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24th October 2013, 11:26am
Design duo honoured in global creative competition
Design duo honoured in global creative competition A global design competition that recognises the cream of international creative talent and is hosted by one of the world’s largest multimedia software companies has commended the work of two Lincoln graphic designers.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) honour the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, game developers and computer artists from higher education institutions around the world.

In the 2013 ADAA competition, Amber Hadley and Ash Watkins, who graduated from the University of Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme in September 2013, both received honourable mentions for their creative work after been selected from a pool of thousands of entries.

Hosted by Adobe, the multinational computer software company specialising in creative products, the competition has attracted more than 27,000 student participants from 75 different countries since the programme was introduced in 2001.

Amber received an honourable mention for her innovative packaging design, and Ash was recognised in the Installation Design category. Their designs, produced as part of their final year work at Lincoln, were created using Adobe software to reflect the theme of ‘metamorphosis’, and were judged by an international panel of design experts.

Ash, who is now completing an internship with a London design agency, said: “The ADAA scheme attracts thousands of entries from all over the world every year, so I am delighted that my work has been recognised. Graphic design really is a problem-solving activity, and good designs are achieved through a combination of skill, insight and creativity. It is because Lincoln's course is thoughtfully planned around these factors, that we as students were encouraged to be so creative and expansive in our study of the discipline.

“Since leaving Lincoln this summer, I’ve been involved in so many exciting projects for amazing clients, including Coca-Cola, Wimbledon, MINI, Lionel Messi and Philips.”

Dr Isil Onol, Programme Leader for Graphic Design and Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design, said: “Receiving an honourable mention in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards represents important international level recognition, and only the most talented students can achieve this. The Graphic Design team here at the University of Lincoln are very proud of Ash and Amber’s accomplishments, and we wish them all the success in the future following their recent graduation."

This recognition follows a highly successful awards season for students from the Lincoln School of Art and Design, with Christopher Algar named as the D&AD Student of the Year, 11 students shortlisted as finalists in the Young Creative Network awards and six award winners at the ISTD Student Awards earlier this year.

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