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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Winners Go Far

Donica Ida and Bing Zhang are at the beginning of promising careers six months after they each took home an Adobe Design Achievement Award (ADAA) at Adobe MAX.

At Home with the Night Marchers by Donia Ida

At Home with the Night Marchers by Donia Ida

Donica was completing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York when she submitted her Interactive Media Grand Prize winning piece, “North” to the ADAA contest. The ADAA experience changed her perception of the creative world. “The opportunity to meet and spend time with the other finalists was my favorite part of the experience. Sharing our insecurities about our respective future careers and our mutual excitement for inspired lectures at Adobe MAX made the creative world seem much smaller and less daunting.”

At Home with the Night Marchers by Donia Ida

At Home with the Night Marchers by Donia Ida

Donica has completed her internship with Pentagram and is now working as a full-time freelance Senior Visual Designer at Critical Mass. Her recent illustrative work explores the theme of life journeys.

Donica added, “I think it’s important for creatives to look at projects from other disciplines, and push themselves towards experimenting with varied mediums. Different experiences and design vantage points, can only lead to a broader source for inspiration and unexpected creative delivery.”

Crossroads, A World War II Story by Bing Zhang

Crossroads, A World War II Story by Bing Zhang

Bing Zhang was studying at California State University Long Beach, when he was honored by the 2014 ADAA judges for his digital publishing entry “Crossroads, A World War II Story”, a narrative piece to view World War II history from numerous perspectives. Bing intentionally creates through many mediums, including web design and photography.

Bing Zhang is currently employed by Walt Disney Studios, working on projects that challenge and inspire him through motion graphics design and post-production.

Crossroads, A World War II Story by Bing Zhang

Crossroads, A World War II Story by Bing Zhang

Bing noted, “Being at Adobe MAX was very fortunate for me. Despite the short period of time, I made good friends whom I am still in contact with. They really inspired me to do more. They remind me that I am a creative individual and I still have my vision to share. And my current employer has noticed, so we had a small celebration as well.”

We look forward to watching the successful careers of Donica, Bing, and all ADAA honorees of the extended creative community for many years to come.

Donica Ida on Behance

Bing Zhang on Behance

Submission deadline for ADAA 2015 is June 19, 2015 at 5pm PST. For contest guidelines, categories, and prize information, visit: www.adobeawards.com. Follow the ADAA on Facebook or Twitter @AdobeEDU and @AdobeAwards for the latest news and contest announcements.