These Photos Remind Us There Is No Winning in War

Furkan Temir is a photographer living and creating in war zones of the Middle East. Knowing he couldn’t stand idly by while stories of those he knew turned to headlines, he began capturing the ruin, tragedy, and glimmers of hope that lay all around him.
His stunning images from a series titled, “Louder Than Bombs” remind us that war is not something to be won.

“I was 17 when I picked up my camera for the first time. Rebels were coming to the border of my home, Turkey, and I decided to go to Syria and capture what was happening. How could I stand by while this was happening?
We are losing truth. It is up to us, the artists, to keep it. We are the holders of the honesty of this world, and we alone can hold a mirror to society and push them to change. Awareness brings change; acceptance brings progress.” 

“I was born in the middle east — I am very close to that situation. I am very close to what is happening in my land, and I want to show people what is happening. I need them to understand.
I don’t want to capture what’s happening, I want to capture their emotions. I want to show how we feel to be trapped this way.” 
“Most people stand idly by when faced with conflict because they are afraid of being ‘too political’. That’s not a luxury most of us have.
I captured these images to find out how I feel — I shared these images to show how we feel.” 

“I don’t see myself as a photojournalist or an art photographer. I am a storyteller. Sometimes there isn’t an obvious story — there is one around you, you just have to create it. Find the problem, believe in the solution, create a conversation.” 

“People connect with each other. We can’t help it. But we don’t need to empathize with war, we need to feel raw and want it far away. I want people to feel the truth, the emotion, the tragedy — that understanding will bring us closer to peace.” 

