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The Adobe Max Experience

posted in Life & travels | Print  at 10.29 PM from Home - Arles / France
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Earlier in November I was invited by Adobe France to live and cover the Adobe Max Event in San Diego, where the brand presents its new features and updates. I went there with 2 other french creatives, Geoffrey Dorne, a global creative activist and Olivier Huard, an amazing pixel artist ! We create a small blog for the event that we update live from there... This experience will deserve more that one post and I hope to found time to do that...
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Adobe presents all the updates on their tools, of course, and I know dedicated technical website and blog will present them better than I do. And if you like these kinds of new things, you are already aware of them. Adobe presents Sensei, which is hard to explain as it is not a new tool but more a global improvement of creativity. More in ink and paper, I see in the innovations Adobe presented this year all the possibilities that this offers to the creation print. I already imagine how Sensei will be able to evolve the collaborative process of creating a magazine, to work with others on the same project simultaneously in order to feed your creation on what the other team member does when he does it. Also, the most inspiring tools for me presented there are the improvements of Spark which is so useful to do quick videos or images with text on social media ! 
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Adobe also present talks by inspiring people. One of them was just... Quentin Tarantino ! Yes, the one and only. It was just WOW !
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I spend a lot of time in the community pavilion to met a lot of creatives I follow for a long time ! Such a please to see in real amazing prints and items ! I almost run to "The French paper company" (which has French only the name!), their stand is just pure happiness! They give away amazing posters, samples of packaging, coasters and other amazing papers good all designed by Charles S. Anderson design co. !
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Another exciting project present at Max is the "national poster retrospecticus". It is a traveling exhibition of 400 posters created by more than 125 designers. Their mission is to celebrate the art of the poster, handmade aesthetics and share their enthusiasm. It was also great to see Fields notes new products or DKNG posters.
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I was eager to meet Mama Sauce, passionate printer in letterpress and silkscreen. Their booth proposes to the experience of print, in the heart of Adobe's speech: "Experience is everything"! So I printed a poster in silkscreen, then cut out in postcards to finish them in letterpress... It was also the chance to hug Nick Sambrato, the man behind Mama Sauce.
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I have done so many things in 3 days ! What of the high moment was to interview Aaron Draplin and Tomaz Opasinski, for which I will dedicate article later on and probably in the next Walter magazine ! Because the best thing was to met all these creatives in real, such as Tad Carpenter and so much more ! 
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Thanks again to Adobe for the invitation and the big shot of inspiration ! 
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I get my copy of Walter magazine 2 on monday, did not think it will be JR ones the day after... I arrived in Paris yesterday and see on his instagram he was covering the Louvres pyramid, so I stop by and say Hi ! His work is really inspiring and I am proud of this above picture, specially as he is such a nice guy ! Walter 2 features a selection of the amazing images he posts on instagram ! Read past article here.
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So, it is really great to have Walter in real ! All the subscription, orders and support on kickstarter are now sent ! Hope to see your pictures soon ! But please be patient before asking why you still not have it ! We do our best !
Just after meeting JR, I went to the great Artazart bookstore where I had great time meeting followers in real ! Thanks all for the good vibes !
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So I am now in Barcelona, covering the Offf festival with Adobe team ! I will share as much as possible in the coming days ! I just met pixel artist Olivier Huard who creates a tumblr about the event ! We share a good lunch at the Lolea Sangrias restaurant I talk about last year here ! And get a great cappuccino at Nomad ! What else !
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More to come, but the best would be to follow me on twitter and instagram for live updates !

Living in Arles and meeting Salih Kucukaga

posted in Nice to meet you | Life & travels | Identity | Packaging  at 5.13 PM from Home . Arles / France
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Last week, Salih Kucukaga, that I follow for years (see post here), tell me he was in Arles and we can met ! I love sharing about what inspires me on the blog and in the Walter magazine, but nothing like meeting a designer to talk about creation ! I also figure out that it is hard to really "follow" people even with all the social medias !  While I think Salih was still in Istanbul, I figure out he is now in Barcelona after a stay in the States ! Someone also tell me I was lucky to live in Ubud, Bali which I left in may 2013...
So, I want to share with you these pictures I took of Arles, where I live for a little more than a month now. It is a very inspiring city, where Vincent Van Gogh do his most famous paintings !  I am looking for a studio in town, and may be able to get some intern soon, and maybe to hire someone ! So if you want to work with me, contact me with link to your portfolio.
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Here comes some pictures and recent works of Salih...
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I never really used dribbble, but Salih told me he gets a lot of feedback on his work from it. So it makes me want to put some of the past years projects on it, as I do not update my portfolio often... Check my dribbble page here.
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It is rare that I can not find some time for this blog, but the last few weeks have been particularly busy.


For Walter magazine, you are likely to ask for news, when sending the first numbers is expected for several weeks. We decided to postpone the release in late August for technical and artistic choices. Indeed, some items can not be finalized because I can not talk about the project if people do not want to! A magazine must be done with photos in high definition, a coherent story and an editorial line, and if people do not answer emails or send material, we need to adapt... I will detail all this in a future post, but the release date is now August 24, 2015 to to avoid the "pause" summer holiday. Thank you for your patience.


Last week, I made "in real life" what I am virtually doing on this site: share what inspires me! I met Clint Harvey when I was in Australia for a conference in 2010, I made a letterpress workshop in his design school in Brisbane. We become friends after 5 minutes, passionate about typography and letterpress printing! We see each other again few years later to visit a friend of his... which prints on a boat not far from Paris (see article).


When Clint told me he come to France for some days, we plan a smal "French type tour", and I made him go around the cities and places that inspire me! Started in the south where I live, we ended our trip at the Museum of Printing in Lyon and flea market (that I will detail in Walter 1!) We imagined doing this kind of round with more people next year, if we have enough "crazy type people" interested and someone to organize the administrative part ... If you are interested in this "French Type Tour", contact me!


Then, on Sunday I was in the street when  I cross paths with Ben Harper doing skateboard! I call him and we talked a few minutes! I had no battery in my phone, which saved me from an embarrassing selfie, but I'm still amazed by the weak probability to cross someone you admired as that!


Trust the Unexpected!


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