the house style of animation at Titmouse inc. In addition to television work Mike has also directed Titmouse's first independent short film, The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl. Most recently Mike has completed work on Titmouse's first feature film NERDLAND. Mike has also spoken at events like CTN, and COMIC CON.

  • Patti Sokol

    Adobe

    Patti Sokol, Adobe Sr. Solutions Consultant, has delivered award-winning presentations to groups large and small. With over 20 years of experience teaching and demonstrating the full range of Adobe’s Creative applications, Patti brings her warmly humorous style and irresistible passion for creative technology to every event. She loves to tell everyone, “I have the best job at Adobe! I get to show Adobe customers how cool the software is, and more importantly, how it lets them be more productive and express their creative ideas.”

  • Joseph Todaro

    MuseResources.com

    As founder of MuseResources.com, Joseph embraces and explores the vast capabilities of Adobe Creative Cloud through online learning as well as sharing assets and design resources. Now working as a UI/UX designer in California, Joseph continues to be an avid Adobe evangelist and resource to those bringing their design work to the web.

session speakers

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Diane Domeyer

The Creative Group

Stephen Gates

Citigroup Inc.

Becky Simpson

Adobe Creative Resident

Amy Balliett

Killer Infographics

Sebastian Bleak

Astute Graphics

Chad Chelius

Author & Adobe Certified Instructor

Martina Flor

Letterer and Designer

James Fritz

Lynda.com/Linkedin

Mordy Golding

Lynda.com/LinkedIn

Nick Grant

Killer Infographics

Maria Grønlund

Graphic Designer

Mark Heaps

Adobe Community Professional

Ekene Ijeoma

Studio Ijeoma

Chana Messer

Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Trainer, Public Speaker, & Online Author

Debbie Millman

Sterling Brands

Daniel Pelavin

Illustrator and Typographic Designer

Yves Peters

Graphic Designer

Justin Seeley

Lynda.com/Linkedin

Nicholas van der Walle

Astute Graphics

Laura Worthington

Typeface Designer

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler Photography

Corey Barker

Photshop Guru/Author/Instructor

Dave Cross

Dave Cross Workshops

Katrin Eismann

School of Visual Arts

Michael Flarup

Pixel Resort

Tim Grey

Author & Professional Photographer

Brian Haberlin

Digitalarttutorials.com

Jason Hoppe

Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor

Bria Lear

Digital Darlings Creative

Bert Monroy

Digital Artist and Painter

Tomasz Opasinski

ImageMassive

Helena Price

Commercial, Editorial, & Portrait Photographer

Jesus Ramirez

Photoshop Training Channel

Sarah Silver

Professional Photographer

Colin Smith

Photoshop Cafe

Kyle Webster

KyleBrush.com

AJ Wood

Adobe

Jeff Greenberg

J Greenberg Consulting

Christine Steele

Steele Pictures Studio, Inc.

Sherry Bishop

Instructor Emerita of Information Technology/Graphic Design

Jina Bolton

Salesforce

Chris Converse

Codify Design Studio

Chris Georgenes

GSN.com Games

Chris Kellett

123muse.com

Joseph Labrecque

University of Denver

Aaron Lawrence

Pivotal Labs

Mike Roush

Titmouse

Joseph Todaro

MuseResources.com
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