The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are currently open for submissions.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are currently open for submissions.

Deadline: Contest ends on June 19, 2015.

All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 5pm (Pacific Time) on June 19, 2015.

Eligibility: Work must have been completed between May 1, 2014 and June 19, 2015, WHILE a student at AAU and 18+ years of age.

There is no entry fee. Both individuals and groups may enter up to three unique projects in each of the following categories during the entire duration of the contest.

Application entry forms:

For ALL contest information

Grand Prize winners will be announced during MAX in Los Angeles. Winners receive 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud memberships, travel and accommodations to MAX as well as access to the event, and mentorships. In addition, 3 Grand Prize winners receive $1,000USD.

Categories for the competition include:

Interactive Experience Media Segment

• Web and Application Design

• Game Design

• Exhibition Design

• Digital Publishing

• Social Impact Design

Motion and Video Media Segment

• Animation

• Post-production and Editing

• Motion Graphics

Traditional Media Segment

• Illustration

• Packaging

• Photography

• Advertising Photography

• Print Communications

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Laika to Expand Studio by 70 Percent

From Animation Magazine:


Stop-motion house Laika, the Hillsboro, Oregon-based studio behind The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, has announced plans to increase the size of its facility by 70 percent. The studio, which is headed by Travis Knight (son of Nike co-founder Phil Knight), had been toying with purchasing a new facility but has decided to build on its current 150,000 square foot renovated warehouse location after finding nothing suitable in the area.

Fueling the decision to expand are Laika’s storage needs due to the amount of puppets, props and replacement faces generated for each film, as well as the company’s plans to speed up its release schedule. Travis Knight, who took charge of Laika in 2009 several years after his father acquired the studio from Will Vinton, is currently directing the company’s fourth feature: Kubo and the Two Strings (August 19, 2016).

According to the building plans submitted to the city of Hillsboro, the expansion will consist of a two-story facility on the west side of the current studio. The area currently holds much of the studio’s parking, so Laika will be adding hundreds of new parking spaces elsewhere along with 90,000 square feet of new landscaping. With production on Kubo geared up, the current employee headcount at Laika is 394.

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World Premiere! Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Trailer

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Want to Learn How to Submit to Spring Show 2015?

Watch the video, “Adventures in Organland” to learn how!

Submissions are due April 12.

Go to for the official rules and guidelines!

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$10 Digital Subscription to Animation Magazine

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Want to only pay $10 for a year’s subscription to Animation Magazine?

Here is the link for the $10 digital offer.

The promotion code is digigre.

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Tomm Moore of “Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea” on February 25

The Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting a talk with Tomm Moore, director of Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea on Wednesday evening (2/25).  There will be a free reception from 5-8pm.

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For more information about the exhibit, click here.

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LAIKA is Coming on March 3 (Tuesday)


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Save the Date: Spring Show Deadline: April 12th


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Dog and Butterfly


Inspired by a visit to the Tyrus Wong exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum in August 2013, this is an animation experiment using digital brushes to achieve a watercolor look.

All artwork was created using TV Paint 10.5 Pro on my Microsoft Surface Pro 2 over several months in my spare time. Behind the scenes of how this was produced can be found on my blog…

Animation by Wayne Unten
Music by Dave Gottlieb

Copyright 2014 Wayne Unten

For the vimeo link, click here.

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Don’t Forget! Animation Town Hall Meeting this Thursday!

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