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


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:

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 Mentorship Program






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!