The Awards

The Adobe® Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition - which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software - honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, game developers and computer artists from the world's top institutions of higher education.

Meet the people who work behind the scenes to keep the Adobe® Design Achievement Awards the world's premier design, film, and interactive media competition for higher education students.

The 2014 ADAA Board Members:



Klaus Delanghe

Howest University
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Klaus Delanghe is a digital expert merging code and design skills. Based in Belgium, he teaches web design and development in Howest University West Flander's new media curricula. He plays a leading role in the New Media and Communication Technology IT program, and was one of the founding members of the Devine Digital Design and Development program, a three-year curriculum focused on screen design and development skills with the aim of molding the next generation of interactive designers and developers. Delanghe speakes at various international conferences is a founder of the Mulit-Mania conference, welcoming an inspiring mix of 2000+ students, educators, and industry professionals.

Penny Ann Dolin

Arizona State University
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Penny Ann Dolin has taught in ASU's Graphic Information Technology program for 15 years, and is currently its Program Director. This major explores web technologies, print and design, and visual (photo and video) technologies. Dolin founded the GIT Commercial Photography Studio at ASU and manages the Technical Imaging Lab, which explores high-speed imaging, and stroboscopic and thermal photography. She has been involved in numerous STEM grants, incorporating photography and science in an accessible and fun way for K-12. Dolin has worked with Adobe software for nearly 20 years, and it has been at the core of much of her curricula.

Jean-Benoit Lévy

Visual Communicator
San Francisco
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Jean-Benoit Lévy is a visual communicator who has been active since 1983 in Switzerland after his studies at the Basel School of Design with teachers such as Wolfgang Weingart and Armin Hofmann. Jean-Benoit is now living and working in San Francisco.

Jean-Benoit is a highly creative individual designer whose journey started in Basel, Switzerland and led him to San Francisco, California. From logo to corporate identities, from postage stamp to coin design, from street posters to book design, from private projects or for clients assignments, his professional experience is wide. His work has been awarded in international competitions and published in books and magazines.

Jean-Benoit received his green card in 2001 and became a U.S. citizen in 2008. Since 1991 Jean-Benoit has taught regularly, including courses at San Jose State University and Academy of Art University. He also lectures about his work in various schools in Europe, Japan, and USA. I n 1988 he opened his studio “A N D”. T his studio, located in Basel have been active in Switzeralnd until 2006. He is a member of AI GA and AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale ).

Born in 1959 in Switzerland, Jean-Benoit speaks French, German and English. He is married and father of one boy.

« I f you go check on “Google” please make sure not to mix with the french Movie Director Jean Benoit-Levy. »

Brian Lucid

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Professor of Design
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Brian Lucid is a designer, educator, and consultant whose personal and professional work spans from traditional communications in static and temporal media to algorithmic design and physical/digital interfaces.

He holds the position of Professor of Graphic Design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts where he also serves as one of the core faculty members of the Dynamic Media Institute, a graduate program focused upon design research at the intersection of technology and communication.

At MassArt he teaches courses across the graphic design curriculum, and has developed innovative curriculum in the areas of typography, visual systems, information design, interaction design, user experience, and service design. Recently, he has been writing curricula introducing visual thinkers (and the math-adverse) to computer programming for creative applications.

Brian speaks at national and international conferences dealing with dynamic media, information design, and design education. He was the co-organizer of the 2008 AIGA design education conference entitled Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design in the Age of Dynamic Media, the first AIGA education conference specifically focused upon dynamic media.

Recent writings appear in The Education of the Graphic Designer, 2nd Edition (edited by Steven Heller. Published by Allworth Press), Teaching Motion Design (edited by Michael Dooley and Steven Heller. Published by Allworth Press), The Language of Dynamic Media and The Experience of Dynamic Media (both edited by Jan Kubasiewicz. Published by the Dynamic Media Institute).

From 2005–2007 Brian sat on the steering committee for the AIGA Design Educators Community, and previously served for three years on the board of directors of the fourth largest AIGA Chapter in the United States.

Recent clients range from design agencies to cultural organizations to corporations, including Adobe Systems, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Barbarian Group, Upromise, Proximity Lab, The Education Development Center (EDC), Trinity Communications, and Solidworks.

