February 20, 2024 Six Graphic Design Students Bring Home ADDYs

Six students in the School of Design were recognized for outstanding work produced in their courses at the American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) last week. The event, organized by the Knoxville chapter of the American Advertising Federation, welcomed entries from across East Tennessee.

The local awards mark the start of a three-tier national competition. Recipients of Gold Awards are automatically entered into one of 15 district competitions.

Gold Awards

  • Sprout Pod, Tala Ghezawi
  • Get the Milk Hot Sauce, Tala Ghezawi
  • The Studio Kitchen, Tala Ghezawi
  • Bionade Packaging, Alexander Long
Tala Ghezawi with her Best of Student award at the 2024 ADDYs.
Ghezawi with her Best of Student award.

Ghezawi was recognized with the Best of Student award for her project, Sprout Pod, produced in Professor Cary Staples’ Beginning Graphic Design course. Ghezawi transferred into the graphic design program as a sophomore and participated in the school’s bootcamp in order to graduate within five years.

“I came to UT still exploring my options, and the School of Design instantly caught my eye due to its strong reputation, great resources and some of the best faculty out there. I am very thankful to be able to study what I love,” said Ghezawi. “I am extremely honored to receive these awards from the AAF and very grateful for my professors and the UT School of Design for their constant support and always pushing me to create and strive for more.”

Silver Awards

  • Ballplayers on Stage! Cover Design, Ciara Chauncey
  • Bridge, Delaney Kohlstedt
  • Bonfire Hot Sauce Package Design, Alexander Long
  • Bonfire Hot Sauce Illustrations, Alexander Long

Bronze Awards

  • SCOOP Magazine, Emily Armstrong and Tanner Dunning (‘23)
  • Fast & Fabulous, Kathryne Hirt
  • SoleSisters App, Kathryne Hirt 
  • SoleSisters Instagram Campaign, Kathryne Hirt
  • SoleSisters Logo, Kathryne Hirt
  • My Daily Inventory, Alexander Long

SCOOP Magazine is a semester-long product that is mostly student produced with guidance from Steven Friedlander, adjunct lecturer for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

The ADDYs were judged by four professionals from outside the region: Thom Blackburn, Executive Producer at Caravan; Seth Gunderson, Senior Director of Growth at Signal Theory; Katie Bernet, Creative Director at LERMA/; and Mark Abellera, Founder of Gypsies Tramps + Thieves.