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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Announce Session I Semifinalists

Today, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) in partnership with ico-D, International Council of Design, announce the 2015 Session I Semifinalists.  Celebrating 15 consecutive years, the ADAA contest seeks to discover and recognize inspiring creative projects from student designers, photographers, animators, and digital filmmakers.

“This year’s initial entries are simply amazing. Adobe is thrilled to be able to highlight student work from around the world,” said Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s Education Programs lead. “I look forward to the next round of entries and to honoring the winners at Adobe MAX this fall.”

Images from ADAA Session I Semifinalists Illustration category

Images from ADAA Session I Semifinalists Illustration category

Higher education students from around the world are invited to submit their best work. The contest received 524 entries during Session I, from students representing 25 countries. 178 entries were chosen for the Semifinalist round and are now being shown in the ADAA Live Entries Gallery, which demonstrates and celebrates the immense variety of work submitted by every participating student in the contest.

The semifinalist judging panel is comprised of 29 professionals active in the ico-D, International Council of Design community. Panelists hail from 10 countries including the UK, Netherlands, Canada, Dubai, Poland, Israel, Germany and South Korea. Semifinalist entries will be judged at the Adobe offices in San Francisco in August. Category winners will be announced in September, and Grand Prize Winners will be announced during Adobe MAX to be held in Los Angeles, October 3-7, 2015.

Images from ADAA Session I Semifinalists Photography category

Images from ADAA Session I Semifinalists Photography category

The ADAA 2015 Session II call for entries is still open. The contest offers 13 categories for students to compete in; including game design, exhibition design, and social impact. Students and recent graduates may submit up to three times per category. The final deadline is June 19 2015.

Join us in congratulating the ADAA Session I Semifinalists and encouraging students from around the world to continue to submit their creative projects for a chance at global recognition.

Submit now. See how far you go.

Follow the ADAA on Facebook or Twitter @AdobeAwards and @AdobeEdu for news and ongoing contest announcements.

ADAA Honoree Robert Long Continues to Impress

Arizona Alumni Magazine  April cover  by Robert Long

Arizona Alumni Magazine
April cover by Robert Long

Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) 2013 finalist Robert Long illustrates our world in subtle and unexpected ways.  Robert’s illustrations blend an authentic natural style with an enlarged hyper-realism, sharing the creatures of our world from his unique perspective.

The ADAA judges were impressed by Robert’s illustrations of insects in 2013, and he continues to impress the critics.

Robert recently won the Edible Community’s Eddy Award for Critics Choice Best Imagery of the Baja, Arizona honey bee. Scientists and farmers in Baja have been studying the population decline of bees and butterflies, and working towards solutions for pollination to help preserve the insects, and our food sources.

Robert commented, “I aim to inspire curiosity in the intricacies of the natural world, and by extension, promote nature conservation.”

Robert added that his ADAA experience has extended his creative network around the globe.

Robert’s most recent illustration commissions have been for magazines; including the April cover for Arizona Alumni Magazine and the Edible Baja Arizona Magazine. Robert has also illustrated for Biosphere2 and aquaculture, with work for a science center next on the horizon.

Eddy Award Honeybee illustration on exhibit at the Nave Gallery Annex in Boston until May 10 by Robert Long

Eddy Award Honeybee illustration on exhibit at the Nave Gallery Annex in Boston until May 10
by Robert Long

“When I’m not peering through a magnifying glass, I stay inspired by visiting international natural history museums and aquaria.  A natural curiosity pushes me along, often to places I didn’t expect to be.”

Adobe congratulates Robert for his continued success, and applauds his support for nature conservation through the beauty of his illustrations. We wish all of the students in the ADAA unexpected inspiration and curiosity while building their creative careers.

Robert Long on ADAA Gallery

Robert Long on Behance

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015 contest is open for student submissions. 

Final deadline 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.

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.

2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Call for Entries

Today, Adobe announced the call-for-entries for the annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). This prestigious competition honors the most promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from around the world.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015 Call for Entries

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015 Call for Entries

 

For the past fifteen years, Adobe has showcased top new talent and launched careers with this event. Students can submit individual and group projects produced with Adobe’s world-class creative tools and apps in thirteen different categories. And what’s more exciting is that this year we have two new categories — Advertising Photography and Social Impact Design, to round out an already robust list.

A panel of design experts will judge each category and Grand Prize winners will be announced in conjunction with the Adobe MAX creativity conference held in Los Angeles, October 2015. Winners will receive a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership, travel and accommodations to MAX in Los Angeles as well as access to the event, and creative mentorship. Three Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000USD.

