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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!

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Mentorship Program

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2013 Mentorship Program to Provide Guidance to Hundreds of Student Designers

In addition to cash prizes, recognition, and Adobe software, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest has offered mentorships to ADAA category winners since 2009. The ADAA mentorship program is offered in partnership with Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design organization.  Icograda is an integral partner with the ADAA program, seeking out the most proactive mentors, from the many visionary designers in their international network.

Over the past few years, the ADAA-Icograda mentorship program has touched the lives of over 60 student designers, by providing category winners with valuable insight for building their burgeoning careers.

This year, Icograda, Adobe, and the ADAA Board Members launched a more ambitious program…  Instead of offering a mentorship, specific to only the twelve ADAA category winners, Icograda brought forth an exciting bold move – to reach more student designers than ever before.

In celebration of Icograda’s 50th anniversary, the organization designed the 50-for-50 mentorship program structure.  There will be 50 student designers provided with 5-month mentorships by industry professionals, plus, there will be an additional 450 portfolio reviews provided.   The team at Icograda, is currently creating a panel of fifty industry professionals.  Each industry professional will be working with 10 students each.  In addition, every ADAA 2013 category winner will automatically receive a 12-month mentorship opportunity.

Todd Anderson, contributing industry mentor, commented, “It will be an absolute honour to collaborate with students and offer insight, experience or inspiration to young creatives.  Design education is something that is very close to me. When I started out in my career, I was very fortunate to have been involved in similar programs and I fully understand the value that this offers.”  -Todd Anderson, Creative Director for Todd Anderson Design/CTTC Design

The full reach of the ADAA mentorship program will touch 512 student designers over the course of the next 12 months.

During the ADAA submission period, over one third of the ADAA participants expressed their interest in receiving an evaluation for inclusion in the mentorship program. This week, industry mentors will begin selecting students of whom they’d like to offer guidance or a portfolio review.  Mentors will be selecting students based on skill and their ability to demonstrate creative, innovative, and inspired design adaptions.

Together with Icograda, the ADAA team is proud to help foster, support, and build programs that enhance educational and career development.  Selected students who receive a mentorship or portfolio review will be announced on the ADAA contest website, the Partners By Design portal, and ADAA social channels in October. We’ll keep you posted!

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Alumni Participate in Global World Communication Design Day

JCDecaux, in partnership with Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design, invite ADAA alumni to join in the celebration of World Communication Design Day.

JCDecaux, in partnership with Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design showed 50 posters from 50 designers across The Cromwell Road Digital Gateway in London, April 27 – 29, 2013.  In celebration of World Communication Design Day, JCDecaux and Icograda invited promising design talent from five continents, including countries such as the UK, Canada, China, South Korea, Mexico, Germany, and Russia, to share their work on the Digital Gateway.

The Cromwell Road Digital Gateway in London shows work from designers worldwide.

The Cromwell Road Digital Gateway in London during World Communication Design Day.

The digital billboard gallery showcased work along The Cromwell Road Digital Gateway for three days, allowing motorists to experience visual designs created by some of the most exceptional burgeoning designers.  The sky was their limit, as designers were able to celebrate design in a grand scale, for the out of doors.  Each of the unique designs rotated multiple times across the nine digital billboard screens during the 3-day show, viewed by an estimated 350,000 people.

 

Under the theme, 1Love1Word original creative design work was selected from some of the most innovative designers from all over the world. Icograda extended this very rare opportunity to the Adobe Design Achievement Awards alumni, and encouraged some past ADAA winners and finalists to join the celebration by contributing their adaptation of ‘1Love1Word’ to the Digital Gateway collection.

1Love1Word by LABOR, ADAA group winner 2006

1Love1Word by LABOR, ADAA group winners 2006

Marilena Farruggia, Managing Director of Icograda, noted, “The initiative stemmed from people coming together with a spirit of collaboration and passion for design. This was an example of young talent taking a risk and turning an idea into reality, and that’s what Icograda was built on – the spirit of possibility.  The theme, ‘1Love1Word’ was envisioned by members of our Board… and you will see other initiatives this year celebrating this theme. We hope that young talent will be inspired to try… to aim high and make things happen, instead of waiting for something to happen.”

ADAA 2012 winners and design studio, Butcher’s Hook, seized the opportunity extended by Icograda to participate in World Communication Design Day.  James Coltman of the London-based design studio stated, “This is an amazing platform to really get your work out there; to share it for other people, to see it, and actually engage with it. The fact that these digital billboards are here is a ‘sign’ that technology is moving forward, and the fact that we’ve been a part of that journey is just amazing.”

