adobe design achievement awards 2016

24 February 2016
04 November 2016
Launching Student Careers


The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2016 Winners and Finalists have been announced!

ico-D partner Adobe has announced the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) 2016 category winners, finalists and honourable mention recipients. Thirteen judges convened at Adobe’s offices in San Francisco to select the finalists and winners for the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA), in association with ico-D.

A PDF of the full list of winners can be seen here


Among the finalists, a total of 14 countries and 31 educational institutions are represented. Category winners, finalists and honourable mention recipients were announced. Entries are published in the Adobe Showcase here

Check out the video showcasing this years' finalists:


About the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA): Over the last decade, ADAA has honoured the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from various universities and design schools globally. The latest evolution in the ADAA aims to help bridge that gap between an education in design and a career in design, and in 2016, ADAA aims to launch student careers!


2016 Final Judging Panel

Alicia Bergin, Managing Director, Method
Pablo Jimenez, Photographic Production Artist, Apple
Candace Reckinger, Artist Director, USC
Paolo Garcia, Motion Designer Art Director, Tranquilo
Chris Szadkowski, Creative Director, EVB
Phil Hamlett, Graduate Director, Academy of Art University and AIGA
Theresa Whitehill, Design Director, Writer, Co-founderColoredhorse
Pauline Ploquin, Chief Relationship Officer and Partner, Struck
Matthew Richmond, Director, Experience Design, Adobe XD
Michael Patterson, Director Designer Animator Professor, USC
Roberto Veronese, Executive Creative Director, Method
Michelle Posadas, Learning Design Manager, Project1324
Tom Sieu, Creative Director, Cibo
Zelda Harrison, Branding and Communication Consultant, Zharrison & Associates

Read their bios here


Categories and Segments

There are 3 main segments:

Fine Art (for its own sake)

Commercial for a client (fictional or real)

Social Impact for a social or environmental cause


These 3 segments are subdivided into 14 categories and are assessed using the following Judging Criteria:

1. Project originality and creative excellence.
2. Effectiveness in meeting a communication objective.
3. Demonstrating skills in applying Adobe products towards these ends.


Benefits and Prizes

For ADAA 2016 there are exciting new changes to the prizes that better reflect the change in emphasis to "launching student careers". Highlights include career bootcamps and nominations to the Adobe Creative Residency program! 

For all entrants:

For Semi-Finalists:

  • Career Bootcamps
  • Join the ADAA Community
  • ADAA Certificates and Certified Badges

For Finalists:

  • Adobe Creative Clouds
  • Nominations to the Adobe Creative Residency Program

For Winners:

  • Travel to San Diego
  • Conference Passes for Adobe MAX 2016

For a full list of Benefits and Prizes click here.

Who can enter?

  • Open worldwide to students 18 years or older enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education at time of entry.
  • Contestants may submit up to three entries, per different category, for a maximum total of 42 possible entries per contestant.
  • Submitted projects must have been created not earlier than May 1, 2015.
  • The work must be created primarily (50% or more) with the Adobe tools designated in each category and be accompanied by original digital files in Adobe software if requested.
  • Individuals residing in the following countries, states, and territories are excluded: Brazil, Northern Ireland, the Province of Quebec, and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
  • There is no entry fee.


Key Dates

24 February - Competition opens for entries (Early Bird, Session 1).

17 April - Closing of Early bird entries. Entry Session II commences.

16 May - Semi-Finalists from Early Bird Session 1 announced. 

19 June - Closing of entry session II. 

18 July - Semi-Finalists from Session II announced.

28 August - Finalists announced.

12 September - Mentorship Programme begins.

1 - 4 November - Finalists Ceremony at Adobe Max San Diego.



2016 ADAA Official website.

2016 ADAA Live Submissions Gallery: see every entry as they come in!

2016 ADAA Benefits and Prizes.

For more information, please contact:
Emlyn Nardone
Programme Manager
ico-D Secretariat



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