Spotlight: NABU x Adobe Certified World Championship

Emily, NABU’s Development Associate here writing in on the amazing experience that I had representing NABU! We were the designated non-profit client for the 2019 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship.  The ACA World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students’ aged 13-22 design skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship where they create a designated design project for Certiport’s chosen nonprofit client (woohoo -that’s us). This year’s championship was held in New York City, click here to see a video of the championship roundup.


The students produced an Instagram post, Email Banner and Postcard for our Giving Tuesday Campaign and they were not kidding when they said World Championship. There were contestants from all over the world: Austria, Thailand, Macau, US, Nigeria, Guatemala, Columbia, United Kingdom, Paraguay, Mexico, Macedonia, Sweden, New Zealand, Pakistan, Netherlands, Hungary, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Peru, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Beirut, China, Georgia and Malaysia. There were 50 students chosen to compete and they were distinguished from more than 130,000 others around the world (woah).


The designs the students produced in a matter of 8 hours were of such a high calibre! Myself and the rest of the Adobe design judges were so impressed by the level of their work.

It was such a pleasure to present to an audience of hundreds about who we are and the work that we do here at NABU. At the end of the day none of the competitors would be at the competition if they didn’t learn basic literacy skills at an early age. This sentiment made the work that we do a lot more relatable to the younger audience and their chaperones. The 3 day competition was a lot of fun and we cannot wait to use their creations in our upcoming Giving Tuesday campaign. Here is a sneak peek of the winning design!

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