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.


Bonnie Siegler

Eight and a Half

Bonnie Siegler is the founder of Eight and a Half, a multi-disciplinary design studio based in New York. Her clients include Brooklyn Public Library, HBO, The Criterion Collection, Random House, Warner Brothers Television, Nickelodeon and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Before that, Bonnie cofounded design studio Number 17 where her clients included Saturday Night Live, National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Lucky Magazine, Foreign Affairs Magazine, Superfreakanmoics, Colors Magazine, This American Life, the Maritime Hotel, Chateau Marmont, and Jean Georges Vongerichten's restaurants Spice Market, JoJo, Vong and The Mercer Kitchen. While at Number 17, Siegler also served as Creative Director of Newsweek after overseeing its complete redesign.

Siegler was voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA. Her studio’s work is in the permanent design archives of AIGA and has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, the Society of Publication Design, the Webby Awards, and the Broadcast Design Association. She is chairman of the 2013 national AIGA Design Conference, having previously created and chaired AIGA's Design for Film and Television conferences in 1999 and 2001. Siegler has taught for many years in the Masters programs at both Yale University and the School of Visual Arts. Before starting her company in 1993, she worked at MTV Networks.




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