Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Finalists Announced

Adobe Design Achievement Awards trophiesThe Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 finalists are announced.  Running for fourteen consecutive years, the (ADAA) global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year. The competition honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education. This year, the contest received 4,419 entries from students attending 1,500 universities and colleges, located in seventy countries.

 

Nine official judges met at the Adobe offices in New York, to select the 2014 ADAA honorees from over 1,100 semifinalist entries. “There was an incredible variety of animation entries with an amazingly high level of production. Some entries shared moving narrative, and many were exquisitely designed with sharp and witty execution. We had a wonderfully difficult time in selecting the finalists and winners,” commented J.J. Sedelmaier, ADAA judge.

 

Official Judges select the #ADAA14 finalists

Official Judges select the #ADAA14 finalists

The judges debated and voted on the most creative student designs to honor. The judges chose 25 finalist entries representing student creatives from over a dozen countries, including Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Portugal, Poland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. Download the Finalist list. “We are proud and excited to recognize these selected finalist works. Those chosen were both strong in concept and brilliant in execution, each created by student designers whom we look forward to seeing grow and become a creatively impactful force in the global ADAA community,” added John Vondracek, The String Theory and ADAA judge.

 

The judges also selected students to receive Special Designations for designs that demonstrated achievements in Typography or Social Impact. Then, the judges chose to recognize 23 students with Honorable Mention designations. The Honorable Mention recipients represent countries Australia, Croatia, China, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.

 

This year, the ADAA competition will feature ten categories of design, across three media segments. Each media segment will also recognize one Grand Prize Winner. Category winners will be announced online on September 15, 2014. Each individual category winner, or group leader, will receive prizes which include a 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, $2,000US, a trophy, and a 1-year mentorship with a design professional. Three media segment Grand Prize Winners will be announced at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Grand Prize Screening and Reception, to be held in conjunction with Adobe MAX on October 5, 2014. The Grand Prize Winners will each receive an additional $3,000US.

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The Adobe Design Achievement Awards official judging was recently held at the Adobe offices in New York.  During the course of the contest, students from over 70 countries submitted into two submission sessions.  Then, thirty-seven pre-selection panelists, representing twelve countries, poured over 4,419 entries to select the best Semifinalist work, which would eventually go on to be judged in the final round in NYC.

 

The selected Semifinalist students hailed from 50 countries including Indonesia, Austria, UK, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Belgium, Korea, Croatia, China, Brazil, India, and Poland.

 

This week, nine official judges from varied expertise and unique perspectives, convened to select the most innovative and creative student designs. The official judges reviewed over 1,100 international Semifinalist entries, culminating during an intensive two-day judging process.

 

Through management by long-standing ADAA partner, Icograda, the judges were set to the task of choosing three Finalists per design category, and one Grand Prize winner per media segment to honor for outstanding achievement in design.  The judges weighed in; deliberated, discussed and voted, to arrive at their decisions of finalist and winning entries.

 

The ADAA 2014 Judges, back row, from left: Hamish Campbell, Hjalti Karlsson, John Vondracek, and J. J. Sedelmaier.  Front row, from left:  Matteo Bologna, John Madere, Lita Talarico, Nina Boesch, and Alia Hassan.

The ADAA 2014 Judges, back row, from left: Hamish Campbell, Hjalti Karlsson, John Vondracek, and J. J. Sedelmaier. Front row, from left: Matteo Bologna, John Madere, Lita Talarico, Nina Boesch, and Alia Hassan.

The judges shared their insights on reviewing the entries.  “I was most impressed by work that explored concepts in clean, clever, or engaging ways. It was incredible to see so many brilliant ideas executed beautifully,” commented Nina Boesch, ADAA judge and 2006 alumnus. “I’ve enjoyed the unique pleasure of being honored by the contest, then serving on the ADAA pre-selection panel, and this year, serving as an official judge. The ADAA program has been immensely valuable to me as a contest honoree, and now, as a member of its global community.”

 

ADAA 2014 official judges. From left to right, Lita Talarico, Matteo Bologna, Nina Boesch, and Hjalti Karlsson.

ADAA 2014 official judges. From left to right, Lita Talarico, Matteo Bologna, Nina Boesch, and Hjalti Karlsson.

