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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Winners Go Far

image3Donica 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.

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 Donica 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.”

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.


“Crossroads, A World War II Story” by Bing Zhang

Bing Zhang is currently employed by Walt Disney Studios, working on projects that challenge and inspire him through motion graphics design and post-production.

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: Follow the ADAA on Facebook or Twitter @AdobeEDU and @AdobeAwards for the latest news and contest announcements.

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Adobe Issues Call for Entries to 2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Students, get your creative juices flowing because today Adobe announced the call-for-entries for the annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). This prestigious competition honors the most promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from around the world.

For the past fifteen years, Adobe has showcased top new talent and launched careers with this event. Students can submit individual and group projects produced with Adobe’s world-class creative tools and apps in thirteen different categories. And what’s more exciting is that this year we have two new categories — Advertising Photography and Social Impact Design, to round out an already robust list.

A panel of design experts will judge each category and Grand Prize winners will be announced in conjunction with the Adobe MAX creativity conference held in Los Angeles, October 2015. Winners will receive a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership, travel and accommodations to MAX in Los Angeles as well as access to the event, and creative mentorship. Three Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000USD.

Deadline for entry is June 19, 2015 at 5pm PST. For submission guidelines, categories, prize information, amazing student work and more, visit Also, check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter (@AdobeEDU and @AdobeAwards) for the latest news and updates.

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Congratulations to the Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014 Category Winners!

ADAAToday, I am pleased to announce that Adobe revealed the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) 2014 category winners via an online video. The competition honors the most promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, filmmakers, and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.This year, we received 4,419 creative submissions from students living in seventy countries, attending 1,500 different universities and colleges.

In August, nine official judges were invited to the Adobe offices in New York, to select the ADAA winners from the semifinalist entries. The judges chose 10 category winning entries, two special designations, and 25 finalist entries. The ADAA 2014 category winners include:

  • 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


On October 5th, three 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 in conjunction with Adobe MAX. On behalf of Adobe, I congratulate not only the winners but all the students who submitted their work and continue to awe us with their creativity and innovation. Your work is absolutely inspirational!

For the latest ADAA news, follow us on Twitter or visit our ADAA Online Gallery to check out the amazing student work.

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Adobe Announces Winners of the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

ADAA13_4766Adobe, in collaboration with Icograda (International Council of Communication Design), hosted its 13th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) ceremony last night at Hotel Affinia Manhattan in NYC. During the event, 11 higher education students were named the 2013 Category Winners out of which three students were named 2013 Grand Prize Media Segment Winners. This is quite an honor as over 3,750 projects were submitted spanning across 55 countries!

The panel of judges chose student winners in 11 categories of artistic design and technology. Winning entries were honored for their creative originality, effectiveness, and the students’ skill in applying Adobe products. One of the judges, Harry Pearce, partner at Pentagram U.K. commented: “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, diversity, and largely, the quality of all the entries.” You can view additional judging commentary here.

ADAA winner, Marc Nonnenmacher, first achieved finalist status in 2010 for his work, Kausalkomplexe. This year, Marc returned victorious, winning the 2013 Installation category for his work entitled Causal Timelines. When accepting his award, Nonnenmacher admitted that his friends 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.” 

This year’s category winners are:

Interactive Experience Media Segment

  • Grand Prize Winner/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

Motion and Video Media Segment

  • Grand Prize Winner/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

Traditional Media Segment

  • Grand Prize Winner/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

Individual student category winners – and the leader from each winning group submission – received a US$2,000 cash prize and a 24-month membership of Adobe Creative Cloud. Individual winners and group leads also received a one-year mentorship with an Icograda design industry professional. Each team member received a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership. Grand Prize Media Segment winners received and an additional US$3,000 for a total cash prize of US$5,000.

All winners, finalists and honorable mention recipients can be viewed in the ADAA Online Gallery.

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Adobe Announces 2013 Finalists for Adobe Design Achievement Awards

LogoAdobe is thrilled to announce the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) finalists and honorable mention recipients! Talented students from around the world submitted their work into the contest. Panelists and official judges, representing ten different countries, contributed their unique and cultural perspectives when selecting the most innovative student designs. 

ADAA13Judges_BlogThe ADAA global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year, maintaining its reputation for recognizing the best work of student design. 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.

The judging panel selected 1,100 semifinalists and then 30 finalists and 22 honorable mention recipients were chosen in the final round. These young talents came from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States.

The eleven category winners and three media segment Grand Prize winners will be announced on November 20, 2013, at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony in New York City, in conjunction with the Adobe Create Now World Tour. Winners will receive a 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, a cash award, and travel to New York.

Adobe congratulates the 2013 finalists and encourages you to join us in celebrating the next generation designers by posting comments to the Online ADAA Gallery. You can follow their journey through the ADAA Facebook and Twitter channels, #ADAA13. Additionally, check out the sneak-peek video of the honored work!