Designing a Gateway For Change: The Meaning of UX For Good

When we think of user experience design, often our thoughts turn to a digital interface and the way a user navigates it. According to Jason Ulaszek, founder of international design agency Inzovu and co-founder of non-profit UX For Good, user experience design is about so much more than this.
At its core, he said, UX design must be more broadly defined to serve as the gateway for change. It requires a complete shift in thinking.
“UX to me is a mindset. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking, acting, behaving, and doing. I think many times UX is labeled as this thing we can do with a digital product or a website and that’s quite unfortunate. I think it’s much broader than that and there are a number of different types, backgrounds, and disciplines that help enable it. It’s the mindset really that is quite important to me,” Ulaszek said.
But what does this actually look like, and how can designers embrace a UX for good approach when it comes to their own work?
The 3 Philosophies of Using UX For Good
In a previous piece, Designing for Action, Not Reaction: UX for Good and The Kigali Genocide Memorial, Ulaszek talked in detail about one such example where he and a team worked with the Kigali Genocide Memorial to use UX design and design thinking to make the memorial more impactful.
“To me, the conversation around meaning, value, and impact is an important one,” Ulaszek said in our follow-up call. “To run and operate an organization and attack problems with our capabilities as a designer, it’s important that we do no harm, we do good, we have fun in the process, and we think about the sustainability of our ideas and the impact that they have out in the world.”
It’s an approach that is rooted in three personal philosophies that form the foundation of his work at Inzovu, a word that means “elephant” in Kinyarwanda, the official language of Rwanda.
1. Understand the Scope of Your Skill
“When we work with organizations it’s important that we understand that we’re using our skill, our craft as designers, across a number of different types of disciplines,” he said. “It’s not always just digital. We are being asked to help use those [skills] to make an impact, make a difference.”
2. Make Your Work Sustainable
“We need to understand and help organizations that we work with and ensure that they get the skills, the abilities, the capacity building, and the maturity that is required to take some of these ideas that we help bring to life and run with them,” Ulaszek said.
By taking a sustainable approach to a design, the organizations you work with are equipped to continue with their mission. To build them a beautiful website and then leave them out to dry is, in essence, a harmful approach that violates the intention of using UX for good.
“A sustainable and ‘do no harm’ approach to organizations by helping them really in the transformative aspects of things is an important piece there.”
3. Change Happens at a Product and Personal Level
“The third philosophical point is really about our teams having fun and recognizing that the opportunities that we have should be seen as a platform, as an opportunity to grow and develop perspective, but grow and develop ourselves as well,” Ulaszek said.
Using UX for Good Does Not Necessarily Mean Having to Work For Free, But it Does Mean Defining Your Mission
There is often a misconception that the work Ulaszek does is either pro-bono or specifically related to using design to fix social problems. While much of Ulaszek’s work is for non-profit organizations, he also works with companies of all sizes and in various capacities. Sometimes he gets paid for the work, sometimes he doesn’t, but together they create a larger ecosystem of what UX for social good looks like to him and they inform his overall mission both professionally and personally.
He referenced an article he recently read that discussed entrepreneur and author Seth Godin’s perspective on missions. In the article, Godin gives writer Jeff Goins some real talk. When Godin asks Goins why he started his business, Goins said that he wanted to “spread ideas that change culture.”
“That’s your mission,” Godin told him, “not a business goal. Don’t expect to always get paid for your mission.”
These words resonated with Ulaszek.
“It really struck me because, in the things that you do, you need to be more mission-oriented using design to have a positive social impact,” Ulaszek said. “You have to look at your mission and start to align the way you operate your organization.”
UX for social good starts from the top down. This means considering everything from how you manage your business’s cost model to how you engage with clients, customers, employees and everyone in between. You must consider the intrinsic components of your organization, the work you do and how you run it. This will start to inform the structure of how you operate and can give you a better idea of how to channel this to make enough money to pay your bills and potentially earn profit.
“As designers, we have to think about the bigger picture which is the passion, the energy, the fulfillment and the dollars and cents that cross at all the things you do, not just at one thing solely,” he said.
It’s about flipping your mission on its head and saying this is what I’m passionate about and here’s how all these things combined enable me to do the work I want to do and inspire the change I want to see in the world.
Turning Interfaces Into Intentions: How to Start Thinking About Using UX For Good
Like many designers, when Ulaszek was starting out his work was largely about honing the craft and thinking about interfaces and user experiences in terms of a digital thing.
Now, however, he sees his work as an enabler or tool that helps a user or an organization do something at some point in their overall journey. Now, it’s not just an interface, it’s something that empowers organizations to accept donations, connect with people, or engage in meaningful ways.
It’s something that comes with experience and takes time to develop.
“For those folks just starting out, try to think more broadly about the impact and the journey not just of the constitutes, the customers or whomever you’re designing for, but also the journey for the organization,” Ulaszek said.
Ulaszek often gets emails from designers at all stages of their careers looking to enter the social impact space because they either want their work to have more meaning and value, or they’re tired of feeling like they’re just making their company more money.
“Here’s the thing,” Ulaszek said, “you have to define what is meaningful to you. Everybody is a little different.”
Baking Your “Meaningful Pie”
He describes this process as figuring out the ingredients to your “meaningful pie,” a recipe that will continually change over time as you move forward in your mission.
“Maybe it’s helping serve on a board, maybe it’s helping support or coach or mentor, at first, so you can satisfy a part of that. As it evolves and shifts, your needs with change,” Ulaszek said.
“I think that it’s also a matter of how you define scale and impact,” he said. “Scale financially, scale to the number of people who use your product, scale in what: the ideas that are shared? The impact the thing has had? How do you start to define those things? It’s not just a dollar amount or a number of eyeballs that have seen a thing; sometimes it’s a new type of metric. To me, it’s about understanding your own definition of meaning, scale, and impact.”
User experience design can be a powerful enabler of social and organizational change, but the secret to success is to shift your thinking of what UX is and define what “meaningful” means to you.

