Despite the underwhelming release of the Apple Watch – particularly due to a lack of initial stock and an overly-hyped, adjective-heavy marketing campaign – it still managed to sell in the millions when pre-orders went on sale less than two weeks ago and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.

In addition to being a natural extension of one’s smartphone, the watch is also capable of churning up some unique applications of its own … many of which have been in development since before the public even knew the final details of the watch.

Rarely ever one to be late to the technology game, Adobe is among one of many companies who have been aggressively developing their Apple Watch-ready apps in-time for the official device release on April 24th.

The digital tool company has previously discussed how they’re leveraging the increased use of mobile devices into the digital designer’s workflow by creating apps that act as extensions of desktop tools – and the Apple Watch is no different.

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In total, the company has announced three apps for the new Apple Watch that are designed to speed up workflows for designers-on-the-go…something that seems to be getting more common these days. The company even states in their announcement that some of the best ideas don’t always happen behind your monitor (if ever) – so why not unleash the toolbox into the “real world” with every opportunity?

“Designers get a lot of their best ideas not while sitting at our desks, but from interacting with and observing the world around us.”

The three apps include Behance, Adobe Color CC and a Creative Cloud activity monitor that allows the wearer to stay updated on version control and any team activity that may be occurring back at the office while they’re wrapping up a burrito (and cerveza) at lunch.

Behance for Apple Watch

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“Whether you’re with a client or away from your desk—customize Behance notifications so that a glance displays your most meaningful daily stats. Behance is the world’s leading creative community, where you can get feedback and find inspiration from over five million creative peers.”

Adobe Color CC for Apple Watch

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“The always-on culture has often meant we miss those precious moments of inspiration and ideating around us. With Adobe Color CC, see the world in a spectrum of color, wherever your inspiration takes you. Pair the app with your Apple Watch and turn on geo-location to reveal color themes that were captured nearby. Discover the colors in the world around you—view the theme, name, distance, and map location.”

Creative Cloud for Apple Watch


“Gone are the days of being chained to your desk or phone constantly monitoring for client feedback, new projects, design assets and more; set up Apple Watch to monitor activity on shared Creative Cloud files, view and reply to comments on a file, accept or decline invitations to collaborate, and more.”

Find out more by heading over to Adobe Creative Cloud Blog.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.