About the Adobe ico-D Mentorship Program


"Every student who submits an entry into the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) contest is eligible to apply for creative mentorship from an industry professional."

- from Students Pair Up with Creative Pro’s through Adobe ico-D Mentorships (9 June 2015 Adobe)


In 2013, ico-D developed the Adobe ico-D Mentorship program and has been offering it to students worldwide in partnership with the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

The Mentorship program aims to discover and nurture new design voices by facilitating a unique form of creative engagement. By pairing international experts with design students, craft, practice and polish is passed on to developing designers.

In addition, the singular point of view of young designers influences, and perhaps challenges, the practicing professional in what is a meaningful and creative exchange for both.

The program consists of two facets: The "5-5-5 mentorship" and the "portfolio review". The 5-5-5 runs over 5 months and includes 5 meetings between the mentor and mentee that deal with 5 topics whereas the portfolio review is about giving a student feedback on their body of work. All mentorships can be conducted remotely but we try to organise in person mentorships as often as possible.