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.


Mike Joyce

Stereotype Design

Mike Joyce was born in the hot summer of 1972 in Troy, New York rendering him Troy-Bilt, just as reliable as the company’s signature rototiller. Thirty years later Mike founded Stereotype Design in New York City, specializing in projects for the entertainment industry. He has designed album packaging for established artists such as Iggy Pop, Morphine, Katy Perry, The Lemonheads, Fall Out Boy, Korn, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Natalie Merchant, Heart, and Aretha Franklin. Mike has also designed and licensed several lines of t-shirts to Palmer & Cash, Mighty Fine, Now & Zen, and 2K by Gingham. Stereotype’s work has been featured in over fifty publications including IdN, Print, Communication Arts, Graphic, Rolling Stone, How, Computer Arts, The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, Inked, and New York magazine. In 2000 he was selected for Print Magazine’s exclusive “New Visual Artists” issue, showcasing twenty emerging designers under the age of 30. His work has been shown in exhibitions by the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, the Hofstra Museum, the One Club, the Art Directors Club’s first Young Guns show, and selected for the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress. Mike has served as a judge for advertising, design, and interactive award shows for the ADC, TDC, Alex Steinweiss Awards and co-chaired Young Guns 4. He taught typography and design to third- and fourth-year students at the School of Visual Arts for seven years. In 2012 Mike launched, a personal project combining his love of Swiss graphic design and punk rock by redesigning old punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into hundreds of International Typographic Style posters. The site has since ammased over 500,000 visits, spawning editorial features, gallery shows, and an oversized 200 page book published by Quirk Books. Mike lives and works in the West Village of New York City and refuses to design wedding invitations.




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