Dallas Ford, a May graduate of Cincinnati State's Graphic Design program, received the highest-level award, Gold, in the 2017 National Student Awards portion of the American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), conducted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
Dallas's award-winning work is an informational graphic poster on "Skateboarding Basics Made Simple." Dallas is seen here displaying his infographic; the poster version is below.
The poster originally was created as a project for the course Applied 2-D Graphics, taught by Graphic Design Program Chair Jason Caudill.
Dallas received his national award on June 10 in New Orleans during ADAMERICA, the AAF annual conference. Only 29 students received Gold ADDY awards, out of the 280 student entries in the national competition.
Dallas said, “The experience feels both surreal and rewarding. Between winning a national award and earning an internship at one of my favorite local agencies, the countless nights of getting less than four hours of sleep and the weekends spent working in my office finally seem to be paying off."
Dallas-- who is the first in his family to earn a college degree-- is currently working as a paid Design Intern in the Cincinnati office of the international branding/advertising agency LPK.
Dallas's position is defined now as an extension of an internship he began as a student, but he hopes to obtain a permanent position in a local agency soon.
This is the second time a Cincinnati State student has won Gold in the National Student ADDY competition. In 2008, Alli Bacon (now Alli Bacon-Davis) earned a National Student Gold ADDY for Collateral Material (Stationery Package).
At the local level, Cincinnati State students have won numerous Gold and Silver ADDYs in the past, as well as "Best of Show" awards.
Jason said, “The AAF Student ADDY Competition is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our Cincinnati State student talent. Winning at the national level validates what we tell our students: great design doesn’t just come from four-year universities and expensive art schools."
"The Cincinnati State faculty challenge our students to be the best they can be, and we prepare them to become leaders in a very competitive industry,” Jason added.
Dallas's infographic poster won a Silver ADDY in the Cincinnati student competition in March, and also won a Silver ADDY in the District competition, which included materials from students in colleges and universities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Gold and Silver award-winners from various local competitions throughout the U.S. competed at the District level. Then, ADDY winners from 15 District competitions were forwarded to the national competition.
Judging at all levels is done by advertising industry professionals. The Cincinnati competition judges were from New York City, Detroit, and Miami, FL.
Local ADDY winners include CS students and alumni
In the 2017 Cincinnati competition, Dallas also won a Gold Student ADDY for a branding campaign he created for Jason Caudill's Brand Identity Development class.
In addition, Graphic Design student Rob Hungerman won a Silver ADDY in the Cincinnati student competition for a poster promoting Cincinnati Bike Month, created in the Typography class taught by Graphic Design faculty member Joel Knueven.
Winning work can be viewed in the Cincinnati ADDYs Show Book available online at https://www.cincinnaddys.com.
In the local Professional competition, Cincinnati State alumni and adjunct faculty members contributed to several award-winning entries (also viewable in the Show Book). They included:
- Gold award: Brad Grawe, Audio/Video Production graduate - Lightborne - OFFF Festival Awards (Motion graphics)
- Jamie Allender, Audio/Video Production graduate - US3 - Arnold's Cincinnati Mannequin video (Branded content/entertainment)
- Theresa Bruce, Audio/Video Production graduate - Red Echo Post - Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park "Owen Meaney" video trailer (Motion graphics)
- Lorelei Buescher, Graphic Design graduate - Curiosity Advertising - TruMoo Marshfellows campaign (Branded content/entertainment)
- James Westbrooks, former Graphic Design adjunct faculty - Possible - Febreze Holiday video (Branded content/entertainment) and Febreze Song Ads (Music with lyrics)