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Call for Entries to the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

ADAA2013 ImageAdobe announced the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA), a global design competition that recognizes the best work of student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists. Individual and group projects created with Adobe creative software are eligible for submission and will be judged by an international panel of design experts. The ADAA competition has attracted more than 27,000 student participants from a total of 75 countries since the program was introduced in 2001.

The ADAA 2013 competition features 12 entry categories in three segments: Interactive Experience, Motion and Video, and Traditional Media.

  • Interactive Experience segment includes: Information Design, Game Art and Development, Installation Design, and Digital Publishing
  • Motion and Video includes: Animation, Audio Design, Motion Graphics, and Post-Production Editing
  • Traditional Media includes: Illustration, Packaging (including Fashion), Print Communications, and Photograph

Students are encouraged to enter into either, or both, of the two submission sessions, allowing for more flexibility in their schedule. Submission deadlines are April 12 and June 21, 2013. All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) on June 21, 2013. Students can view complete contest guidelines and submit projects at

Semifinalists will be announced shortly after each judging phase and featured in the ADAA Facebook community. Three finalists per each of the 12 entry categories will be revealed in September while winners will be announced in October during an online awards ceremony and awarded Adobe software and cash prizes.

For more information, visit the ADAA website. Also, check out our Facebook page or follow us @AdobeEDU for the latest news and updates.

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards Celebrates Student and Faculty Achievements

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!


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A Busy Week Ahead: Adobe Education Heads to EDUCAUSE 2012 and Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Are you one of the 4000+ education professionals headed to Denver for EDUCAUSE 2012? If you are, I hope you’ll stop by Adobe’s booth — #701 – to join our presentations on IT deployment tools for Adobe Creative Suite 6, cross campus use cases, web analytics, digital publishing ideas for your campus, and much more. By visiting our booth Nov. 5-9, you’ll also have a chance to enter the Adobe Twitter challenge. All you have to do is watch a presentation, shoot a photo, tweet the photo, and you will be entered to win an Apple iPad (please see sweepstakes rules). And that’s not all: for every tweet, Adobe will donate $100 to the Kuali Foundation*, a non-profit organization that provides software for higher education institutions.

From Denver, the Adobe Education team will journey to Toronto, Canada, where we’ll announce the winners of our 12th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). We’ll be  holding a special ceremony on November 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET as part of the DesignThinkers 2012 conference, with distinguished designers Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka serving as the Masters of Ceremonies. A total of 41 student and teacher finalists from all over the world are coming together to be recognized for their originality, educational innovation and skill in applying Adobe products. For those of you who can’t attend in person, the ceremony will be streamed live. Register to attend here.

We are so proud of the student and faculty achievements and feel privileged to be able to honor them through ADAAs. We are also looking forward to EDUCAUSE and a chance to talk and collaborate with all of you in an effort to create the next-generation educational environment. I hope to see and hear from you all!


*Adobe will donate a maximum of $10,000 USD

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Adobe Announces 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Finalists

It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) finalists and honorable mention recipients. These talented individuals were selected during an intensive two-day judging process that brings together a diverse group of design educators and professionals. More than thirty preliminary and eleven official judges, hailing from sixteen different countries, contributed their unique cultural perspectives and wealth of design insight to the task of selecting the finalists. Let me tell you, the judges had their work cut out for them!

Every year, we receive thousands of amazing submissions, making this a really challenging competition. During the 2012 open call-for-entries, the ADAA received 4,979 submissions from more than 70 countries. The student entries were judged on originality, effectiveness in meeting the communication objective and skill in applying Adobe products. Faculty submissions were scored on educational innovation and the development of applications to better an overall educational experience. Based on this criteria, the judges narrowed the field to 1,200 semifinalists, and from that group, 41 finalists and 20 honorable mention recipients were selected. Entries from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and United States make up the finalists and honorable mention recipients.

Winners will be selected from among the 41 finalist entries and announced on November 9, 2012, at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as part of the DesignThinkers 2012 convention.

On behalf of Adobe, I congratulate our 2012 finalists and encourage all of you to give a big shout out to these talented students and educators (listed alphabetically by category below; also available here):

Animation: Group leader Christopher DeVito, School of Visual Arts, United States

Animation: Ainslie Henderson, Edinburgh College of Art, Great Britain

Animation: Brett Underhill, New York University, United States

Application Development: Benoît Boucart, Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST), Belgium

Application Development: Bram Monstrey, Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST), Belgium

Browser Based Design: Group leader Sanghun Heo, Hongik University, Korea

Browser Based Design: Vanessa Li, Sheridan College, Canada

Browser Based Design: Group leader Won-young So, Kookmin University, Korea

Game Design and Development: Group leader Mitchell Brien, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Game Design and Development: Kamonwit Sirithananonsakul, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Illustration: Yeni Kim, Royal College of Art, Great Britain

