Young Guns 1 WINNERS

1996: Art Directors Club Members Jeffrey Metzner and Bill Oberlander proposed the creation of an award which would identify and honor young creative professionals. The multi-disciplinary group would be known as the Young Guns, and would be evaluated on the strength of their entire portfolios, rather than a single piece of work.

The first class of Young Guns was curated by a selection committee of seven esteemed creatives who hand-picked 140 New York-based creative professionals 35 years of age and younger from among scores of nominees. The winners were honored with a five-week exhibition beginning on December 10, 1996.


Paul Buckley

Penguin Books

Paul Buckley is a creative director for Penguin Random House and oversees a large staff of exceptionally talented designers and art directors working on the jackets and covers of fourteen imprints called the Penguin Art Group. Over the past two decades, his iconic design and singular art direction have been showcased on thousands of covers and jackets, winning him many awards and frequent invitations to speak in the United States and abroad. In 2010, he edited and introduced PENGUIN 75. In 2016, he edited and introduced CLASSIC PENGUIN – Cover to Cover.




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