Adobe Achieves Qualified Trust Service Provider Certification

Posted by John Jolliffe, European Government Relations Lead
In a world of fake news and the easy digital manipulation of content, knowing that an electronic document really is what it purports to be has never been more important.
It’s a subject Adobe has been working on for years, and we have covered many of those milestones in previous blog entries: we were the first major software provider to support the EU Trusted List, enabling Acrobat users to confirm whether a digital signature was backed by the most secure kind of digital certificate; and we have also been working with the Cloud Signature Consortium to develop industry-wide standards for the creation and validation of remote digital signatures, allowing people to securely and easily sign documents through mobile devices and cloud-based services.
A few days ago, Adobe reached another significant milestone: following an extensive external audit we were formally certified as a Qualified Timestamp Service provider under EU law. While this sounds like a technicality, a qualified time-stamp service provides legally-binding date and time references to prove the existence and integrity of an electronic document.
For many users, especially ones in regulated industries, that kind of assurance is business critical. With this announcement, Adobe Sign and Document Cloud users know that their signed documents will benefit from a secure time reference for all digital signature transactions, and proof of their Long Term Validity (LTV) where their preservation and archival is required by law.
The service is immediately available in the market leading Adobe Sign cloud-based electronic signature platform for all EU-based customers.
It’s just the latest sign of Adobe’s commitment to investing in eIDAS compliance to facilitate businesses in the EU and between the EU and other regions. We will continue to work with the EU and national governments to improve the security of digital documents and transactions and make technologies widely available to enhance trust and inclusion.

New Tools Bridge The Gap Between Designers & Developers

In an age where businesses rely on creative, unique, one-of-a-kind digital experiences to differentiate their brands and connect with customers, creative and development teams are under pressure to quickly produce high-impact experiences to meet growing demands. Tools however, are often siloed, and don’t always work well together.
Teamwork between designers and developers is made difficult when your design team lives in Adobe Creative Cloud and your developers and product managers are in collaboration tools like Atlassian’s Jira to manage projects. How do we bring these two separate worlds together?
Enter Mixin for Adobe Creative Cloud & Jira, by 6kites, an integration built to streamline the designer to developer workflow across these popular tools. Designers can attach assets to user stories and tasks in Jira from a panel in Photoshop CC, InDesign CC or Illustrator CC directly so the latest revisions are immediately available to developers.
The new Jira Software cloud app by 6kites, launched at the Atlassian Summit last week, adds to a growing ecosystem of integrations built on the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, connecting creative workflows with the project management and collaboration tools that enterprises large and small use daily. Empower your design and development teams to iterate faster and with more precision to meet those crazy deadlines with new apps like Mixin.
A streamlined workflow
Designers: Attach assets and comments to Jira in a few clicks
Use the Jira Mixin panel to attach assets and add comments to Jira without leaving your design environment. Stay focused on the task at hand.
Developers: Get the latest version of creative assets dropped into Jira
Gain access to the latest update of your creative assets from within Jira to streamline your iterations.
Mixin for Adobe Creative Cloud & Jira recently received a Codegeist honorable mention, Atlassian’s award for best new app for business teams. For a free trial go to Mixin for Adobe Creative Cloud & Jira on the Atlassian Marketplace and be sure to get the companion extension for CC apps from Adobe Exchange.
Building on Adobe Creative Cloud
To develop solutions like these, there are a rich set of Creative Cloud SDKs and API services accessible through for technology partners and customers to integrate with Creative Cloud, improve productivity and enrich the creative experience.

픽토그램의 기초, 일러스트레이터로 균형 잡힌 픽토그램 만들기

픽토그램 = 그림 + 문자
픽토그램이란 지하철·화장실·관광안내소 등 공공시설을 일반인들이 쉽게 알아볼 수 있도록 상징적으로 표현한 일종의 그림 문자입니다. 한 눈에 이해하기 쉽고 간결한 것이 픽토그램의 포인트이기도 하지만, 요즘에는 픽토그램 개발도 브랜딩에 포함시키는 추세입니다. 누구나 알아보기 쉽되, 브랜드의 심볼이나 로고와 일맥상통하게 디자인해 일관성 있는 브랜드 경험을 만드는 것이죠.

최소요소(element)와 구성방식(module)
누구나 쉽게 알아볼 수 있어야 한다는 점에서, 픽토그램은 최소한의 조형 요소로 구성합니다. 복잡한 곡선이나 꼭짓점이 많은 도형보다는 원, 사각형 등의 단순한 도형을 조합해서 심플한 이미지를 만듭니다.