1Love1Word by Butchers Hook, ADAA group winner 2012

1Love1Word by Butchers Hook, ADAA group winner 2012

The Digital Gateway collection included work from ADAA alumni such as Andrej Balaz, James Coltman, Seungkwan Kang, Andrea Ramirez, Stephan Powilat, Nada Seet, Kirsten Southwell, Mathias Vogel, and Anna Zarinova among others.

1Love1Word by Andrej Balaz, ADAA finalist 20012

1Love1Word by Andrej Balaz, ADAA finalist 20012

 

 

 

 

ADAA winners from 2006, Stephan Powilat and Mathias Vogel from Germany were invited to participate.  Powilat commented, “At LABOR, our goal is to create the most succinct work as possible. The theme, “1Love1Word” was especially inspiring to us because it aligns with our own design mission perfectly.“

Vogel added,  “…we recognized this unique opportunity where designers were able to come together to create, collaborate and celebrate design in a worldwide forum, and we feel strongly that this will be the direction of global design, moving forward.”

1Love1Word by LABOR, ADAA group winner 2006

1Love1Word by LABOR, ADAA group winner 2006

 

 

 

 

 

The Adobe Design Achievement Award team would like to extend congratulations to Icograda for their milestone of leading creatively for 50 years.  Icograda is continuing their year-long celebration, and they continue to invite designers from across the globe, to reflect upon the powerful force of community, empowerment and creative leadership. We encourage the ADAA community to join in their celebration of dynamic creativity.

1Love1Word by Andrea Ramirez, ADAA finalist 2012

1Love1Word by Andrea Ramirez, ADAA finalist 2012

1Love1Word by Kirsten Southwell, ADAA winner 2012

1Love1Word by Kirsten Southwell, ADAA winner 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related links:

Read more about the The Cromwell Road Digital Gateway out of doors opportunity here.

Check out the Digital Gateway gallery here.

Follow Icograda on Twitter to stay informed with your global design community.

ADAA12 Awards Ceremony: Part I

We couldn’t have imagined a better time – amazing, talented designers from all over the world, meet in a vibrant city to celebrate their achievements and make connections that will last a lifetime! 

The 2012 ADAA went to Toronto to hand out 16 beautiful trophies to some very deserving young designers and design faculty.

Upon settling in our hotel at the base of the CN Tower and overlooking the Rogers Centre stadium, we were ready to explore the city and get to know some of the local industry leaders.  The ADAAers were off to TIFF Bell Lightbox for a special presentation by Pixar’s Susan Bradley.  That evening, the Finalists visited top design studios around Toronto – and got to meet and chat with Creative Directors, entrepreneurs and designers…not to mention, see some of the coolest offices around!

The people of Grip Limited sure have figured out the best way to get to work!
Photo courtesy of Jacklyn Atlas

More gorgeous studios!
Photo courtesy of Jacklyn Atlas

Toronto Studio Tours

Studio Tours
Photo courtesy of Jacklyn Atlas

 

The next two days were filled with inspiring and interesting talks at the RGD DesignThinkers (DT) conference – with mindblowing presentations from the likes of Harry Pearce and Tom Eslinger and so many others!  Everyone had that invigorated look in their eyes, when new ideas begin to flash and new projects begin to formulate!  We cannot wait to see where this momentum takes our ADAAers!

 

The whole event was incredibly inspiring. I feel energised and ready to start jumping into the professional design world. The ADAA and DesignThinkers also showed me that there is so much out there, so many directions I can take my work in and so many people ready to use, share, critique, praise and play with the things I create. The volume and range of creativity all concentrated into the people at the event was mind blowing, and if I were to now have to choose a place to host the Awards, Toronto would be at the top of my list, for the amount of design work there, and the energy the city has.
- ADAA12 Game Design Winner Mitchell Brien

DesignThinkers 2012
Photo by Spencer Xiong

 

In between the sessions, we mingled in the ADAA Gallery, which had on display all Finalist work.  The word on the street (errrr..convention center lobby) was that the ADAA designers were nothing less than impressive!  The delegates cast their votes for the Audience Choice Award and got to choose their personal standout design!

 

Zhongxuan Liu stands proud by her work!
Photo courtesy of Jacklyn Atlas

Hanging out in the ADAA Gallery!

