Product Manager, Adobe
Abhinav Agarwal is the Product Manager for InDesign. He has been with Adobe (and InDesign) for close to a year now. Prior to joining Adobe, he worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, India.
Abhinav is an engineer and MBA by education. Though he has no prior experience in Graphics Design and Layouting, he remains committed to learning more about this industry.
As the Product Manager, he collaborates with customers to solicit their feedback on InDesign and works with engineering team to ensure that InDesign continues to improve and is able to excite customers with every new release.
Designer and Founder
WORKSHOP, Small City
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.
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.
Sergio Baradat graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a BA in Illustration. As an illustrator, photographer and designer, Sergio has won awards of excellence from major design institutions including AIGA, Print, American Illustration, American Photography, Society of Illustrators. Sergio’s clients have included: AT&T, ITT, NFL, Condé Nast, Esteé Lauder, Swatch, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Time, GQ, Newsweek, Doubleday, St.Martins Press, Harper Collins, Simon&Schuster, and Random House. Sergio taught illustration and design from ‘92-‘04 at Parsons in NY. He is responsible for the illustration and design of postage stamps for the United States and the United Nations where he currently serves as Creative Director. His work is represented in the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Institution and National Postal Museum, AIGA Design Archives, Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Cuban Heritage Collection and The White House.
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
Graphics Scientist & Training Support
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.
Author, Trainer & Consultant
Diane Burns, Inc.
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.
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 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 a dozen 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.
Author & Adobe Certified Instructor
Chelius Graphic Services
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 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.
Sandee Cohen spent 20 years writing TV, radio, and print advertising for clients including Panasonic, Mattel, American Express, ABC News, Unilever, P&G (Procter and Gamble), and Pfizer Inc. In 1989 she left advertising to teach art directors and designers how to use “the machine” as Macintosh computers were known.
In 1999 she was approached by Adobe Systems to beta test K-2, which was released as Adobe InDesign. From there she wrote the first InDesign Visual Quickstart Guide, which has solds hundreds of thousands of copies all over the world. She is the only non-Adobe employee to have written on all versions of InDesign.
She has taught for numerous private computer graphics schools as well as Parson’s School of Design, New School University, and Cooper Union. He private clients include Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Hearst Corporation.
In addition to authoring the InDesign VQS, she has recently written Creating Animations with Adobe InDesign CC, and is the co-author, with Diane Burns, of Digital Publishing with InDesign CC. She has also written books and articles on Acrobat, Illustrator, FreeHand, PageMaker, and QuarkXPress.
2016 will be her third time speaking at Adobe MAX. However, she was a speaker when MAX was still part of Macromedia. She is thrilled to see the advancements in interactivity and animations for InDesign.
Co-Founder and CEO
Creative Publishing Network, InDesignSecrets.com
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.
Principal Manager of Creative Cloud Evangelism
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.
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.
Principal Product Manager
Will Eisley is a Principle Product Manager at Adobe responsible for creative mobile apps including Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch and Comp CC. He joined the company in 1997 and has worked on Adobe’s design apps including Illustrator and the first versions of InDesign through CS5. He left Adobe in 2010 to pursue a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts which had been a long-time passion. He rejoined Adobe in 2012 to help define and drive Adobe’s next set of mobile apps.
Senior Product Manager
As a Senior Product Manager at Adobe, Dave Ericksen and his team build amazing mobile apps for creativity. Dave's products have won numerous awards including IxDA's Interaction Design Award, Communication Arts Design Award, MediaPost Appy Award and more. With more than 10 years of experience building products for designers, he is an expert in mobile apps and design.
Letterer and Designer
Martina Flor Studio
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.
Nigel French Graphic Design
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 third year speaking at Adobe MAX.
Sr. Manager of Content
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.
Rob Generette III
Robert Generette III is an 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 to create compelling sport illustrations and portraitures for clients ranging from Nike Baseball, NASCAR, Smithsonian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Major League Soccer (L.A. Galaxy & D.C. United), Wacom and Adobe. Rob attributes his success to experience, layer management, the will to try new things and his vast knowledge of Adobe mobile applications.
Director of Content
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.
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 later worked 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. 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, SXSW, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Hyundai, and HBO. Nathan and Dan are popular guest presenters to graphic design organizations across the country, teach several online courses, and can be heard as regulars on the “Adventures in Design” podcast.
Designer, Illustrator, and Author
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.
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 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.
Dr Shelley Gruendler
Type Camp International, Inc.
Dr Shelley Gruendler, founder of Type Camp, 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 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, United States. Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, How, and TEDX; has published articles in AdobeCreate, Communication Arts, How, and Slanted; and has judged international typography for Communication Arts amd Print, visual communication for Core77, and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. She loves traveling the world for Type Camp and is a proud member of Alphabettes.org.
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.
Designer & Artist
Ekene Ijeoma is a designer and artist. His work explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data, transforming them in poetic and pragmatic ways to change how we understand our world. He is a NYFA Fellow in Design, Urban Environments, and Architecture. He was featured in Adweek's Creative 100 "10 visual artists whose imagination and intellect will inspire you" and GOOD Magazine's GOOD 100 "people "tackling pressing global issues”.