비례와 균형
우리의 뇌는 시각적으로 비례와 대칭, 균형이 맞는 이미지를 더 빠르게 처리합니다. 그래서 그런 이미지를 더 아름답다고 느끼는 것이죠. 픽토그램은 누구나 빠르게 그림 언어를 이해할 수 있도록 하는 것이 목적이므로, 비례, 대칭, 균형을 맞추는 것이 무엇보다 중요합니다.

^비례와 대칭
이번 포스팅에서는 어도비 일러스트레이터로 비례와 대칭, 균형이 정확하게 잡힌 픽토그램 그리는 팁을 짚어보겠습니다.
Step 1. 비례 정확하게 맞추기

1) 먼저 특수 문자 안내선(Smart Guideline)을 활성화해주세요. 상단의 [보기] 탭에서 [특수 문자 안내선] (영어: [View] > [Smart Guideline])을 체크하면 일러스트레이터가 교차 영역, 수직, 수평 등을 자동으로 표시해줍니다. 픽토그램을 만들 때는 정확한 간격이 중요하기 때문에 꼭 필요한 기능이죠.

2) 기준이 되는 도형 옆에 도형을 똑같이 복사해줍니다. Alt(Option)+Shift 키를 누르면 정확히 일직선상에 복사할 수 있습니다. 다음으로 복사한 도형을 바로 아래에 다시 복사해줍니다. 마찬가지로 Alt(Option)+Shift 키를 누르며 복사해주세요. 
3) Control(Command)+D를 누르면 직전에 했던 방식으로 연속적으로 복사가 됩니다. 필요한 만큼 복사해주세요.
Step 2. 대칭 만들기
대칭적인 이미지를 만들 때에는, 수직선을 기준으로 한 쪽을 먼저 그린 다음 복사>반전으로 대칭을 만들어줍니다.

1) 반쪽짜리 패스를 드래그해 선택한 후 Alt(Option)+Shift 키를 눌러 수평으로 복사해주세요.

2) 오른쪽 마우스를 눌러 [변형] > [반사…] (영어: [Transform] > [Reflect…])를 선택합니다. 세로축(Vertical)을 선택하고 확인을 눌러 줍니다.

3) 다음으로 반전된 패스를 선택, 드래그해서 정확하게 축에 맞추어 줍니다.
Step 3. 간격 통일하기
정확한 비례와 균형을 맞추기 위해서는 요소 간 간격도 통일해야 합니다. 지금까지 만들어진 이미지를 보시면 다리 사이의 간격이 유난히 떨어져 있는 것을 확인할 수 있습니다.

1) 사각형 도형 툴을 이용해 기준이 되는 부분을 마킹합니다. 눈에 잘 띄는 색으로 칠을 하고, 획(stroke)은 생략해주세요.
2) Alt(Option) 키를 누른 채로 필요한 부분으로 드래그하여 복사합니다.
여기에서 다리 사이의 간격이 다른 간격보다 넓은 것을 확인할 수 있습니다.
이런 경우, 좌우 대칭을 만들 것이므로 다리 사이에 있는 사각형의 폭이 기존의 절반이면 되겠죠?

3) 해당 사각형을 선택한 후, 상단의 ‘모양’란에서 기존 값에 “/2”를 입력하면 크기가 절반으로 줄어듭니다.

4) 축에 맞게 이미지를 다시 정리해준 다음, 같은 방법으로([변형] > [반전]) 마무리해주세요.

완성된 픽토그램입니다. 모든 간격이 동일하고, 비례가 정확하며 완벽한 대칭을 이루고 있습니다. 이 기본 원리를 잘 활용한다면 심플하면서 감각적이고, 누구나 한 눈에 알아볼 수 있는 픽토그램을 만들 수 있습니다.
강의: 함영훈

Get More From Your Microsoft Investment with Adobe Sign

Microsoft Ignite is almost here! The Adobe Document Cloud team is excited to welcome everyone to the great city of Orlando for an exciting week of sessions, demos and more.
There’s so much going on and so little time, so we’ve taken the liberty of setting up exactly what you should do – and when. Take a look:

