As a creative leader, it’s important to ask yourself several crucial questions. What kind of people do you want on your team? Those team members, do you want them to have their own ideas? Or do you want people that take your ideas and develop them, instead? These are difficult questions to tackle in the best of times; to build and thrive as a design team amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to focus on a few core leadership principles and be flexible and adaptable with others.

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Illustration by Bhavya Minocha.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received and which I’ve carried with me throughout my entire career, is to hire the best people you can; hire people that are smarter than you. This has become a cornerstone of my team-building process: look for great people that are very talented, and never let yourself feel threatened by them. …


More than 10 million people are living with Parkinson’s Disease worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Early detection of the disease, which can cause tremors and make it very difficult to walk or move, can mean access to medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease. But long before most people will ever talk to their doctor about the possibility of having Parkinson’s Disease, they may show symptoms; changes in their posture, gait, and movement. Catching these changes is crucial to getting an early diagnosis.

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Tripleblack Agency’s app, Patana AI, uses AI and machine learning technology to help with the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. It was designed entirely in Adobe XD.

For Babusi Nyoni, founder of design firm Tripleblack Agency, the opportunity to use technology to help with this early diagnosis was apparent. In 2018, he and his agency developed an app for the South African market, using AI and computer vision, to help users rate a particular dance move. What started as a project to create a fun app and test South Africans’ willingness to interact with new technologies morphed into a much greater cause. …


Design systems are everywhere these days. It seems like every big brand now has one, and for good reason. They can save design-led companies countless hours of manual design work, freeing up designers to devote their time to more creative or innovative goals, and can also help brands create cohesive experiences for their user base; but they can also go off the rails easily without the right stewardship. …


An update from QueerTech founders Naoufel Testaouni and Andy Saldana.

2019 was a momentous year for QueerTech. It was our first full year as a non-profit, and the year we truly ‘grew up,’ putting a stake in the ground about who we are, the values we stand for, and what we’re going to do to grow, foster, and support our dynamic community of queer and trans people working in tech in Montréal and New York City. First and foremost, thank you to those of you out there that have helped us get to this point — the members, corporate partners, and volunteers that have given their time and resources. …


To be on the cutting edge of design means embracing the dual nature of design itself; successful designers are constantly called to embrace new technologies while staying grounded in their mission to solve the very human problems we face. As innovators around the world are pushing the limits of new technologies, designers are right there with them; and, if you ask many design leaders, the importance of design in our world continues to grow by the day.

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As we kick off 2020, we’re taking a close look at the biggest trends and technologies facing designers. Voice interfaces are taking on a level of importance one could only dream of a few years ago; newer storytelling tools, like AR and VR, have become pillars of multi-platform storytelling; and, design has taken on a highly significant role at boardroom tables. …


The Adobe Tech Blog is a publication dedicated to developers that work with Adobe products, services, and solutions. Together, we are all a community, collaborating and sharing the best solutions to speed up your workflows and enable new ones. 2019 was no exception — dozens of engineers, developers, product managers, and members of sales teams from across Adobe’s clouds shared more than 200 posts, showcasing new products and helping you make better use of existing ones.

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Below are some of the top blog posts of 2019 on the Adobe Tech Blog. Read on to see highlights from Creative Cloud, Experience Cloud, Document Cloud, and the cross-cloud organizations that keep everything running under the hood (and better than ever, thanks to innovations from groups like Adobe Experience Platform and I/O Runtime, Adobe’s serverless solution). …


UX design is at a pivotal point in its development as an industry; never before have the contributions of designers been so highly valued, and you can see designers playing key roles in the development of every kind of product and service imaginable. But as the discipline of UX design has gained importance, so has the need for designers to come together to discuss and determine the best ways to solve the key problems facing the industry (and society in general).

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Image by Evan Yamada.

At Adobe MAX 2019, held in Los Angeles in early November, we gathered UX design leaders from across the globe. Beyond the talks they gave or attended, we invited them to XD Summit. There, they shared the biggest developments in UX design they’re experiencing first hand, and discussed how to overcome some of the bigger challenges they’re facing along the way. …


In order to truly be creative, you need the right creative tools. Often, for many artists and designers, that means working with Adobe Creative Cloud apps and services — using them together to produce amazing visuals, videos, app and web experiences, and sometimes all of the above. Adobe’s users are nimble, looking at Creative Cloud’s ecosystem and learning new apps to achieve their creative goals. Adobe’s teams, on the other hand, don’t always work this fluidly across products.

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Illustration by Justin Cheong.

“Adobe teams have traditionally been really siloed in the past, but our users are using multiple Adobe tools. The question is, how can we make that experience better for our users? This is what horizontal initiatives allow us to do,” said Rebecca Gordon. Rebecca is a design research manager on Adobe’s Unified Experience Team. Alongside her colleagues Paul Dorian and Troy Church, both senior design leads, she’s worked to create Prism, a horizontal initiative that brings new levels of consistency to the UX and UI of Adobe flagship apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. …


3D and immersive design is not exactly an emerging field — the concepts, workflows, and end results have been around in the commercial and art worlds for some time. But there is a major change in the works in the industry: never before has it been easier for digital creatives to access the tools they need to design in 3D and augmented reality (AR), and that is shaking up the industry in new and exciting ways.

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Adobe Aero, along with Adobe Dimension and Substance by Adobe, made a big splash on the floor of the Community Pavilion at Adobe MAX 2019. 3D and AR design leaders who attended MAX say the industry has grown considerably in just a short time.

At Adobe MAX 2019, held in Los Angeles in early November, 3D and AR references were everywhere. Of course, there was the much-anticipated launch of Adobe Aero, our AR authoring tool that allows you to design and share augmented reality experiences, and considerable updates to Adobe Dimension and Substance by Adobe, but 3D & AR was also a hot topic at third-party booths, in talks and receptions, and in the conversations of many designers excited by recent developments. …


AI and machine learning have developed at a rapid pace; now, these technologies are at the core of workflows, helping creators and business leaders automate mundane tasks and gain better control of processes at work. Few in the business have seen this progress quite so clearly as Tim Converse. He’s a senior director in the Sensei & Search team, managing the Applied Science and Machine Learning team. His team helps get innovative ML-based features into Adobe product, through a mix of novel ML modeling and tech transfer. It’s a position he’s been well prepared for.

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Tim Converse, senior director in the Adobe Sensei & Search team, who manages the Applied Science and Machine Learning team.

Since 2004, Tim has worked in machine learning, at companies like Yahoo, leaving at times to join or even start startups in the space. His move to Adobe was special because it presented a new way of working with ML technology. “Although I’ve worked in machine learning for a long time, it was mostly targeted at social, search, and e-commerce applications, using “shallow” ML techniques on behavioral data,” he said. …

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