What is your title at Adobe, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I am a Principal Solutions Consultant at Adobe and my specialist area is Digital Imaging. In this role I wear multiple hats, which all complement each other. Primarily I am a technical resource for all of our sales teams here in the UK, focused on the wider Imaging requirement as well as Creative Cloud in general. My other hat is much wider, where I’m a resource and a local touch point for all of our imaging customers. For this Irely heavily on social networks including twitter (you can follow me at @richardcurtis), speaking opportunities as well as my adobe blog (blogs.adobe.com/richardcurtis). The third hat is working and balancing my time with the Photographic and Imaging industry, industry experts, complimentary companies and services as well as our Adobe partners. This element can be broken down further into Photoshop and Lightroom touch points (including Photography, Video, Web Content Creation, Design, Digital Painting and 3D/3D Printing).
What inspired you most to become interested in Adobe & their graphic apps?
I have been taking photographs for over 20 years now, so have always had an interest in image creation, enhancement and workflow and integrating these items together. For me, Adobe is cutting edge, innovative and never stands still which has similarities to my personality.
Why did you pursue this as a career?
My career started in software development back in the late 80s. At that time I was working with business engineering systems and integration solutions for a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company, before moving to web development in the late 90s, and then on to document services and business process management workflow with Adobe. My move into Digital Imaging was a few years ago now, and is really a combination of a couple of things. One is obviously a passion for photography & print, and all that it can be. The other is driven by the UK as a creative country. It’s important for Adobe to have a local contact in the UK for everything that is imaging, including Photography, Digital Painting, 3D and more recently, 3D printing.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative field is?
I think that the way that all creative disciplines are starting to merge together and the fact they are becoming increasingly integrated with each other will provide an exciting opportunity for people to start a career in this field. However, I feel this does provide an issue around which area to start with and where to initially focus. For instance, my niece is studying photography, and is looking to further her career in the creative industry, but doesn’t know whether to focus on Photography, moving image and animation, VFX or a combination.
With all the new updates of the Creative Cloud & Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
There are many changes that excite me, but I the ones that really stand out for me are :- The amount of seamless integration within the products (I am an integration junkie after all, and it’s fuelled my career for the past 20 years), and online services (Typekit, Collaboration and Mobile), with the Creative Cloud. Also, 3D and 3D printing have been around for nearly 30 years, but only recently has 3D printing become more of a household name. I was amazed by the deep enhancements to the 3D engine in CS6, but to then enter the 3D printing world with a whole different approach, effectively simplifying the process for the creative industry and solving very complex issues, making it as easy as 2D printing. The speed at which the Photoshop engineering teams were able to put this brand new solution in place for a new audience was nothing short of inspiring. To summarise, the Creative Cloud solution, as well as Photoshop CC and 3D printing is driving my excitement at the moment.
What Adobe creatives do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion? At Adobe, the engineering teams that we have create things that are truly magical and awe inspiring. Some of the many Adobe creatives that inspire me are Julianne Kost, Russel Brown and Michael Chaize to name a few. These people look at the world very differently from most others and are open to and embrace change, implementing this into their daily lives.
What social networks do you like most?
I am very fond of Twitter for reaching out to a huge array of people, as well as checking out what conversations they are engaged with and what they are interested in. This enables me to understand how I can be relevant across each sector in the Imaging space. Pinterest and Behance are both great ways to find new ideas, get feedback, inspire and get inspiration from creatives in different disciplines. Facebook is a great way to listen to and interact with like-minded people, groups and get an understanding how people use our our software and what they might need for future demos and blog posts.
Which present good examples of Photoshop and Graphics the best?
I think Behance has some of the best creative work out there at the moment, so good that it does seem to put people off from submitting work, and it should’t, as it’s a platform for us all to enjoy.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks?
Hmm, that’s a tough question. With the speed that things are moving at the minute, it would be hard for me to see what will be there tomorrow, regardless of the future.
What predictions do you have for the future of the Adobe Creative Cloud & for Photoshop?
It’s a challenging question for me to answer, however, with the way that the world is becoming super connected and the different types of services that are now available, we’re offering people an ability to create, express themselves and consume on mobile devices without being tied to a traditional computer. I think this shift allows Adobe to innovate in a wonderful and different way and truly embrace the creative workflow, enabling things that were once might have seemed impossible. The other side of the coin, is what will mobile developers start to create with the emergence of the Adobe Creative SDK? We can’t wait to see what people create with the Creative Cloud Public services.