Swinburne student named among Adobe’s Top Talent

Thursday 6 June 2019

Alex Darbyshire with Swinburne background.

Alex Darbyshire decided to enter the competition so he could receive feedback from some of the world's top designers.

In summary

  • Adobe names Swinburne design student in global class of Top Talent for 2019
  • Adobe Top Talent receive access to Adobe software, networking opportunities and internships

Adobe has named Swinburne student Alex Darbyshire in their first-ever global class of Top Talent for 2019.

The Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) student is among the first round of designers to be recognised in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, giving him access to unique opportunities and perks. 

Mr Darbyshire entered the awards on a whim, and was drawn by the chance to have his work reviewed by some of the world’s top designers.

“I figured ‘why not’! The Adobe Awards are free to enter, and you can submit work you’ve already completed for uni assignments or personal projects,” he says.  

“For me, the best part of the awards is that, regardless of whether you are selected for Top Talent or not, the judges give you personal feedback on your work. The judges are some of the world’s leading designers so it’s an amazing opportunity for that alone.”

Alex Darbyshire concept art for Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
Alex Darbyshire was recognised for his Melbourne Queer Film Festival concept branding.

Mr Darbyshire now receives a free one-year subscription to all Adobe Creative Cloud apps. He will also have his work featured on the Adobe website, networking opportunities, access to giveaways and an advantage when applying for Adobe’s coveted residency program.   

“I didn’t have any expectations going in, so I’m happy to take whatever comes my way,” says Mr Darbyshire.

“One year of Creative Cloud free is hella nice and if it leads to the opportunity to network I’d love that, as I’m always excited to meet new designers working in the industry.”

Alex Darbyshire concept art for Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Swinburne Chair of Communication Design and Digital Media Design, Associate Professor Nicki Wragg, says: “It’s fantastic to see our students recognised as exemplary by global brands such as Adobe.”

“This is a reflection of the hard work of not only our students, but also our teaching staff. Our industry-connected staff impart their knowledge and industry experience on a daily basis, helping Swinburne to produce future-ready learners who are ready to succeed in an ever-changing workforce.”

Swinburne design students also recently dominated the Top Spin awards for 2019, taking home 80 per cent of the prizes.