Posted: 09.05.08/19:03

ADC Young Guns 6: The Final Fifty

The Art Directors Club announces the fifty young professionals who have claimed the ADC Young Guns 6 title. Ranging in age from 23 to 30, this year’s new ADC Young Guns class represents a diverse generation of creative talent in visual media and design. They are: 

Jerome Austria (USA, AKQA)

Mike Bishop (CAN, freelance)

Michael Christopher Brown (USA, freelance)

Greg Brunkalla (USA,

C-F: Cybu Richli - Fabienne Burri (SUI)

Marta Cerdà (ESP, Vasava)

Josh Cochran (USA, freelance)

Damien Correll (USA, freelance)


Keetra Dean Dixon (USA, FromKeetra)

Eric Elms (USA, freelance)

Daniel Eskils (SWE, Eskils Junker Film)

Jason Evans (USA, LLOYD&CO)

Nicholas Felton (USA, Megafone)

Naoki Ga (JAP, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo)

Kristian Henson (USA, Studio Number One)

Derick Holt (USA, freelance)

Philipp Hubert (GER, Visiotypen)

Jesse Kaczmarek (USA, jKaczmarek)

Max Kaplun (USA, NYC & Company)

Shun Kawakami (JAP, artless Inc.)

Masashi Kawamura (NED, 180 Amsterdam)

Justin Thomas Kay (USA, freelance)

Alex Kirzhner (USA, 7 Local)

Menno Kluin (USA, Saatchi & Saatchi NY)

Marcos Kotlhar (BRA, AlmapBBDO)

John Kudos (USA, Kudos Design)

Labour (USA)

Morris Lee (SIN, MOMOROBO)

Justin Meredith (USA, Thornberg & Forester)

Carl Nielson (USA, exit10)

Ed O’Brien (USA, Hybrid Design)

Mike Perry (USA, Midwestisbest)

Emiliano Ponzi (ITA, Magnet Reps)

Pawel Piotr Przybyl (POL, Siedemzero ) br />Yolanda Santosa (USA, Ferroconcrete)

Paul Schlacter (USA, Trollbäck+Co.)

Ryan Schude (USA, freelance)

Alex Trochut (ESP, Alex Trochut SL)

Julien Vallée (CAN, freelance)

Emre Veryeri (USA, Trollbäck+Co.)

Craig Ward (UK, Words are Pictures)

Sarah Wilmer (USA, freelance)

Florencio Zavala (USA, Studio Number One)

Selected out of hundreds of entries from forty-six countries around the world, the fifty winners of ADC Young Guns 6 stand out as an impressive international roster of young talent. Their backgrounds include graphic design, art direction, motion design, photography, and illustration. In their careers, some focus on a single discipline while others combine several; nearly half of these young professionals are self-employed, either as freelancers or under a studio of their own founding, while others are making their names at agencies such as DDB London, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo, 180 Amsterdam,, Trollbäck + Company, Saatchi & Saatchi NY, and AKQA. 

Also (USA)

Emily CM Anderson (USA, freelance)

Brian Michael Gossett(USA, freelance)

Graeme Hall (UK, DDB London)

Joel Micah Miller (GER, Joel Micah Miller Fotografie)

Garrett Morin (USA, freelance)

To elevate the spirit of competition among ADC Young Guns as well as encourage a stronger sense of community, a panel formed entirely of Young Guns alumni served as the jury for this competition: Stefan Bucher (YG4, Founder,, Stella Bugbee (YG5, Design Director at domino magazine), Deanne Cheuk (YG4, Creator of Neomu magazine), Niko Courtelis (YG2, Freelance Creative Director at Plazm), Jeff Glendenning (YG5, Principal, Studio Glendenning), Tiziana Haug (YG5, Art Director, Wolff Olins), Jeremy Hollister (YG3, President, Plus et Plus), Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion (YG4, Founders, HONEST), Chris Hutchinson (YG5, Art Director/Writer, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo), Rei Inamoto (YG4, Global Creative Director, AKQA), Matthew Leavitt (YG3, TDA Advertising and Design), Albert Lee (YG5, freelance creative director), The Little Friends of Printmaking (YG5), Driscoll Reid (YG5, Art Director/Writer, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo), Chris Rubino (YG5, freelance artist/designer), Todd St. John (YG1, Founder, HunterGatherer), Scott Stowell (YG3, Principal, Open), Ward Sutton (YG2, freelance illustrator), and Carlo van de Roer (YG5, freelance photographer). With nearly double the number of entries from the previous ADC Young Guns competition in 2006, this year’s judging process took place over the course of five weeks, with each of the nineteen judges individually scoring every entry through three elimination rounds. Based on average scores, the competition field was gradually filtered down to its top fifty. 

The winning entries from ADC Young Guns 6, comprised of both professional and personal work, will be exhibited at the ADC Gallery (106 W. 29th St.), September 5–18, 10 AM–6 PM. The exhibition will conclude on September 18 with an ADC Backstory event, presented by Adobe (members $10; non-members $15 online, $20 at the door). The event will offer an Adobe workshop at 5:30 PM, where attendees will be eligible to win a CS3 package; the main presentation will begin at 7:00 PM and feature members of the ADC Young Guns 6 class as they show and discuss their work. Selections of the winning work will also be printed in a commemorative, limited edition volume published exclusively for the Art Directors Club by Moleskine®; the full body of winners’ submitted work will be available this fall as part of the ADC’s permanent collection online. Members of this year’s ADC Young Guns 6 class have been awarded with the newly minted ADC Young Guns Cube and one-year membership to the ADC, as well as a one-year Shuttlebus package, courtesy of FreshBooks. 

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. Additional sponsorship provided by Freshbooks. Special thanks to Photo Illusion LLC. 


Press inquiries to Jack Mello (jack.mello [at]

All other questions and information requests to ADC Young Guns Manager Noémie Bonnet (noemie [at], 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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