Please join me in congratulating this year’s Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) winners, whose talent and hard work is undeniable. I have been attending ADAA awards ceremony for the past 12 years and each time, I come back inspired and humbled by the dedication, hard work and creativity displayed by the next generation of designers. And this year was no different.
At the ceremony, design industry celebrities, such as Noreen Morioka and Mickael Kanfi of Twist Image, and Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh to name a few, presented the awards to 13 student and three faculty winners. During the festivities finalists and honorable mention recipients also had a chance to meet each other, network with industry experts, and explore the limitless possibilities of the world of design. And, as Mitchell Brien, Game Design and Development winner summed up: “The volume and range of creativity at the event was mind blowing.”
This is a proud moment for the talented students and educators whose work was chosen from nearly 5000 entries by an international judging panel. Dan Jones, winner of the Installation Design category, remarked: “Being nominated as a finalist for ADAA 2012 filled me with great pride as it was an opportunity to have my work compared on an international level.” Another winner, Pablo Jimenez, shared his perspective that “the moment you have Stefan Sagmeister handing you a trophy, you realize it is not just an award, it is a life experience!”
On behalf of Adobe, I would like to thank our partner Icograda (International Council of Communication Design) for collaborating and co-hosting this event with us. I’d also like to express our appreciation for the dedicated work of our judges and the support of Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka who served as the masters of ceremonies.
More information on the ADAA ceremony can be found here. All winning, finalist and honorable mention entries from 2012 can be viewed at ADAA Gallery, along with entries from prior years. There’s also a digital program guide that I hope you’ll check out. It was created using Adobe Digital Publishing Single Edition (which is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud) and can be downloaded by iPad users. Search for the application on the Apple App Store with the keyword: ADAA12. Enjoy!