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.

Mihailo Kalabić


I am a digital artist from Belgrade, Serbia. I have have started my career at nineteen as a graphic designer and with never-ending exploration and projects work I have found my piece in designing and illustrating album covers and doing motion design. Throughout career I have worked with many famous and unfamous brands and clients in the field of design, and various artists in the field of illustration and motion.

Bad Apple Agency: Mihailo Kalabic Client: Personal Category: YG18 Year: 2020
ABC Agency: Mihailo Kalabic Client: 36 Days of Type Category: YG18 Year: 2020
AUA Album Design Agency: Mihailo Kalabic Client: AUA Band Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Prototype V13 Agency: Mihailo Kalabic Client: Donny Blu Category: YG18 Year: 2020
GO! Old School Rave Agency: Mihailo Kalabic Client: GO! Organisation Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Giants and the Sea Single Artwork Agency: Mihailo Kalabic Client: Giants and the Sea Category: YG18 Year: 2020




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