Adobe is looking forward to formally announcing the 2014 ADAA finalists on August 25, 2014!

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Alumni Feature

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards team is always happy to hear from ADAA alumni.

We enjoy hearing about their evolving work, creative experiments, and recent accomplishments. We never tire of sharing and applauding the innovative projects that come from our global community of ADAA alumni. This was true when Cristian Zuzunaga let us know he’d be in San Francisco in June, to speak at the @Arkitektura showroom during SF Design Week.

We first met Cristian in 2007, when he was attending the Royal College of Art in London. His group entry was chosen as an ADAA finalist selection, in the category of illustration. The ADAA judges recognized his work for its richness in color, silhouette, and creative concept. Cristian’s ADAA entry was a collection of men’s wear, using textiles inspired by pixelated coloration. The illustrations and final silhouettes demonstrated surprising examples of coloration, motif, and modern graphics.

Cristian Zuzunaga shown with pixelated designs.

Cristian Zuzunaga shown with pixelated designs.

It was great catching up with Cristian at the Adobe offices in San Francisco. He shared his insights for staying inspired. “I stay connected to my surroundings, to nature, and balance the stimuli of the city. My commute from the country allows for a quiet time to process and reflect on new designs or unexpected approaches.” Visit Cristian’s website.

We asked Cristian what advice he may have for recent graduates. Zuzanaga then told of the times when he was a recent graduate, and rejected for employment as a designer. “I went to many job interviews. I was rejected three or four times. By my fourth interview rejection, I told myself, ‘well if no-one else can see the potential that I see, then I must have something pretty different here.’ So I made a conscious choice to believe in myself and my work, and not get discouraged.”

Cristian Zuzunaga's group collection, Royal College of Art, 2007.

Cristian Zuzunaga’s group collection, Royal College of Art, 2007.

Cristian Zuzunaga’s design house was founded in 2007, offering contemporary textile prints, rugs, furniture, and art pieces. Since then, Cristian has received numerous awards and worldwide recognition for his conceptual prints and product designs. Zuzunaga received the ICFF Award, for Best Textiles in New York, as well as the coveted Les Découvertes Award at Maison & Objet, in Paris. He also received the esteemed Elle Deco International Design Award for Best Fabric Design in 2011, in response to his Skyline curtain collection by Kvadrat.

 

Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Worldwide Education Community at Adobe, (left) with Cristian Zuzunaga, Artist and Creative a Director at Zuzunaga (right).

Claire Erwin, Sr. Manager, Worldwide Education Community at Adobe (left)
Cristian Zuzunaga, Artist and Creative a Director at Zuzunaga (right).

To view the full range of Cristian Zuzunaga’s work, please visit his website. Join us, in wishing Cristian the very best in his future creative endeavors. We continue to support and celebrate the extended ADAA global community and alumni! Explore Cristian’s ADAA submission, featured here, on the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Online Gallery.

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The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Announce Session I Semifinalists

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Web and App Design

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Web and App Design

Adobe is pleased to announce the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalists for Session I! Running for fourteen consecutive years, the ADAA global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year, maintaining its reputation for recognizing the best creative work of student designers, photographers, animators, and digital filmmakers.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Motion Graphics

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Motion Graphics

Talented students from around the world are invited to submit their work, hoping to achieve Semifinalist status, or better.  There were 363 Session I Semifinalist entries selected, from 1066 submitted entries.  The first session of Semifinalists hail from twenty countries, including Indonesia, India, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, China, South Korea, Poland, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalits - Print Communications

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalits – Print Communications

Semifinalist entries will be judged in New York City during two intense hands-on judging days, August 11 and 12, at the Adobe corporate offices. Finalists will be announced in September. Grand Prize winners, and winners of each of the eleven categories, will be announced at Adobe MAX, in the Community Pavilion, October 4 – 8 in Los Angeles, California.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Illustration

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Illustration

The semifinalist judging panel is comprised of 23 professional designers, artists, and animators, contributing to a variety of artistic disciplines. The selection panelists represent eight different countries, including Mexico, Canada, the US, the UK, Israel and Germany.

There is still time for higher education students to get their work in front of the the judging panel. Session II of the ADAA contest is open. International students are invited to submit their work for consideration, during this extended call-for-entries period.