Swing by our booth – Did you hear the news? Adobe and Microsoft have announced a deeper integration, driving collaboration and e-signatures in the cloud. See our leading integrations for sales and organizational productivity in action at booth #1501. You’ll see demos of Adobe Document Cloud, including how Adobe Sign can increase productivity and speed transactions for your favorite Microsoft apps. You’ll even have the chance to win some cool prizes! Apple Watch or Amazon Echo, anyone?
Learn more – Why don’t you stay a while? While visiting our booth, stay and sit in one of our in-booth theater sessions. Hear from our team and our partners on how you can make the most of your Microsoft investment by integrating with Adobe Sign. Unlock business value, accelerate your contract lifecycle, and find out why Adobe Sign is the preferred e-sign solution across the Microsoft portfolio.
Sit in on our sessions – Want more? We thought you might! Join our theater and breakout sessions to learn more about how the powerful integrations between Adobe and Microsoft can drive your business forward.

9/27 @ 12:05 PM – Securely transact business in Microsoft apps with Adobe Sign, the Microsoft-preferred e-signature solution. (Microsoft Ignite Expo Floor, Theater #5)
9/28 @ 12:30 PM – Develop for the Experience Business with Adobe and Microsoft. (Microsoft Ignite, OCCC South, S320 A-D)

Women in Business Technology Lounge – Come by the Women in Business and Technology Lounge, sponsored by Adobe. The community will be hosting a week of innovative and engaging programing during Microsoft Ignite, with the theme: Learn. Connect. Explore. Adobe will host a special reception on Tuesday September 26th at 4pm. Come hear from Adobe’s own Jessica Waters Davis as she talks about Making Connections, leading with diversity to drive business growth. (OCCC South, Destination Lounge, Room S222)
Let’s chat – Request a meeting and learn how Adobe Sign can help you get more out of your Microsoft investment. Visit our landing page to fill out the request form. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

That’s a lot for one week, but we’re excited to spend some quality time with Microsoft users and practitioners. We’ll see you in Orlando!

The announced integrations with Microsoft are on the way! Learn more here.
To see Adobe Sign in action, start your free trial today.

Pawel Nolbert on Paint, Process, and the Joys of Analog

This post was contributed by Logitech, a MAX 2017 partner. We’d like to thank all our 2017 MAX partners who help make the conference possible.
Visual artist Pawel Nolbert recently collaborated with Logitech on their release of Craft – a new keyboard that promises to change the way creatives work. We sat down with him to talk inspiration, process, and what’s it like to create a piece of work with the new keyboard.
Q: You have such a unique aesthetic – what inspires your work?
A: Inspiration changes with time. Currently I’m inspired a lot with nature and how diverse it is. I also take a lot from traditional art, painting, graphic design and architecture. All of that is a mix of organic qualities and the more mathematical, digital ones – and I hope to introduce that in my work.
Q: Your work has an amazing ‘how’d-he-do-that’ effect’. Is this international?
A: I actually add that effect to my work a bit on purpose, as a way to trick the viewer and his imagination. Hence I get a lot of people who are not sure if my work is analog, Photoshop, sculpture or 3D. I kinda like it that way. On the other hand, I think it’s quite apparent that my work is a mix of both analog and digital, but I always try create visuals that are not too obvious and always leave something for the imagination and interpretation.

The acrylic paint part of your process is beautiful in its own right, but your work really comes to life when it’s composed digitally. Can you share a bit about your process?
A: I begin from painting simple compositions with real paint, then I recompose digitally in Photoshop or Cinema 4D and that gives me a greater control over the composition, light and colors. I like to use real paint, because it always results in amazing and intriguing colors and textures. I prefer to work mostly in Photoshop, and since it’s an advanced and complex tool, I rely a lot on keyboard shortcuts. Having extra controls on your keyboard definitely speed things up.

