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Student Show Judging

By ADCD | Jan 10, 2012 | 1


Judging for the Student Show was held this past weekend at RMCAD. Tables were lined with student work as the four judges, Ryan Bramwell, Creative Director/SPILLT, Chris Thomas, Associate Creative Director/ripcord, Brian Suter, Art Director/Karsh\Hagan and Shanna McNear, Art Director/Integer, selected the best of the best.

“The scope of work this year was stunning, specifically in packaging and poster design categories. The range of exemplary styles kept judges on our toes and created a sense of excitement in seeing our industries next generation of artists. Great work to all entrants as it was a very difficult process to narrow down the finalists.” says judge Ryan Bramwell, Creative Director/SPILLT.

“I was very impressed with the fresh-thinking and concepts behind this year’s batch of work. It shows a level of understanding that it’s not about flashy design with no thought given to the user’s needs,” judge Chris Thomas, Associate Creative Director/ripcord, and ADCD President from 2008-2009 remarked. “The winning pieces all stood out as being very relevant and forthright. Production value was high and I give kudos to the students for giving a shit about their work.”

2009/10 ADCD Best of Show winner, Shanna McNear, Art Director/Integer, was also impressed by students this year, “It was an honor, not only to be selected as a judge for this year’s ADCD Student Show, but to also be graced by the presence of such innovating work. The forefront designs displayed such a sense of commitment to their concept, you could almost envision the brainstorming and design effort that was put into creating their final art. Big thanks to all of the entrants, I honestly couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my Saturday!”

Brian Suter, Art Director/Karsh\Hagan, had this to say about the student work: “I was very impressed with the diversity within each category. The work was a great showcase of concept and execution. As a designer at heart, the package design category really made me smile! How could I choose the winners when each entry was just about perfect? I’m very happy these are still students, or I’d be out of the job right now.”

The winning work will be displayed at RMCAD’s Rotunda on January 26th where the students will discover who won each category, Judges Choice and who took Best Of Show. Prizes include scholarships, Adobe software training and gift cards. The winners will also be featured in ADCD’s next Annual Show Book that is handed out to dozens of local agencies.

Students are encouraged to stay after the show to attend The One Show, a visual presentation of the best national and international work, at RMCAD’s Auditorium. Students can attend this show for FREE with a student I.D.

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