His interactive installation, ‘Wage Islands’ is about wage and housing inequality in NYC. It was exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture and featured in Huffington Post, Fusion, Vice and more. His interactive map ‘The Refugee Project’, about refugee migration around the world was nominated for and exhibited in Design Museum’s ‘Designs of the Year’ 2015 in London. It’s also been exhibited at galleries and museums including Annenberg Center for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Istanbul Design Biennial and published in MoMA ‘Design and Violence’. He has presented at events and spaces including New Museum Ideas City, Chicago Architecture Biennial and International Center for Photography.
Ekene has a BS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MA in Interaction Design from Domus Academy. He’s been a lecturer at The New School, New York University and critic at Yale and School for Visual Arts, visiting artist at Virginia Commonwealth University and School for Poetic Computation and an artist-in-residence at Fabrica and Ace Hotel. He was born in Fort Worth and lives and works in NYC.
Mohammed Javed Ali
Associate Product Manager
Javed is a Product Manager with InDesign team. He has been working with Adobe for over 7 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.
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.
Artist, Designer, Educator
Mac in Art
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.
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.
Director of Product
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"].
Sr Director Product Management, Web & Graphic Design
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.
Artist - Designer
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.
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.
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 FontShop News, news editor for Typographics magazine, and assists MyFonts and 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.’
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.
Dan Rhatigan is a designer and zine publisher from New York City. He worked as a graphic designer and typographer for 15 years in Boston and New York before moving to England in 2006 for graduate school at the University of Reading. After receiving his MA in Typeface Design, he spent 7 seven years working with Monotype as researcher, type designer, and eventually Type Director. He is now back home in New York, where he works as an independent type designer, consultant, and occasional teacher.
Group Product Manager
Anubhav has been building software products for creative professionals for the last 17 years. He is currently managing the graphic design and layout teams as a Group Product Manager Illustrator and InDesign. Anubhav loves improv, travel and food. He lives in Delhi, a vibrant mega city and the capital of India.
Nick Sambrato is the Founder of Mama’s Sauce, a spot color print shop & VP of it's parent company, 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.
Mrinalini has been working on the User Experience Design workflows and the User Interface for the product Adobe InDesign. Her work involves product development through user validations and feature prioritizations along with solving and designing features or workflows that would resonate passionately with the users. Thinking and pitching for creative features or tools that InDesign users need and handling the entire experience for building the feature to make it robust before passing it on to engineering to code is her key role as User Experience Designer here at Adobe.
Senior Staff Author
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.
Debi Sementelli Type
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 amongst pens, inks, paints, and brushes, wildly flourishing her way through an alphabet. In 2011 she moved from lettering artist to font designer basing all of her fonts on her own unique hand written lettering styles. She loves coming up with swashes, flourishes and ornaments to give designers a variety of choices to play with. She's been fortunate to watch her fonts make the Hot New Fonts, Rising Stars and Best Sellers list. But 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.
The Made Shop
The Made Shop makes spaces, objects, films, and graphic designs for people and companies we trust who trust us. We work in Denver and L.A. and have developed a special expertise in making things that we don’t know to make (yet).
Started in 2002 by husband-and-wife partners Marke and Kimberly Johnson, along with brothers Nathan and Zachary Johnson, with high school friend and garage-bandmate Adam Blake, The Made Shop is a small, curious, family studio working across an ever-expanding range of mediums. Working in motion graphics and film for music, TV, and major motion pictures like Looper, hitRECord on TV, Lucius, Son Lux, and Don Jon; album art for Yoko Ono, Shovels & Rope, The Fray, and Rufus Wainwright; international branding and product design for Adobe, Sony, NFL, Levi’s, Tumblr, Joe Coffee, and Hangar 1 Vodka; and as the Creative Director for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's ground-breaking interactive online production company HITRECORD.
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 in both life and design, one thing leads to another.
Senior Typeface Designer
Nina Stössinger, Senior Typeface Designer at Frere-Jones Type in Brooklyn. Nina graduated in multi-media design from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art & Design in Halle/Germany, and in typeface design at Zurich (CAS Type Design) and The Hague (TypeMedia MA). She worked as an independent graphic designer, typographer, type designer and coder in Switzerland and the Netherlands before relocating to New York in the summer of 2016 to join Frere-Jones Type. Her typefaces include FF Ernestine, a friendly slab serif (FontFont 2011), and Nordvest, a serif text face with subtly reversed contrast (Monokrom 2016). Named a “Type Designer to Watch” by Print Magazine, Nina has won awards across disciplines, had her work exhibited on three continents, and frequently lectures and teaches internationally.
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.
Nicholas van der Walle
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.
Bart Van de Wiele
Bart started his career as a graphic designer specialising in print, e-publishing and image retouching. Later he became an Adobe Certified Instructor providing classroom training and consulting using various Creative Cloud products. He's a renowned speaker at conferences in Europe, Australia and the United States and has written many articles on Adobe's print and e-publishing products for Creativepro.com, InDesignSecrets.com and InDesign Magazine. Bart joined Adobe in 2015 as a Solution Consultant for Adobe’s media products like Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, Adobe Stock and AEM Mobile (previously Adobe DPS).
Illustrator, Designer, & Digital Product Creator
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.
Principal Creative Cloud Evangelist
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 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.