My passion is designing simple, elegant, well-constructed user experiences for web and mobile apps, digital publishing projects, webcasts, and other rich media. With in-depth project experience at Adobe and other premier brands, I specialize in working collaboratively and closely with clients to deliver the highest standard of quality. I am looking for opportunities to develop first-class user experiences for clients like yours.

New FREE Video Tutorials on Adobe Muse CC!

Visit the Adobe Muse Learn show on Adobe TV!

Visit the Adobe Muse Learn show on Adobe TV!

This August, Adobe released a robust selection of training videos on key products from top-notch trainers. We added 32 videos to the Adobe Muse CC Learn show on Adobe TV. These videos cover many new topics that span these learning paths: Essential Tasks, Essential Tasks-Structuring your Site and Pages, Essential Tasks-Working with Graphics Assets, Essential Tasks-Integrating Social Media, and Advanced Techniques.

The new videos listed below are part of a larger set on the Adobe Muse CC Learn show. Enjoy!

Beginning/Intermediate:

Intermediate/Advanced:

 

 

 

Standout video for print designers transitioning to web design

We received a total of 97 new videos for the design and publishing segment in the Adobe TV Learn show. They were all awesome and engaging, created by top-notch trainers in the industry.

One stood out for me:

Understanding print vs. web design By James Fritz for Lynda.com in the Muse Adobe TV Learn show. http://adobe.ly/15hRXlt

Why: 

This is the seminal piece of the puzzle for print designers transitioning into web design—our primary audience for Muse.

Fritz goes over key differences in the two mediums side-by-side and lays out how designers should approach designing content for each. Categories discussed and compared: Page size, Navigation, Document Construction, File size, Accessibility, Testing/Troubleshooting

Fave quote:

“For print, the end can justify the means. What I mean is, in a perfect world, we would all design our pages with master pages, paragraph & character styles, and layers in the best possible way. But sometimes, when you don’t have time to work the correct way, you can just put something together, and if it prints okay, so be it. It will look good and the user won’t even know how it was built. On the web, quality of construction is of huge importance. Users may not be able to get to the page the right way, the page may load slower, and the SEO factor—if you don’t build the page correctly, it will be invisible and nobody will be able to find it.”

Huzzah!

 

 

New FREE Video Tutorials on Adobe InDesign!

Visit the Learn InDesign Show on Adobe TV!

Visit the Learn InDesign Show on Adobe TV!

This August, Adobe released a robust selection of training videos on key products from top-notch trainers. We added 30 videos to the InDesign Learn Show on Adobe TV. These videos cover many new topics that span these learning paths: What’s new in InDesign CC, Essential Tasks, Essential Tasks-Laying out Pages, Essential Tasks-Type, Essential Tasks-Tables, Advanced Techniques, and Advanced Technique-Sharing and Exporting Files.

The new videos listed below are part of a larger set on the InDesign Learn show. Enjoy!

New Feature:

Beginner/Intermediate level:

 Advanced:

 

 

 

New FREE Video Tutorials on Adobe Illustrator!

Visit the Learn Illustrator CC Show on Adobe TV.

Visit the Learn Illustrator CC Show on Adobe TV.

This August, Adobe released a robust selection of training videos on key products from top-notch trainers. We added 35 videos to the Illustrator Learn show on Adobe TV. These videos cover many new topics that span these learning paths: What’s New, Essential Tasks, Selections, Essential Tasks-Artwork, Essential Tasks-Text, Brushes in Illustrator, Advanced Techniques, and a Postcard project.

The new videos listed below are part of a larger set on the Illustrator Learn show. Enjoy!

Beginner level:

Beginner/Intermediate level:

Advanced techniques:

 

Special offer for photographers: Deal for Creative Cloud

Photoshop Creative Cloud Offer

Photoshop Creative Cloud Offer

Today, at Photoshop World 2013, Adobe announced an incredible deal for photographers who were undecided about signing up for the Creative Cloud. For a low monthly price of $9.99, they get the following:

  • Photoshop CC download
  • Lightroom 5
  • Behance membership with ProSite (build slick-looking professional portfolios fast!)
  • 20 GB storage on the Creative Cloud
  • Ongoing updates to the apps
  • Access to the Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources (what’s not to like about that?)

This offer is available until December 31, 2013. Now’s the time to make the leap! See this post for details.

 

 

Learning content for Adobe Creative Cloud applications

Because of my long-standing association with Adobe, I’m often asked to recommend training and learning content for Adobe’s products. I usually refer them to my colleagues and partners. Now, I have an exciting new venue to direct people wishing to learn more about Adobe’s Creative applications!

Starting in July, I’m working on curating learning content for the Creative Cloud, specifically for the design and publishing segment. I’m excited to be involved with a dynamic group that cares deeply about giving creatives access to top-notch training and learning. The best part is that you have access to content even if you’re sitting on the fence about signing up for the Creative Cloud (don’t waffle anymore, it’s totally worth the plunge!).

Visit the Creative Cloud Learn show on Adobe TV to start your deep dive into the apps!

Visit the Creative Cloud Learn show on Adobe TV to start your deep dive into the apps!

How many of you knew about the free learning resources on Adobe TV? Well, if there is one page that you bookmark here, it should be the Creative Cloud Learn show. We’ve created learning paths and video playlists for every application that takes a user from learning the basics to advanced topics. So, if you’ve been wanting to take a deep dive into learning InDesign, or are hankering to see what the excitement is around Muse, hanker no more.

Many are also available in the Creative Cloud Learn section (login required).

Adobe Creative Cloud Learn show. (Login required.)

Adobe Creative Cloud Learn show. (Login required.)

Come visit us and let me know what you think!

 

Our first iPad App is on the App Store

At last year’s Adobe MAX conference, all attendees were given a free license to create a Singe Edition iPad app using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). We thought of using our’s to create a promotional brochure for an artist. Kedar’s Origami mentor, Meenkshi Mukerji was our first pick, and we enjoyed highlighting her work in 2D and 3D goodness. The app is a free download and available NOW on the App store. Check it out! Search for “Modular Origami,” or use this link to view in iTunes.

Modular Origami App on Apple’s App Store

 

Paper creations by Jenny Pinto

I’m always excited by useful objects made with beautiful paper. I was enchanted by the completely sustainable paper lamp designed by the talented Mr. Gardener. I chanced upon Jenny Pinto, a hugely talented designer based in Bangalore, India. She makes paper by hand the old-fashioned way using agricultural and waste fibers from the banana tree, sisal, river grasses, and more. Check out her inspired paper designs.

All art from jennypinto.com.

Stationery.

Dyed shibori paper

“Dried Flower” banana fibers


Gorgeous lighting for home and studio.

“Time Maps”

“Water Stories,” hand stitched and sculpted book

Jenny has a heart of gold. To source material, she contacted NGOs working with women in rural parts. She taught key members of each group her paper-making techniques, and empowered them to be self-sustaining entrepreneurs who make and market paper products. Read about Jenny’s vision here.