Young Ones Student Awards

The Young Ones competition is one of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions. It has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1986.

2021 Young Ones Jury

Kevin Brainard

Creative Director, Designer, Educator, Founding Partner

Area of Practice


Area of Practice partners with business leaders to develop systems and create branded experiences between print and digital—focusing on strategy, information hierarchy, brand voice, typography, innovative design, and meaningful imagery.

Kevin has also served as the senior design director of the strategy and brand experience design company COLLINS, the design director of Martha Stewart Living and More, an art director at HarperCollins Publishers and Artisan Books as well as the senior designer at SpotCo (Spot Design).

Kevinʼs work has been recognized by AIGA Communication Graphics (365), and 50 Books/50 Covers; American Center for Design 100 Show; Art Directors Club; American Illustration; Communication Arts; Émigré; Graphis; Metropolis; New York Book Show; Print; Society of Publication Designers, Type Directors Club; and included in ADC Young Guns 2.

Books featuring his work include Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design; Citizen Designer, Second Edition; Graphic Design Solutions; Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age; Head to Toe: The Nude in Design; I Love Type, Franklin Gothic; The Language of Graphic Design; Letterforms: Bawdy, Bad, and Beautiful; New Modernist Type; New Vintage Type; Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty; Sight for Sound; Teaching Graphic Design; and Type Speaks; amongst others.

Kevin is a brand and design advisor for Circle of Blue and Designing Waterʼs Future—a global initiative to change how the world will care for and manage its dwindling freshwater supplies.

He teaches undergraduate Senior Graphic Design Portfolio and graduate Design and Branding at the School of Visual Arts as well as Experimental Typography at Parsons School of Design




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