Young Guns 17: Alexis Jamet
By Brett McKenzie Posted on Nov 04, 2019
Shining a light on the amazing class of Young Guns 17
What happens when you take a jury of 60+ respected creatives, more than 500 entries from all over the globe, and mix them all together for two months of serious consideration, debate and decision-making? Eventually you get the winners of Young Guns 17! This year, The One Club for Creativity is honoring a creatively diverse class of 28 winners, including animators, designers, photographers, illustrators, film directors and editors, all of whom came out of this process as true champions of their craft.
Ahead of the Young Guns 17 Ceremony + Party taking place on November 20, we are featuring the various superstars who will be taking the stage that evening.
First of all, congratulations! Now how did you first discover Young Guns?
I think first heard about Young Guns from seeing the award listed on the websites of various designers that I follow.
And this was your first time entering Young Guns, correct?
Actually, this was the first time I had entered any design competition! I had received an email about this year's call for entries, and, well, I just felt that the time was right.
Which of the projects that you entered is your personal favorite and why?
It would probably the "Coup De Vent" flipbook for the publishing house Editions Cacahuète. It was really great to talk with them about how to translate my animated work into a physical object. Most flipbooks try to stack a lot of information through the pages, but this flipbook is really subtle with the animation.
What was it like to discover that you won YG17?
I was skateboarding with some friends, enjoying the last days of summer when I received the email notifying me that I was part of the Young Guns 17 class. I was so stoked, so we went to a bar for some beers to celebrate.
How would you describe your creative style?
Poetic, abstract and narrative, soft and bold.
What is your favorite tool when it comes to making what you do, something you’d feel naked without?
Definitely my laptop with Adobe Creative Suite. Add in an inkjet printer, a photo scanner, my airbrush, some pastels, and inks and I am set!
What do you do when you hit a creative wall, when you are stuck for ideas and solutions?
The Internet is definitely a big tool for me to find ideas and inspiration. Sometimes I need the get off my screen and do something else, like reading some comic books, going outside skating, or playing ping-pong with my girlfriend.
Who are some of the biggest influences on your work and career?
Now that you’re in the Young Guns family, are there any past winners that you look up to and admire?
Name a creative dream that you have yet to fulfill.
I would love to be able to travel with my work, as well as have my own studio.
Any final thoughts for the Young Guns community?
WORDS FROM THE JURY
"I think what makes Alexis Jamet’s work stand out is the emotion and intelligence behind it. His visual approach is fresh, moving and unexpected. Every graphic choice made in his pieces of work is smart and justified. The result pushes you to find out more about the project and the process behind it. Je suis vraiment impressionné par la qualité et la rigueur du portfolio présenté par Alexis. Il a un talent rare pour surprendre, émouvoir et étonner. Son travail ne laissera personne indifférent."
Young Guns 10 Winner
"While incredibly diverse, Alexis' work is tied together with a common thread of experimentation, craft, and playfulness. He merges a rare mix of beautifully crafted typography, color, graphic play, and animation, that strikes a uniquely wonderful balance of familiar and fresh. A deliberate attempt to continuously push past mediocrity can be consistently felt in his portfolio — a really exciting thing to see executed at such a high standard and at both an artistic and commercial level. For sure one to watch closely and very much looking forward to seeing what he does next."
Noemie Le Coz
Designer & Co-Founder
Young Guns 15 Winner
The Young Guns 17 Ceremony & Party takes place on Thursday, November 20 in New York City.