COLORFUL: A Prelude to Young Guns 19

Since 1996, Young Guns has been an elite portfolio-based competition that takes the profiles of young creative professionals already on the rise and helps elevate them even further. And while the program has made major strides since the days of being jokingly thought of as an award for "extremely talented white designers and illustrators from Williamsburg", there's always room for more diversity.

Enter COLORFUL: A Prelude To Young Guns 19. Ahead of this year's Young Guns competition, we teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found a free portfolio competition and a grant exclusively for young BIPOC creative professionals who qualify for Young Guns — they just haven't entered and won it yet.

After receiving submissions from across the globe, a jury made up of 11 BIPOC creative superstars — all previous Young Guns winners themselves — went over every single entry, grading them not only on the strength of their work but also on how they intend to use the $3000 creative grant, should they win. Afterward, the jury convened to discuss and debate which entrant stood above others as the overall winner of the grant, as well as assemble a class of finalists. The winner and the finalists will all be welcomed to enter YG19 completely free of charge, with the confidence that comes with knowing they've already impressed a jury that knows exactly what it takes to win Young Guns.

The FINAL deadline for Young Guns 19 submissions is Monday, July 26, 2021.


Simoul Alva

Visual Designer & Art Director

My name is Simoul Alva and I am a Visual Designer and Art Director based in New York. 
I work across identity design, storytelling and visual strategy. My 3D illustration clients include The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, The Atlantic, Adobe, WIRED, Slack, New York Magazine and Wieden+Kennedy. I represented India at the 44th Worldskills and won a ‘Medallion Of Excellence’ for the country. I was recognised as one of Forbes India’s 30 Under 30: 'One To Watch Out' for in Design. I grew up in Mumbai and went to design school at the National Institute of Design, India. I moved to the United States of America to intern at Pentagram and Samsung Research America. 
I currently work as a Visual Designer at &Walsh (formerly Sagmeister & Walsh).

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