Ad Agency Vitro Has a New Jr. Art Director

Originally from Kauai, Hawaii, Kristen Sugihara studied advertising and design in San Diego. It took her a little more than one year to build her portfolio at San Diego Portfolio Studio. During that time she won numerous numerous national and international awards for stunning, conceptual advertising work. 

Small But Mighty Portfolio School Wins 2015 National Addy Awards

They say size doesn't matter - and when it comes to winning awards for graphic design, advertising, and web and mobile design, that is certainly true for San Diego Portfolio Studio. 

Thousands of students across the nation in design and advertising programs submit entries for the American Advertising Federation ADDY awards each year, and so winning a national award is quite remarkable. Even more remarkable is that SDPS has won Gold, Silver and Best of Show national ADDY awards for three years straight in this prestigious competition. Not bad for a small school that started just three years ago in a garage (but don't all groundbreaking businesses start there?). 

This year, the small portfolio advancement center captured 3 national, 7 regional and 12 local awards. 

Stephen Chu, copywriter, and Monique Lindsay, art director, combined their talents to win a Silver award for this campaign for the George Washington's Mount Vernon Museum. 

The Museum was a tough client and many creatives would have perceived it to be a boring challenge. But Stephen and Monique were able to find a smart campaign solution that works perfectly for the client. 

Eric Mayse, senior copywriter at Vitro agency in San Diego, was the copywriting teacher and Henry Hikima, executive director and instructor at SDPS, provided guidance with the design. 

Art direction student Tani Yasso won a 2015 Silver ADDY for this logo design for Fishing Stats. 

Fishing Stats provides data for fisherman so that they have better catches. Tani provided a simple and elegant solution for what could be a dry subject matter. The brand has so many possibilities since it can be easily placed in print and digital settings. 

Tani also took home a Silver ADDY for a multiple piece, complete design campaign for the House of Houdini museum. These are playing cards created for the campaign. 

The House of Houdini campaign was also a winner in the 2015 Applied Arts Student competition in the Design category. You can see the entire campaign and read about the SDPS ADDY local and regional award winners in earlier postings in this blog. 

Even though SDPS is small school, its hard working instructors and passionate and dedicated students make this innovative work possible. It just goes to prove that great things are done when a series of small things are brought together (Van Gogh). 

Print's Legends in Advertising Awards: SDPS Students Take Home 2 of 11 Awards Given

It's a David and Goliath story really.

Two SDPS students each took home one of the 11 awards given in this international competition. Brooke Lingenfelder won Silver for Converse and Christian Capuchino won Bronze for Walking Dead. 

Storefront from Brooke's campaign

Storefront from Brooke's campaign

John Wyville, the Executive Director at Leo Burnett USA judged the work. He has garnered hundreds of awards himself and his work is featured in the New York Museum of Modern Art. 

Bus stop from Christian's campaign. 

Bus stop from Christian's campaign. 

Both professionals and students were able to enter and winning entries came from Canada, Germany and the US. Students from Miami Ad School and Zeppelin Universitat also won awards. Congrats! 

The work from all 11 winners is both amazing and inspirational.