Pablo Jiminez shows off his project and his good humor!
Photo courtesy of Jacklyn Atlas

 

We celebrated the first DT night on the Thomson Hotel rooftop, with a magnificent panoramic view of Toronto.  This was but a taste of what was to come the next day!

 

Overlooking downtown Toronto from the Thompson Hotel rooftop.

Look at this crew! ADAA12 Finalists on top of the world!

 

Stay tuned for Part II of the Toronto experience: hanging out with Stephan Sagmeister, the TROPHIES!, and climbing the CN Tower!

 

ADAA in Russia

Moscow Design Week: 9-14 October 2012

Moscow Design Week: 9-14 October 2012

 

There is nothing we love more than showing off our talented ADAA Alumni – and we had another chance to do just that this month at Moscow Design Week.  In collaboration with our media partners at Design42Day and regional Adobe offices, we held an ADAA exhibition at MDW last week!  Not only that, but the exhibition was also on display at the Adobe Education Summit in Moscow, held the week prior and attended by the likes of Jon Perera, Vice President Adobe Education!

Both events drew industry professionals, leaders and educators and we took this opportunity to showcase our Russian ADAA Alumni along with the Russian 2012 Finalist!  We think this is just the perfect lead-up to the 2012 awards ceremony, just a few short weeks away in Toronto.

Thank you to our partners and everyone who made this amazing show possible!

Looking good, ADAA!

 

ADAA work getting some well-deserved attention!

ADAA work getting some well-deserved attention!

 

2012 Finalists Announced!

We have announced the Finalists and Honourable Mentions for the 2012 competition!  You can download the complete list here.  We will also be featuring the selected projects on the ADAA Gallery, which will go live with the new Finalists very soon.

This year, our 41 Finalists and 20 HMs are an eclectic group, coming from every corner of the world.  We have representatives from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and United States!

When we talked to Clare Erwin, the Senior Manager of Education Community at Adobe, she commented, “We’re thrilled to see such a worldwide presence, with finalists and honorable mention recipients representing a total of nineteen countries. Seeing such a varied list of countries confirms we are connecting a worldwide community of next-generation designers to one another.” 

And “connecting” will be the name of the game when all the Finalists arrive in Toronto for the ADAA Awards Ceremony taking place on November 9, 2012.  These designers will have a chance to meet each other, network, and attend RGDOntario’s DesignThinkers conference, attended by some of the biggest names in design.  Along with having their project presented at the ADAA gallery at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Finalists will also participate in studio tours and design events happening around the city!

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Canada

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Canada

Toronto Lakeshore

Toronto Lakeshore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you know, we pursue our mission of broadening the worldwide design community in the judging process as well.

“The judging process for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards brings together an impressive, diverse and accomplished group of design educators and professionals,” commented Marilena Farruggia, Managing Director of Icograda.  “This year, hailing from 16 different countries, our 50 judges enriched the program by contributing a unique cultural perspective and a wealth of design insight to their task of selecting deserving work.”

And when we asked the judges for their comment on the finalists this year … they were clearly JAZZED by the results!

 

Jazz hands by ADAA Judges and Icograda staff
Photo courtesy of Sean Teegarden

We send a hearty congratulations to all those who qualified this year!  We look forward to meeting the 2012 Finalists in November and getting to know more about the people behind the designs that so impressed and inspired us.

Toronto: get ready!

 

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

Welcome to the ADAA Experience blog!

So, what’s this blog all about?!

First and foremost, the ADAA Experience blog is here to give you just that: a sneak peak at what the Adobe Design Achievement Awards are all about and a taste of what it is like to be a part of the ADAA community!  We will be doing features on past winners and contestants to find out what they have been up to since their involvement in the competition.  We will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the judging, taking place at the magnificent Adobe Headquarters in San Jose, California – and, of course, you will come on the road with us to the 2012 Award Ceremony in beautiful Toronto, Canada.  You will get to know many of the amazing people that are part of the ADAA community and learn about how the ADAA’s contribute to the international growth and recognition of design, creativity and innovation!

Mix in some exclusive content like interviews with judges and Adobe executives, snapshots and teasers, and a good dose of surprises – and you’ve got yourself a front row seat to all things ADAA!

We hope you will come back soon and come back often.  Comment, share and spread the ADAA love!  Oh, and don’t forget to SUBMIT your projects, of course!  There truly is no better way to introduce yourself to the ADAA family.  You can find all the info you need on our website, but we bet you knew that already .  ;)

Here we go, amigos!  Join us on our big adventure!

- The ADAA Team