Young Guns

Young Guns is a portfolio competition awarding creative professionals 30 years and under, including designers, illustrators, entrepreneurs, and more!

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.

Young Guns 18

Natsuki Isa

Graphic Design

Natsuki Isa is an Art Director and Designer from Tokyo, working across a variety of disciplines, including branding, advertising, set design, package design, book design etc. Although her field of work is diverse, the basis of her expression is always the creation of memorable works of art with delicate craft and powerful forms.

Since graduating from Musashino Art University in 2015, she has worked as an art director with six year’s of experience.

In 2017, she participated in the founding of SHA inc. It is a small elite group. Nonetheless, with only 2 members consisting of SHA inc. they manage to win many international graphic design awards. The company‘s main strength is an ability to create memorable, unique, but traditional designs that are a representation of technological and contemporary works within Japan. They were also honored at the ADC 99TH ANNUAL AWARDS with the BOUTIQUE OF DESIGN STUDIO AWARD.

UNCONTROLLED TYPES by Plotter Drawing Agency: Natsuki Isa Category: YG18 Year: 2020
The origin of life Agency: Natsuki Isa Category: YG18 Year: 2020
YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018 Agency: Natsuki Isa Category: YG18 Year: 2020
UKIYOE EDO-LIFE -The Hidden Essence- Agency: Natsuki Isa Category: YG18 Year: 2020
360°Book Agency: Natsuki Isa Category: YG18 Year: 2020
360°Book -Mount FUJI GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS EDITION- Agency: Natsuki Isa Category: YG18 Year: 2020




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