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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 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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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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Technology and Creativity Celebrated at the 11th Annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards

After just a few weeks into my new job at Adobe, I have already had the opportunity to travel to Taipei to attend the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) ceremony. It’s an amazing event – educators and student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists came together from around the world to compete in the “world cup” of design.  Simply put, I was just amazed by the creativity, quality, and design of the showcased work.  Since this competition began in 2001, nearly 25,000 students across 73 countries have been involved. This year, for the first time in ADAA history, we also had the privilege of recognizing faculty in categories honoring teaching excellence.

A few things really stand out for me from the experience. First off, the winner from Taiwan, Sean Chang, is a gifted designer who won the Print Communications category. When asked about his message to other students around the world on using technology and design, his advice was, “Think big and outside the box. Have a positive impact on the world. And make sure that your design tells a story.”  Secondly, almost all of the students spent time talking about the role of design — in their words, “design is about making this a better world for all of us, people and environment.” We could all learn from the terrific insights and pure passion displayed by the students and educators – I know I certainly did.

The winners and finalist projects will be showcased during the Taipei World Design Expo from October 22 through October 30 for the world’s creative and technical luminaries to enjoy.  Join us in congratulating the talented winners in each of the competition’s 15 categories. We encourage you to check out the ADAA Gallery, a digital collection of not only this year’s winners and finalists, but also projects from winners and finalists over the past 10 years. Click here for a recap of the winners and the evening’s events.

We want to thank our partner for the third consecutive year, Icograda, as well as our prestigious judges and Master of Ceremonies, Lita Talarico, School of Visual Arts co-chair of the MFA program for continuing to help us recognize the best student and faculty creative leaders around the world. To view judges’ commentary on the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards click here.

We feel privileged and proud to honor such incredible work through the Adobe Design Achievement Awards!

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Calling All Students & Faculty: 2011 Design Achievement Awards Now Open For Submissions

Today Adobe announced the call for entries for the eleventh annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) and introduced new categories — to include faculty and staff.   For over a decade the ADAAs have celebrated higher education’s best student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists.   This year marks the first time that Adobe and the creative industry will recognize teaching excellence as well as student accomplishment.

Adobe will host the awards ceremony during the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei, Taiwan in October 2011.   For the third year in a row Icograda is endorsing and supporting Adobe’s flagship creative competition.

For more information, check out the press release or visit the ADAA website.

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