Q: Craft’s creative input dial promises greater creative control. Does the analog tool give you a greater sense of control, as opposed to say, a touchscreen?
A: In my work, especially professional work, a high level of precision is required. Above a certain level of quality it’s the detail that makes the difference – and in case of my work the focus on details is a substantial part of the whole process.
When working extensively with rich, vibrant color palettes, I use a lot of color adjustment layers to tweak and perfect the colors, contrasts and details of my artwork. That’s where I primarily find Logitech Craft improving my workflow. Having tools that speed up the whole process is crucial, and Craft’s creative input dial is simply way more precise than your finger and touchscreen sliders.
Q: You created a stunning piece of work for the collaboration, how was it working with Craft and it’s dial on such a sophisticated piece?
A: Logitech Craft is a well-made keyboard and you can feel it from the first time you get your hands on it. If the product is designed and built well and smart, it becomes transparent and you forget about using it and just focus on doing your thing.
It’s definitely makes it easier to connect to what I do, when I just see my work and don’t think about the software or hardware. It’s like driving, you just watch and enjoy the road, and don’t really have to look at the controls a lot.
Logitech will be in booth 205 at Adobe MAX 2017, demoing the new CRAFT Advanced Keyboard. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to watch well-known designers create works of art with Adobe’s suite of products and participate in an onsite activation with the keyboard as well. Design enthusiasts at home can interact with Logitech on social for the chance to win their very own CRAFT.

An Ode to Our Founders and History

Nearly 35 years ago, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke founded Adobe. Since Adobe’s inception, they’ve built the business around four core values: Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative and Involved. These values run through Adobe’s DNA and shine through all that we do. You can learn more about our co-founders on our new Adobe Founders page.
Every year we recognize twelve employees with the Founders’ Award, an ode to our company’s history and to honor those who consistently live and breathe these values.
Meet our 2017 Founders’ Award recipients on the Adobe Life blog.

