Every once and a while, the winds blow to our backs, the stars align and the universe looks upon us with favor.
This was the case for our team last week when we were invited to compete in the Adobe Creative Jam. Completely pumped on the invite, we prepared our forces. Ryan and Drew, two of our very talented graphic designers, volunteered to represent the team. They scoured through previous creative jam prompts, studied their competition and got all their nerdy tech stuff together, more than ready to design their faces off.
The venue itself was impressive. Galvanize, located just off the Platte River in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, has a beautiful building with the most perfect 4th floor patio around. By the time we arrived, the design teams were already hunkered down in front of their computers, given beer and a theme: Wish you were here.
Although it seemed like the designers were really stressing (as designers often do) about having such a loose theme, we were excited to see what everyone would come up with. The prompt couldn’t have been more perfect in my opinion.
Our team looked like they brought the entire office. They had bling’d out their huge Apple Thunderbolt displays with chrome gold Soapoint die cut stickers and had just about every drawing utensil ever strewn over the table.
As the design teams sat busy at work, slaving away in front of their various Adobe programs, we were in the main hall enjoying beers, tacos and talks with some very inspiring professionals.
The Made Shop gave an incredible talk on the value of inefficiency in design process.
Andy Burdin told the audience about one of his favorite assignments as a designer and walked us through his design process.
Anh Phan spoke about her professional journey leading to the beautiful display art and event design that occupies her time now days.
After delivering strong presentations explaining each piece, the teams were judged in three categories; Motion Graphics, People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice. Each team’s submission was on point and beautifully unique. Our boys came through with the win in the judges choice category after explaining their piece.
In classic Soapoint style, after basking in the glory of our victory, we decided to celebrate. We headed across the street to the Denver Beer Co where we met up with the Creative Jam hosts, Paul and Liz to enjoy a good brew.
Shout out to everyone who showed face at the Creative Jam this year. It was a huge honor to be in the presence of so much talent and we are looking forward to next year! Until then, you know where to find us.
Read the story as Drew tells it here.