LAdobe presents Sidekick 2015Join LAdobe and the entire LA tech and creative communities for our annual Sidekick 2015 event on Wednesday night, October 7 at a special start time of 7:30pm at General Assembly on 1520 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Admission to the event is totally free and parking will be available at meters as well as various parking lots and garages in Santa Monica.

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Sidekick is held on the final night of the annual Adobe MAX User Conference. Sidekick was created as a taste of the annual MAX conference, for those locals in the area who could not attend MAX due to work-related issues. We’ll present four presenters who come from all facets of the creative and technical community from around the globe who are in town for MAX to share a brief version of their standard 60-90 minute presentations.

All presentations will last 25 minutes followed by a 5 minute Q&A session while the next presentation is being prepared. The event is presented in a rapid fire fashion. No breaks between sessions. So the entire event takes only 2 hours to complete.

This years presenters include the following:

Anne Marie ConcepcionAnne-Marie “HerGeekness” Concepción is a digital publishing expert. She owns Seneca Design & Training, a cross-media design studio that develops print, PDF, and ebook projects for clients. Anne-Marie is also a certified Adobe instructor and consultant specializing in InDesign-centric publishing workflows, InCopy integration, and publishing to fixed-layout and reflowable EPUB, Kindle, DPS, PDF, and iBooks Author formats. She has authored over 20 courses on on these topics and others. Together with business partner David Blatner, she runs the Creative Publishing Network, which, InDesign Magazine,, and industry conferences: the InDesign Conference, the Photoshop Conference, and PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at or on Twitter @amarie.

Mark HeapsMark Heaps snapped his first picture at the age of four. Then he picked up a guitar, a skateboard, and a can of spray paint, then kickflipped his way into the world of art and design. Today, he’s a professional creative, an Adobe Certified Professional, an Adobe Community Professional, and the Executive Director at Houndstooth Studio, where he and his team design experience solutions that move audiences from passive to participant. He’s a sucker for good tattoos, live music, and ketchup on most everything. Mark currently resides in Austin, where he lives with his wife, daughter, son, two dogs, and a pantry full of ketchup. With over twenty years experience in design and production, and more than a decade teaching and lecturing on theory and technical design practices, now he strives to share his knowledge with others in hopes those same people will inspire him in the future.

Nigel FrenchNigel French is a graphic designer and artist based in Brighton on the south coast of England. He “fell into” graphic design about 20 years ago, having just finished an MA in history. Throughout his career he has taught graphic design and design software skills—and for a while even had a “real job” as director for the graphic and interactive design program at UC Berkeley Extension. These days, amongst other things, he records titles for the popular online training library
Dee SadlerDee Sadler is an UX user advocate and a team manager. She has managed interaction designers visual / web teams and mobile applications. She has been point of contact for mobile applications, took on UX for all internal applications, and enjoyed working with developers to create client-side responsive and mobile applications. If she had to pick just one discipline in UX, that would be interaction. With interaction you still have to do the strategy, research and talk with stakeholders. Standards also matter to her because designing the familiar is important for the user to feel comfortable interacting with a product. She loves creating wireframes, they help her through interations to make sure she is creating the best interactions for the user. She also enjoys the visual design aspect and working with the developers.

Well have food courtesy of InMotion Hosting, Cabo Chips and ProYo Froxen Yogurt. Drinks courtesy of Runa. Beer and Wine provided thanks to 24seven. We’ll also have prizes from from Photoshop Cafe, Astute Graphics, Event Espresso, WordImpress and WPScout and Focal Press. We hope to see you in Santa Monica for our biggest event of the year on October 7th!

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