Meet our 2017 Founders’ Award Recipients

Nearly 35 years ago, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke founded Adobe, which you can learn more about on the new Founders’ page on Since Adobe’s inception, they’ve built the business around four core values: Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative and Involved. These values run through Adobe’s DNA and shine through all that we do.
Every year we recognize twelve employees with the Founders’ Award, an ode to our company’s history and to honor those who consistently live and breathe these values.
We are proud to announce our 2017 Founders’ Award recipients:
Kapil Arora
Engineering Manager
14 Years with Adobe
“Getting an award or recognition from an organisation one works towards is always exhilarating! This award, however, is different. For me it is more like getting love and appreciation from loved ones and my gratitude towards friends and colleagues at Adobe is immeasurable.
Famous Indian saint Ramkrishna Paramhamsa once said, ‘The tree laden with fruits always bends low. If you wish to be great be low and meek.’ 
For me Adobe has always been the fruit laden tree that has given me the opportunity to think, create and improvise under its shade, at the same time, providing scope for monkeying around over its branches!”
Excerpt’s from Kapil’s Nominations
“People say with time you tend to get outdated in software industry. Kapil is clearly defying this misconception. With decades of experience already behind him, there is no sign of him slowing down. His key strength has been his knack for solving complex issues. He takes minutes to resolve issues where people struggle for days. Even today when we are working on problems on machine learning, Kapil always has ideas that outwit everyone.”
Katrin Baumann
Director, Marketing
20 Years with Adobe
Excerpt’s from Katrin’s Nominations
“She has a unique ability to balance the needs of the business with the needs of the customer. Adobe’s shift to the cloud has brought with it many challenges in the German market and Katrin has demonstrated leadership in terms of educating a wide variety of stakeholders. When the pressure is on she is able to stay calm and composed and always shows respect no matter who the audience. She is a key pillar in the German creative community and an inspiration to her team and colleagues.”
Mary (Alison) Catellona
Senior Solutions Consultant, Retail and Healthcare
6 Years with Adobe
“I am deeply touched and incredibly proud to be nominated and chosen for this honor. Teamwork is cornerstone to deliver for the customer, and I’ve had the pleasure to pull that oar on both Digital Media and Digital Marketing. It is truly inspiring to work with such amazing people and at a company that fosters that environment.”
Excerpt’s from Alison’s Nominations
“Alison started at Adobe in Digital Media on my team. When presented with an opportunity to switch from Digital Media to Digital Marketing, she smiled and jumped in with both feet and eyes open. She has become a leader in Cross-Cloud solution visioning and is an expert across all of our Clouds. She volunteers at home and with Girls Who Code. Adobe is fortunate to have Alison as a member of its family, and I am proud to call her colleague, mentor and friend.”
Brandy Ichishita
Senior Manager, Americas Deal Desk
6 Years with Adobe
“I am truly honored to join such an esteemed list of colleagues. I try to mirror those around me and fortunately I am blessed to be surrounded by such genuine and authentic people who work hard and embrace our core values. Everything this award encompasses is truly special about Adobe.”
Excerpts from Brandy’s Nominations
“Brandy is exceptional. She goes above and beyond in everything she does and strives to make her team and those around her achieve better results. Brandy’s ability to come up with a solution to any problem is one of her greatest strengths. She is highly innovative and develops creative approaches to solve problems. She has the unique ability to pull together various details from multiple sources to produce results. She always has the customer experience in mind and provides a significant impact that moves the business forward.”
Sarah Kong
Principal Scientist
21 Years with Adobe
“Receiving the Founders’ Award is a huge honor and I’m grateful and humbled by this recognition.  This award makes me feel more aware of the fact that at Adobe how we do it is just as important as what we do. I believe that team work is the key to success and I share this recognition with my team and colleagues because they inspire me, enable me and make it easy to uphold Adobe’s core values.”
Excerpt’s from Sarah’s Nominations
“Sarah has a warm welcoming style of engineering and management that stresses technical achievement in an honest and open way. Sarah has over 10 patents at Adobe, is a leader on the Photoshop team in innovation and creative thinking and a model engineer with a unique ability to integrate complex research in to Photoshop in a strongly customer focused way. Sarah is exceptionally involved across the company. From being a lead in Women Unlimited to a WESP shadow exec to an advocate for members of the team to being a mentor to women in engineering at Adobe she is a model for young women and new women engineers.”
Takako Kusano
Employee Experience Business Partner
26 Years with Adobe
“I’m very proud to be receiving the honorable award. I’ve been with Adobe, the company I love, for 26 years, so being recognized by people I respect so much means the world to me.”
Excerpt’s from Takako’s Nominations
“Takako is employee 007 in Japan! She supported the growth of the office from a handful of employees to nearly 400. Takako worked with global acquisition teams for successful onboarding for Aldus, Macromedia, Accelio, Omniture, Fotolia and TubeMogul. Takako goes above & beyond to ensure smooth transition through the acquisition process and in welcoming employees joining Adobe. She is a trusted adviser for employees and managers and a superb listener, committed to supporting our employees to ensure that they have a great experience at Adobe.”
Genevieve Laroche
Senior Computer Scientist
14 Years with Adobe
Excerpt’s from Genevieve’s Nominations
“Gen is one of those rare people who combines truly exceptional technical ability with solid genuineness of character. She is eminently approachable and willing to help anyone. When faced with adversity Gen’s background in team sports shows through in her ability to lead and get others involved in solving problems creatively and with enthusiasm. Her innovative spirit has also led to numerous product features and enhancements that have helped drive Acrobat and Document Cloud to new heights.”
James Lockman
Manager, Consulting
6 Years Adobe
Excerpt’s from James’ Nominations
“He brings passion, energy and a sense of fun to work every day. His knowledge is vast, across Creative and Experience technologies. He actively looks for how our solutions can drive the best innovative value for our customers. James is a great team member and looks out for those he works with. An example would be making sure internal and external communications are accessible to his coworkers with visual impairments so that everyone feels included and successful. James also gives back to his community actively judging robot and design contests to create the next group of innovative folks and imbues upon them his irrepressible energy and passion. Adobe is better with James.”
Ryoko Nishizuka
Chief Type Designer
20 Year with Adobe
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Typekit team, to my family, and to others involved, because I couldn’t have received this honor without their help.
I want to continue to design great typefaces that represent important assets for Adobe.”
Excerpt’s from Ryoko’s Nominations
“Over the last 20 years, Ryoko has contributed to Adobe’s business by designing various original typefaces with passion. The typefaces she designed have a quality of aesthetic beauty and fit any digital and non digital devices since there were designed with technologies in mind. This is exceptional and one of the very few designers in Japan, who are able to design high-quality typefaces that can be used not only for advertising, commercial printing and web page designs, but also for high-end book typography.”
John Penn II
Senior Solution Architect
19 Years with Adobe
“It’s incredible to have the opportunity to work someplace that has such impact and every day I look forward to doing something to make a difference in the world with that opportunity. It’s such an honor to be recognized in an organization so full of creative, driven people.”
Excerpts from John’s Nominations
“I don’t know John personally nor have I worked with him, but after listening to his talk at Tech Summit this year, I can’t imagine a person who deserves this award more. John spoke about approaching an officer after a meetup who was looking for Photoshop training to help build cases against people sexually abusing children. Not only did John take the exceptional action to help the officer but, he also built a mission within Adobe to partner with law enforcement and advocacy groups to help catalog material and aid in finding and prosecuting offenders. I can’t see how any person at Adobe could exemplify why I am I proud to work here more than John.”
David Weinstein
Director, Software Development
6 Years with Adobe
“As someone who joined Adobe via the acquisition of a small start-up, I’ve appreciated that the spirit of innovation and risk-taking is still nurtured in this big, established 30-year old software company.  I’m proud that my team has been a part of driving continuous product innovation at Adobe and that this Founders Award will encourage more people to model these behaviors.”
Excerpts from Dave’s Nominations
“Dave is a visionary and a true leader. He understands the complex world of Digital Marketing like no one that I have ever met and because of this, he positions his team and Adobe on a constant path to success. He is someone that personally inspires me to be the best version of myself whilst staying true to my values. It has been an immense pleasure and privilege for me to be part of his team and to learn from his extraordinary leadership.”
Asa Whillock
Director, Product Management
11 Years with Adobe
“At 16 years of working here, Adobe is my family. That family writes ‘innovate’ on the wall every day with your passion, belief, and grit. I’m exceptionally blessed to receive this on award on their behalf – you made my mother cry. Go Adobe!”
Excerpts from Asa’s Nominations
“Asa guided the creation, development and implementation of the Industry-leading, innovative Adobe Device Co-op. The Co-op enables Adobe to leverage customer data already flowing through the Experience Cloud Solutions to achieve an industry holy grail: enabling advertisers to understand people holistically across all of their connected devices (phones, tablets, etc) instead of treating each device separately. Asa did this with insight, dedication, humor, calm in the face of mind-bending crises, eloquence, a deep understanding of our customers, and a laser-like focus on the big picture. I can think of no candidate more worthy of the Founder’s Award.”
Are you genuine, exceptional, innovative and involved? Then join Adobe today and apply on our careers site.

