I’ve been thinking a great deal recently about the creative process. I’ve spent a long time “learning how to use captivate” while dabbling in Photoshop, Illustrator, or Adobe XD when I had a need to try to use them, but have realized that without a clear purpose and time to play, I revert to “simpler” and more familiar tools even when I know that it would be a better overall experience to create in Captivate.
Having limited resources (time and staff primarily) to assist in the creative process has a huge impact on the product quality. It prevents me from exploring new products, expanding my toolset, and ultimately makes for a more mediocre final outcome. It’s “good enough” but not nearly as good as it can be.
I keep at it, but have been frustrated at what I see as a “gap” in support for the creative process. There are lots of “how-to” videos, lots of expensive courses, workshops, and certifications, but not a lot I’ve been able to find in the way of practical support for the “everyday” Adobe Captivate (and other Adobe tools) user. I would love to be part of a community that would enable me to have someone “hold my hand” and/or mentor me through projects as I have questions. I know I can post questions in the community but waiting on responses and/or not even knowing if I will get a response delays and can even stop my progress altogether.
During the Adobe Specialist Certification Training Session, Damien said something that has really stuck with me. He said “I can teach you the craft, but I can’t teach you the art.” There is a lot of support for the craft, blogs, youtube videos, etc. but very little in the way of support for the art. I would love to see a “work out loud”, collaborative space that includes every step of the creative process from concept to finished product. Are there others that feel like this is a need in our industry? What do you feel would be useful to you as you develop your skills and do your jobs?
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