Looking good at 30, Happy Birthday Adobe Illustrator

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When we think back to 1987, some may remember it as the year of Black Monday, when we saw the stock market crash and seeing the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping by over 500 points and losing over 22% of its value in just one single day.  For Apple enthusiasts, we saw the unveiling of the Mac SE and the first modular and colour capable Mac, the Macintosh II. For gamers it was the year that we saw The Legend of Zelda released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was 30 years ago this month, Adobe first shipped its flagship design software, Adobe Illustrator, an application that would allow designers to create and publish vector artwork, that would change the landscape of graphic design and the way we draw.

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According to Adobe, more than 180 million graphics are created each month using Adobe Illustrator and for those who have been using it, it’s come a long way. Whether the creations are for screen, web or print, we seem to take advantage as to what it can do with such ease, (of course we certainly need a certain level of artistic talent and graphic design knowhow to really do it well). Looking back, even just at the palette, shown above, it’s absolutely amazing as to what this application was able to do given the limited technology and processing power that was available then compared to what we have today.

If you’re interested, there’s a cool little three-part series of YouTube videos, each about six minutes long on the story behind Adobe Illustrator.  The first one, shown above, talks about how Adobe co-founder John Warnock first came up with the idea of a Postscript drawing tool and how Bézier Curves could actually be applied to draw shapes which previously had to be done slowly and meticulously by hand. There’s a link that pops up at the end of each video to take you to the next one.

Photos / Video Courtesy Adobe Systems Incorporated.
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