Higher education students are encouraged to continue to submit their work until June 20. Students who’ve already achieved semifinalist status may continue to submit more entries. Every participant is eligible to submit up to three entries per category, or a total of thirty-three entries during the duration of the annual contest.

Join us, in congratulating the ADAA Session I Semifinalists, by posting well wishes to their photos on ADAA Facebook!

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Commitment to Globally Elevating Student Work

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards offers higher education students an opportunity to gain global recognition for their creative work.

The ADAA seeks to elevate students for their creative achievements, through tiered levels of recognition and participation. By providing a platform rich in levels of recognition, more students are included, empowered, and able to gain valuable visibility for their work on a global scale.

Layers of Recognition: Currently, students who achieve Semifinalist status in the contest are featured on ADAA Live, and receive a digital ADAA certificate to add to their professional profile. Honorable Mention recipients receive a digital ADAA certificate, and are featured on the ADAA Gallery Honorable Mention List. Finalists and winners receive an ADAA certificate, and are featured on the ADAA Gallery, with a unique URL to their biography, as well as contest prizes.

Adobe helps elevate student work to a global community, by showcasing examples for every ADAA participant.

Adobe helps elevate student work to a global community, by showcasing examples for every ADAA participant.

Every participating student is a valuable member of the ADAA community. Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Adobe Education Community added, “We want to demonstrate to our educational community that every student’s creative contribution is important. The ADAA can be a powerful platform for students to scale their level of recognition, as their skills and creative understandings develop during their education. Students can submit multiple times, to find themselves reaching new heights of recognition through the contest.”

Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Adobe Education Community

Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Adobe Education Community

 

And now, the ADAA has announced two new ways in which students can garner visibility for their work. For the first time in the history of the ADAA contest, every participant is able to view their work on ADAA Live. Participants who complete their profile and submission process, will have three thumbnails posted of their work. Each student is able to see their name, institution, design discipline, and example of their work included on the website.

 

Mathias Vogel, Creative Director and Co-founder of LABOR, the design firm in Germany which has been instrumental in the creative identity of the ADAA for five years, designed the ADAA Live tool. Vogel commented, “The ADAA Live tool allows for students, friends, and professors, to search for creative work by title, country, institution, and participant. We feel it is important for members of the ADAA community to gain a real sense of one another. Providing headshots and visual thumbnails for each participant, empowers the community to watch itself grow and evolve in real time.”

Mathias Vogel, Creative Director and Co-founder, Labor ─ Agentur für moderne Kommunikation GmbH, Germany

Mathias Vogel, Creative Director and Co-founder, Labor ─ Agentur für moderne Kommunikation GmbH, Germany

ADAA Student Supporters are able to gain recognition for their creative work.

ADAA Student Supporters are able to gain recognition for their creative work.

ADAA Student Supporters: Another way, in which students can achieve more visibility for their work, is to participate as ADAA Student Supporters. Supporters are invited to contribute to the ADAA team as a sounding voice on their campus, encouraging fellow students to enter into the contest. Students are encouraged to apply to participate, adding job skills to their résumé or CV.

 

Students gain visibility: Student Supporters who garner 40 or more ADAA submissions from their institution receive a certificate, acknowledging their dedication to encouraging fellow students to creatively break through. These dynamic Student Supporters are featured on the ADAA website, along with their biography and a link to their online portfolio.

Applications for ADAA Student Supporters are being accepted until June 1, 2014.

 

Watch the ADAA Overview Video for more information on the contest and how to go global. Students are encouraged to submit now. Projects that were completed after May 1, 2013, are still eligible for submission.

 

Go to www.adobeawards.com to participate.

Final deadline is June 20, 2014.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Announces the 2014 Judges and Board Members

For fourteen consecutive years, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards has celebrated student achievement in the disciplines of technology and the creative arts. The competition recognizes the most promising higher education student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, and filmmakers from around the world.  Now in its 14th year, the contest has received over 30,000 entries submitted from 75 countries. Each year, the contest seeks industry luminaries to judge the thousands of entries received.Adobe Design Achievement Awards trophies

The ADAA Semifinal panelists and official category judges hail from all over the world, representing a wide range of creative expertise, aesthetics and design principles.  Eighteen Semifinal selection panelists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, United Kingdom, and Germany, will review the ADAA entries from Session I and Session II.  The panel will select which entries, from each of the eleven categories, to be elevated to Semifinalist status.  The Semifinalist entries will then be reviewed by nine official category judges in New York City, this August.

