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Students Pair Up with Creative Pro’s through Adobe ico-D Mentorships

 

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Every student who submits an entry into the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) contest is eligible to apply for creative mentorship from an industry professional.

Adobe Education has partnered with ico-D, International Council of Design to develop the Adobe ico-D Mentorship Program and seek out the most dynamic creative experts to serve as mentors for students merging into the professional arena. Mentors provide selected students with portfolio development, career guidance or opportunity for future collaborations, regardless of whether the students’ projects are selected for placement in the ADAA contest.

In 2014, the program received 374 applications from students living in 44 countries around the world. Student Boris Pramatarov was mentored by Jay Taylor, illustrator and Course Director for Fine Art and Illustration at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.

Illustration by Boris Pramatarov, student of Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten

Illustration by Boris Pramatarov, student of Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten

Originally from Bulgaria, Boris is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent, Belgium. Through dialogue and collaboration with mentor Jay Taylor, Boris produced a series of illustrations themed on man versus beast. As a result of this shared creative process, Boris’ detailed compositions evolved into introspective graphic explorations of his innermost fears, serving to overcome while furthering his career.

“My mentorship experience helped me learn how to turn my passion into a career. I was exposed to many websites and competitions, and my mentor gave me advice for finding clients. The whole process showed me new horizons that I had never thought about.”

– Boris Pramatarov, student of Adobe ico-D Mentorship Program.

The 2015 Adobe ico-D Mentorship program is currently accepting student applications for mentorship or portfolio review. Selected students will be paired with a design professional of similar creative discipline.

The deadline to apply for mentorship is June 19, 2015. Applications may be submitted through the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest website upon completion of a single contest entry. For more information on the Adobe Ico-D Mentorship Program visit: www.adobeawards.com/us/mentors.

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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.

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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.

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

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#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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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Alumni Feature

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards team is always happy to hear from ADAA alumni.

We enjoy hearing about the evolving creativity and recent accomplishments that come from our global community of ADAA alumni. Cristian Zuzunaga was in San Francisco 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 for illustration. Cristian’s ADAA entry was a collection of men’s wear, using textiles inspired by pixelated coloration and modern graphics.

Cristian Zuzunaga shown with pixelated designs.

Cristian Zuzunaga shown with pixelated designs.

Cristian 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 told of the times he was 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).

View the full range of Cristian Zuzunaga’s work on his website. Explore Cristian’s ADAA submission 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 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 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.