At the time that I was at Adobe, they had some pretty fantastic Holiday parties. I really liked going to these because it was an excuse for me to pull out formal wear. Having a musical bent, I make sure that I always have several sets of formal wear ready to go. I’ve played trumpet at a number of weddings (mostly co-workers) and there are expectations that male musicians in the church should wear a monkey suit. I’m OK with that as I’ve always held that I look good in formal wear.
Honestly, I don’t have a great deal of vanity, except when it comes to formal wear. Last year, I got the opportunity to play the part of the butler in a local production The Nutcracker. When there was a mix-up in the costume for me at the dress rehearsal and the costume wasn’t fitting me, so it was easy enough to run home and pick up a set of tails.
But that’s neither here nor there.
For one party, I though it would be cool to have an Adobe branded cummerbund and tie. I had ready access to the PostScript logo artwork and was able to knock together a PostScript program that rendered it as if it were a fabric pattern.
I wanted to be able to silkscreen that onto some, well, silk, but I wanted to remove as much friction from the process as possible. I talked to Jeff Sherwood, who worked on printers that printer to film at very high resolutions and got him to inject my job into one of his test runs so I could get a nice high resolution print of the logo, ready for making a silk screen. I found out from Andy Shore, a long time Adobe employee that Adobe green was pantone 321. Then I contacted a single person t-shirt printing shop and offered the owner the job. She wasn’t sure that she could do it, but was willing to try if I would help. Together, we printer 3 yards of PostScript fabric that I then turned over to a friend of mine who was willing to make a cummerbund and tie in exchange for homemade jams and jellies.
I was quite happy to wear this to the party and show it off to John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, who were both similarly happy to see it.
Details matter to me and I’m very glad that I was able to put time and effort into this project and that so many people were able to help me with it.