Brian holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

Andrew McAllister

OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
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McAllister currently manages the creative computing environment at OCAD, from student and faculty computing to leading innovative web development.

As a practicing artist, McAllister creates video, audio, interactive and photographic works, some of which have been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. McAllister's videos and photographs have been shown at the International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Prague), the CONTACT Festival of Photography (Toronto), the imagineNATIVE media arts + film festival (Toronto), Century Gallery (London) and Sis Boom Bah (Toronto) in Out and About, GARDENfresh (Chicago), Oxo Tower (London) in Response/Ability and at FotoFestival Naarden (Netherlands). McAllister holds a Master's degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.

Find out more about Andrew McAllister at www.andrewmcallister.ca/

Mike Patterson

Animator and director of music videos, commercials, and blended media projects
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Mike Patterson is an animator and director of music videos, commercials, and blended media projects. He began his career in 1985 by animating the epic MTV hit, Take On Me for A-Ha. Teaming up with his wife Candace Reckinger, they directed a string of MTV hits that include, Suzanne Vega's "Luka", Sting's "Be Still My Beating Heart" and Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract", which won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

As a director at Rhythm & Hues Studios, he worked extensively with blending live action with animation and visual effects. Specializing in combining live action performance with animated characters and fx, his work has received numerous awards including Clios and appearances on the Superbowl. A DGA veteran since 1993, he continues to direct and design commercials internationally.

Patterson studied animation with Jules Engel at CalArts where he produced his Student Academy Award winning animated film "Commuter". In fall of 2006, Commuter was added into the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection along with seven Patterson-Reckinger music video clips.

Mike and Candace recently directed and produced the animated visualization of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" for the gala opening of Frank Gehry's New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida. “Pictures” was a collaboration with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the New World Symphony, and 11 USC animation students and recent grads. The 35-minute program was projected onto the hall’s 5 huge screens spanning 250 feet of projection space. The work premiered January 2011. http://www.adobe.com/education/resources/articles/usc-creates-five-screens.html

In April 2011, Mike produced the live outdoor visual music event, "Rhythms + Visions - Expanded + Live" on the Cinematic Arts campus. It featured performances by cutting edge international VJ's and live musicians. as well as multi-screen installations and stereoscopic architectural mapping. The second installment of this live event is being held in April of next year.

This May, Mike and Candace directed and edited a fully animated music video for Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra’s hit, “Mr. Blue Sky”. A team of USC animation artists collaborated on the project.

Andrew Phelps

Rochester Institute of Technology
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Andrew Phelps is founder and director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC). In 2001, Phelps offered the first course in game programming at Rochester Institute of Technology. That course quickly grew into a concentration of courses. He led a faculty team to design both Bachelors and Masters programs in Game Design and Development. He also created the Department of Interactive Games & Media, which became a school in 2011, where Phelps is a full Professor. Alumni of this program have worked throughout the industry, and have had a profound impact on the field.

Stephan Powilat

Creative Director at LABOR
Germany
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Stephan Powilat, a 2006 ADAA Print Communications category team winner, is co-founder of LABOR - Modern Communications, an agency based in Mainz, Germany. The work of Stephan and his team has won awards from TDC, ADC, Red Dot, IF Design, and the Raymond Loewy Foundation. Since 2007 he and partners Mathias Vogel and Florian Lange have been responsible for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards creative work. Stephan also does work for numerous and varied clients, from cancer research and nonprofit associations to political institutions and TV broadcast companies, combining the disciplines of design, software, and marketing.

Willy Wong

Chief Creative Officer at NYC & Company, the City of New York's official marketing organization
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Since 2006, he has led the creative vision and strategy for global branding, advertising, and design of major NYC initiatives, campaigns, services, products, and programs. Willy also serves as graduate thesis advisor at the School of Visual Arts in both the MFA Interaction Design and MFA Designer as Entrepreneur programs, adjunct at New York University's Center for Advanced Digital Applications, President of AIGA/NY and advisory board member to SXSW Interactive. Willy received his MFA from Yale University and AB from Dartmouth College. Follow him @wwong or www.willywong.com