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Creative Residency: Year 1

Adobe launched its Creative Residency program in May 2015. The program’s purpose: To give talented creatives a year-long opportunity to focus on personal projects. From May 2015 through April 2016, Becky (Murphy) Simpson and Kelli Anderson spent the year developing their skills and sharing the results with you. Get to know Becky and Kelli and their work in the articles below.

WE ARE ALL ARTISTS: BECKY MURPHY

Though still in her 20s, Becky Murphy can legitimately claim a lot of job titles: illustrator, author, letterer, designer, entrepreneur. Despite her accomplishments, Becky is anything but arrogant. Like many of us, she owns to suffering from impostor syndrome.

 

GOING DEEP: DESIGNER KELLI ANDERSON

Brooklyn-based designer Kelli Anderson goes deep into her work. Rigorous research, curiosity, and experimentation are all primary parts of her process, and she’s almost obsessive about finding the best way to approach a project. This rigor and research are part of what make Kelli’s work unique.

 

LOOK AT THE BOOK

Becky Murphy shares in-progress pages from The Roommate Book and recent sketches.

 

FINDING INSPIRATION IN CONSTRAINT  

In this conversation, Kelli Anderson discusses the images in her #madewithrules project—explaining how they are made and why she is compelled to make them.

 

100 DAYS & SIX LESSONS

Becky Murphy Simpson started at least one illustration a day for 100 days. In the end, she had a rich store of images and six lessons we can all profit from learning.

 

THE PRICE OF ADVICE

We asked Kelli Anderson if she had any words of advice for young artists and designers. In this thoughtful essay, she posits that too much advice is doing her field more harm than good.

 

HOW TO GET A BOOK DEAL

Published author Becky Simpson shares tips on how to get a book deal. Agents, book proposals, money—she covers it all.

 

AN ILLUMINATED LETTER FROM A STACK OF PAPER

Kelli Anderson wanted to create an illuminated letter—similar to those found in medieval manuscripts—using carved paper instead of traditional illustration. Watch a one-minute video showing her process.

 

THROUGH THE PINHOLE: KELLI ANDERSON’S PAPER POP-UP CAMERA

Kelli Anderson recently made a quick visit to San Francisco to debut her newest self-published book, This Book is a Camera, a paper pop-up pinhole camera. See how it works.

 

LOOK OVER A CREATIVE RESIDENT’S SHOULDER

As her term comes to an end, Becky Simpson shares progress updates on the projects she's been focusing on during her residency.

 

MORE ABOUT THE CREATIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Visit the Creative Residency details page.