Spring time in New York, cocktails, delicious food and two major awards – all in one night! I had the honor of representing the “Images Speak” team during the 88th Art Directors Club gala party in New York. The event took place in the charismatic Manhattan Art Gallery District at the ADC gallery.
I came to New York knowing that the Designmatter’s publication “Images Speak” had been awarded with an ADC cube for its illustrations. Five Art Center students including me had worked on the book over several months. I didn’t know up until this evening if it was a Gold, Silver or Bronze cube. After an informal gathering, the award ceremony began, featuring many fantastic international artists, designers and agencies who were honored in various categories – advertising, interactive media, graphic design, publication design, packaging, photography and illustration. I knew that only Gold and Silver winners would be called on stage. I was actually a bit nervous if Art Center and our book would be part of these winners and therefore be called on stage; especially because the Gold and Silver winning projects will go on a world wide traveling exhibition and be showcased in the 88th ADC Annual. I was thrilled when I heard my name and received a Silver cube for our book, but that wasn’t all! In addition, the book received a very special award: the Corbis Creativity for Social Justice Award for outstanding creative work done for a non-profit on a pro bono basis. It made me very proud to be part of the Images Speak team because the project was about hope and open-mindedness. It was meant to inspire and encourage young artists and designers to engage in humanitarian projects and make an impact on the world with their designs and artwork.