Adobe Creative Residency 2019

Get off to a good start as a Creative Resident!

Author: Julia Kahl

Working on your dream project for one year without any financial worries? To be supported in the realization of this project? Speaking at conferences and give workshops? To be celebrated by the design community? Sounds too good to be true? With Adobe's Creative Residency Program, creative dreams really do come true! The next application phase starts today—and we’ll show you why you should definitely join in!

Adobe Creative Residency is a program that allows aspiring creatives to focus on their personal projects for one year and to start a career they’ve dreamed of. The Creative Residents will be supported with everything they need—including a salary, mentoring, access to Adobe software, and much more. But what should you bring with you to become a Creative Resident? And why shouldn’t you miss this opportunity under any circumstances? You’ll find out right here!

Isabel Lea’s typography-led designs show you what it’s like to be young and British today

Isabel Lea, co-founder of ATYPICAL and the first ever Adobe Creative Resident based in the UK, is an art director and designer. Isabel used living in the UK as inspiration for her project BRIT(ISH). The project is an attempt to explore being young and British during recent turbulent years. As part of her creative residency, in which Adobe empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, she’s exploring how typography-led design can respond to a place, its language, and its cultural identity. She develops experimental fonts and designs that depict ideas, words and signs for which there is neither translation nor explanation. Lea supports her work with evidence from social research. Her works celebrate language and identity in an unconventional way.

Inspired? Then join in yourself! Everything you need to know is here!

This year you can apply for the Creative Residency from January 7th until February 7th. As every year, we're looking for a variety of ideas, people, and projects to adequately represent the diversity of the Adobe creative community. This time, applications will be accepted from Canada, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and, for the first time, Japan.

This year's selection of Creative Residents focuses on the following creative disciplines:

  • UI/UX Design
  • Video
  • Digital illustration
  • Design (Digital and Print)
  • Photography

Do not despair: If your area of expertise is not listed above, we still look forward to receiving your application. If you take a look at our Alumni Residents page, you will quickly become aware of the variety of areas and styles that have been part of the Creative Residency in recent years. So: Make sure you take part, one way or the other!

Application made easy: Some tips!

Of course, the first thing you need to do is take your time and look at the Creative Residency website and all the help it offers. And then it is important that you really think through your dream project: What is your motivation? What should (and will) the project achieve? Which other material or support are needed? In any case, take your time to prepare thoughtful answers to the application questions.
You can also get further help in the video of Alumni Resident Anna Daviscourt, in which she gives you five tips for your application. And you'll find many more detailed tips for a good application in the article by our colleagues from Adobe Create Magazine.

What does Adobe look out for?

In addition to the idea behind the project and everything that goes with it, the jury will also consider your creative work to date, flexibility in trying out new things, work experience, and willingness to take on new challenges. As a prime example of a fresh and unusual application that will remain in your memory, here is the application video by Aaron Bernstein, who presented his project concept last year with stop motion animation, audio and photography. And to top it all off, here are a few more questions you should be prepared for:

  • Describe your project, including your goals & what you want to achieve!
  • How does this project build on your previous work?
  • What creative tools are you planning to use?
  • Which workflow would you like to use for your project?
  • How do you plan to share your project with the creative community?
  • What should the creative community learn from your project
  • What are your long-term career goals and how will Adobe Creative Residency help you achieve them?

In addition to answering the above questions, you will need to share three previous projects and links from your online portfolio and/or Behance page. This will give Adobe colleagues a better understanding of who you are as artists. The applications from former Creative Residents Jessica Bellamy, Aundre Larrow, and Rosa Kammermeier are good examples to use as a guide for preparing your application.
We hope that this information will help you to make a successful application & wish you good luck!



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