David Yeates (pictured), a third-year Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) student at RMIT University is the Australian winner of this year's Adobe Pixel Mash.
Adobe Pixel Mash is a live digital design tournament where competitors are given an image/object/word and have just 15 minutes to cook up an original design.
"It was an extremely high-pressure situation to work in but I actually thrived on it and enjoyed it," David said. "I found the whole experience a lot of fun and it was exhilarating to win."
David first won the RMIT round competing against seven other Communication Design students in Melbourne. He went on to win the grand final at University of Technology, Sydney, against 11 contestants from across NSW and Victoria.
The grand final was streamed live over the internet, with viewers voting winners of each round via SMS.
"For the RMIT round we were given an image and word 24 hours before the competition and then 15 minutes of competition time to come up with the design," David said. "For the grand final we were given the image and word just five minutes before the 15-minute design frenzy!
In the final, competitors were presented with an image of a piñata donkey and the word 'urban'.
"I used the whole concept of urban myths and urban legends to come up with an urban god or idol that people worshipped, which was the donkey idol," he said.
For his creative thinking and design efforts David won a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium in the RMIT round, and a Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive pen display and an Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz in the grand final.
New Zealand Adobe Pixel Mash – speed your design and win!
The New Zealand Adobe Pixel Mash kicks off on August 24, with the competition hitting eight of New Zealand's major design schools across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Participants will compete over two rounds, with up to eight finalists going on to the National Finals in Auckland.
Each campus winner receives a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, and the National winner a Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive pen display and an Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz.
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