Young Guns

Young Guns recognizes the vanguard of creative professionals 30 years of age and under. Founded in 1996, the portfolio-based competition has grown to become one of the most coveted awards for young creatives around the globe. For many designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, photographers, filmmakers, animators and other creatives, being named a Young Guns winner is a sure sign of a skyrocketing career, as well as a source of validation for all of the stressful days and sleepless nights that have come with early successes.

Young Guns is more than just an award; it's an exclusive community of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars, all who network, mentor and collaborate together. Over the years, our roster has grown to include some exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Jessica Walsh (YG8), Alli Truch (YG2), Natasha Jen (YG3), Pablo Medina (YG3), Jon Contino (YG9), Scott Stowell (YG3), Lindsay Ballant (YG7), Alex Trochut (YG6), Dark Igloo (YG10), Anna Bond (YG12), Zipeng Zhu (YG13), The Daniels (YG14) and Cait Oppermann (YG15).

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Ricardo Gonzalez

Letterer + Typographer

Based In: Brooklyn, NY
Originally from: Durango, Mexico

IT’S A LIVING is not just a statement but it is also a life philosophy for Ricardo Gonzalez, a designer, and artist from Durango, Mexico currently living in Brooklyn. His signature script style can be easily recognized from large scale murals to commercial work for some of the biggest brands to a simple sticker in the streets.  

The ambiguity in the typographical messages continually creates a dialog between the viewer and the artwork. “A word is an image” and an image can be interpreted in so many ways, the direct approach of typography has been an exploring path where the main goal is to question our daily living and to produce a positive impact. After all, it’s a living.

Selected Clients: Armani Exchange, Nike, Mercedes Benz, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, Budweiser, Bloomberg Business, Vice, Sprite, Lululemon, MTV, Yahoo!, Nissan, VH1, Coca Cola, Revlon, KRINK, Bing Bang Jewelry, Oprah Magazine, AIGA, Bowers & Wilkins, Harper Collins, New York Botanical Garden, Bucketfeet, ComplexCon & Stussy.

California Dreaming Agency: Ricardo Gonzalez Client: Chinese Laundry Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Change The Future Agency: Ricardo Gonzalez Client: PangeaSeed Foundation / Sea Walls Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Agency: Ricardo Gonzalez Client: Pow Wow D.C. Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
LUMINE Agency: Ricardo Gonzalez Client: LUMINE Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Better Times Agency: Ricardo Gonzalez Client: 1AM Gallery Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Just Refined Enough Agency: Ricardo Gonzalez Client: 1800 Tequila & Complex Category: YG15 / Year: 2017




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