Young Guns 2 WINNERS

1998: Realizing it had struck a chord with the creative community, the Art Directors Club launched Young Guns 2, putting out a call for more New York-based nominations. By way of a ten-person selection committee, 93 young artists and designers were welcomed into the second Young Guns class.


Kevin Brainard


Kevin Brainard is a creative director, a designer, an educator, and the principal of Pleasure—a design studio with a diverse group of clients including the branding, publishing, and entertainment industries.

Recently, Kevin was the senior design director of the experiential design firm Collins, an innovation-led firm dedicated to inventing branded experiences that shape both companies and people for the better.

He has also served as the deputy design director of Martha Stewart Living, an art director at Harper Collins Publishers and Artisan Books as well as the senior designer at Spot Design (SpotCo).

Kevin’s work has been recognized by AIGA Communication Graphics (365), and 50 Books/50 Covers; American Center for Design 100 Show; Art Directors Club; American Illustration; Communication Arts; Émigré; Graphis; Metropolis; New York Book Show; Print; Society of Publication Designers, Type Directors Club; and was included in ADC Young Guns 2.

Books featuring his work include Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design; Graphic Design Solutions; Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age; I Love Type, Franklin Gothic; The Language of Graphic Design; Letterforms: Bawdy, Bad, and Beautiful; New Vintage Type; Sight for Sound; and the forthcoming New Modern Type by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson.

In 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Kevin’s poster for Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead as one of the “30 Greatest Movie Posters.”

Kevin teaches Graphic Design Portfolio at the School of Visual Arts and Experimental Typography at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.




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