Webinar: Inspiration + Technology = Breakthroughs

Part of “Breakthroughs: Where Inspiration and Technology Meet,” a new webinar series designed by Adobe and AIGA

Technology is changing the way we create, consume and share information. It is disrupting traditional communication, distribution and business models, while simultaneously creating new ones. What are the technology trends that are driving this change? What will be the role of the designer during this period of change? How should designers adapt and thrive?

Watch the webinar (archived).

To learn more about this topic, read “The First of Many Breakthroughs”.


Rob Girling 200pxRob Girling is a principal and co-founder of Artefact, in Seattle, where he leads projects in natural user interface (NUI) and 3-D across multiple screens. With more than 18 years of interaction design experience and a master’s degree in interaction design from the Royal College of Art, Rob also writes about 3-D design and other thought leadership topics in the design field.

Prior to Artefact, Rob spent 10 years at Microsoft, obtaining several patents and playing a major role in the development of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Games, and where he eventually became the design manager for the user interface, brand and user experience of Windows XP. Rob has also worked as a senior interaction designer for IDEO and as the lead game designer for MAG (a PS3 action game) for Sony Computer Entertainment of America.

Kiyo Toma 200pxKiyo Toma is a senior product manager with the InDesign product team at Adobe Systems. He’s been involved in design, publishing and technology for 23 years, setting his first line of type on a Macintosh 512K computer.

Having mastered early versions of Quark and Pagemaker, Kiyo eventually focused his career on technology. He proceeded to learn a number of markup languages (HTML, SGML, XML) but just as he was tiring of typing angle brackets, he was lucky enough to find employment at Adobe Systems, where he has been working for 13 years. Kiyo holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Arts. He is known to twitch at bad kerning and keeps a Mac Plus for sentimental reasons.


Callie Neylan 200pxCallie Neylan is a designer, researcher and writer who has worked in visual and interaction design for renowned design firms Gensler and Teague and nonprofit media organization NPR. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington and MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in design. She is an award-winning designer whose work has been recognized by Communication ArtsI.D. and AIGA, and featured in The New York TimesFast Company and on Gizmodo.com.

Callie holds an MFA in design from the University of Washington in Seattle and is currently an assistant design professor at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) in Baltimore. Her research interests focus on the aesthetics of interaction design.

The archive of this webinar is available for members only (you must be logged in).

About this series

“Breakthroughs: Where Inspiration and Technology Meet” is a new webinar series designed by Adobe and AIGA, exclusively for members.

Great designers need more than good ideas to succeed. Knowing this AIGA and Adobe, the official AIGA sponsor for design solutions, have designed a free members-only webinar series to explore the ways that today’s studios are creating innovative, multiplatform experiences and the tools they’re using to achieve them.

Through visual presentations and instructive case studies, visionary designers will pair with Adobe experts to offer guidance to help lead you to your next breakthrough. Moderated by educator and interaction designer Callie Neylan, each session will address industry best practices and fresh ideas for using new technology and platforms to solve client challenges.

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