The Latest & Greatest from Adobe
Adobe is reaching the end of their Adobe Max Conference 2017 and yesterday, Jaime Myrold, VP of Design at Adobe, introduced the latest apps and tools for their software. She begins the talk by acknowledging the evolution of design and a recent shift in the pace expected of designers by stating, "As we all know, design in its broadest terms, has become increasingly more complex. [...] We are required to create at a much faster pace than ever before, and we are balancing visioning, while doing the more tactical aspects of design." This was Adobe’s motivation for creating the new apps and programs in their collection. Although I highly recommend giving this video a watch (despite its beastly length of 45 minutes), here is a quick summary of my two favorite new Adobe products.
Adobe XD CC: An all-in-one solution for designing, prototyping, and sharing your UX/UI projects. This software streamlines the process of creating websites, mobile apps, and more through features like their “repeating grid”, “reimagined” character and styles panel, and powerful positioning and measuring tools. As seen in the video of the presentation, their repeating grid feature allows you to take elements like a photo gallery or text box and replicate them as many times as you need, with the styles, spacing, colors, and so on staying the same. This might sound a little ordinary, however, any changes you make to an element from this grid gets updated everywhere immediately. Absolutely brilliant. You no longer have to select each and every desired area to make a change or make an alteration to text styles wherever it appears by hand. It’s all streamlined through this incredible feature. I’d recommend watching the video for a deeper understanding of the efficiency this program will create.
Adobe Dimension CC: Place your designs directly on 3D surfaces to easily visualize what the end result will look like. This program will be greatly beneficial to graphic designers that are maybe not the best at 3D work. Instead of having to create prototypes of the products or pieces by hand and navigating the struggle that may bring, a designer can easily drop their design(s) onto objects on screen to see how they look. The program includes an extensive library of objects, surfaces, and materials to choose from. Another great feature: upon selecting your background image for the mockup, the program automatically sets the lighting and perspective for the most accurate depiction of your designs possible. The time (and money) Adobe Dimension saves is mind-blowing.
Watch the full "Accelerating Your Creativity - Design" video here and be sure to check out some other great presentations from the conference.
Do you think these tools will increase the productivity of designers and ease the design industry’s more recent fast-paced nature? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.