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

Zuzanna Rogatty

Graphic Design

Zuzanna Rogatty is a Polish designer, letterer and art director based in New York.

She works across disciplines sharing her time and mind between working on complex identity systems for global brands and lettering passion projects in which she relentlessly pushes the limits of typography.

Zuzanna is a designer at COLLINS. She has worked with a diverse range of clients including Esprit, Google, Bon Appetit, AIGA New York, Dropbox, Dolby, It’s Nice That and the Miami Ad School. Her work has been recognized by the Type Directors Club, DesignMarch in Reykjavik, East Harlem Gallery NY, and Notamuse: A New Perspective on Women Graphic Designers in Europe, among others. She previously worked at Pentagram NY. She graduated from University of Arts in Poznań with an MFA in Visual Communication and School of Fine Arts in Bydgoszcz, where she comes from.




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