Mentorship Magic: Jola Bańkowska + Bartosz Kosowski

Did you know that all winners of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards are matched with a professional mentor to work one-on-one on launching their career? And that ALL ADAA entrants, regardless of their competition standing, are eligible to be selected for special mentorship opportunities at leading design agencies throughout the world?

ADAA 2016 Social Impact Video Editing/Post-Production Winner Jola Bańkowska was paired up with veteran illustrator and founder of Blackbird Illustration, Bartosz Kosowski, for her one-on-one mentorship. Aside from being talented creatives, both are Polish, and meet face to face in the city of Łódź.

Let’s take a look at what makes their new mentor/mentee relationship tick, and how Bartosz is helping Jola launch her career.


Bartosz Kosowski and Jola BańkowskaBartosz Kosowski and Jola Bańkowska.

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Industry Expert – Theresa Whitehill

Colored Horse Studios co-founder Theresa Whitehill has a background (Mills College Book Arts Program) in the study of typography, book arts, poetics, and letterpress that sets her work apart from designers who are primarily visual or whose training began with the digital revolution. With dual studios located in northern California’s Ukiah and in Napa Valley, she has been a member of the Graphic Artists Guild since the founding of her business in 1993 and has served as a presenter for their popular webinar, The Pricing Game. With over 30 years’ experience in both graphic design and literary arts, her interrelated focus provides consistency and depth to projects ranging from websites and graphic identities to publications and packaging. Theresa was a finalist judge in the Fine Art and Commercial segments for ADAA 2016. The judging took place at Adobe’s offices in the Design District of San Francisco, California in August of this year.


A design session at Colored Horse Studios


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launching student careers – Jay Taylor

“Persistence=success”: ico-D interviews 2015 mentor Jay Taylor about the Adobe ico-D Mentorship Programme

For this interview, ico-D asked Jay Taylor to discuss his experiences as a mentor:

1) What do you do everyday as an illustrator, and why do you do what you do?
My time is split 50/50 between freelancing as an illustrator and running the Fine Art & Illustration degree at Coventry University. This balance can be challenging at times but I’ve found they feed well into each other, allowing me to maintain a certain level of autonomy in my career but with the stability (and human interaction) of what a ’normal’ job brings.


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