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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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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 creative work of student designers, photographers, animators, and digital filmmakers.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Motion Graphics

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Motion Graphics

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

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalits - Print Communications

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalits – Print Communications

Semifinalist entries will be judged in New York City during two intense hands-on judging days, August 11 and 12, at the Adobe corporate offices. Finalists will be announced in September. Grand Prize winners, and winners of each of the eleven categories, will be announced at Adobe MAX, in the Community Pavilion, October 4 – 8 in Los Angeles, California.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Session I Semifinalists - Illustration

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014
Session I Semifinalists – Illustration

The semifinalist judging panel is comprised of 23 professional designers, artists, and animators, contributing to a variety of artistic disciplines. The selection panelists represent eight different countries, including Mexico, Canada, the US, the UK, Israel and Germany.

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. International students are invited to submit their work for consideration, during this extended call-for-entries period.

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. Every participant is eligible to submit up to three entries per category, or a total of thirty-three entries during the duration of the annual contest.

Join us, in congratulating the ADAA Session I Semifinalists, by posting well wishes to their photos on ADAA Facebook!

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.

The 2014 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship Program

Historically, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest has been partnering with Icograda, The International Council of Communication Design, to offer mentorships to ADAA category winners since 2009.

Then, in 2013, in celebration of Icograda’s 50th anniversary, the 50-for-50th Mentorship program was launched.  The newly expanded program was able to offer engaging opportunities with industry leaders, to even more ADAA participants!  Fifty industry professionals, from around the world, were recruited to provide a 5-month mentorship or a portfolio review, to as many contestants as possible.  So far, the 2013 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship program has reached 432 student designers from 36 countries, with 52 of the selected students receiving a 5-month mentorship during the course of this year.

Check out the Mentorship video here.

Illustration from series called, "Only Child" by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Illustration from series called, “Only Child” by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Following the overwhelming success from last year, the 2014 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship program will continue making bold strides in providing creative and professional guidance to as many as 500 students worldwide, and in creating a showcase for emerging student talent.

 

Rachel Tribout, contributing industry mentor, commented, “It has been wonderful meeting Winnie Wong, and I am happily surprised by how much we have in common, which really helps me understand where she intends to go.  She has an awesome attitude towards her work, and I have no doubt she will be very successful.  I have been doing my best to guide her in different areas; illustration skills, how to respond to a client brief, organizing files, and project management.  I wish I had someone mentoring me on professional aspects when I first started, so, I do hope the mentorship will help Winnie in her career development.”

Rachel Tribout, Illustrator and Designer, Captain Blueberry.

Illustration from series called, "Only Child" by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Illustration from series called, “Only Child” by Winnie Wong of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada

Nathalie Lawhead, contributing industry mentor, added, “Jason’s claymation work is beautiful.  After further discussion, he decided he wanted to create something unique to reflect his work, and use of claymation…. Looking through the student submissions surprised me. There were so many great projects it was hard to choose. The quality of work was amazing, and it left me feeling that the future of the industry is certainly a bright one.  I think it’s great, that Adobe and Icograda are doing this.”

– Nathalie Lawhead, Founder and Creator of Tetrageddon Games, and AlienMelon.

 

Still image from "Hands Without a Face" claymation, by Jason Ronzani of USC in Los Angeles

Still image from “Hands Without a Face” claymation, by Jason Ronzani of USC in Los Angeles

 

To be eligible for the 2014 Icograda-ADAA Mentorship program, students are invited to submit their best work into the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. For more information on the program, watch the “How to Apply” video.

 

Submission deadline is June 20, 2014. Mentors will begin selecting students at the end of July 2014.

Students selected to receive a 2014 mentorship or portfolio review, will be announced on the ADAA contest website in October 2014.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Alumni Feature

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 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!

2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Ceremony To Be Held In New York City

Adobe is thrilled to announce the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) finalists and honorable mention recipients!  Running for thirteen consecutive years, the ADAA global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year, maintaining its benchmark reputation for recognizing the best work of student design.

ADAA 2013 Judges, left to right: Harry Pearce, Partner, Pentagram UK, Matias Corea, Co-founder and Chief of Design at Behance, and Phoebe Glasfurd, Creative Director and co-founder Glasfurd & Walker

ADAA 2013 Judges, left to right: Harry Pearce, Partner, Pentagram UK, Matias Corea, Co-founder and Chief of Design at Behance, and Phoebe Glasfurd, Creative Director and co-founder Glasfurd & Walker

Talented students from around the world, were invited to submit their work, hoping to achieve semifinalist status – or better. Panelists and official judges, representing ten different countries, contributed their unique perspectives, when set to the task of selecting the most innovative student designs.  Twenty-eight semifinalist panelists, and eight official judges weighed in, culminating with an intensive official two-day judging process.

This year, the ADAA received 3,752 submissions from 55 countries. The work was judged on design creativity and the students’ ability to apply Adobe products during the execution of their piece.  From the 3752 entries, the judging panel selected 1,100 semifinalist entries.  The semifinalists were then invited to submit their work into the finalist round.  From the 1,100 entries, 30 finalists and 22 honorable mention recipients were selected, hailing from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States.

 

The ADAA Online Gallery showcases the selected finalist and honorable mention work with the world.  The ADAA Gallery will provide each finalist with their own designer profile. And, in celebration of the ADAA finalist announcement, Adobe has posted a brand new sneak-peek video of the honored work.

ADAA 2013 Judges, left to right:  Peter Højer, Head of Design, Cargocollective; Mikael Kanfi, Partner and Chief Product Officer, Twist Image; Mike Kus, Graphic designer, illustrator, UI Designer

ADAA 2013 Judges, left to right:
Peter Højer, Head of Design, Cargocollective; Mikael Kanfi, Partner and Chief Product Officer, Twist Image; Mike Kus, Graphic designer, illustrator, UI Designer

This year, the ADAA competition features eleven categories of design, across three media segments.  Each media segment will also recognize one Grand Prize winner.  Category and Grand Prize winners will be announced on November 19, 2013, at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony and dinner, to be held in conjunction with the Adobe Create Now World Tour.  Winners will receive a 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, cash, and travel to NYC.

Adobe congratulates the 2013 finalists, and encourages everyone to join us, in the celebration of the next generation of innovative designers, by posting comments to their ADAA Gallery pages.  You can also follow their journey at ADAA Facebook and Twitter channels, #ADAA13

 

Download the complete list of ADAA recognized student designers here.

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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.

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