We announced the winners of the Talent Awards 2018 at our annual talent party. The awards are run with the purpose of celebrating amazing freelancers, producing amazing work in the creative and digital space and our entrants did not disappoint! We had some fantastic submissions and our judges had a difficult time picking our winners.
For those that couldn’t be there to celebrate with us, here are the winners and some examples of their incredible work.
WINNER OF THE DESIGN CATEGORY
Alvero de Almeida for his work on the re-branding of the high-end shoe brand, Adede.
“Abandoning all previous aesthetic and focusing on the brand name and it’s origin. The word ‘Adede’ means both grasshopper and balance. So those two elements worked as the foundation to create the logos, text, photography and all support elements. I’m proud of the final look of this project and happy with all the process because I was given the chance to use an all range of skills.
“I like how the idea of balance comes through the photography, and the little grasshopper mark is drawn quite beautifully, works well on all touchpoints, especially on the shoes. The colour palette feels premium and the touch of gold works well.”
Melinda Szentpétery, Design Director, Design Bridge
WINNER OF THE CONTENT & COPYWRITING CATEGORY
Saurabh Kejriwal for his submission on the housing shortage in Stuttgart.
“The housing problem is Stuttgart is so acute that there is a line of 35-50 people at almost every apartment viewing, and you almost never get the kind of place that you like. How could I cut through the noise and make sure my housing request instantly got noticed and stood out from the rest? By imitating one of the most infamous voices in people’s consciousness.
“His spoof on the housing shortage in Stuttgart mixed with a poke at Trump is well written and tells a great story - it’s poignant and memorable. For me all winners for the Aquent awards should have strong ideas, and this is one of them.”
Rob Phillips, Owner, House of Phillips
WINNER OF THE MOTION DESIGN CATEGORY
Rutger Paulusse for his animation to welcome in 2018.
“2017 was an awesome year, with some great ups, but also some interesting downs; just as life is supposed to be. I started to get into animation last summer and this little fun one is to celebrate the past year, but also to welcome 2018 for some more great stuff!.”
You can watch the full video here.
“Great renders and compositions. Fun but simple Animations. Nice lighting and Texturing.”
Marvin Koppejan, Founder, Woodwork
WINNER OF THE ILLUSTRATION CATEGORY
Daniel Weissink for his 4 illustration series titled “idk”.
“These illustrations / character designs contain minimalistic compositions, weird organic shapes, strong color palette and humor. I like to question the border between commercial and artistic and I am proud of these illustrations as I find them appealing on both levels.”
“Really great quality pieces! The style is unique, funny and sophisticated. The colors are well put together. The artist clearly has his own visual voice and vision.”
Benjamin Paulus, Concept Artist, Paladin Studios
WINNER OF THE UX CATEGORY
Dean Birkett for his work on the search function of the Proloquo2Go app, a symbol-based communication app for children and adults who cannot speak.
“The solution was not a simple search, then a result, it needed to guide the end-user through the pathway to find the word, thus improving on motor-planning, and helping to ensure that they can find their words in future.”
“The problem he was solving with developing a search function within the app to help different stakeholders to communicate is not an easy task and a fascinating design challenge. To solve such a problem, the UX needs to be on point, developed and supported by a solid design process accompanied by empathy and listening skills.”
Birgit Geiberger Boersma, Director User Experience, adidas
EUROPEAN TALENT OF THE YEAR WINNER
Based on public votes across all categories.
The winner was Xavier Urity (FR) for his design work on the Dior / Leif Podhajsky project.
“The aim of this project was to develop distinct work which pushes boundaries and communicates engaging ideas. The perfect mix between tidiness and disorder. Creation is not always about having new ideas. It’s about merging new concepts through the reunion of several sensibilities. Getting out of our comfort zone makes magic happen. That’s why I’m proud of this project!”
Congratulations to all our winners!
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Talent Awards you can find more details here.