Posted: 03.05.08/18:59

ADC Young Guns 6: For Young Guns, By Young Guns

To all young creative professionals across the map: It’s time to open those portfolios and find the pieces that show you at your freshest and most brilliant. ADC Young Guns 6 is fast approaching and will uncover the best under-30, professional talent throughout today’s multi-disciplinary creative industry.

Since its inception in 1996, ADC Young Guns has identified rising stars in the fields of graphic design (Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore), illustration (Deanne Cheuk), photography (floto+warner), advertising (Alexander Gelman), interactive media (Rei Inamoto), film and video (Mike Mills), and animation (Todd St. John), among others. The competition discovers the most promising young creatives across various disciplines and brings these emerging talents into the spotlight. The sixth class of ADC Young Guns will have their work showcased in a gallery exhibit and published in a limited edition book by Moleskine®. Their work will also reside in the ADC’s permanent collection online. These new Young Guns will be awarded the iconic ADC Cube and join the ADC’s membership, a veritable Who’s Who of advertising and design that counts Milton Glaser, Yohji Yamamoto, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, and Jay Maisel among its famous names.

This year the ADC has added a twist to Young Guns 6: for the first time, Young Guns alumni from classes 1–5 will serve as the jury and choose the new class to join their ranks. Having once been selected for the same award, these “old” Young Guns bring unique experience to the judges’ table, where they will evaluate each body of professional and personal work without the constraint of media categories. In making the competition both for Young Guns and by Young Guns, the Art Directors Club—with its singular capacity to connect several generations of visual talent—has created a rare community characterized by its creative daring, forward-thinking ambitions, and level of prestige.

ADC Young Guns 6 opens its call for entries online on April 3 in conjunction with its launch party, Disclosure, at the Art Directors Club gallery. The launch will coincide with the ADC’s unveiling of The Undiscovered Letter ( Full details of ADC Young Guns entry guidelines, competition rules, and jury will be available before this date.

Adobe®, the lead sponsor for ADC Young Guns 6, supports this project for its close alignment with the way Adobe® products recognize and help creatives who work across platforms and without boundaries. Supporting sponsorship has been provided by JanouPakter, a talent recruiter for the world’s leading corporations, design consultancies, advertising and branding agencies, and fashion and luxury goods houses since 1985.

Contact: Press inquiries to Chris Ahn ( All other questions and information requests to ADC Young Guns Manager Noémie Bonnet (, 212.643.1440 x25).

About the ADC

Founded in 1920, the Art Directors Club ( is the premier organization for integrated media. As an international creative collective and self-funding nonprofit, the ADC’s mission is to promote the highest standards of excellence in visual communications through programs in the converging fields of advertising, interactive media, and design. 

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