Embracing the Creative Cloud
Published by Abby Spung, Creative Director, July 26th, 2013
So, the debates have begun. Adobe Creative Cloud, for better or worse? Every designer has an opinion. Here’s what we have to say about it.
What’s the big deal?
Creative Cloud is a subscriber based “rental” solution to creative software platforms. In the past, companies like OffWhite – those that thrive on providing creative services coupled with integrated strategic marketing plans to clients around the globe – relied heavily on access to the best software for delivering the very best tactile components of our service. This was often a painfully expensive investment that became an inevitable confrontation at the turn of every two years (three years maximum). Naturally, as any responsible business does, we would anticipate the upgrades, plan and budget for them accordingly, and take our medicine. The bitterness of it depended in large part on how many licenses we needed and how many creative staffers we had on board. To make matters more complicated, at the time, there was a hard line in the sand between those on a PC and those on the Mac operating platforms, systems that required different software. Well, times, they are a-changin’ — and so is OffWhite. Not only has the great PC vs. Mac divide fallen to the wayside, our team is now united and “synced” for the most efficient workflow we’ve seen in OffWhite’s history.
Embracing CC means embracing change, constant change, and we’re learning to like change around here. The investment isn’t just in real time updates to software, it’s in ourselves as professionals. In keeping pace with the ever evolving collection of programs that make up Adobe Creative Cloud, we find ourselves dedicated to professional development as well, keeping our staff engaged and fresh. The outcome of investing in the “landed cost of labor” as we see it here at OffWhite— a team that’s happy to go the distance.
We invest in our team, so they can invest in themselves and that is the reward of a great job and a great place to work. Who wouldn’t buy into that? Thanks to Creative Cloud, clients get what they pay for, the expertise of our staff— not hours of troubleshooting, saving files back, converting from one platform to the next, or management of technology. When our team arrives at work, they can get to work doing what they do best—and that IS “the big deal.”
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