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.

Mike Carson


Born in Los Angeles, and raised throughout Chicagoland, Mike Carson is a multidisciplinary creative, focusing on Film, Live Design and Creative Direction. His work features artists & brands under a surreal lens, often times focusing on the black experience. He has worked with the likes of Big Sean, Travis Scott, Normani, Netflix, Jordan Brand, and more.

Bryson Tiller - Set It Off Tour Agency: Mike Carson Client: Bryson Tiller Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Roddy Ricch - BET Awards 2020 Agency: Mike Carson Client: Roddy Ricch/Atlantic Records Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Big Sean - I Decided Album Campaign Agency: Mike Carson Client: Big Sean/Def Jam Records Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Travis Scott - 2019 Festivals Design Agency: Mike Carson Client: Travis Scott/Cactus Jack Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Jordan Brand - Concord Classic Agency: Mike Carson Client: Jordan Brand. Limitless CC Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Big Sean - D2 (Album Campaign) Agency: Mike Carson Client: Big Sean/Def Jam Records Category: YG18 Year: 2020




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