If you work with Adobe programs like InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop you might have noticed different artwork appearing on your screen before the program opens. These are so-called splash screens and are used to create attention and promote the programs. Every year Adobe commission different artists to create the designs. We think this is a fun way of highlighting the programs. In this article, we explore the different artists and Adobes’ artwork for this year’s splash screens.
Adobe Illustrator – Vibrant colours of joy
Jade Purple Brown‘s artwork is the new splash screen image for Adobe Illustrator. She is a Brooklyn-based artist who has worked with brands like Refinery29 and Sephora. Brown created the splash screen image at the beginning of the pandemic. Spending a lot of time at home, she made the piece highlighting the feeling of waiting, but being hopeful through uncertainty. She uses a lot of vibrant colours to evoke joy, balanced with more neutrals like browns, blacks, and whites. “When you see my work, I want you to feel good. I want you to feel optimistic about your future and the possibilities of life, in general” she says.
Adobe InDesign – Collaborative magic
Birgit Palma and Daniel Triendl are long-time friends that teamed up to create the artwork for this year’s Adobe InDesign splash screen. When being approached by Adobe, they sat down and sketched both together and apart before merging each other’s ideas. “From there, it’s like a ping-pong match. We build of each other’s ideas and go back and forth. We’re in constant contact throughout the project.” says Triendl. According to Palma, the design changes quite a bit from start to finish when collaborating;” I may illustrate something and then send it to him to work on. While he’s working, I’ll prepare the colour scheme and then send it to him to make it better” she says.
Adobe Photoshop – Doors to imaginary worlds
Ted Chin‘s artwork is the new splash screen image for Adobe Photoshop. As an expert photographer and composite artist, Photoshop is core to him. With a family of engineers and his long-time passion for manga, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, digital art with its blend of creativity and technology is a perfect match. Chin often works with stock images and draws inspiration from artists like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. “Their artworks send a strong message, and it can mean nothing or anything, but they want you to look at it and think about it,” says Chin. “I’m really drawn to that feeling of opening up a door of an imaginary world. You can interrupt reality any way you want” he says.
If you want to see more creations by the artists, you can check out the Instagram accounts of Jade Purple Brown, Birgit Palma, Daniel Triendl and Ted Chin.