Maxing out with Adobe in San Diego

Adobe Max, 2–4 November 2016
San Diego, California, USA

A short video ‘auto-generated’ by Google Photos, so mind the verticle videos, it was never intended for this medium, but it summarised my experience quite well.

There were plenty of special guest speakers, a highlight being Quentin Tarantino of course; technical workshops, where we dived deep into everything Adobe CC, learning tips and tricks from some of the industries top talent; introduction to new and improved software; as well as a parade of sponsor gear, gadgets and freebies. 

To top it off there was a great party just out on the bay with an array of speciality food trucks, art and installations and live music whilst I enjoyed munching down on a lobster cheese melt.

 

Video and photography for StormGathering

New work added from a telecommunication conference held in London, this was held at the uber-cool Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street. The space was well presented and the view was beautiful, especially at night.

Services included print and digital design as well as documenting the day with video/photography. The logo was animated and redesigned to align with the company’s brand.

David Bowie – Letterform Live

Grafik bring you Letterform Live, in partnership with Monotype and the ISTD, a series of talks – all about type, typography, and the design process.

At each event speakers zoom in on a single letterform, exploring both its visual form as well as the story behind it, sharing their letter’s little-known secrets and reveal their personal relationship with the letter they’ve chosen.

This April’s Letterform Live theme celebrates the late David Bowie and those who were luck enough to work closely with him. Speakers included Jonathan Barnbrook, Tom Hingston, Morag Myerscough and Julian Morey.

Julian Morey

Morey kicked off the night with a light-hearted in-depth observation of a record, The Visitor, featured in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) which starred Bowie. From identifying the designer, to the typeface, and the image featured on the cover. The talk was intensely fascinating and for an object that only appears in the film for about a minute – quite impressive to what Morey had discovered. I shan’t share his story, as it is his to tell, and I hope he continues to recount his obsession at future gigs.

The man who fell to earth (1976)

Morag Myerscough

Myerscough delighted us with some nostalgic stories of her childhood and the music she listened to with her sister. The letter she had chosen to focus on was the letter ‘K’ featured on the cover of David Bowies Hunky Dory (1971). It was interesting to hear the thoughts of an artist who disregards all the house rules (like Bowie), experimentation with the letterforms, and her experiences with the popular rub-down type – Letraset.

Hunky Dory (1971) by David Bowie

Tom Hingston

Hingston kindly shared with us the story behind the video of David Bowie’s Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) (2016), from concept to creation. Showing us behind the scenes of how the elements, and tangents in the creative process, led to the final shoot – somewhere in south London with a big arse projector, smoke machines, and mysterious characters. The outcome is beautiful and fitting, inspired by 1930/40s film noir.

Jonathan Barnbrook

Finally Barnbrook delighted us with the journey to the creation of Black Star (2016), David Bowie’s last album released shortly before his death. Without knowledge of Bowie’s condition it seemed a fitting tribute, as it followed the subject of mortality. A coincidence some people cannot believe, as Barnbrook recounts many a time people have questioned him, such as relating the character code with special dates etc.

Barnbrook used Unicode Character ‘BLACK STAR’ (U+2605), an open source graphic language, and further made all artwork created as free to use under Creative Commons on bowieblackstar.net.

The broken up star shapes make the word ‘Bowie’.

Black Star (2016) by David Bowie

SpeechStorm acquired by Genesys

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In December 2015 Genesys acquired SpeechStorm in a move to enhance their omni-channel contact centre solution.

Genesys, is a company that sells customer experience and call centre technology to mid-sized and large businesses. It sells both cloud-based and on-premises software.

Wikipedia (February 2016)

I’ll be working with a new brand in the near future so I thought it appropriate to look back over the year. It was logical for a small company like SpeechStorm to hire a dedicated in-house graphic designer to meet their creative needs, it showed me that the company understood the benefits of, and appreciated, good graphic design. I immersed myself into the brand, becoming a guardian of some sort, leading visual identity decisions and advising on design related queries on UX/UI.

SpeechStorm year in review

Branded material, photography, and video from over the last 12 months at SpeechStorm.