Young Guns 4 WINNERS

2004: Young Guns 4 represented a major shift in the growing program. Beginning this year, the nomination process was replaced by an entry system; entries were encouraged from across the globe, instead of just from New York; and the age limit was reduced to 30 and under. Winners from the three previous years of Young Guns were added to a jury, a tradition that continues to this day.

Entries were submitted from 21 different countries, and in the end, a more stringent judging process resulted in 41 new Young Guns, who were celebrated in a hardcover book, as well an exhibition that began on September 9, 2004.

 

Rei Inamoto

AKQA

Named in Creativity Magazine’s annual “Creativity 50” as well as one of “the Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising” in Forbes Magazine, Rei Inamoto is one of the most influential individuals in the marketing and creative industry today.

With a broad international experience in Asia, Europe and the US as well as an unusual combination of background in advertising, design and technology, Rei brings a unique perspective to his work.

Until the fall of 2015, Rei served as Chief Creative Officer of AKQA worldwide, responsible for delivering creative solutions for the agency’s clients such as Audi, Nike, Xbox and many others. Since he arrived in 2004 at the agency, his presence has been instrumental in bringing AKQA the highest recognitions. In 2009, AKQA became the first agency in history to receive five Agency of the Year accolades from publications such as Adweek, Creative Review and Campaign. It was also selected as one of the Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies as well as Advertising Age recognizing AKQA as one of the top Ten Agencies of the Decade. In 2012, Rei was inducted into “The Hall of Achievement” by the American Advertising Federation, honoring the top young talent of the industry.

In early 2016, Rei - along with Rem Reynolds, a former Managing Director of AKQA in New York - founded Inamoto & Co, a company that focuses on Business Invention for brands and consumers with Design, Data and Technology at its core. Within its first year, Inamoto & Co enlisted Uniqlo, Toyota and Sotheby’s as its major clients. The company is also incubating its own products, the first of which is to be released in 2018.

Rei is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences such as Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, SXSW and Spikes Asia to name a few. His writing and opinions have been widely published in publications like Fast Company, Wired and Contagious Magazine, making him a thought leader and a prominent voice in the industry.

Originally from Tokyo, Rei spent his childhood and teenage years in Japan and Europe. He then moved to the US to complete his university studies with degrees in fine arts and computer science.

He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

 

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