Young Guns 17 Winners

2019: In a year that could arguably be described as the most diverse class in Young Guns history, a jury of more than 60 respected creatives — half of them past Young Guns winners themselves — spent two months reviewing hundreds of submissions from a record 45 different countries. 

After several rounds of judging, which narrowed down the vast pool of talent to a finalist list of 81 creatives, the jury debated, discussed and ultimately selected 28 superstars to be part of Young Guns 17. This year's class runs across a wide variety of disciplines, and with only three YG17 winners being American-born, the global nature of this accolade is becoming even greater.

The winners of Young Guns 17 are set to be honored on November 20 in New York City, where they will receive this year's version of the coveted Young Guns Cube, created by Barcelona based designer and Young Guns 7 winner Verònica Fuerte and Hey Studio.


Every creative in the Young Guns 17 class is already a superstar, but the Creative Choice Award is an opportunity for the world to choose their favorites! Simply cast your vote for which YG17 winner's work you like most; votes will be collected until Tuesday, November 19, with the winner receiving an additional prize at the ceremony the following evening.

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Northy Chen


Northy is a designer and artist currently based in New York. 

Operating across mediums, Northy designs objects, communication, and experience. Informed by a deep passion and understanding in the fields of art direction, technology, and cultural study, her work is highly conceptual and speculative. She has served a broad spectrum of clients, including Nike, Apple, littleBits, Tiffany & Co., etc.

In her art practice, Northy co-founded the collective writing platform NERVEMILK, garnering a significant following in the Chinese-speaking world. She has also established the product company Emergency Use Only, offering a collection of tools and supplies that serve to soothe the frivolous urges of adult life. She has recently published a poetry anthology called WIFI-POET, documenting poems formed by lines of WIFI network names, collectively written and edited by a group of strangers.

Northy holds an MFA degree in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

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Wifi-Poet Agency: Northy Chen Client: 3 Standard Stoppage Category: YG17 Year: 2019
Brownie Store Opening at Kerry Center Agency: Northy Chen Client: Brownie Art Photography Category: YG17 Year: 2019
Nervemilk Agency: Northy Chen Client: Nervemilk Category: YG17 Year: 2019
Emergency Use Only Agency: Northy Chen Client: Picnic Art Festival Category: YG17 Year: 2019
Typeself Agency: Northy Chen Client: Wieden+Kennedy Category: YG17 Year: 2019




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