We’ve got another interview for you this week with Jack Sisson, an Engineering Manager who works on Adobe and Aviary projects (including the Creative SDK).
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I’m an engineering manager at Adobe, directly managing 12 people who work on the Aviary app and other efforts including products related to Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Photoshop.
What do you love most about your work?
The people and the types of problems that we face are incredibly interesting. We have some of the best talent out there and we’re in a cool sort as a company. We have a number of massively successful creative products that have worked really well on desktop. Now, we’re trying to bridge the gap between our desktop products and mobile in a way that not only satisfies our existing customers but excites all those who are new to Adobe.
How did you start coding?
I was a math and music major, which involved a little bit of programming, and I realized I liked coding very late in the game. I took a job in marketing out of college but left it to pursue music. Eventually, I realized I liked programming more and made some moves to work as a programmer. Most of my learning came on the job.
What’s your suggestion for someone who didn’t study computer science in school?
I would say give yourself a fair chance to figure out if you’re passionate about programming. Codeacademy isn’t going to cut it — you’ll learn the grammar of a language but you won’t be able to read or write in that language. It’s also difficult to experience what is so addictive and fun about programming without going and building something. So my advice — try to build something — just pick a website idea or an app idea and go do it.
Don’t be afraid!
Where do you see the future of mobile creativity going?
Mobile hardware is getting really good, to the point where it’s nearly as good as desktops in terms of processing power. Screen real estate is still a challenge, but some designers, who are first movers, are already trying to shift their workflows toward mobile. Now, it’s up to the entire industry to catch up and meet that desire. There are apps out there that can do cool things, but nothing really rivals the desktop tools that are available, like Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC.
What excites you about the Creative Cloud ecosystem?
There’s a lot of opportunity for our products to be the best touch-first, cloud-first creative applications on mobile and desktop. Also, there are still a lot of problems our users face and we have the opportunity to build apps or optimize our current apps to solve those problems, which is exciting!
Thanks to Jack for talking to us about his current role and his path to get there!