MullenLowe US and Squarespace Win Big In ADC 102nd Annual Awards Global Creative Rankings

The One Club

May 22, 2023

MullenLowe US New York and Squarespace New York led the way among top winners in the ADC 102nd Annual Awards Global Creative Rankings.

Based on cumulative points for all Cubes and Merits won, MullenLowe US New York was crowned this year’s ADC top-ranking global agency.  The agency won two Best of Disciplines – in Brand/Communication Design and Illustration – for “Something To Offend Everyone” on behalf of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Squarespace New York also had a strong year, winning a total of eight Gold Cubes, as well as Best of Discipline in Brand-Side  for “The Singularity”, working with Q Department New York, Final Cut New York, and Smuggler New York/Los Angeles.

Highlights of the ADC 102nd Annual Awards Global Creative Rankings are as follows (click the category links to view the full list for each):

ADC 102nd Global Agency Rankings

1. MullenLowe US New York

2. VMLY&R New York

3. FCB New York

4. Dentsu Tokyo

5. Serviceplan Germany Munich

6. Performance Art Toronto

7. Rethink Toronto/Montréal/Vancouver

8. VMLY&R Mexico City

9. McCann New York

10. adam&eve DDB London (tie)

10. DDB Chicago (tie)

ADC 102nd Global Agency Network Rankings


2. DDB Worldwide

3. FCB

ADC 102nd Global Brand-Side Agency Rankings

1. Squarespace New York

2. Spotify In-House New York

3. Google Brand Studio APAC

ADC 102nd Global Brand Rankings

1. Squarespace

2. Coors Light

3. The New York Times Magazine

ADC 102nd Global Non-Profit Client Rankings

1. Brooklyn Film Festival


3. Flutwein

ADC 102nd Global Production Company Rankings

1. Smuggler New York/Los Angeles

2. Helo Los Angeles

3. Paulus Co. Ltd Seoul

ADC 102nd Global Music & Sound Company Rankings

1. JSM Music New York

2. Yessian New York

3. Human New York

ADC 102nd Global Highest Ranked Work

1. “Chillboards” by DDB Chicago with adam&eveDDB London, NORD DDB CPH Copenhagen, and Molson Coors for Coors Light

2. “Something to Offend Everyone” by MullenLowe US New York for Brooklyn Film Festival

3. “I Will Always Be Me” by VMLY&R New York for Dell Technologies and Intel

ADC 102nd Country Rankings

1. United States

2. Canada

3. Germany

4. China

5. Japan

ADC 102nd Annual Awards Regional Agencies of the Year are as follows (click the region to view the full list).

The ADC 102nd Annual Awards Global Creatives of the Year, listed at the agencies and brands where they worked when the winning entries were produced, are as follows (click the link for each category to view the full list).

ADC 102nd Global Creative Rankings (individuals)

The rankings can be viewed by Agency, Independent Agency, Brand-Side Agency, Network, Brand, Non-Profit Client, Production Company, Music & Sound Company, Highest Ranked Work, Country, Region, and Creatives (globally, and by region and country), using dropdown menus.   

Rankings methodology

Rankings in each category are calculated by the company that garners the most points overall for winning entries based on ADC Cubes, Merits and Special Awards, allocated as follows: Gold Cube 45 points, Silver 21, Bronze 9, Merit 3, Fusion Cube 90, Designism Cube 90, Best of Discipline 90, and Black Cube for Best of Show 135.  

If the same entry wins multiple awards within a discipline, the points for the highest award in that discipline is counted towards “of the Year” awards.

Points are only awarded to agencies listed as Primary and Secondary on entries.  If several agencies are listed under Primary and Secondary, the points are divided among them.  

A total of 11,198 pieces were entered from 59 countries and regions in the ADC 102nd Annual Awards.  Agencies, studios, freelancers, brands and production companies in 32 countries were awarded a total of 106 ADC Gold Cubes, 120 Silvers, 162 Bronze and 390 Merits this year.  

The top five countries for winners are the US with 367, Canada and Germany with 75 each, China with 74, and Japan with 38.

A complete showcase of all ADC 102nd Annual Awards Cube and Merit winners can be viewed here.

The One Club awards shows each have their distinct focus. The ADC Annual Awards maintain their long-running concentration as the champion for craft, design and innovation, while The One Show judges focus on creativity of ideas and quality of execution.

The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards, ONE Asia Creative Awards, Type Directors Club competition, TDC Ascenders, Young Guns, and more, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the global creative community.  Revenue generated from entries to its global awards shows goes back into the industry to fund programming under the organization’s four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality, and Creative Development.  

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