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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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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ADAA Alumni – Willy Wong is one of today’s outstanding talents.

Willy Wong

‘there is only one new york city. there is no one new york city.’

Willy Wong is one of today’s outstanding talents.

Completing his MFA at the Yale University in 2005 and his AB at Dartmouth College in 1999, he successfully started his career in designing brands. With his innovative idea Wong won the 2003 Adobe Design Achievement Awards focusing on Experimental Design.

His ADAA submission, The Weather Resort, imagined a visual identity for a conceptual hotel chain. The project used still, moving, and interactive components to create a particular kind of mood without creating an actual architectural site. Willy Wong describes the idea behind his project as “engineering an experience around the weather.

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