Second Hawaii Annual Code Challenge Promotes Tech Modernization in Hawaii

The second Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) shows how software and island life make for a great pairing. Launched last week, HACC is the latest effort by the State of Hawaii to transform how the government conducts business in the state.
HACC brings together programmers, developers, coders, public servants, students and citizens to brainstorm and create technology solutions for the state by challenging participants to come up with ways to modernize existing government functions.
Teams of community participants will get to choose a key challenge facing the state and will have 720 hours to come up with technology solutions. Winners will be chosen among top teams that develop ideas for potential implementation by the state. As part of the awards, Adobe will be contributing 50 Creative Cloud licenses to the winning students
In a true spirit of collaboration, HACC expands the one-day hackathon model to one month to allow for private-public dialogue and exchange of ideas – an integrated approach to tech modernization. Adobe joins the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, the High Technology Development Corporation, local nonprofit Hawaii Open Data, and multiple state departments and agencies, to help promote tech innovation in Hawaii through citizen engagement.
But more than just a standalone event, HACC is part of a larger multi-year government strategy to redefine how the state uses technology. The conference actually used Adobe Sign to register participants. The State of Hawaii previously partnered with Adobe to move to paperless workflows. Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy used a top-down approach to encourage early adoption of new systems and then worked at the department-level to find tailored solutions to unique departmental challenges. HACC applies a similar forward-thinking approach by providing a platform to enable the local tech community to find tailored solutions to challenges faced by the state.
As the State of Hawaii continues to promote innovation through citizen engagement, Adobe looks forward to being part of events like HACC that help government agencies discover new ways technology can drive efficiencies.