ADC Young Guns® honors the vanguard of creative professionals who let loose their imaginations, shattering conventions and breaking boundaries with a dash of brilliance and personal flair.
Visual arts, media, and design today are in a state of daily evolution, cross-pollinating ideas between their many disciplines. Industry categories that once defined the creative professional—photography, illustration, advertising, design, film, the list goes on—have expanded to include newly synthesized versions of these fields. These days, a spirit of hybridization is on the rise, bucking tradition to fuse any number of creative pathways in search of a new direction. At the forefront of this ongoing revolution, the minds of ambitious young visionaries are at work and in play.
Those of you who’ve set your minds to making a name for yourself, raising new standards from within cubicles, conference rooms, cramped apartments, and studios across the world—this is your chance to put those battle cries in action.If you’re age thirty or under and have two years of the working life under your belt,we’d like you to show us what it’s all about.
Submissions are accepted every spring, with a launch party to mark the opening of the call for entries. During the summer, past ADC Young Guns jury the work and sort through the submissions which pour in from all over the world, and select those who will join their ranks. Winning work is honored in an exhibition at the ADC Gallery in the fall. At the opening party for the exhibition, winners claim their custom designed ADC Young Guns Cube.
In the year that follows, the exhibition travels digitally to various international venues. Select ADC Young Guns are invited to participate at speaker events at the ADC Gallery, and at the Apple Stores worldwide, where an ongoing speaker series is held.
On its quest to identify the brightest young professionals across myriad creative disciplines, ADC Young Guns has become more than just a competition—it now comprises a community network of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars. Over the years, our roster has grown to include some exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Ryan McGinness (YG2), floto+warner (YG5), Alexander Gelman (YG1), Deanne Cheuk (YG4), Todd St. John (YG1), Scott Stowell (YG3), Mike Mills (YG1), and Alex Trochut (YG6).