Adobe announces winners of 2012 Design Achievement Awards

Adobe announces winners of 2012 Design Achievement Awards


November 9, 2012
Adobe announces winners of 2012 Design Achievement Awards

Global competition showcases Student, Faculty Achievement in Converging Technology and the Creative Arts

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced the winners of its 12th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) during a ceremony held earlier this evening at the DesignThinkers 2012 conference in Toronto, Ontario. The event was hosted in collaboration with Icograda (International Council of Communication Design), with distinguished designers Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka serving as the masters of ceremonies.

Tonight’s event honored students and educators whose winning projects were selected from 41 finalists out of nearly 5,000 total entries from 70 countries. 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. All work by ADAA finalists was showcased this week in a special gallery at the DesignThinkers 2012 conference.

“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.”

Adobe and Icograda partnered for the fourth consecutive year to attract submissions from the Icograda Education Network, and select an international judging panel of experts in design, art and technology.

Winning student entries were selected based 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. View the 2012 judges’ commentary here.

Student Awards
Animation: Ainslie Henderson, Edinburgh College of Art, Great Britain
Application Development: Bram Monstrey , Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST), Belgium
Browser Based Design: Vanessa Li, Sheridan College, Canada
Game Design and Development: Mitchell Brien (group leader), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
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
Mobile Design: Kirsten Southwell, North Carolina State University, United States
Motion Graphics: Michael Rigley, California College of the Arts, United States
Non-Browser Based Design: Lee Soyoung (group leader), Hongik University, Korea
Packaging: Richelle Rogers, York University/Sheridan College, Canada
Photography: Pablo Jimenez, Academy Of Art University, United States
Print Communications: Jeff Han, Art Center College of Design, United States

Faculty Awards
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: Kyuha Shim, Rhode Island School of Design, United States

Individual student winners and the leader from each group winner received a USD3,000 cash prize, winner’s certificate and a 3D trophy, plus roundtrip airfare/expenses to attend the DesignThinkers conference in Toronto, in addition to Adobe software. Faculty individual and group winners received the same respective prize packages as well as a USD3,000 educational grant for the faculty member’s institution. More information on the winning prizes can be viewed here.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit

About Icograda
Icograda, a partner of the International Design Alliance (IDA), is the world body for professional communication design. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network of independent organizations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of communication design and expanded media. Founded in 1963, Icograda actively promotes the value of design practice, thinking, education, research and policy, representing more than 200 organizations in 67 countries and regions globally. For more information, visit

Press Contacts
Mirka Janus, Adobe Systems Incorporated: T 408 536 2876 / [email protected]


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