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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Christian Widlic

Graphic Designer

Based In: San Francisco, CA
Originally from: Oslo, Norway

Christian is a designer and art director from Oslo, Norway. He currently works and lives in San Francisco — where he moved in 2015 to help open and build the Collins SF office with CCO Matt Luckhurst.

His work focuses on visual identity — creating systems that are robust, expressive and thought-provoking. Working with clients like Nike, Spotify, Instagram, New York Knicks, Adobe, Airbnb, Facebook, and Target, his intention is to make an impact at scale. His approach is guided by his attention to detail, ensuring each component of a company is considered, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

His work has won numerous awards including Type Directors Club, Graphis, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, HOW Design Awards and YCN Awards. He currently has work on display at SFMOMA. His past experience includes roles at Sagmeister & Walsh, Avec, and Collins New York.

New York Knicks Agency: COLLINS Client: New York Knicks Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Facebook M Agency: COLLINS Client: Facebook Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Airbnb Brooklyn Half Agency: COLLINS Client: Airbnb Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Kiss My Airs Agency: COLLINS Client: Nike Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Spotify Rebrand Agency: COLLINS Client: Spotify Category: YG15 / Year: 2017




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