I recently traveled to Toronto, Canada for a few days at Icograda's Design Thinkers conference as a Finalist for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards in Animation category for my graduate thesis, Threadbare. It was a pretty amazing experience, and I am quite proud to have been a part of it all.
Here are a few highlights:
Even though I didn't win the final prize, just being selected from the large pool of applicants is pretty special.
Judging Video from ADAA Gallery on Vimeo.
There was some stiff competition for everyone, and Ainslie Henderson's wonderful stop motion piece "I Am Tom Moody" was a quick favorite of mine to win my own category.
I Am Tom Moody Trailer from ainslie henderson on Vimeo.
But the other nomination in the Animation category, the 3D animation "Ramus", was just as solid in its own right.
Ramus from ADAA Gallery on Vimeo.
The amount of talent featured was pretty astounding, and I was able to meet Matan Yaniv, whose "Grind Identities" made it into the Motion Graphics category. Unbeknownst to me at the time, he was the creator of the fantastic "Retirment Plan" short, which I had previously screened in some of my courses.
GRIND Identity from Matan Yaniv on Vimeo.
Retirement Plan (director's cut) from Matan Yaniv on Vimeo.
There was a ton of other amazing work, to see more it is worth check out the ADAA Gallery and Adobe's own Yearbook documenting the events. The Adobe Awards was a wonderful time, and I recommend anyone eligible (both students and faculty) to apply to their Awards the next chance you get.