Adobe Design Achievement Awards


In case you have missed this information, I wanted to make sure you received it in time to participate, should you decide to do so:


The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are currently open for submissions. IAD Falls into a few categories that might fit some of your projects! See the bold categories bellow!


Deadline: Contest ends on June 19, 2015. All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 5pm (Pacific Time) on June 19, 2015.


Eligibility: Work must have been completed between May 1, 2014 and June 19, 2015, WHILE a student at AAU and 18+ years of age.

If you will be submitting work please email me and let me know.


There is no entry fee. Both individuals and groups may enter up to three unique projects in each of the following categories during the entire duration of the contest.

Application entry forms

For ALL contest information

Grand Prize winners will be announced during MAX in Los Angeles. Winners receive 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud memberships, travel and accommodations to MAX as well as access to the event, and mentorships. In addition, 3 Grand Prize winners receive $1,000USD.

Categories for the competition include:

(The bold categories fit IAD projects, see each category description in the contest information link)


Interactive Experience Media Segment

• Web and Application Design

• Game Design

Exhibition Design

• Digital Publishing

• Social Impact Design


Motion and Video Media Segment

• Animation

• Post-production and Editing

• Motion Graphics


Traditional Media Segment

• Illustration

• Packaging

• Photography

• Advertising Photography

• Print Communications


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Children’s Library Monterrey Mexico

Take a look at this library in Monterrey, Mexico. Designed by the team at Anagrama, the Children’s Library and Culture Center take place  inside a warehouse building with an incredibly modern design that sees neon rafters and shelves offset by angular shaped shelving and flooring. The design team while trying to come up with a concept and design plan, say the ‘asymmetrical reading platform meant to stimulate Monterrey’s mountainous topography’ and that the bookshelves are not only used as storage, but ‘serve as a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading’.

a-very-modern-library- Arch way

pink and blue ceiling rafters

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Monday Morning Photo(s) Live/Retail Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photo(s) we have a look at a very innovative project in Providence, Rhode Island, the Arcade is the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall and remains the historic heart of Providence’s downtown and now transformed into  a community of 48 micro-lofts ranging in size from 225 to 300 square feet. All new retail and entertainment spaces have been moved into the bottom floor, resulting in a community-style complex that is open to the public. It’s one part restorative architecture, one part tiny-house movement, one part mixed-use development. Bravo to NC Architects for such an innovative concept!

Micro Lofts at The Arcade Providence by NCArchitects 1

Micro Apartments - The Arcade Providence - 7

Micro Lofts at The Arcade Providence by NCArchitects 3

Micro Lofts at The Arcade Providence by NCArchitects 5

(photography by Ben Jacobsen)

Micro Apartments - The Arcade Providence - 3





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    The competition is open to young designers coming from architecture, interior design, and engineering faculties or professionals willing to explore the boundaries and constraints of the world of interior design, acquiring and widening their knowledge, critical awareness, original thinking.

    Applicants are required to submit no more than three A3 sketches and a short text written in English. The materials are to be provided in a digital format (pdf file, max 10 Mb). Entrants are free to chose the scale of reference for their designs, but should specify what scale has been used. When illustrating designs, particular importance should be given to the visual and scenic representation of the interior space (3d models, perspective views and sections, rendering, etc.). Candidates are also required to submit: Personal portfolio of works and projects: (maximum 15 candidate’s best interior design projects) Detailed curriculum vitae Motivation statement Copy of Degree Certificate and/or Academic Transcripts NABA Two-Year Master of Arts Degree Programs Application Form – Academic Year 2015

 1st prize: 1 scholarship covering 60% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the Program
2nd prize: 1 scholarship covering 50% of the tuition fee to attend the first

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Freshwood Design Competition

Fresh Wood is an industry-sponsored competition intended for serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the wood, design and related industries. The contest is open to students in North America. There is no entry fee.


May 1st, 2015


May 1st, 2015



Cash prizes are awarded in each category, as well as a People’s Choice award and a Best of Show award.


Student projects may be entered in chair, table, case good, “Open”, “Production for Design” or musical instrument categories. Students must submit an essay and photographs of their finished project for preliminary judging. If selected as a finalist, the project will be on display at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, a biennial woodworking industry trade show (shipping paid by AWFS), and the student is invited to attend the AWFS Fair (travel and hotel allowance provided). The final judging takes place – and the winners are announced- at the AWFS Fair.


