Recap: Adobe MAX 2019

This past year, 40 members of the Top Talent were invited to attend Adobe MAX in Los Angeles as VIPs. Hailing from all over the world, they were there to represent the perspective of the next class of creative professionals. From livestreaming on Adobe Live to leading their own sessions, the Top Talent definitely left their mark on MAX.

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Overcoming Trauma: How Adriano Rodrigues Found Hope Through Neon Dreams


My name is Adriano Rodrigues. I am a Neon UV visual artist and am part of this year’s Top Talent, born in Brazil and raised in Albany, NY. I began my career as an illustrator, using Copic markers to create dark, surrealistic, images. In January 2015, I enrolled at Hudson Valley Community College to earn my degree in Digital Media.

One of my projects that I had created earlier in the semester featured a lava lamp which is one of the trickier things to photograph because of the hues and vibrant colors. I worked with the image in Adobe Lightroom and I learned that with some tweaking, the vibrancy of the image spoke to me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that lava lamp was the start of the next phase of my career. 

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Career Check: Nic Yulo on Overcoming the Post-Grad Gray Area

Hello! My name is Nic Yulo and I am a writer-director based in New York City. My background is in Fine Arts and Creative Writing so transitioning to filmmaking felt like a natural evolution. I graduated from the Columbia University MFA Film program in May 2018 and am currently a writer on the upcoming AAA video game Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.


Still from Replica | ADAA Winner 2016 – Fine Art Video Editing and Post Production

I got to attend the Adobe Awards in 2016 with my short film Replica, along with a group of hyper-talented humans that I consider myself fortunate to have met. Since then, some of us have gone on to publish books, embark on award-winning animation careers, and even get hired by Adobe full time.

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Adobe Awards Team Picks

Back by popular demand! The international team of superstars that make the Adobe Design Achievement Awards such a special experience for students have made their picks – read on to see which 2018 semifinalist entries they’re (not so) secretly rooting for in the final round of this year’s competition…


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MENTORSHIP MAGIC: In-Agency Matchups

Did you know that 2017 Adobe Design Achievement Awards entrants were selected for mentorships in leading digital agencies around the globe this year, regardless of their final standing in last year’s competition? Here’s a quick snapshot of just a little bit of the mentorship magic taking place around the world right now…


WHERE: Cuernavaca, Mexico

AGENCY: Ideograma

Adobe Awards mentees and mentors at Ideograma’s Cuernavaca offices.

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One of the best things about the Adobe Design Achievement Awards is how it brings together creative students from around the globe. We’re taking a deeper look at where these students come from, what’s happening on their campuses and in their creative corners of the world, and what is means to launch their careers – starting with ADAA alumni from Mapúa University in the Philippines.

Mapúa University was founded by the first registered Filipino architect, Tomas Mapúa.

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Want to know what it takes to win the ADAA? You might start by asking recent School of Visual Arts grad Luke Guyer; he took back-to-back top honors in the Commercial – Animation/Motion Graphics category in both 2016 and 2017. We checked in with him about his transition to the working world and his new role at DE-YAN in New York City.

Luke Guyer, back-to-back ADAA Commercial – Animation/Motion Graphics winner, 2016 and 2017.

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