 

The ADAA announces the 2014 official category judges:

Nina Boesch of NinaBoesch.com and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, United States / Germany

Matteo Bologna, Mucca Design, United States / Italy

Hamish Campbell, Pearlfisher New York

Alia Hassan, Blue State Digital, New York

Hjalti Karlsson, Karlssonwilker Inc., United States / Iceland

John Madere, of John Madere Photography, United States

J. J. Sedelmaier of J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., United States

Lita Talarico, School of Visual Arts, United States / Canada

John Vondracek, The String Theory, United States

Read the ADAA judges’ biographies here.

J.J. Sedelmaier, of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., United States ADAA 2014 judge

J.J. Sedelmaier, of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., United States
ADAA 2014 judge

Returning judge, J.J. Sedelmaier, participated in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest in 2003, and will be acting as an official judge again in 2014.  Sedelmaier commented, “I am looking forward to being a judge for the 2014 ADAA’s. There is a strong camaraderie which occurs amongst the judges and I am looking forward to not only the great work, but working with creative industry professionals on the judging panel.”

Watch the ADAA judges in action here.

ADAA winners continue to participate in the program, over a decade later.  Sedelmaier was present in 2003, when Willy Wong was attending Yale University, and chosen to win for his design category. Wong is now the Chief Creative Officer at NYC & Company, the City of New York’s official marketing organization, as well as President of AIGA New York.

Willy Wong is currently serving alongside Stephan Powilat on the ADAA Board.  Powilat was part of a team that won the ADAA Print Communications category in 2006.  Powilat is the Co-founder of LABOR – Modern Communications, an agency based in Mainz, Germany, which has consistently worked on the ADAA creative since 2007.  “Serving on the ADAA board will be an honor, because the contest has been such a great experience; personal, future-oriented, and career-enhancing, for so many years now. First, participating as a student, and aspiring to have our work selected. Then, working on the program’s creative visual, and now, years later, I’m excited to give back to the program, and to the students whom we’ll soon recognize.”

Stephen Powilat of Labor Modern Communications, Germany ADAA 2014 Board member

Stephen Powilat of Labor Modern Communications, Germany
ADAA 2014 Board member

The ADAA announces the 2014 Board Members:

Klaus Delanghe, Howest University, The Netherlands

Penny Ann Dolin, Arizona State University, United States

Jean-Benoit Lévy, Visual Communicator, United States

Brian Lucid, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, United States

Andrew McAllister, OCAD University, Canada

Mike Patterson, Animator and director of music videos and blended media, United States

Andrew Phelps, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States

Stephan Powilat, LABOR, Germany

Read the Board Members’ biographies here.

Submission Session I will close soon, on April 18, 2014.  Students are encouraged to submit now, for a chance at early global recognition.  The semifinalist selection panel will judge early submissions from April 18 through May 18, 2014.  Projects that were completed after May 1, 2013, are still eligible for submission.

Watch the ADAA Overview Video for more information on the contest and how to participate.  Final deadline is June 20, 2014.

The 2014 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship Program

Historically, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest has been partnering with Icograda, The International Council of Communication Design, to offer mentorships to ADAA category winners since 2009.

Then, in 2013, in celebration of Icograda’s 50th anniversary, the 50-for-50th Mentorship program was launched.  The newly expanded program was able to offer engaging opportunities with industry leaders, to even more ADAA participants!  Fifty industry professionals, from around the world, were recruited to provide a 5-month mentorship or a portfolio review, to as many contestants as possible.  So far, the 2013 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship program has reached 432 student designers from 36 countries, with 52 of the selected students receiving a 5-month mentorship during the course of this year.

Check out the Mentorship video here.

Illustration from series called, "Only Child" by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Illustration from series called, “Only Child” by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Following the overwhelming success from last year, the 2014 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship program will continue making bold strides in providing creative and professional guidance to as many as 500 students worldwide, and in creating a showcase for emerging student talent.

