Whether you're heading to Adobe Max for the first time this year or are a veteran and want to reminisce and share your thoughts with me, this blog post is the place to be. I'll share below all the highlights, tips, tricks, and ups and downs that I experienced at Adobe's yearly creativity conference over the years.
This blog post is going to be a long read ( 20 min) with lots of visuals and two videos. I summarize my survival tips at the bottom of the post. At the end of the post, I also break down my thoughts on Adobe Max for fashion and textile designers. Just in case you were wondering if it's for you and should you go?
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The Community Pavilion
To me, Adobe Max has two inspiring events happening simultaneously. One is very obvious, and that would be the sessions that are outlined in their catalog when you register. Those are broken down in many different ways, and I will speak about a couple of those further below. The second one that might not seem so apparent for newbies is the
playground pavilion. The pavilion is where sponsors and other vendors showcase and sell their wares. Also, this is also where Adobe and said vendors create a lot of either educational sessions for their products, where you can meet and chat with authors, artists, podcasters, and even make connections with design teams at bigger companies like Adidas. The vendor-sponsored welcome reception is a great evening to walk around and see the entire place on the first night and see what you want to come back for on the following two days. The pavilion is also a place where you can create things. Here I have screen printed tees and postcards, created a mosaic type mini painting as part of a mural against bullying, have heat seat images onto metal via a process that I can't remember the name of right now, and many other fun things.
The pavilion is also a place to recharge your batteries, your devices and your body. Last year they had a oxygen bar with flavored oxygen that you could inhale through your nose. I am sharing a pics somewhere below of that. Kind of yucky at first but felt like a boost of some sort (coffee like?).