Cayman teen makes Adobe’s top 25

Brandon Saunders, 16, shows his winning design from the Adobe Photoshop 25 under 25 competition. – PHOTO: BRENT FULLER

Cayman Islands high school student Brandon Saunders, 16, has been named one of Adobe Photoshop’s “25 under 25” in an international competition for graphic designers.

The competition, which fielded around 1,000 entries from across the globe, asked designers under the age of 25 to submit graphic designs using photos provided by Photoshop.

Mr. Saunders, who said he is not a “huge social media guy” under normal circumstances, found out about the competition on Instagram – a social media site that focuses on photos – and took a look at some of the contest entries that already had been made.

“I looked at some of them and thought ‘I’m not too bad … I can do that,’” he said.

Mr. Saunders said the loosely defined goal for the designers, in honor of the Adobe company’s 25th anniversary, was to design a piece that represented the number 25 or that showed 25 separate items “reminiscent of us [the designer].”

“With the images available for the competition [provided by Photoshop], I decided to go for a ‘Blade Runner’ look,” Mr. Saunders said, referencing the 1982 Ridley Scott science fiction film made 18 years before the St. Ignatius High School student was born.

Among several entries he submitted, the winning design depicted a dark, urban highway scene with a shrouded figure – appearing similar to ‘Blade Runner’s’ main protagonist, Deckard – overlooking the landscape.

“They thought it was reminiscent of me,” Mr. Saunders said. There were entrants from at least 20 countries on five continents. Of the 25 contest winners, Mr. Saunders is the second-youngest.