 

Rachel Tribout, contributing industry mentor, commented, “It has been wonderful meeting Winnie Wong, and I am happily surprised by how much we have in common, which really helps me understand where she intends to go.  She has an awesome attitude towards her work, and I have no doubt she will be very successful.  I have been doing my best to guide her in different areas; illustration skills, how to respond to a client brief, organizing files, and project management.  I wish I had someone mentoring me on professional aspects when I first started, so, I do hope the mentorship will help Winnie in her career development.”

Rachel Tribout, Illustrator and Designer, Captain Blueberry.

Illustration from series called, "Only Child" by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Illustration from series called, “Only Child” by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Nathalie Lawhead, contributing industry mentor, added, “Jason’s claymation work is beautiful.  After further discussion, he decided he wanted to create something unique to reflect his work, and use of claymation…. Looking through the student submissions surprised me. There were so many great projects it was hard to choose. The quality of work was amazing, and it left me feeling that the future of the industry is certainly a bright one.  I think it’s great, that Adobe and Icograda are doing this.”

– Nathalie Lawhead, Founder and Creator of Tetrageddon Games, and AlienMelon.

 

Still image from "Hands Without a Face" claymation, by Jason Ronzani of USC in Los Angeles

Still image from “Hands Without a Face” claymation, by Jason Ronzani of USC in Los Angeles

 

To be eligible for the 2014 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship program, students are invited to submit their best work into the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. For more information on the program, watch the “How to Apply” video.

 

Submission deadline is June 20, 2014. Mentors will begin selecting students at the end of July 2014.

Students selected to receive a 2014 mentorship or portfolio review, will be announced on the ADAA contest website in October 2014.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Alumni Feature

Andrej Balaz's design work focussed on participative art for festivals, in Europe during summer of 2013

Andrej Balaz’s design work focussed on participative art for festivals, in Europe during summer of 2013

ADAA Honorees Continue to Create and be Recognized

The ADAA crew always enjoys hearing from ADAA alumni, about their recent projects and accomplishments.  Within our community of animators, designers, filmmakers, game designers, we never run out of innovative projects to discuss, share, and applaud with one another.  The New Year is a great time to take a look at new design work that the alumni honorees have been creating.

 

 

ADAA 2012 finalist, Andrej Balaz of Germany, has been busy working towards his master’s degree, and recently shared some of his projects with us. “We focused on audience communication and participative art for festivals, and made a series of projects that we took to music and art festivals around Europe last summer,” added Andrej Balaz.

Andrej Balaz working on branding for Mach Dich Bunt, based in Germany

Andrej Balaz working on branding for Mach Dich Bunt, based in Germany

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His participatory project, Reason? No, Thanks! brochure was created for young people who attend festivals, and want to participate more in the design of their festival experience through games and workshops. Balaz’s brochure is full of vivid illustrations, characters, and games, to better prepare students for activities. By providing students with specific games, the student is able to focus on engagement with others, while simultaneously creating less waste and trash from their activities. The communication strategy includes a variety of games, to enhance the festival experience through gamification, which is part of Balaz’s master thesis project called, “Participative Design and Gamification for Festivals”.

Balaz's illustrative work in his "Reason? No, Thanks!" brochure

Balaz’s illustrative work in his “Reason? No, Thanks!” brochure

Balaz also conceived a striking brand image for Mach Dich Bunt, the German company producer of ‘holi powder’.  His intention was to work simply, with a hand-made touch, and allow for the vibrant product to shine brightest.  While working, Balaz experimented with different patterns, typefaces and proportions by hand.

SemaforoRecently, ADAA 2013 animation and Grand Prize winner, Simon Wilches-Castro received word that his animation entitled, SEMÃFORO, was selected as an Official Selection for the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in Germany.  The animation begins as a lovely circus show, which evolves into a more surreal and darker story.  His animation is also nominated for Best Student Film at the Annie Awards given by ASIFA HOLLYWOOD on February 1, 2014.

Wilches-Castro is a graduate student of USC in Los Angeles on a Fulbright scholarship, originally from Colombia.  “Being a double Adobe Award Winner has been incredible. I´ve been noticed by a bigger group of people within the university, and the design community.  As an artist, it has only inspired me to improve my skills and innovate the way I communicate through animation…to produce something fresh and unexpected,” Wilches-Castro commented.

