Danny Johnson wins first Gold and Silver student ADDY® Awards at local Puget Sound ADDY® Awards competition.

March 24, 2009

Danny Johnson with Awards

SEATTLE, WA (March 24, 2009) -- Danny Johnson, a graphic design student at the International Academy of Design & Technology (the Academy), has been honored with both a Gold and a Silver ADDY® Award in the student division at the inaugural Puget Sound ADDY® Awards competition, Friday, March 20 at Seattle's SODO Park.

Nearly 400 professional and student entries were judged by five creative professionals from around the country. The judges included: Mark Carlson, Creative Director, McDonalds, Chicago, IL; Vinny Warren, Founder / ECD The Escape Pod, Chicago, IL; Matt Ferra, VP Senior Copywriter, DraftFCB, Chicago, IL; Jeff Greenspan, Associate Creative Director, RG/A, New York, NY Thomas Dooley, Founder / Creative Director, tda advertising, Boulder, CO.

Johnson, a senior at the Academy, submitted an entry in Package Design for Inu Delights Dog Treats and was awarded a Gold ADDY® in the student division. Johnson also entered a logo design in the Elements of Advertising category for Inu Delights and was also awarded a Silver student ADDY® Award. The student ADDY® entries were judged by the same team of professionals who judged the professional entries.

"I entered five pieces total. The ones that won, I felt, are the strongest pieces I've done." Johnson said. "I feel I had the strongest art direction on them. My instructor at the Academy was good at pushing really hard but not so hard I couldn't do it. His leadership style was really valuable." Johnson plans to focus on print design, packaging, branding and page design once he's completed his studies at the Academy.

Johnson's award-winning entries will now be forwarded to the district level, or second tier, of the three-tier competition and will compete with other student entries from District XI of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) which, in addition to clubs in the state of Washington, includes local, AAF affiliated clubs in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia and Alberta Canada. Should Johnson win gold at the district level his entry (ies) will be forwarded on to compete at the national level.

The ADDY® Awards honor creative excellence in nearly every area of advertising and are the only major national creative competition with three rigorous levels of judging—at the local, regional and national levels. Locally, the Puget Sound ADDY® awards competition is conducted by Ad Club Seattle, an affiliate club of the American Advertising Federation. www.adclubseattle.org.

George Riddell, president of Ad Club Seattle remarked, "Seattle's first local ADDY® Awards competition and show were a smashing success. Ad Club Seattle was impressed with the overall quality of the work submitted. Danny Johnson's award-winning student ADDY® entries are a testament to his creative ability and the quality of instruction at the International Academy of Design & Technology."

With more than 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY® Awards are the world's largest and arguably toughest advertising competition in the world. The ADDY® Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by firms of all sizes and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world. The American Advertising Federation, a not-for-profit advertising industry association, conducts the ADDY® Awards through its 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts across the country. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. See more at www.aaf.org.

About The International Academy of Design & Technology – Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. At the Academy, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach career training today and in the future. While enrolled at the Academy, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Game Design & Development, Visual Communication, Graphic Design and Digital Media Production. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. The Academy is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on the Academy- Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit www.iadtseattle.com.