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The Adobe Illustrator Story [VIDEO]

The first Adobe Illustrator program shipped back in 1987 and soon after changed graphic design forever. Beforehand, illustration used to be primarily via paper or canvas medium, making it an ordeal for artists trying to find the right typeface, colors and other artistic building blocks. Then along came Illustrator, which allowed artists to finally bring their talents to the digital screen without knowing how to program. Illustrator provided artists with universal constructs to easily create vector images and shapes, and to quickly modify them unlike on print.

The program was met with some resistance, though, as artists were reluctant to rethink their approach. Interestingly, the Adobe team set course to “influence the influencers,” and demo the product to anyone with any creativity at the time. Eventually Time magazine picked up the tool and has been making its infographics with Illustrator ever since.

Today, Illustrator is integrated into the heart of digital design. This Adobe video features interviews with cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, and contributing artists Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische. So watch the video and learn more about how Illustrator became an essential tool for graphic designers around the world.

Warnock summed up the vision of Illustrator saying:

I think what we’ve been able to do is just release the creativity of people and allow them to think anything they want and be able to create it.

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