Conference Event Recap: Adobe Creative Jam
Photo credit: RJ Sevin for AIGA New Orleans
350 Attendees, a Donut Food Truck, and a Pizza costume at the Joy Theater

Ten teams of graphic designers and two teams of motion designers competed head-to-head! In this 3-hour live design charrette, our contenders created completely original works along a theme which was totally new to them: “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” – a quote from Elbert Hubbard.


Nessim Higson and his studio, I Am Always Hungry, designed the conference branding and presented the process work. Ness spent his time humbly describing his love of New Orleans and how that brought the studio creatives to their final product. Download the conference font, courtesy of Brandon Washington, at!



Kelli Anderson, book designer, illustrator, and handletterer, presented her playful work in a variety of projects. Her new popup book, This Book is a Planetarium, gives adults the chance to re-engage in play and is available for sale on Amazon.

Competition Highlights

DSC_0136With the conference bringing in fresh talent from across the world, the teams were extremely rich. There were mixed media pieces, ironic statements made, and general fun to be had. Check out the hilarious outcomes of the competition, which you can see at the Creative Jams Behance account. The Joy Theater was a fantastic venue and a ton of fun. District Donuts only amplified the fun with their sliders (pork belly, mmm…) and donuts (Bananas foster? Of course!)

Adobe Creative Jam Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors, Mac Papers, Lazy Magnolia Brewing, and Action Press, and to our volunteers, Mary Rockwell, Haley Shales, and Kim Rainey.

Photo credit: RJ Sevin for AIGA New Orleans

By Julia Sevin and Samantha Barnes
Published October 24, 2015