The 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 graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education. This year, the contest received 4,419 entries from students attending 1,500 universities and colleges, located in 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.
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, including Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Portugal, Poland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. 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 also selected students to receive Special Designations for designs that demonstrated achievements in Typography or Social Impact. Then, the judges chose to recognize 23 students with Honorable Mention designations. The 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 media segment will also recognize one Grand Prize Winner. Category winners will be announced online on September 15, 2014. 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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