Illustration: Jung Hee Lim, Kookmin University, Korea

Illustration: Zhongxuan (Sam) Liu, Guangxi Arts Institute of China, China

Innovation in Interactive Media in Education: Group leader Carlos Amaral, Centro Universitário Augusto Motta, Brazil

Innovation in Interactive Media in Education: Anna Zyrianova, St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design, Russia

Innovation in Motion and Video in Education: Hector Herrera, Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada

Innovation in Traditional Media in Education: Dan Bittman, AIC College of Design, United States

Innovation in Traditional Media in Education: Kyuha Shim, Rhode Island School of Design, United States

Innovation in Traditional Media in Education: Mengyi Xie, East China Normal University School of Communication, China

Installation Design: Group leader James Coltman, University of the Arts London, Great Britain

Installation Design: Group leader Dongseop Lee, Chung-Ang University, Korea

Installation Design: Group leader Amanda Rezza, Iuav University of Venice, Italy

Live Action: Group leader Zhen Wei Cheong, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia

Live Action: Christopher Lavelle, Sunderland University, Great Britain

Live Action: Marc Rühl, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, Germany

Mobile Design: Minzhe Chen Cheng, Ringling College of Art and Design, United States

Mobile Design: Group leader Ornella Giau, Iuav University of Venice, Italy

Mobile Design: Kirsten Southwell, North Carolina State University, United States

Motion Graphics: Group leader Andrej Balaz, collaboration between the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany and the University of Monterey, Mexico

Motion Graphics: Michael Rigley, California College of the Arts, United States

Motion Graphics: Matan Yaniv, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel

Non-Browser Based Design: Group leader Lee Soyoung, Hongik University, Korea

Packaging: Group leader Seungkwan Kang, collaboration between the Sungkyunkwan University and Kookmin University, Korea

Packaging: Mark O’Brien, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland

Packaging: Richelle Rogers, York University/Sheridan College, Canada

Photography: Wade Hudson, Humber College, Canada

Photography: Pablo Jimenez, Academy Of Art University, United States

Photography: Hyunjin Kim, Ewha Womans University, Korea

Print Communications: Jeff Han, Art Center College of Design, United States

Print Communications: Jerod Rivera, Art Center College of Design, United States

Print Communications: Nada Seet, Saudi Arabia, School of Visual Arts, United States

For more information on Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2012, please go to You can also follow our journey by checking out our Facebook or Twitter channels.

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Announcing the 2012 ADAA Judges!

We’ve had the privilege of working with the best of the best when it comes to judging entries to the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). Our judging panel for 2012 is no exception!

The ADAA program partnered with Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) to identify design luminaries from all around the globe and invited them to lend their expertise to the ADAA judging panel.

ADAA judges for 2012 include:

  • Daniel Biasatti, Design Director, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Gregoire Cliquet, Professor and Department Head of Experimental Applied Researches in interaction Design (READi), L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique
  • Nancy Juliber, Strategic Creative Media Marketing Executive
  • Mikael Kanfi, Partner and Chief Product Officer, Twist Image
  • Richard Loveless, President, Global Connections: Art and Technology Consulting Services; Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Susan Metros, Professor of Visual Design, The University of Southern California
  • Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Game Design, Interactive Media, Synesthesia, Q Entertainment
  • Ravi Naidoo, Founder and Managing Director, Interactive Africa / Design Indaba
  • Hephzibah Pathak, President, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Mumbai, India
  • Fernanda Saboia, Creative Director, Tatil Design
  • Tina Shaw, Video Production Manager / Creative Director, NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment and Liquid Filmworks

ADAA 2012 judges’ biographies can be viewed at:

This summer, our esteemed judges will review thousands of innovative award submissions by students and faculty from higher education institutions around the world. Work will be judged across 13 student media categories and 3 faculty categories, and three finalists and honorable mention recipients will be named in each category. Judges will ultimately select one winner in each category. Winners will be announced at the ADAA Awards Ceremony at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles, this October.

Tina Shaw, one of this year’s judges, shared with me how energizing it is for her to join design peers from around the world and be inspired by the work of future creative leaders in traditional and experimental media.  She added, “I take great honor in supporting the students and educators that rise to the challenges of their projects with remarkable/innovative/keen visual solutions.”

The ADAA is accepting entries until 5:00pm Pacific Time on June 22, 2012. Participants may enter each category three times.  Recent student graduates are also eligible if their entry was created after May 1, 2011, and they were a student at that time. Finalists and winners will receive Adobe software and travel to Adobe MAX. In addition, winners in each category will receive $3000US cash. For more information on Adobe Design Achievement Awards and the various categories visit: Stay informed and inspired by fellow designers by connecting to our ADAA Facebook and Twitter channels.

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