Meet The #TYPO16xAdobe Finalists

Last Saturday saw the finale of the #TYPO16xAdobe contest by Adobe at TYPO Berlin, a celebration of the best portfolios by a new generation of design talent. Using the Behance platform, creatives were invited to submit their best work – from graphic design and product design to illustration and digital art.

After the first round, five finalists were invited by Adobe to present their work at one of the biggest design fairs in Europe. From design students and designers already running their own studio, the finalists were Alexandra Jeglitsch, Anastasios Koupantsis, Fabian Fohrer, Kenzi Benabdallah and Sarah Schnurbus. Not only did they have the opportunity to show their portfolios to an audience of industry professionals at TYPO Berlin, but also to an expert jury: Vera-Maria Glahn of Field, Isabel Urbina Peña as well as designer Matteo Bologna, owner of award-winning Mucca Design.

After presenting their work on stage in three minutes in front of a crowd of design enthusiasts, and answering the jury’s questions, graphic design student Fabian Fohrer scored the highest number of points, and was crowned the winner of the #TYPO16xAdobe contest. See below for more impressions of the event and a presentation of the finalists.

FABIAN FOHRER

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Konstanz-based graphic design student Fabian Fohrer won the contest with black and white graphics, which were created as a teaser to a series of creative design talks in the small student town. In a statement about his work, Fohrer says: ” I draw a lot of inspiration from Swiss poster design, which also has to do with the fact that I live on the Swiss border. At times, you’re going to an exhibition or you’re scrolling through blogs. I am rarely in Berlin, but now when I walk through the streets, it’s much more inspiring than Konstanz [laughs].”

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ALEXANDRA JEGLITSCH

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Working in the realms of graphic design, product design and animated illustration, Alexandra Jeglitsch recently founded her own design studio LUA LAB. Speaking of the challenge of briefly summarizing a portfolio, Alexandra said: “It’s really hard to break it down in only three minutes. Especially when you have so many interests like I do, it’s difficult to include everything. Otherwise, it’s a great opportunity to present your work, and I would definitely do it again.”

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ANASTASIOS KOUPANTSIS

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All images © Anastasios Koupantsis

As a partner at Dusseldorf-based design practice Betty & Betty, designer Anastasios Koupantsis presented a selection of the studio’s work, ranging from visual communication to interior design. When asked what it was like to present his work in front of a jury of renowned designers, Koupantsis said: “It was great! Taking part was already good, and to receive all the feedback from the jury was even better.”

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SARAH SCHNURBUS

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Besides being commissioned to do the corporate branding for a local company, Dortmund-based design student Sarah Schnurbus presented some of her recent works from design school, with a focus on black and white illustrations. “I always made sure to upload my latest work on Behance, and so when I saw the call to take part in the contest, I thought, why not?'” says Schnurbus about the contest.

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KENZI BENABDALLAH

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All images © Kenzi Benabdallah

Berlin-based multidisciplinary art director Kenzi Benabdallah not only presented a campaign he created for Google Play, but also several fonts he designed. One of them interpreting the traditions and restrictions during the time of Ramadan. Working across various disciplines, he describes himself  as an “art director, designer, letterer and imagemaker”.

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– In collaboration with Adobe

Photography by Ana Santl

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