Adobe CC Poster Competition

This month ACU student designers have a chance to help spread the word that Adobe Creative Cloud is on campus.

Library Digital_Adobe at ACUCreate a poster that represents ACU in color or imagery, and fits in the Adobe poster series, for a chance to win an iPad mini and have your poster featured prominently on campus! Three runner-ups will also receive an Adobe grab bag.


– Download the Poster Competition Template
– Design a custom background
– Use one of the three slogans: “Make it Here”, “Make it Yours”, OR “Make it ACU.”
– Submit your poster as a PDF to

The submission deadline is Friday, December 4th. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and contacted shortly after the deadline regarding prizes.

Please email us at if you have any questions.

Adobe MAX 2015

Last week, a team of 6 ACU faculty and staff rubbed shoulders with pro filmmakers, authors, photographers and engineers at Adobe’s annual creative conference, Adobe MAX.

Watch the MAX Kick-off video and prepare to be blown away.



The event is not only an inspiring collection of creative work from filmmakers, special effects artists and graphic designers, but this year Adobe included sessions focused on Education, including a full-day executive briefing with ACU joining representatives from Clemson, UC Berkeley, University of the Arts, and our hosts at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Creative Cloud is already the industry standard for creative work in media, web and design. Now that Adobe CC is available to all students, faculty and staff, we look forward to seeing how it can impact your work as well.


Check out the keynotes and select sessions from MAX 2015 and kick off your creative journey.


Interactive Design workshop in the LS

AndyPrattThis week the Art & Design department brought in Andy Pratt from San Francisco to lead a two-day workshop on Interactive Design. Fifteen students were selected to participate in the interactive workshop that ran Thursday and Friday this week in the Learning Studio. Andy walked students through the process of collaborating with developers and designers around the world on web media projects.

About Andy

Andy has fifteen years of experience creating award-winning interactive media. He is an Executive Creative Director for Favorite Medium, a global design and technology agency with offices in Seoul and Singapore. Prior to this, he worked as a creative director at Funny Garbage, an interactive agency in New York City. This position afforded him the opportunity to work with some of the largest brands in the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Cartoon Network, Noggin, Lego and Turner Broadcasting. His vision and strategy is showcased in apps, websites and on air content for these powerhouses, among many others.

Web Portfolio

Emmy Award Winner, Global Media Award Nominee (x2), Webby Award Winner (x4), Webby Award People’s Voice Winner (x2), Webby Award Honoree, Webby Award Nominee (x10), Times Magazine Top 50 Sites, 21st Annual Mark Award Gold (x2), 21st Annual Mark Award Silver, Creativity 34 Winner, Interactive Media Award (x3), Print Regional Design Annual, Communicator Award, W3 Award (x3), HOW Interactive Design Award (x3), Spark Award Nominee

Introducing Lightboard

Since January one project we’ve been excited to share with the campus is our new Lightboard in the main studio. We’re currently piloting the tool with faculty in a few classes, and look forward to making it more broadly available in the future. Join us next Thursday in the Adams Center for a quick tour.



If you find yourself regularly describing key ideas visually through diagrams, outlines, or images on a whiteboard, we’d like to introduce you to Lightboard. This spring we’re piloting a new video tool in the Learning Studio that gives faculty the ability to create video content with annotations quickly and easily. Join us for lunch and a demonstration of the newest addition upstairs in the library.

Lightboard project page

FilmFest training workshops

This semester we’re working with the FilmFest folks to lead off their 24-hour FilmFest events with a workshop introducing crucial techniques. We’ll kick off the series this week with our first on Friday.



How to Get Great Sound in Your Film

In filmmaking, good audio is key. Polish your future productions by learning the ins and outs of capturing great sound this Friday, 2–4 p.m., in the Learning Studio. Mathew Bardwell and Nathan Driskell will be joined by Nathan Gibbs from JMC to give you a hands-on introduction to recording film audio.