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.

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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