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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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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 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.

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Alumni Feature

Kirsten Southwell, ADAA 2012 Winner of Mobile Design category, shares her experience with us….

 

As designers, we’re always looking for ways to better our work, to evolve as artists and individuals. We grow up, mature, and our understanding of great design grows along with us.

Kirsten Southwell with ADAA 2012 trophy for Mobile Design category

Kirsten Southwell with ADAA 2012 trophy for Mobile Design category

Kirsten Southwell, North Carolina State University and ADAA 2012 winner of Mobile Design category, shared her perspective of the ADAA experience in Toronto. Her story demonstrates how sometimes, the little things become most memorable –  when our colleagues share in our achievement, when our friends share in our joy, and when our professors lift us up, are the times when we truly grow and connect to our community.

 

Since becoming an ADAA winner, I think I’ve gained a lot of perspective about my own abilities as a designer, as well as a greater appreciation for all of the wonderful support I have as an aspiring professional. I think that the place I have found the most support has been from the studio that I work for, Second Story Interactive Studios.  

For example, within an hour of winning the ADAA award, I was extremely touched to receive a phone call from David Waingarten, a Creative Director at Second Story. David temporarily derailed a meeting he was in, just to congratulate me and share the news with the rest of the studio.  It was a simple gesture, but it became obvious to me, that the individuals I work with enjoy sharing in my success in a way that is far more personal than by simply acknowledging it.

Kirsten hanging a Second Story logo in her studio as an image experiment

Kirsten hanging a Second Story logo in the studio as an image experiment

I was also surprised by how my alma mater, North Carolina State University, took such pride in my achievement. I received emails from all of the professors in the Graphic Design department!  Not only that, but someone thoughtfully took the time to create a large poster, announcing my achievement, then hung it up in the main breezeway of the College of Design.

A poster created to celebrate Kirsten's profile in the ADAA Gallery

A poster created to celebrate Kirsten’s achievement and profile in the ADAA Gallery

 

 

 

 

I feel my education is invaluable. I am thrilled that I have an opportunity to share the ADAA honor with the program—and specifically the faculty and TA’s—who gave so much of their time and effort to help shape the designer that I’ve become.

My friends have been really excited for me. I think it has been a little eye-opening for some of them to get a bigger understanding and context of the work that I do.  My friend, Chris, came all the way to Toronto to attend the DesignThinkers conference and share in the moment with me. He confided that after they called my name to come on stage, his heart didn’t stop racing for a few minutes later. I found that incredibly endearing that he literally experienced my anxiety – for me.

As far as what I have learned as an artist… I’ve learned the value of making an effort and taking a chance to claim recognition, and become distinguished for your work. I work at an award winning studio, and it’s great to contribute to projects collaboratively. However, receiving individual acknowledgement can only empower you, validate you, and heighten your sense of awareness for the designer that can become.

Kirsten exploring with GIF 2D and 3D, along with colleague, Pillipe Laurlheret, in the studio

Kirsten’s recent exploration, working with GIF 2D and 3D, along with colleague, Pillipe Laurlheret, in the studio

Recently, I’ve been exploring motion. Part of this is in thanks to the DSLR camera I bought with my ADAA Prize Money! It started with a desire to create high-quality GIFS as a storytelling method on the Second Story blog. This has kind of taken off into creating long stop motion animations in Photoshop and creating prototypes in Flash. Now I’m learning AfterEffects – I’m committed to exploring as a designer.

 

 

 

 

Since being distinguished by the ADAA, I was also honored as a winner in the Optimizing category of the IxDA Interaction Design Awards.   So just last month, I found myself back in Toronto to receive an award at the IxDA13 Conference.

Kirsten's ADAA trophy on display!

Kirsten’s ADAA trophy on display!

 

 

At the ADAA 2013, we too share in the joy and achievements of Kirsten and all alumni in the community.  As the ADAA embarks on our thirteenth year, we’re looking forward to recognizing more emerging artists and designers, pushing their pursuit of greatness in design. 

Congrats, Kirsten!  To view Kirsten’s honored work, visit the ADAA Gallery at www.adaagallery.com.