“Working on the weekend” took on a whole new meaning for me this past one.
PHEW. I’ve officially survived my first time hosting the final judging weekend of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards at Adobe’s SF office (aka, MY office). And it just so happened this year – my first year on this program – has been a record-setting year for the competition. More amazing student design submissions than ever. EVER. 5,300!!! Resulting in more SEMIFINALISTS than ever.
That all needed to be judged. In one weekend.
So that translated into a LOT of work. It started with the arrival of the “other half” of my little ADAA team from overseas on Thursday (Mathias and Stephan from Germany, Emlyn from Ireland via Montreal). They joined Johnson and I for two days of planning (and drinking beer) until the wee hours of Friday.
And then we picked back up Saturday at 7:00 AM, when our 14 judges arrived, from all over the damn place.
Except we took a 12-hour break at 7:00 PM on Saturday to – you know – sleep and do a few human things; then it was back to work at 7:00 AM on Sunday, until…
2:00 IN THE F#@%ING MORNING!!!
Okay, from 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM we were just partying:
Needless to say, the next day…
BUT, we really did launch some student careers. This little “wildcard project” in my Adobe portfolio has turned out to be one of my very favorites so far. If you didn’t click the link up there, seriously…
It’s an awesome program; an awesome project. And we’ve made it more awesome than ever this year. I’m not the kind of person who’s normally cool with putting in 30 hours on the WEEKEND – I’d much rather be floating on water somewhere drinking a beer – but I must say, this has been worth it so far.
Plus, I somehow managed to drink a lot of beer anyway.
Click the link, and get ready for more stories about this awesome work we’re doing (and how it’s taking over my life) this fall…