Continuing from part two, this interview series with Adobe Photoshop senior product manager Zorana Gee concludes with a discussion of her role in interfacing between customers and software engineers. Gee continuously works with customers, processing feedback on Photoshop features and assessing user workflows.
Here, Gee describes how Photoshop is continuously developing so as to meet the evolving needs of graphic designers in creating the best design tool possible:
L.C. As senior Photoshop product manager, what do you foresee regarding the future direction of Photoshop for designers?
Z.G. Designers have been using Photoshop as their primary tool for some time now and we’re making a huge effort to focus on their top requests, including those features named above [Rounded Rectangles, Adobe Generator, System anti-aliasing for type, Linked Smart Objects, 3D printing, Perspective Warp, and Intelligent Upsampling].
Designer workflows are constantly changing in a world of multiple screens and output. We recognize the challenges and the changes that many different designers are going through and we are listening to them to ensure that Photoshop works well for their new workflows.
L.C. Which aspects do you find most fulfilling about being a Photoshop product manager?
Z.G. I would say this is two-fold. First, it’s working with our customers who are such creative people and often show us new ways they use our features. It’s amazing to see all the stunning work they create.
Second, it’s very fulfilling working with such a brilliant development team at Adobe. They are not only smart, creative and inspiring, they really understand our customers’ pain points. Time and time again, they invent new solutions, and of course, Photoshop magic.