Deadline for entry is June 19, 2015 at 5pm PST. For submission guidelines, categories, prize information, amazing student work and more, visit www.adobeawards.com. Also, check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter (@AdobeEDU and @AdobeAwards) for the latest news and updates.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Winners Announced!

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) 2014 category winners are announced! Watch the online awards video to see the winning work selected from 4,419 submissions.

During the 2014 school year, student hopefuls living in seventy countries attending 1,500 universities and colleges, submitted their best work for a chance at recognition.

Hjalti Karlsson and Alia Hassan selecting the #ADAA14 winning entries.

Hjalti Karlsson and Alia Hassan selecting the #ADAA14 winning entries.

“Submitting work to such a respected competition can be intimidating. When I was a student, I considered participating, but felt that making the cut would be such a long shot, that I didn’t allow myself the opportunity to do so. In hindsight, my advice is that that regardless of the outcome– what’s more important, is to take steps that demonstrate a belief in your work and yourself, which can lead to more self-confidence and career opportunities,” encouraged Alia Hassan, Director of Design, Blue State Digital and ADAA judge.

 

In August, nine official judges were invited to the Adobe offices in New York, to select the ADAA winners from over 1,100 semifinalist entries. The judges chose 10 winning entries and 25 finalist entries. The category winners represent 5 countries, with a total of 17 countries from among all 2014 honorees.

 

ADAA 2014 Winners by Category:

  • Web and App Design: Donica Ida, School of Visual Arts, United States
  • Game Art and Design: Warre Buysse and Jonathan Meurrens, Howest Hogeschool West Vlaanderen / Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Digital Publishing: Bing Zhang, California State University Long Beach, United States
  • Animation: Nicolas Ménard, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom and Canada
  • Editing and Post Production: Marisabel Fernandez and Alexander Bernard, Ringling College of Art & Design, United States
  • Motion Graphics: A group led by Yeojin Shin, Savannah College of Art and Design, United States
  • Illustration: Nicolas Ménard, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom and Canada
  • Package Design: Cecilia Uhr, York University / Sheridan College, Canada
  • Photography: Jingjing Shen, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom and China
  • Print Communications: Albert Junghwan Son, Parsons The New School for Design, United States

Individual category winners receive prizes which include $2000US and access to AdobeMAX. On October 5th, three media segment Grand Prize winners will be announced at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony and reception, to be held at the USC School of Cinematic Arts prior to the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles. Grand Prize winners will each receive an additional $3,000US.

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Finalists Announced

Adobe Design Achievement Awards trophiesThe Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 finalists are announced.  Running for fourteen consecutive years, the (ADAA) global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year. The competition honors the most talented and promising student designers, photographers, illustrators, animators and filmmakers from the world’s top institutions of higher education. This year, the contest received 4,419 entries from seventy countries.

 

Nine official judges met at the Adobe offices in New York, to select the 2014 ADAA honorees from over 1,100 semifinalist entries. “There was an incredible variety of animation entries with an amazingly high level of production. Some entries shared moving narrative, and many were exquisitely designed with sharp and witty execution. We had a wonderfully difficult time in selecting the finalists and winners,” commented J.J. Sedelmaier, ADAA judge.

 

Official Judges select the #ADAA14 finalists

Official Judges select the #ADAA14 finalists

The judges debated and voted on the most creative student designs to honor. The judges chose 25 finalist entries representing student creatives from over a dozen countries. Download the Finalist list. “We are proud and excited to recognize these selected finalist works. Those chosen were both strong in concept and brilliant in execution, each created by student designers whom we look forward to seeing grow and become a creatively impactful force in the global ADAA community,” added John Vondracek, The String Theory and ADAA judge.

 

The judges selected students to receive Special Designations for designs that demonstrated achievements in Typography or Social Impact. The judges also recognized 23 students with Honorable Mention designations. Honorable Mention recipients represent countries Australia, Croatia, China, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.

 

This year, the ADAA competition will feature ten categories of design, across three media segments.  Each individual category winner or group leader, will receive prizes which include a 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, $2,000US, a trophy, and a 1-year mentorship with a design professional. Three media segment Grand Prize Winners will be announced at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Grand Prize Screening and Reception, to be held in conjunction with Adobe MAX on October 5, 2014. The Grand Prize Winners will each receive an additional $3,000US.

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The Official Judging of the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

#ADAA Break through. Go global.

