Russell Preston Brown and the Van Heyst Group Present:


Shakespeare Upon the Sea

Past, Present, and the Future of Story Telling

April 12-15, 2015 - Pacific Grove, CA

Hosted by the one and only Adobe Principal Creative Director Russell Brown, this fun, lively and inspirational event is for graphic designers, art directors, photographers and creative directors seeking fresh, inventive ways to use the newest Adobe Creative Cloud. Does learning all of the new and useful features in the Adobe Creative Cloud sound like fun? If so, join us for this unique event to thrive on creativity and be surrounded by some of the most inspirational and brilliant minds in the design world.

Each day will treat you to a classic collection of great Shakespearian plays and valuable tips and techniques for designers. Our professional troop of actors will perform some of the great moments from the golden age of the Globe Theatre. The Bard’s words will inspire and energize your projects, unlike any event thou hast ever attended.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

BEAUTIFUL BONUS: A full, 1-year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud is included in your registration fee. That's a $600 value!

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The Event

- Shakespeare Upon The Sea - The Past, Present and Future of Story Telling

What is ADIM15? Adobe's Inspirational Master Class, a lively, three-day experience where art directors, designers, illustrators and photographers learn advanced imaging techniques using the tools and services found in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Using a combination of cameras, computers and the Adobe Creative Cloud, along with fine art photography and illustration, you'll design and create Shakespearian posters and theatrical 3D masks. In the process, you'll master many of the features of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

You'll handle your poster project from inception to completion, using laser cutting, fine art printing and hand assembly. On the final day, your completed poster and mask will be displayed in class for all to view.

Note: The basic gluing and cutting skills you learned in Kindergarten may be necessary.

If music be the food of love, play on.

In addition to the poster project, my distinguished troop of experts will review many of the latest services and applications found in the Adobe Creative Cloud, including some features intended specifically for creative professionals. This year’s class is all about storytelling and one of the world’s best storytellers was Shakespeare himself. Just like Shakespeare, today’s designers are storytellers as well. Designers stories have to sell ideas and concepts, and our goal is to give you the knowledge and tools you need to make your stories clear and powerful. 

We know what we are, but know now what we may be.


The learning and fun take place at the Asilamar Hotel in Pacific Grove, California, where the food is delicious, the service is attentive, the seaside atmosphere is inspiring and the fresh ocean air rejuvenating.

Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?
We think not!

Please feel free to use this opportunity to extend your stay into a family vacation. Thou will not be disappointed!

All conference details are handled by The Van Heyst Group (VHG), event planning experts who have helped Russell Brown and Adobe with all of the previous ADIM events. Have a question on logistics, lodging, or travel planning? Reach ADIM event planner Lisa Gladstone –, 303.521.2379.

What thou will learn at ADIM?



Theme, Project, Team

Our 2015 theme opens the door to creative thinking and storytelling techniques. With Shakespeare as our guide, we will begin with professional photography of our classic theatre actors in class, along with any personal images you bring to ADIM. You may use your own camera to capture images in our onsite photo studio or work with ADIM's professional photographer to capture the image you desire for your poster design. When your posters and masks are complete, they will be laser cut by the Universal Laser System to your exact specifications.

You'll have the opportunity to ask questions of Russell Brown and the team of experts conducting classes whilst networking with other design professionals. Part of the fun of an ADIM event are the clever costumes, masks, and extreme makeup used to carry a creative theme to the max. Come one, come all, and dress to impress! Hollywood special effects artists will facilitate Russell Brown's dramatic transformation from mild-mannered Adobe professional to the 15th century actor… or even Shakespeare himself.

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

How to Prepare for ADIM

This hands-on class will supply each participant with their very own Apple iMac for use at ADIM. We recommend that you bring a Macintosh formatted hard drive or USB thumb drives to backup your projects. It is also helpful to bring your own Wacom tablet to ADIM.

Two weeks before ADIM15 begins, Adobe will email you with your membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud. You may install it immediately and activate it before ADIM15. Remember: you must create an Adobe ID before installing the software. When you create your ID it is suggested that you provide an email address other than gmail or Yahoo. There can be communication "challenges" with these particular email clients that are out of Adobe's control. Keep in mind that your one-year subscription will kick in the moment you sign into your account and launch any of the applications. Note for returning ADIM participants: you'll receive an update to your existing Adobe Creative Cloud account, extending your membership another year.

The fun stuff: Talent Show and Prizes

At the closing night’s dinner, prizes will be awarded for talent (or just plain effort). You're invited to sing, dance, juggle, strum, howl or stage a Globe Theatre performance. Our talent show brings out the quietest minds and most extravagant flair. Dr. Brown will award valuable prizes to any and all who are bold enough to step onstage and entertain the ADIM audience.
At this year’s party, you will be wearing the masks that you created in class to enhance your performance on the stage of life.

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

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