The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator (Part 2 of 3) | Adobe Creative Cloud

When Adobe Illustrator was first released, many designers didn’t believe a computer program could replace their T-squares, rubber cement, and technical pens. See how designers made the often painful, sometimes scary, sometimes delightful, change from traditional to digital tools, and along the way, rode the wave of the digital design revolution. This is Chapter 2 in a series of three videos on the story of Adobe Illustrator.

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, the new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. See how Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock first conceived of Illustrator as a PostScript drawing tool and how PostScript’s Bézier curves could be applied to the shapes illustrators painstakingly created by hand. This is Chapter 1 in a series of three videos on the story of Adobe Illustrator.

Ami Capen

Executive Producers
Jeffrey Severtson
Terry Hemphill
Dan Cowles

Co-Director/Director of Photography
Christian Bruno

Ami Capen
Louanne Ponder

Associate Producer/Music Supervisor
Kristin Tieche

Post-Production Supervisor/Additional Editor
Christine Steele

Chris Dunn

Sound Mix
Jeffrey Fuller at PLAY

Sound Recordists
Luis Granados
Lauretta Molitor

Andy Olson
K.C. Smith

Additional Camera
K.C. Smith

Motion Graphics
Jayson Tang

Andre Seibel

Opening Titles
Ben Child

Production Assistant
Joe Zolnoski

Jenny Chu
Jamie Omar Yassin

Creative Consultant
Tony Coleman

Technical Consultant
Erik Espera

Historical Research/Story Arc
The History Factory

Justine Jacob

Archival Video & Images:
Doug Menuez/Getty Images/Stanford University Libraries
TIME Magazine
Joe Lertola
emotion studios
Ron Chan

Dylan Roscover

“Nature’s Journey”
Sabine Reinhart

Yellowstone Map
U.S. National Park Service
Harper’s Ferry Center

Yukio Miyamoto

“Looking for Adventure”
Yogesh Sharma

“Scarlet Peony and Courtesan”
Ai Kawabata

“Myasthenia Gravis”
Mark M. Miller

Church of London


“Electro Hop” by Wesley Devine
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Written by Richard Cooper and Alex Lavery
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

“Prelude 4 Speak N Spell”
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Audio Android
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

“Young Punks”
Written by John Hyde
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

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“SUMMER RAIN” by murat ses (

“Peace of Mind” by Kevin MacLeod (



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