#ADAA14 Break through. Go global.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards official judging was recently held at the Adobe offices in New York.  During the course of the contest, students from over 70 countries submitted into two submission sessions. Thirty-seven pre-selection panelists poured over 4,419 entries to select the best Semifinalist work to be judged in the final round in NYC.

 

The student Semifinalists hailed from 50 countries including Indonesia, Austria, UK, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Belgium, Korea, Croatia, China, Brazil, India, and Poland.

 

This week, nine official judges from varied creative perspectives, convened to select the most innovative and inspiring student designs. The official judges reviewed over 1,100 international Semifinalist entries, culminating during an intensive two-day judging process.

 

Through management by long-standing ADAA partner, Icograda, the judges deliberated and voted, to arrive at their decisions of winning entries.

 

The ADAA 2014 Judges, back row, from left: Hamish Campbell, Hjalti Karlsson, John Vondracek, and J. J. Sedelmaier.  Front row, from left:  Matteo Bologna, John Madere, Lita Talarico, Nina Boesch, and Alia Hassan.

The ADAA 2014 Judges, back row, from left: Hamish Campbell, Hjalti Karlsson, John Vondracek, and J. J. Sedelmaier. Front row, from left: Matteo Bologna, John Madere, Lita Talarico, Nina Boesch, and Alia Hassan.

The judges shared their insights.  “I was most impressed by work that explored concepts in clean, clever, or engaging ways. It was incredible to see so many brilliant ideas executed beautifully,” commented Nina Boesch, ADAA judge and 2006 alumnus. “I’ve enjoyed the unique pleasure of being honored by the contest, then serving on the ADAA pre-selection panel, and this year, serving as an official judge. The ADAA program has been immensely valuable to me as a contest honoree, and now, as a member of its global community.”

Adobe is looking forward to formally announcing the 2014 ADAA finalists on August 25, 2014!

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The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Announce Session I Semifinalists

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Web and App Design

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Web and App Design

Adobe is pleased to announce the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalists for Session I! Running for fourteen consecutive years, the ADAA global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year, maintaining its reputation for recognizing the best work by creative students.

Talented students from around the world are invited to submit their work, hoping to achieve Semifinalist status, or better.  There were 363 Session I Semifinalist entries selected, from 1066 submitted entries.  The semifinalist judging panel is comprised of 23 professional designers from eight different countries.

 

The first session of Semifinalists hail from 20 countries, including Indonesia, India, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, China, South Korea, Poland, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico.

Semifinalist entries will be judged in New York City at the Adobe corporate offices. Finalists will be announced in September. Grand Prize winners will be announced at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles, California.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Illustration

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Illustration

There is still time for higher education students to get their work in front of the the judging panel. Session II of the ADAA contest is open. Higher education students are encouraged to continue to submit their work until June 20. Students who’ve already achieved semifinalist status may continue to submit more entries.

 

Join us, in congratulating the ADAA Session I Semifinalists on ADAA Facebook!

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Commitment to Globally Elevating Student Work

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards offers students an opportunity to gain global recognition for their creative work.

The ADAA seeks to elevate higher education students for their creative achievements, through tiered levels of recognition and participation. By providing a platform rich in levels of recognition, more students are included and empowered to gain valuable visibility for their work on a global scale.

Layers of Recognition: Students who achieve Semifinalist status in the contest are featured on ADAA Live, and receive a digital ADAA certificate to add to their professional profile. Honorable Mention recipients receive a digital ADAA certificate, and are featured on the ADAA Gallery Honorable Mention List. Finalists and winners receive an ADAA certificate, and are featured on the ADAA Gallery, with a unique URL to their biography, as well as contest prizes.

Adobe helps elevate student work to a global community, by showcasing examples for every ADAA participant.

Adobe helps elevate student work to a global community, by showcasing examples for every ADAA participant.

Every participating student is a valuable member of the ADAA community. Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Adobe Education Community added, “We want to demonstrate to our educational community that every student’s creative contribution is important. The ADAA can be a powerful platform for students to scale their level of recognition, as their skills and creative understandings develop during their education. Students can submit multiple times, to find themselves reaching new heights of recognition through the contest.”

Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Adobe Education Community

Claire Erwin, Senior Manager, Adobe Education Community

 

For the first time in the history of the ADAA contest, every participant is able to view their work on ADAA Live. Participants who complete their profile and submission process, will have three thumbnails posted of their work to ADAA Live. Students are able to immediately see their name, institution, and images of their work on the real-time website.

