I have recently found out that the Graphic Design field in Israel is held
captive by Adobe!

A friend of mine is finishing his Graphic Design studies at Tiltan in Haifa
and I asked him if they teach any software other than Adobe products. He
said that everybody uses Adobe exclusively, so *there is no reason to learn
anything else.*

I say - any monopoly is a bad thing!

He also said that the Open Source solutions out there are not as goodas
Adobe products, so nobody uses them.

I was sitting in my regular hangout cafe today and a guy walked in, opened
his laptop and started to work on Graphic Design - and he was using GIMP,
Darkroom and UFRaw - on Ubuntu. I started talking to him and he said he is
a student from Germany and he uses Ubuntu and Open Source because he has no
money  and these are good enough for what he needs. That he doesn't feel
the need to use Adobe products and, this way, he says, he will be able to
give his future clients lower rates.

The biggest problem in Israel, as I see it,  is that very few freelance
designers actually buy the Adobe Suite they use and if the want to work at
*any* design shop they are required to use Adobe products *exclusively*.

So, why would they even bother to study GIMP and other FLOSS programs?!

My friend says that the only way to change this, is if design shops will
require knowledge of Free Software - then Design Schools (like Tiltan) will
start teaching Graphic Design using FLOSS....

Clearly, a vicious circle...

I'd like to hold a Round Table meeting with FLOSS Graphic Designers and
Non-FLOSS Graphic Designers (i.e. Adobe users) and Graphic Design Teachers
to discuss ways to introduce FLOSS solutions to the Graphic Design field in

Thought / pointers/ etc. welcome!

Amichai Rotman
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