Young Guns 18 Winners

2020: Let's face it — this was not going to be a normal year for anybody in the creative community. COVID-19 has affected everyone in ways great and small, but we knew that Young Guns 18 would carry on. After all, this is an award that honors a young creative's body of work over multiple years, not just what could be done over Zoom and with social distancing. And so the call for entries was opened in June, and the global response far surpassed expectations that had been muted by the pandemic.

Believing that diversity breeds diversity, this year's Young Guns jury was expanded to include more than 80 creatives from around the world and across many cultures and disciplines. With the usual split between past Young Guns winners who know firsthand of the glory this accolade brings, alongside other respected professionals bringing their own unique perspectives, the jury spent nearly three months going over hundreds of submissions. After multiple rounds of scoring, they settled on a finalist list of 83 entrants, all leading to spirited discussions that resulted in this year's class of 31 new inductees into the Young Guns family.

Alas, the raucous New York awards ceremony that is a hallmark of the Young Guns experience was not to be this year, but we still managed to salute the Young Guns 18 class virtually, from wherever they are in the world.


Jimmy Simpson

Animation


Jimmy Simpson is an illustrator and animation director from Philadelphia currently based in Brooklyn.

He works in a range of styles and techniques often pulling from 90s nostalgia and art history. Jimmy approaches each project as an opportunity to experiment and develop something fresh.

Although his work is most often animated, he enjoys the challenge of applying his sensibility to editorial illustration, branding, bookmaking and any other opportunity that comes his way.

MTV Ident Agency: James Simpson Client: MTV Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Bodega Zine Agency: James Simpson Client: Tan & Loose Press Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Vox Flow Thinking Agency: James Simpson Client: Vox & Dropbox Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Giphy Ident Agency: James Simpson Client: Giphy Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Air Max Day 2020 Agency: James Simpson Client: Nike Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Fabulously Ever After Agency: James Simpson Client: KPN Category: YG18 Year: 2020

 

 

 

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