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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Watch the recorded winner announcements here.
Watch the 2013 judges in action here!
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!