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Connecting Creative Professionals in New Locations

My busi­ness tagline–indeed, my en­tire pro­fes­sion­al philosophy–has al­ways been “Informing, Empowering, and Connecting Creative Professionals.” That last verb, though, has been less ac­tive than the oth­ers for a bit.

Over the years, I’ve built, or tak­en over and grown, com­mu­ni­ties for cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als in places like Yahoo! Groups, the Ning Network, and sites I built from scratch, such as CreativesAre​.com. I built a job board for cre­atives, DesignJobsLive​.com, which ran from 2006 through 2011 when I sold it. I even cre­at­ed a pop­u­lar browser tool­bar that con­nect­ed cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als with news, free tools, and each oth­er.

Yahoo! Groups be­came a haven for spam­mers and scam­mers. The Ning Network, home to hun­dreds of thou­sands of fo­cused fo­rums and so­cial me­dia com­mu­ni­ties, im­plod­ed af­ter it put all of its long-free fea­tures be­hind a tow­er­ing pay wall few want­ed to scale. Even my own in­ven­tions even­tu­al­ly went away, one way or an­oth­er. CreativesAre​.com was grad­u­al­ly can­ni­bal­ized by Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, which is fine; the over­lap and even­tu­al demise was ex­pect­ed. The new own­ers of DesignJobsLive​.com changed its name, ab­sorbing it in­to their own multi-faceted mem­ber­ship ser­vices. My browser tool­bar went the way of all browser tool­bars, which is gen­er­al­ly a good thing.

So, for the past few years, I’ve been miss­ing that Connecting part of Informing, Empowering, and Connecting Creative Professionals even while pro­lif­i­cal­ly writ­ing books and mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles; record­ing dozens of hours of video cours­es; con­sult­ing and train­ing cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als, pub­li­ca­tions, and work­flows all over North America, and; ed­u­cat­ing and as­sist­ing via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many oth­er lo­ca­tions. Lately, though, I’ve start­ed re­build­ing some of that Connecting part with­in the cur­rent needs of cre­atives and cur­rent tech­nolo­gies and lo­cales.

I’ve built thriv­ing Facebook Groups with live­ly dis­cus­sion (see be­low for some of them). And, to­day, I’m proud to an­nounce that I’m now help­ing to build the com­mu­ni­ty di­rect­ly on Adobe’s own fo­rums.

Beyond the tech sup­port and tu­to­ri­al func­tions of the Adobe Forums there is a cozy cor­ner named the Forum Lounge. It was new­ly rechris­tened thus by a com­mu­ni­ty of peers, oth­er de­sign­ers and de­vel­op­ers, and in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of my de­sign. As the of­fi­cial un­of­fi­cial host of the fo­rum, it’s my job to help it grow, to fos­ter a com­fort­able, peer-discussion atmosphere–to con­nect cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als.

My col­leagues and I, Adobe helpers all, will be spark­ing new con­ver­sa­tions every week for the next year (and be­yond) in the Forum Lounge. I hope you’ll join in on our dis­cus­sions. I al­so hope you’ll start your own. The Forum Lounge is for con­nect­ing and dis­cussing any­thing you might talk about with peers at lunch or while wait­ing in line at Adobe MAX or an­oth­er con­fer­ence. My goal–and Adobe’s–for the Forum Lounge is that cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als like you and I have a place to sim­ply talk to one an­oth­er, to con­nect, to en­gage in peer sup­port, in­spi­ra­tion, and com­mis­er­a­tion, and to find ca­ma­raderie in a pro­fes­sion that so of­ten iso­lates us from one an­oth­er.

I’m ex­cit­ed to on­ce again be just as ac­tive Connecting cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als as I am Informing and Empowering them.

I hope you’ll come by and talk.

Join in the Adobe Forum Lounge here.

Talk InDesign, InCopy, epub­lish­ing, script­ing, and more in the InDesign Facebook Group.

Get help and talk about vec­tor draw­ing in the Adobe Illustrator Facebook Group.

Discuss and get sup­port in EPUB, Fixed-Layout, DPS, and oth­er elec­tron­ic pub­lish­ing for­mats in the ePub­lish­ing Pros Facebook Group.

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