Adobe and the erosion of creative freedom

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I went into battle with Adobe last night over their very unclear and slightly dodgy pricing practices… after a lengthy conversation I sort of won but mostly didn’t. I knew there was a reason for that I had avoided their products for years.

I wanted to cancel my subscription but then discovered that if I did that I would have to pay a 50% cancellation fee for the rest of the subscription and would only have use of the product for 30 days. So thus having no way to access files I have created with their programs. Most other programs out there are a one off fee and if you don’t pay the upgrade you still get to use the program .. it just stays at the version you have purchased.

After years of buying up any competitors Adobe has now pretty much cornered the market and as we know become “industry standard”. This means you are forced, as a creative, to use their products whether you want to or not just so you can collaborate with other creatives or do overflow work for creative houses and agencies.

If you are a business and using these products 24/7 maybe its fine as your subscription is a tax deductible business expense. Not so if you are an Artist or Creative who uses the product occasionally – you end up paying a stack of cash and have nothing to show for it except a pile of work and files you cant access or work on.

Another thing about the Creative Cloud system is that there are really only two pricing structures. The first being the photography subscription which is $17 AUD a month ( they also don’t charge in local currency, so you pay foreign exchange as well) but if you want to use illustrator as well you have to fork out the full subscription amount of $60 per month plus GST – there is no way to mix and match like you can with say Sky or Foxtel or even some of the telco’s. If you only want to use Photoshop and Illustrator you can kiss good- bye to a huge amount of hard earned cash.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription is a classic example of corporate practices that disadvantages the average individual. Yes Adobe’s products are good but are they really good enough that you are forced to pay $810 a year for the rest of your life?

Perhaps its time we started using standardised file formats and bringing back real choice and freedom to creative practice.

 

Sticky Fungus #1

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I was out rummaging up some wood the other day ahead of a predicted snowfall (which meant very cold feet if I didn’t go find something for us to set fire to) and I hauled this incredibly cool set of ear fungus out of a paddock attached to a silver birch branch… The combo of crazy lighting and extreme close up made for some interesting photos.

Follow the white rabbit

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A fresh batch of bunnies hatched at my sister’s place for Easter so here we are a few weeks on and they are growing at a massive rate .. so I thought that I better get my camera out and grab a photo or two before they lose their magical cuteness.

The Aliens have landed!!

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Well Christmas and new year are well and truly done and dusted (oh the relief). Its not really my favourite time of year for a variety of different reasons, however, i banned myself from doing anything really seriously work related for a couple of weeks and it gave me a whole bunch of good ideas for this year.. Like this one… I’m always drawing  and most of it is fun little sets of things that I create in response to something that I’ve heard or seen and all of it is good practice.. but what to do with the ones I really like that don’t have a lot of application to my own work? Well, I could digitise them and sell them to other people in need of crazy hand drawn resources … you know like time starved designers, that sort of thing.

Anyway its all for sale over at gumroad  (click the picture) .. I’ll be adding a new set every week, either something fresh or something from my sketch book.. Oh let me know if you need something drawn specially for you too, I can definitely help  🙂

Have a great week

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Week 2 – Surfing Turtle

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Inspired by the (truly hideous) but very popular hawaiian tourist style t-shirts that were all the go back in  the 70’s and 80’s …

So why Turtles? well I personally think these particular reptiles are amazing. My partner and I went to a small wildlife place a few years ago in Hokitika, NZ . This place had a turtle tank and it was really my first up-close experience with turtles of any kind.  I’m not sure how many were in the tank but they all came swimming up to us and watched us intently. I was totally charmed and ever since then my partner has wanted one (or twenty) and had plans to convert the bath tub into a turtle tank.. until we remodelled the bath room and the bath got just a little bit damaged as it sailed down a concrete flight of steps.

There are hundreds of Turtle and tortoise  species and they can live (depending on the species) anywhere between 30 – 100 years. However there are many endangered species in the world and the newest article I could find lists 25 critically endangered, and that was from 2011.   Most are endangered because of how humans are behaving (not real surprises there!)  there are some really amazing conservation efforts going on around the world and my goal with this t shirt is to give 10% of any proceeds to the Malaysian Green Turtle via WWF.. so go ahead and grab one you’ll not only look great but feel good about it!

Anyway see you next week with another “socially responsible” T !!

 

Grab a Surfing Turtle T-shirt