Judging is done by an independent panel of woodworking industry professionals (approximately five) representing various sectors such as manufacturing, retail, education, design and wood related trade press. All entries are reviewed by the judges prior to the AWFS®Fair to determine the finalists to be exhibited at the show

Read more: Student Competition: Fresh Wood Woodworking and Design Competition | Design Competitions 

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When Technology Meets Interior Design

InteriorCrowd, an online interior design platform that has just launched in private beta mode, approached Academy of Art University’s School of Interior Architecture & Design a few months ago to get some of our top students on board to test their app.

Mercedes Maroni and Jeffrey Ypon were chosen by interior designer and instructor Agustin Sanders as two students who have already shown great talent as up-and-coming interior designers. Ypon explained, “InteriorCrowd is a great platform that will seamlessly connect designers to clients in need of design input.”


Interior rendering by IAD Student Mercedes Maroni

The students were given a brief by InteriorCrowd that covered the client’s style (retail brands that they liked and Pinterest links to images they liked), room details (which room needed a redo and the dimensions and pictures of each room) and the package needed (InteriorCrowd is currently testing three products that vary in degree of how much help the room needs from a little—to a lot).

The deliverable was a rendering of the designer’s suggested changes – based on the client’s real room, keeping items the client liked and subtracting items they didn’t. The designer also added pieces they thought would bring the room to life.

Maroni said, “The client had a very specific idea of what she wanted in the space and how she wanted to spend the budget. Design-wise, I didn’t think it was the most effective way to spend the budget and what the space needed, so I presented three designs.”

More about InteriorCrowd

InteriorCrowd is a fun and affordable way for busy people to get an inspiring design for their home online. Our proprietary technology connects clients and designers around the world, and it provides a platform for designers to create inspiring, personalized designs for each client’s unique space. Designers can focus on what they really love doing—design.

If you are interested in participating in InteriorCrowd’s closed beta round, please email Ruth at


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2015 Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge

2015 Sherwin-Williams® STIR® Student Design Challenge
Welcome to the Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge — celebrating excellence in residential and commercial design by design students in the U.S. and Canada. (See contest rules for eligibility details.)

What it’s about
The contest has two categories: residential design and commercial design. The top winner from each category will receive a $2,500 cash prize. Second-place winners will win a $1,000 cash prize, and third-place winners will win a $500 cash prize.

The two first-place winners will also have their work featured in the 2015 edition of STIR magazine. All winners will be featured on our Sherwin-Williams for Design Pros Facebook page.

Who may enter: Students may enter as individuals or as a design team. With a team entry, one student must be designated as the team contact.

Challenge categories: Residential design and commercial design. You can submit designs for a single room or an entire structure. Examples of commercial projects include (but are not limited to) a retail space, a healthcare facility, a hotel, a spa or a restaurant.

Requirements: Contest is open to projects of all kinds, though each entry must use a minimum of three Sherwin-Williams colors (of the student’s choice). Only projects using Sherwin-Williams colors will qualify.

Files: Load up to three color renderings directly to this site, along with your supporting info.

Timing: Contest is open for entries March 1–April 15, 2015.

Judges: Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, will be assisted this year by two notable designers. Judging residential entries: Kerrie Kelly, award-winning designer and owner of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. Judging commercial entries: Stephen Chung, architect and creator/host of Cool Spaces! on public television.

Judge: Jackie Jordan,
director of color marketing,
Residential Design Judge: Kerrie Kelly, award-winning designer and owner, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab Commercial Design Judge: Stephen Chung, architect and creator/host of public television’s Cool Spaces!

To stay tuned for news about this design contest and other exciting initiatives for design professionals from Sherwin-Williams, simply like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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Tour of Gensler San Francisco

What: Get the chance to tour the Gensler offices in San Francisco and meet with some of their design team.

How: Stop by our bake sale

When: Tomorrow at Brannan 1st floor March 25 from 11am- 3pm and sign up (Limited space available)

The earlier you come the more chances you get to go…!



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IAD Bake Sale this Wednesday 3/25 11 AM

The IAD club will be having a bake sale on Wednesday March 25th at 11am 601 Brannan IAD presentation space 102.
We need volunteers to help bring/ or bake goodies for the sale, if you are interested in helping contribute to the sale please follow up by email to let the club know what you would like to contribute.


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Monday Morning Photo(s) Cake Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photo(s) we have a look at another amazing bakery, The Cake is located in Kiev, Ukraine and was designed by 2B Group a local architectural firm  owned by architects Viacheslav Balbek and Olga Bogdanova. The space has a mix of handcrafted elements included in the design, from modern furnishings and reclaimed wood, to a giant Koons like pink balloon dog. 


The Cake: A New, Modern Pastry Shop in Kiev





Each of the 10,000 geometric tiles that cover the floor were handcrafted and organized into a random, puzzle-like pattern on the floor.





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