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Creative Residents’ Parting Words

Throughout the past twelve months, Create Magazine has brought you articles and videos about Adobe’s Creative Residents. As the company prepares to welcome the next group of exceptional creatives, we wanted to hear from the current class one more time.

CRAIG WINSLOW: "PUSH THE BOUNDARIES"

As basic as it sounds, create things! Make stuff, share it, learn a craft or skill you’re curious about... then push the boundaries of it by tweaking one piece at a time. Practice giving yourself constraints: a deadline, a budget, a physical size a project needs to fit into—limitations are a fantastic way to force yourself to realize creative solutions around problems. Above all, be excited to try new things and note how you respond, and what you like and don’t like. Find your own passions, then push the limits of your medium. 

Craig Winslow is an experimental designer and 3D artist based in Portland, Oregon. He has been reviving ghost signs on buildings in the United States and England. 

CHRISTINE HERRIN: “RELEASE EARLY”

If you’re a creative perfectionist, it’s hard to know when something is “done.” I deal with it in every project I work on! A deadline is always helpful, or any external accountability that can push you into finishing. If it’s a passion project, ask yourself what the simplest form of the project can be, and launch or ship that. You can always add features later; the more you tinker around with making it perfect in the first round, the harder it will be to pivot later. Better to release early and learn from feedback vs. take forever perfecting something that might not even be what you need.

Christine Herrin, a San-Francisco-based graphic designer and hand-letterer, created a design-rich travel journal kit to inspire people to document their lives in creative ways. 

SYD WEILER: “INSPIRED BY MUNDANITY”

I'm consistently inspired by mundanity. I know that sounds weird. I try to embrace the small things that bring me joy—simple creature comforts. I make work about those things so that others will see them and be reminded to take a breather and appreciate the things around them. Most of us live lives in front of screens, so putting nice things on those screens for others to look at and enjoy motivates me.  

During her year with the Adobe Creative Residency, Syd Weiler established a Twitch following, filled out her Before & After illustration series, and created the Trash Doves viral phenomenon.

SARA DIETSCHY: “THE BATTLE BETWEEN QUANTITY VS. QUALITY”

During my time as a Creative Resident, the biggest challenge I faced was the battle between quantity vs. quality. Consistency is important when uploading videos to YouTube–and the more you can do it the better. In the middle of shooting and editing my docu-series, Creative Spaces TV, I was still posting daily vlogs every weekday. The workload was overwhelming, but I managed. I eventually shifted to a slightly less aggressive upload schedule that allowed me to strongly finish another season of Creative Spaces TV while also maintaining my YouTube channel with content outside of my docu-series. This past year, I have tried many new forms of content and frequency of distribution–I upload, observe, keep uploading, and then adjust accordingly. It’s never ending but it’s how I have grown online and also grown as a creative professional.

Sara Dietschy now makes her home in New York City, where she continues to build her YouTube channel and embrace the creative hustle.

Keep your eyes on Create for coverage of the new Creative Residents, coming soon.