Young Guns 8 WINNERS

2010: After deciding that having a trophy that was simply a smaller ADC Cube wasn't going to cut it, Young Guns 8 introduced one of the award's greatest traditions — the Cube would be redesigned every single year, so that each class would receive something truly theirs. The Young Guns 8 Cube was designed by artist, entrepreneur and YG5 winner Justin Gignac and artist, furniture designer and YG2 winner Michael Whitney. The Cube was made out of wood, and at the October 7, 2010 ceremony and party, recipients had to saw off their own Cubes.


Ian Wharton

Ian Wharton serves as Group Creative Director at ideas and innovation company AKQA. He is also the author of Spark for the Fire: How Youthful Thinking Unlocks Creativity.

At AKQA, Ian has represented clients including Volvo Cars, Formula 1, Virgin Atlantic and H&M, alongside acting on AKQA’s global Creative Council and leading its annual student competition Future Lions during Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. He has spoken at over 30 major conferences around the world and featured as an industry commentator for BBC World News, The Guardian, Creative Review and The Drum.

Previously, as one of its four founding partners, Ian led the creative output of tech startup Zolmo. The studio was known chiefly for its Apple Design Award-winning apps developed in joint venture with Jamie Oliver, some of the top-grossing, top-rated apps for iPhone and iPad with over 20 million downloads. During that time, Zolmo was honoured by D&AD, The Webby’s and ranked in Design Week’s Top 50 Design Consultancies.

Ian graduated best-of-show from university with short animated film Solar (2007), earning a Royal Television Society Award. He later joined visual effects company The Mill as an art director, designing commercials for Audi, Nokia and later worked as an in-house animation director on films for Electronic Arts and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. He has since been named an Art Directors Club ‘Young Gun’, one of Creativepool’s Top 100 Influencers, BIMA’s Digital Hot 100 and Campaign Magazine’s A-List.




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