Meet the 2019 residents.

Find out about the creative passions that drive them and the unique projects they’re developing during their residency year.

Julie Sanduski

Julie Sanduski

UI/UX designer
Seattle, Washington

Patricia Reiners

Patricia Reiners

UI/UX designer
Berlin, Germany

Patricia Reiners

Takuma Nakata

Experiential designer
Kyoto, Japan

Patricia Reiners

Tyler Babin

Videographer
Manhattan, New York

Octavia Bromell

Octavia Bromell

Illustrator
Sherborne, U.K.

Aiko Fukuda

Aiko Fukuda

Illustrator
Tokyo, Japan

Juan José Egúsquiza

Juan José Egúsquiza

Photographer
Brooklyn, New York

Amelie Satzger

Amelie Satzger

Photographer
Munich, Germany

Cyn Lagos

Cyn Lagos

Photographer
Miami, Florida

Julie Sanduski

Julie Sanduski

UI/UX designer
Seattle, Washington

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Working at the intersection of food, sustainability, and UI/UX, Julie is exploring how human-centered design solutions can inspire a circular food system. She’s conducting research and engaging with thought leaders to create a design series focused on preventing, repurposing, and redirecting food waste. Along the way, she’s sharing her design process with the community and inspiring others to redesign the world around us. Post-residency, she wants to work as an experience designer and leverage emerging technologies to build a better tomorrow.

RESIDENCY PROJECT

Good Neighbor — Food Sharing

We grow up knowing that wasting food is bad. Whether it’s the leftovers we forgot in the back of our fridge or that ingredient we bought too much of — food waste is pervasive in our culture. And, we feel guilty when throwing food away. When we consider that nearly 80% of food will be consumed in cities where co-living and compact-community spaces are on the rise, there’s an opportunity to convert that guilt into good and build community through sharing food.

Good Neighbor — Food Sharing
So you want to change the world?

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So you want to change the world?

When I first got started in user experience design, I was a sophomore in college navigating the treacherous water of being an undeclared liberal arts student. In the midst of classes, homework, and staying as far away from the library as possible, I spent a lot of time lamenting over a few (very minor) problems: Why is it so difficult to find off-campus housing? Why does it take forever to find a good meeting spot between a group of friends?

Patricia Reiners

Patricia Reiners

UI/UX designer
Berlin, Germany

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Patricia is exploring the city of the future and how new technologies like AI, voice control, and augmented reality will change our interfaces and design decisions. She’s focusing on the areas of new work, living, and mobility, and she’s sharing every step of her design process to get people excited about the possibilities of UX design. Post-residency, she’d like to work with companies that share her passions for problem-solving and using new technologies to benefit society.

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Coliving

Coliving communities provide shared housing for people with shared intentions. This may simply involve coming together for activities such as eating meals and having discussions in the common living areas, or it may extend to working in shared spaces and participating in collective endeavors such as taking action to live more sustainably.

Coliving
The future of cooking — why it is beyond the screen

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The future of cooking — why it is beyond the screen

Throughout my Creative Residency at Adobe I focus on taking a peek at the future of cooking and what it could be by thinking beyond the screen. I have identified 7 key UX learnings that I believe will play a huge role in shaping an inclusive and innovative future of cooking.

Takuma Nakata

Takuma Nakata

Experiential designer
Kyoto, Japan

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Takuma is spending his residency developing self-made hardware and software systems to achieve new visual experiences. By collaborating with artists from different fields, he hopes to achieve his creative goal of applying digital aspects to physical spaces, and to light up the world with visuals that people have never before experienced.

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Boundary

This interactive installation works by stepping in to the stage. The system detects the silhouette of the audience and uses its boundary to generate a graphic to project on the huge tent screen. The first player will be converted to a spline-based character by using their inner boundary, the second and third players will be converted to a connected crystal using their outer boundaries, and the fourth through sixth players will be projected with their raw silhouettes. Each character is designed to represent important aspects of creativity, such as inner passion, connection, and yourself.

Boundary
On the go: Bengaluru’s crowd is the subject for this Japanese designer

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On the go: Bengaluru’s crowd is the subject for this Japanese designer

Inspired by the crowd in the subway, Takuma Nakata rightfully named his installation as Walk, at DesignUp, a festival that explores the integration of technology and design, which ended on Saturday. In the city for the festival, Nakata came up with this installation in collaboration with Patricia Reiners, a user interface designer whom he met during the Adobe Creative Resident programme.

Tyler Babin

Tyler Babin

Videographer
Manhattan, New York

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Passionate about storytelling, Tyler is creating a video series that shares his experiences as an emerging artist alongside the experiences of established artists who are navigating their influence. He’s posting to Instagram and YouTube each day to bring the community into his creative process. In the future, he hopes to keep telling stories that help people feel less intimidated at the prospect of following their dreams.

RESIDENCY PROJECT

24 Hours With

A lifestyle video series focused on creativity and travel, 24 Hours With offers an inside look at how a twentysomething creator finds his footing and develops a creative career for the long term.

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Tuesday Morning Coffee podcast

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Tuesday Morning Coffee podcast

Tyler Babin presents conversations with creatives, influencers, and entrepreneurs about the intersection of life and creativity.

Octavia Bromell

Octavia Bromell

Illustrator
Sherborne, U.K.

