Archive for June, 2012

Did You Know?!

As the deadline is fast approaching (competition closes in less than two weeks!!!) we are getting many daily questions from applicants.  We thought it would be useful for everyone to do a post on the topic to share with you all!

Here are some important tips and guidelines:

  • Each contestant can submit up to (3) three different projects in each category.
  • Each contestant can submit projects in as many categories as they like!  The only limitation is that you cannot apply to a category in which you already hold Semi-Finalist status.
  • If you submitted your project to a previous Session and it did not get selected for the Semi-Final round, you can re-submit the same project again, BUT it has to be changed or updated somehow.
  • You can see the website and application form in 14 languages.  Use the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
  • Even if you are a recent graduate, you can submit work that was created after May 1, 2011, if you were a student at the time of its completion.
  • We encourage all contestants to submit more than one project!  Send us all your end of term work!
  • We encourage group projects!
  • Entries into the Application and Game categories do not need to be functional!  Send in your amazing concepts.
  • There are (3) three categories that are just for faculty!  Know an innovative educator?  Get them to send in their projects!
  • You can download fully functional trial versions of the Adobe software you will need to make or finish your project on our website.  Your entry must be created primarily using Adobe tools (50% or more).

And last but not least – the ultimate piece of important information that you should write on sticky notes all around your desk:

  • Final deadline is 22 June 2012, 17:00PST!!!

Hope that helps!  If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments.

– The ADAA Team

Session II Semi-Finalists Announced

Oh, how time flies!

It seems like it was mere moments ago that the 2012 ADAA’s kicked off the call for entries for this year’s competition – but here we are, already in the third and final session of submissions!  Not only that, this week we made the big announcement that over 1200 Session II hopefuls were waiting for!  The whopping 289 Semi-Finalists for Session II are officially announced and visible on our live Semi-Finalist Page.

What exactly does it mean to be a Semi-Finalist?  A lot!  The most amazing thing about the ADAA’s (in our humble opinion!) is that to enter the competition is to already become a member of this incredible international community of designers, students, educators and professionals.  Adding your Semi-Finalist status to your resume or portfolio is a great idea too and will increase your profile!  It also means that you are one step closer to our amazing prizes which include a trip to Toronto and passes to DesignThinkers, $3000 cash and Adobe software!

But even if you did not make it in this round, by joining us on our social media and networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and G+, you gain access to worldwide network of individuals – all committed to the same goal: encouraging and supporting design potential in emerging designers, and celebrating the innovation of design educators.  So, go ahead, join our community and start a conversation – the ADAA’s are not just a competition, but also your platform for sharing ideas, perspectives and inspirations with people all over the world!  And remember, you can submit again in the current session!

We are proud of our growing worldwide family!  So far we have contestants from 57 different countries: from Malaysia to Germany, Colombia to Taiwan.  It is amazing to think about the incredible diversity in culture and in approach to design that we see in our applications. Reflecting on this diversity, Pre-Selection Panel Judge Monica Zacarias (Mexico), believes that:

“Even though we are living in a particular moment where global communication gives access to all, it is inspiring to feel the different nationalities in the works submitted to the ADAA competition.”

We all continue to be inspired by the relationship between design and its expression through the diverse approaches of our contestants.  Yet, no matter where a designer comes from, the objective of the project is always the same: to express, to move, to motivate, to help us understand.  The real value of exploring other cultures is the ability to see the goals of design expressed in new and interesting ways.  In the words of Monica:

“Culture gives personality to the work.”

– The ADAA Team