Creative Talent in the UK

4 UK Design Award Winners

The recently announced Adobe Design Achievement Awards are further evidence that the UK really does have creative talent and is a worldwide centre of excellence. In the 13 categories the UK can boast 4 winners.

Full details of the awards can be found at:

Winning projects were selected from 41 finalists out of nearly 5,000 total entries from 70 countries. Student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists were invited to submit individual or group projects created with Adobe software. Winning students were recognized in 13 categories encompassing interactive media, video and motion, and traditional media; educators were recognized in three categories celebrating innovative teaching methods.

“In a globally competitive world, students who can express their ideas and solve problems in creative ways will be the most successful,” said Jon Perera, vice president of education at Adobe. “Recognizing top talent among next-generation designers is part of a broader commitment at Adobe to fostering creative thinking and expression in education.”

Judging panel member Fernanda Saboia, creative director at Tatil Design, said, “Students’ accessibility to technology gives them so much freedom to test, experiment and really take risks in their efforts to create something very original. It is so beneficial for students to get recognition like this at the beginning of their career as it gives them the confidence to continue to innovate and push the boundaries of self-expression.”

UK Student Awards


  • Animation: Ainslie Henderson, Edinburgh College of Art, Great Britain
  • Illustration: Yeni Kim, Royal College of Art, Great Britain
  • Installation Design: James Coltman (group leader), University of the Arts London, Great Britain
  • Live Action: Christopher Lavelle, Sunderland University, Great Britain

Worldwide Student Awards

Faculty Awards

The awards were also highlighted in Design Week which showcases student work in animation, illustration, interactive design and motion.