 

Mathias Vogel, Creative Director and Co-founder of LABOR, a design firm in Germany, designed the ADAA Live tool. Vogel commented, “The ADAA Live tool allows for students, friends, and professors, to search for creative work by title, country, institution, and participant. We feel it is important for members of the ADAA community to gain a real sense of one another. The community is empowered to watch itself grow and evolve in real time.”

Mathias Vogel, Creative Director and Co-founder, Labor ─ Agentur für moderne Kommunikation GmbH, Germany

Mathias Vogel, Creative Director and Co-founder, Labor ─ Agentur für moderne Kommunikation GmbH, Germany

Watch the ADAA Overview Video for more information on the contest and how to go global. Students are encouraged to submit now. Projects that were completed after May 1, 2013, are still eligible for submission.

Go to www.adobeawards.com to participate.

Final deadline is June 20, 2014.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Announces the 2014 Judges and Board Members

For fourteen consecutive years, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards has celebrated student achievement in the disciplines of technology and the creative arts. The competition recognizes the most promising higher education student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, and filmmakers from around the world.  Now in its 14th year, the contest has received over 30,000 entries submitted from 75 countries. Each year, the contest seeks industry luminaries to judge the thousands of entries received.Adobe Design Achievement Awards trophies

The ADAA Semifinal panelists and official category judges hail from all over the world, representing a wide range of creative expertise, aesthetics and design principles.  Eighteen Semifinal selection panelists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, United Kingdom, and Germany, will review the ADAA entries from Session I and Session II.  The panel will select which entries, from each of the eleven categories, to be elevated to Semifinalist status.  The Semifinalist entries will then be reviewed by nine official category judges in New York City, this August.

 

The ADAA announces the 2014 official category judges:

Nina Boesch of NinaBoesch.com and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, United States / Germany

Matteo Bologna, Mucca Design, United States / Italy

Hamish Campbell, Pearlfisher New York

Alia Hassan, Blue State Digital, New York

Hjalti Karlsson, Karlssonwilker Inc., United States / Iceland

John Madere, of John Madere Photography, United States

J. J. Sedelmaier of J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., United States

Lita Talarico, School of Visual Arts, United States / Canada

John Vondracek, The String Theory, United States

Read the ADAA judges’ biographies here.

J.J. Sedelmaier, of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., United States ADAA 2014 judge

J.J. Sedelmaier, of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., United States
ADAA 2014 judge

Returning judge, J.J. Sedelmaier, participated in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest in 2003, and will be acting as an official judge again in 2014.  Sedelmaier commented, “I am looking forward to being a judge for the 2014 ADAA’s. There is a strong camaraderie which occurs amongst the judges and I am looking forward to not only the great work, but working with creative industry professionals on the judging panel.”

Watch the ADAA judges in action here.

ADAA winners continue to participate in the program, over a decade later.  Sedelmaier was present in 2003, when Willy Wong was attending Yale University, and chosen to win for his design category. Wong is now the Chief Creative Officer at NYC & Company, the City of New York’s official marketing organization, as well as President of AIGA New York.

Willy Wong is currently serving alongside Stephan Powilat on the ADAA Board.  Powilat was part of a team that won the ADAA Print Communications category in 2006.  Powilat is the Co-founder of LABOR – Modern Communications, an agency based in Mainz, Germany, which has consistently worked on the ADAA creative since 2007.  “Serving on the ADAA board will be an honor, because the contest has been such a great experience; personal, future-oriented, and career-enhancing, for so many years now. First, participating as a student, and aspiring to have our work selected. Then, working on the program’s creative visual, and now, years later, I’m excited to give back to the program, and to the students whom we’ll soon recognize.”

Stephen Powilat of Labor Modern Communications, Germany ADAA 2014 Board member

Stephen Powilat of Labor Modern Communications, Germany
ADAA 2014 Board member

The ADAA announces the 2014 Board Members:

Klaus Delanghe, Howest University, The Netherlands

Penny Ann Dolin, Arizona State University, United States

Jean-Benoit Lévy, Visual Communicator, United States

Brian Lucid, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, United States

Andrew McAllister, OCAD University, Canada

Mike Patterson, Animator and director of music videos and blended media, United States

Andrew Phelps, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States

Stephan Powilat, LABOR, Germany

Read the Board Members’ biographies here.

Submission Session I will close soon, on April 18, 2014.  Students are encouraged to submit now, for a chance at early global recognition.  The semifinalist selection panel will judge early submissions from April 18 through May 18, 2014.  Projects that were completed after May 1, 2013, are still eligible for submission.

Watch the ADAA Overview Video for more information on the contest and how to participate.  Final deadline is June 20, 2014.