Still Image from the ADAA 2013 Grand Prize winning animation, 'Semaforo'

Still Image from the ADAA 2013 Grand Prize winning animation, ‘Semaforo’

The ADAA is now entering its fourteenth year, with 30,000 design entries, submitted from 75 countries.

As we look towards opening a new 2014 Call-for-Entries session, we welcome a new year and another opportunity to globally recognize student ‘creative’s’, like Balaz and Wilches-Castro.

Stay tuned, as we prepare for the launch of the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Call-for-Entries!

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Finalists Tour NYC

When the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) finalists were flown to NYC in November, they were met with a packed schedule for their days in the Big Apple.  Along with the ADAA dinner and awards ceremony, which was held at the Hotel Affinia Manhattan, the students were pre-scheduled to meet with creative directors and design professionals in their studios, for an exciting window into the world of digital creativity.

Visiting with creative professionals in NYC

Visiting with creative professionals in NYC

The ADAA finalists each selected from 12 design studios within Manhattan.  The group of finalists split into smaller groups, then set out, to visit and meet with three design studios per walking tour.  Students were greeted by incredible creative’s, saw amazing projects, and heard inspiring stories, told by luminaries of their prospective fields.

ADAA 2013 Finalists visit Blue State Digital

ADAA 2013 Finalists visit Blue State Digital

The studios that graciously welcomed the international group of students and faculty were:

212 Harakawa Inc.

Behance

Blue State Digital

Carbone Smolan Agency

Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv Studio

Doyle Partners

General Assembly West

Graham Hanson Design

Gretel Inc.

Pearlfisher

Pentagram

PS New York

Pureandapplied

ADAA 2013 honorees visiting NYC design studios

ADAA 2013 honorees visiting NYC design studios

 

“I think the idea of having such a diverse group of judges from both different cultures and different design disciplines, gives a real credence to the Awards. It’s fascinating to see the breadth of work, the diversity, and largely, the quality of the entries,” commented Harry Pearce, Partner at Pentagram U.K.

Matias Corea, Co-founder of Behance shares insights with ADAA 2013 honorees

Matias Corea, Co-founder of Behance, shares insights with ADAA 2013 honorees

Students were able to visit the Behance offices, and meet directly with Matias Corea, Co-founder and Chief of Design at Behance.  Corea had also participated in the 2013 ADAA contest, as an official judge.

School of Visual Arts Welcomes the ADAA 2013 Finalists

School of Visual Arts Welcomes the ADAA 2013 Finalists

Additionally, students were invited to visit the School of Visual Arts, for a presentation by MFA Design Co-chairs and faculty Lita Talarico, Ron Callahan, and Steve Heller, regarding artistic entrepreneurism.

The Adobe Create Now World Tour was held at SVA’s theatre, and the ADAA finalists were invited to attend the event.  Finalists and guests were treated to live demonstrations by Adobe Evangelists, Terry White, Paul Trani, and Jason Levine.  Paul Trani congratulated the ADAA winners and finalists from among the crowd in attendance.

ADAA honorees are invited to meet the experts at Adobe Create Now World Tour

ADAA honorees are invited to meet the experts at Adobe Create Now World Tour

Coming soon – ADAA 2014:

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are held in collaboration with Icograda (International Council of Communication Design).  Adobe and Icograda have partnered for five consecutive years, to select an international panel of judges.  Together, Adobe and Icograda are looking forward to a successful Adobe Design Achievement contest for 2014.

This year’s contest will open the call for entries soon, so stay tuned! We’ll keep you posted.

Watch the recorded winner announcements here.

Congratulate the winners, finalists and honorable mentions in the ADAA Online Gallery!

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2013 ceremony held in NYC

We were thrilled to announce the 13th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) ceremony, held in New York City, at the Hotel Affinia Manhattan.  Eleven student category winners were honored, and Adobe also announced three students as 2013 Grand Prize Media Segment Winners.  The event was hosted in collaboration with Icograda (International Council of Communication Design).  Adobe and Icograda partnered for the fifth consecutive year to select an international panel of judges, with varied expertise in design, art, animation, and filmmaking.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Board Member, Willy Wong was the emcee of the awards ceremony on November 19th in NYC

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Board Member, Willy Wong was the emcee of the awards ceremony on November 19th in NYC

Finalists and winners at the ADAA ceremony in New York!