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Octavia is spending her year creating illustrations related to the theme of The Joyful Everyday — the idea that happiness can be found in the minutiae of daily life. She’s sharing her progress via process videos, blog posts, and social media updates. In the future, she’d like to turn her obsession with stationery into an illustrated journal. She also hopes to do more international editorial work and build a beautiful, honest brand that connects with people.

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Working with The Royal Shakespeare Company

I was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Adobe to create illustrations for their Reimagine Shakespeare campaign. Aimed at relating classic works to a modern-day audience, I was tasked with picturing a scene from Romeo and Juliet in 2019.

Working with The Royal Shakespeare Company
Can Creativity Cure Depression?

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Can Creativity Cure Depression?

In this podcast episode, Octavia Bromell shares her creative journey and discusses how she started making art and illustrations when struggling with anxiety and depression. Discover how she used creativity to stay positive and focused.

Aiko Fukuda

Aiko Fukuda

Illustrator
Tokyo, Japan

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During her residency year, Aiko is creating a pop-up book that brings together analog and digital illustrations with augmented reality (AR). She’s also offering design workshops and online tutorials to engage with the creative community. Ultimately, she hopes to publish her magical book, and she’d also like to work with luxury brands and innovative companies that align with her aesthetic approach.

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Plus One: Photoshop + Fresco

The new painting and drawing app, Adobe Fresco, has become Ms. Fukuda’s most important tool because it allows her to expand on analog expression while maintaining a hand-drawn feeling in her work. She’s introducing the creative process of combining Adobe Fresco and Adobe Photoshop to put the finishing touches on her illustrations.

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IT Giant Adobe Releases New App and the Whole Truth of Adobe Fresco

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IT Giant Adobe Releases New App and the Whole Truth of Adobe Fresco

Aiko Fukuda, an artist who is expanding her career worldwide, will be a representative for the creators of Photoshop and Illustrator. She says new Adobe Fresco is full of new possibilities, even for creative pros. “It’s appealing that you can make combinations that are impossible, like oil paintings and watercolor paintings. Because the app’s Live brush lets you combine multiple layers, it’s possible to express things in a mixed way.”

Juan José Egúsquiza

Juan José Egúsquiza

Photographer
New York, New York

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Juan José’s Impossible Stories project is a series of images from daily life that are manipulated to create a fictional reality. His residency is enabling him to share his creative process, get feedback from the community, and expand his storytelling tools and techniques. In a few years, he’d like to be a creative director whose focus is on making ideas visually tangible.

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MONUMENT

This experimental digital-landscape film is situated in a speculative world in which monuments are no longer allowed. The main idea is to highlight the monument as a symbol of civilization that shows us the past as well as the future.

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Reality-Defying Photo Composites Master the Impossible

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Reality-Defying Photo Composites Master the Impossible

Juan José Egúsquiza is based in Brooklyn, New York, but he spends much of his time as a man of the world. From Paris to San Francisco to Barcelona to Lucerne and beyond, the Lima, Peru-born multimedia artist and Adobe Creative Resident makes his way across the globe with his camera in hand. While exploring, he captures ordinary moments with a click, and these images become the basis for what he calls “Impossible Stories”: brain-bending composites that challenge the way we relate to and interpret our surroundings.

Amelie Satzger

Amelie Satzger

Photographer
Munich, Germany

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For her project, Seeing Music, Amelie is working with musicians to visualize their lyrics in the form of surreal artistic scenes. As she builds backgrounds and props, poses the musicians, and creates her artwork, she’s sharing her creative process from start to finish on social media. Her future plans include finding representation for her art and photography, creative-directing music videos and short films, and being hired by theaters, musicians, and actors to visualize their ideas in photos.

RESIDENCY PROJECT

IN DISGUISE

In this bold art series, Satzger explores both the positive and negative aspects of big-city anonymity.

IN DISGUISE
Seeing Music with Amelie Satzger

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Seeing Music with Amelie Satzger

For German photographer Amelie Satzger, music has always intertwined with the creative impulse. As a youth, she performed in a band with a good friend. When that partnership split, her imagination found refuge behind the lens of a camera.

Cyn Lagos

Cyn Lagos

Photographer
Miami, Florida

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Cyn is working to help aspiring artists understand the mindset and practice of visual storytelling. She’s creating a visual methodology that will cultivate one-on-one learning experiences and empower artists in the realms of photography, graphic design, and videography. She hopes to create an educational movement within social media to enrich the content we absorb, and she’d like to create an academic resource as well. Longer-term, she’d like to focus on philanthropic efforts to create stories that illuminate the culture of the streets.

RESIDENCY PROJECT

Adobe Max — Create with Photoshop

I got a chance to work with the Photoshop team during this year’s Adobe Max. I personally have always loved Photoshop for being one of the most multifaceted programs since the start of my career. I can really connect with that attitude because today as artists we are very multifaceted too, always learning and practicing different roles. I decided to use my photography and graphic design skills to create artwork that expressed the creativity and versatility of Photoshop and our restless desire as artists to explore and learn more every day.

Adobe Max — Create with Photoshop
Que Bola podcast episode 33: Cyn Lagos

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Que Bola podcast episode 33: Cyn Lagos

Being a creative in Miami is tough. We sat down with one of the dopest creatives in the city, Cyn Lagos. Her studies led her to become a professional photographer and graphic designer. She was recently selected by Adobe to be a creative resident for visual language. We discussed what it takes to make it in a place with a small creative community that constantly undercuts each other.