Posted: 03.10.09/19:04

ADC Young Guns 7 Competition Kicks Off for Creatives Age 30 and Under

ADC Young Guns 7 Competition Kicks Off For Creatives Age 30 and Under 

Industry’s only portfolio-based awards program for young creatives, New for 2009: Grant money for top three winners 

NEW YORK, March 10, 2009 – The Art Directors Club, the premier organization for integrated media and the first global creative collective of its kind, announces the launch of the ADC Young Guns 7 competition for creatives and designers age 30 or younger.

ADC Young Guns® ( is the only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today’s vanguard of young creatives.  The competition is open to ADC members and non-members worldwide.  Last year’s competition drew entries from 38 countries, with more than 40% of registrations from outside the U.S.  A total of 50 winners are selected. 

Eligible entrants can submit a combination of both professional and personal work in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design and typography.  Judging is done by a panel of past ADC Young Guns winners. 

The call for entries opens March 19, 2009, with an early bird deadline of April 15 (save $25 on entry fee) and final deadline of May 13, 2009.  ADC Young Guns 7 is open to creatives 30 or under who have worked at least two years, either full-time or freelance. 

Past ADC Young Guns include then-rising stars who went on to become leaders in their chosen fields, including Stefan Sagmeister and James Victore (graphic design),  Deanne Cheuk (illustration), Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner (aka  floto+warner, photography), Alexander Gelman (advertising), Jerome Austria (interactive media),Mike Mills (film and video), Alex Trochut (typography), Todd St. John (animation) and others.

“Unlike other award programs, ADC Young Guns recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not just a single ad or design,” said Rei Inamoto, co-chief creative director at AKQA and an ADC Young Guns 4 winner.  “Winning feels special because it’s your individuality that’s recognized and celebrated.  For young talent who usually don’t get the spotlight, ADC Young Guns provides a global stage for them to shine and be recognized in their own right.”

Inamoto adds that the special recognition of ADC Young Guns has played a concrete role in his career development: “I’ve been fortunate enough to judge many awards shows, even chaired a few, and I’m now on the board of ADC,” he said.  “I don’t think I would have achieved those things and others had it not been for my winning the ADC Young Guns award many moons ago.”

ADC YG7 jurors, who are all past ADC Young Guns winners, are:

This year for the first time, ADC Young Guns-Moleskine® grants will be awarded to top winners.  Based upon jury scores, Moleskine will award $1,000 to the top-ranked ADC Young Guns 7 winner, and $250 to each of the two runners-up. 

All 50 ADC YG7 winners receive the following:

Winners also get a chance to create original artwork for the recently opened New York location of Ace Hotel.  Dubbed “the country’s most original new hotel” by The New York Times, Ace Hotel’s vintage-mod aesthetic caters to the urban nomad on a mission for experience.

A special promotion is also in place for ADC Young Guns 7:

To celebrate the kick-off of ADC Young Guns 7, the organization will host SCORE! The ADC Young Guns 7 Call-for Entries Launch Party and Ping-Pong Tournament, March 19, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, at the ADC Gallery, 106 West 29th Street, New York.  Admission for non-tournament players is free to ADC members, $12 for non-members, beer and food will be available.  Ping-pong tournament registration is $20 for a singles team and $30 for doubles, with proceeds going to ADC educational programs.  Tournament winners will get cash prizes and copies of Adobe Creative Suite 4.  For details and tickets, please

ADC gratefully acknowledges AdobeTeagle & LittleMoleskineAce Hotel andResource Magazine for their support of ADC Young Guns 7.

For complete details and to enter, please visit

ADC Young Guns 7 logo (page one, top right) designed by ADC YG6 winner Craig Ward of Words Are Pictures, London, UK.

The Art Directors Club ( is the premier organization for integrated media and the first international creative collective of its kind. Founded in New York in 1920, the ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect, provoke and elevate creative visual communications professionals around the world. It focuses on the highest standards of excellence and integrity in visual communications for the industry, and encourages students and young professionals entering the field. ADC provides a forum for creatives in Advertising, Design, Interactive Media and Communications to explore the direction of these rapidly converging industries. 

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