Finalists and winners at the ADAA ceremony in New York!

 

Yael Cohen, the 2013 Grand Prize winner for the Interactive Media Segment, commented on her win, “The Adobe Design Achievment Awards has provided me with an amazing experience, new and unforgettable; both on the professional and personal level. It was an enriching educational experience. I was exposed to a lot of talented designers from around the world. The ceremony was exciting, definitely a lifetime experience.”  Yael attends Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel.

Yael Cohen of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel, takes home the Grand Prize win, for the Interactive Media segment.

Yael Cohen of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel, takes home the Grand Prize win, for the Interactive Media segment.

In addition to the Awards dinner,  Adobe also hosted design studio tours for the finalists and winners.  The ADAA honorees were able to select from 12 design studios within NYC to visit and meet with Designers and Creative Directors, including Pentagram, Carbone Smolan Agency, and  Doyle Partners, among others.

 

Contest Categories:

Student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists submitted projects created with Adobe tools. Over 3,750 projects were submitted into the contest, from 55 countries worldwide. From that, 1,100 Semifinalists were selected. Eventually, the top 30 finalists from 10 countries were announced in October.

 

Left to right: Hsien-yin Ingrid Chou of Associate Creative Director at MoMa; Bryan Berger, ADAA winner 2009; and Marc Nonnenmacher, ADAA finalist 2010 and winner in 2013

Left to right: Hsien-yin Ingrid Chou of Associate Creative Director at MoMa; Bryan Berger, ADAA winner 2009; and Marc Nonnenmacher, ADAA finalist 2010 and winner in 2013

ADAA Winner, Marc Nonnenmacher, first achieved finalist status in 2010 for his work, Kausalkomplexe.  Now, Marc has returned to the contest victorious, winning the 2013 Installation category for his newest work entitled Causal Timelines.  Nonnenmacher was grateful when he commented that, his friends had helped him by, “lending me their ear, and allowing me to discuss my ideas with them.  And I owe so much to my professors for supporting me and inspiring me.”

 

The 2013 Category Winners were:

Interactive Experience Media Segment:

Grand Prize Winner and Information Design: Yael Cohen, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel

Game Art and Design: Sanghee Chu, Hongik University, South Korea

Installation Design: Marc Nonnenmacher, Fachhochschule WÜrzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Digital Publishing: Katarina Batina, University of Washington, United States

Katarina Batina accepting her award for Digital Publishing

Katarina Batina accepting her award for Digital Publishing

Motion and Video Media Segment:

Grand Prize Winner and Animation: Simon Wilches-Castro, University of Southern California, United Sates

Editing and Post Production: Alexander Heringer, Stuttgart Media University, Germany

Motion Graphics: Dani Wolf, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel

 

Grand Prize Winner, Min Gyo Chung of OCAD, takes home the win for Traditional Media segment

Grand Prize Winner, Min Gyo Chung of OCAD, takes home the win for Traditional Media segment

Traditional Media Segment:

Grand Prize Winner and Illustration: Min Gyo Chung, OCAD University, Canada

Packaging: Vivi Feng, Pratt Institute, United Sates

Photography: Brian Biles, Savannah College of Art and Design, United States

Print Communications: Benjamin Lee, Art Center College of Design, United States

Added Min Gyo Chung, Grand Prize Winner for the Traditional Media Segment, “I was personally encouraged by the amount of support that the Adobe Design
Achievement Awards has shared to emerging and independent designers like myself.
It was uplifting to spend a week in New York City in the company of many
enthusiastic and mature designers who were willing to connect in a friendly and
professional manner.”

Watch the recorded winner announcements here.

Watch the 2013 judges in action here!

Benjamin Lee accepting his award for the Print Communications category!

Benjamin Lee accepting his award for the Print Communications category

Prizes:

Individual category winners – and the leader from each winning group submission – received a US$2,000 cash prize and a membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, and a one-year mentorship with an Icograda design industry professional. Three Grand Prize Media Segment winners received and an additional US$3,000 for a total purse of US$5,000.

Join us in congratulating the winners, finalists and honorable mention recipients in the ADAA Online Gallery!