Adobe has announced the winners of its 2003 Adobe design achievement awards, which saw nearly 1,000 entrants from the US, UK and Canada.

The awards recognize: "The most talented and promising students of graphic design, illustration, digital film and computer art from leading design schools," the company said. Students used Adobe products and competed in seven categories.

Adobe senior VP corporate marketing and communications Melissa Dyrdahl said: "Over twenty years ago Adobe launched the desktop publishing revolution with technology that enabled creative individuals to use the personal computer as a means of expression."

Kick-start for talent

"With the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, our journey with the design community continues as we foster a new generation of designers, showcase remarkable student work, and kick-start some promising young careers," Dyrdahl said.

In a ceremony Thursday night at the Art Institute of Chicago, students were "recognized for achievements that assimilated the powerful convergence of technology with creative artistic expression", said Adobe.

First place winners received $5,000, a trip to Chicago to attend the awards ceremony, a tour of top design studios in the Chicago area, and a selection of Adobe products. Adobe has a Web page showing the winning entries.

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First place Philippe Vendrolini from California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco.

Second place Toby Kaufmann-Buhler from Royal College of Art, London.

Third place Danielle Aubert from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.


First place Yasushi Umibe from Academy of Art College, San Francisco.

Second place Heesun Shin from the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Third place Joeng-kwon Gye from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.


First place Anthony Guagliano from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

Second place Melissa Fatto from Parsons School of Design, Toronto, Canada.

Third place Kimberlee Whaley from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis.


First place Danielle Aubert from Yale University.

Second place Alexander Shoukas from Art Center College of Design.

Third place Hirotomi Suzuki from Academy of Art College.

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First place Jae-Hyouk Sung and Matthew Normand from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, Calif.

Second place Andrew Bennet and Raffi Simonian from California Institute of the Arts.

Third place Elizabeth Buchta and Alisa Benfey from California Institute of the Arts.

In two categories, the group digital media and experimental design, judges selected one winner. The team of Evan Schoonmaker and Eric Finkelman from the School of Visual Arts won in the group digital media category, and Willy Wong from Yale University won in the experimental design category.