Global Jury of 61 Creatives from 19 Countries Announced For Young Guns 16

The One Club

Apr 30, 2018

The One Club for Creativity, the world's foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, has announced the 61 creative leaders from 19 countries who will serve as judges for global Young Guns 16, celebrating international creative professionals age 30 or younger.

Young Guns ( is the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives, recognizing a body of both professional and personal work.  Young Guns competitions attract entries from upwards of 70 countries, with more than half of the entries coming from outside the US. 

Deadline for entry is June 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.  

This year’s selections will be made by the following jury, more than half of whom are past Young Guns winners:

  • Sahar Afshar, type designer, Birmingham, UK
  • Alex Bec, director, co-owner, The Hudsonbeo Group, London, UK
  • Thomas Berger, senior vice president of design and brand creative, MTV/VH1/Logo, New York, NY, USA
  • Amy Boe, group creative director, POSSIBLE, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nina Boesch, senior UX designer, Local Projects, New York, NY, USA (YG7)
  • Maxi Borrego, brand creative director, MTV International, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Tom Brown, director, Psyop, New York, NY, USA (YG13)
  • Jordan Bruner, animation director, illustrator, Brooklyn, NY, USA (YG11)
  • Catherine Chesters, visual storyteller, Elsie & Co., New York, NY, USA (YG2)
  • Elan Cole, creative director, NYC & Company, New York, NY, USA (YG1)
  • Alyssa Coscarelli, senior fashion market editor, Refinery29, New York, NY, USA
  • Ashwini Deshpande, cofounder, director, Elephant, Pune, India
  • Kimberly Dulaney, art director, illustrator, designer, Brooklyn, NY, USA (YG9)
  • Faust, artist, New York, NY, USA (YG12)
  • Lauren Ferreira, associate creative director, Droga5, New York, NY, USA 
  • Louise Fili, director, Louise Fili Ltd., New York, NY, USA
  • Wendy W Fok, creative director, trained architect (spatial), WE-DESIGNS, New York, NY, USA and Hong Kong (YG11)
  • Devan Harlan, artist, art director, New York, NY, USA (YG6)
  • Ekene Ijeoma, artist, Studio Ijeoma, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Patrick Janelle, chief executive officer, Untitled Secret, New York, NY, USA
  • Verónica Fuerte Julve, founder, art director, Hey Studio, Barcelona, Spain (YG7)
  • Andrius Kirvela, digital artist, director, PetPunk, Vilnius, Lithuania (YG7)
  • Menno Kluin, chief creative officer, 360i, New York, NY, USA (YG6)
  • Gracia Lam, illustrator, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (YG8)
  • Cecile Larssen Lønning, creative director, Larssen & Amaral, Haugesund, Norway
  • Shawn Lovejoy, global director, packing design, Tom Ford Beauty, New York, NY, USA
  • Heather Luipold, creative lead, Google Creative Lab, New York, NY, USA
  • Emily Macrae, designer, London, UK (YG10)
  • PieterJan Mattan, creative director, Studio Mattan, New York, NY, USA
  • Pablo Medina, graphic designer, typographer, artist, Design is Culture, New York, NY, USA (YG3)
  • Aviva Michaelov, design director, The New Yorker, Conde Nast, New York, NY, USA
  • Luisa Milani, creative director, La Tigre, Milan, Italy (YG10)
  • Javin Mo, founder, design director, Milkxhake, Hong Kong (YG5)
  • Siphiwe SJ Myeza, director, partner, 7Films, Cape Town, South Africa (YG15)
  • Julia Neumann, ECD, TBWA\Chiat\Day, New York, NY, USA (YG7)
  • Eiko Ojala, illustrator, Tallinn, Estonia (YG11)
  • Juan Carlos Pagan, designer, art director, creative director, Sunday Afternoon, New York, NY, USA (YG11)
  • Jason Peterson, co-chairman, chief creative officer, Havas Worldwide, Chicago, IL USA
  • Pinar&Viola, digital artists, Paris, France
  • Leigh Reyes, president, chief creative officer, MullenLowe Group Philippines, Makati, Philippines
  • Jesse Rieser, photographer, Phoenix, AZ, USA (YG9)
  • Melatan Riden, partner, creative director, Not an Office, New York, NY, USA 
  • Bernardo Romero, senior vice president, group creative director, Area 23/FCB Health, New York, NY, USA
  • Elina Rudkovsky, senior copywriter, M:United/McCann New York, New York, NY, USA
  • Pedro Sampiao, art director, BBDO, New York, NY, USA (YG15)
  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon, director, Charleston, WV, USA (YG14)
  • Brad Sherman, partner, FLOAT Studio, New York, NY, USA
  • Helena Skonieczny, creative director, 72andSunny, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Jake Smallman, creative director, Self-titled, Melbourne, Australia (YG7)
  • Shanti Sparrow, creative director, head of teaching, illustrator, Shillington School of Design, New York, NY, USA
  • Studio AH-HA, Lisbon, Portugal (YG13)
  • Mária Švarbová, photographer, art director, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Amber Vittoria, illustrator, New York, NY, USA (YG15)
  • Daniel Vosovic, founder, creative director, THE KIT, New York, NY, USA
  • Jessica Walsh, designer, art director, cofounder, Sagmeister & Walsh, New York, NY, USA (YG8)
  • Jennifer Whitney, creative director, N/A Collective, New York, NY, USA (YG15)
  • Merel Witteman, art director, KesselsKramer, Amsterdam, Netherlands (YG14)
  • Kelly Woh, group creative director, Ogilvy, Shanghai, China
  • Masuru Yokoi, creative director, art director, TV Asahi, Tokyo, Japan (YG4)
  • Daniel Zender, illustrator, Brooklyn, NY, USA (YG13)
  • Zim&Zou, illustrators, Nancy, France (YG12)

“This stellar jury is highly qualified to review a body of professional and personal work from entrants and identify the next generation of creative leaders,” said Michael O’Rourke, executive director, ADC.  “Young Guns 16 winners become part of an elite, career-long global creative community of past YGs who often reconnect over the years to refer work, collaborate on projects and help advance each other’s careers.”

Young Guns is open to creatives age 30 and under who have been working for at least two years, full-time or freelance.  Eligible entrants can submit a combination of professional and personal work in graphic design; advertising art direction and copywriting; architectural, environmental and interior design; industrial and product design; digital (UX/UI, experiential design, interactive, web design, apps, game development): film and animation (motion design, television, video); fashion; typography and lettering; illustration and photography.

The online entry system is open now at, with a deadline of June 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.  This year’s winners will be recognized at the Young Guns 16 celebration and party on November 15, 2018 at the Highline Ballroom in New York.

All Young Guns 16 winners will receive a unique version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, designed exclusively for this year’s incoming class, and have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website.  Winners also receive a complimentary one-year membership to The One Club for Creativity, permanent membership in the Young Guns network, a chance to be featured in Young Guns events and an assortment of career-boosting opportunities from Young Guns sponsors.

Young Guns 16 and other One Club activities are made possible in part through the generous support of sponsors including Levine/Leavitt, Crealev and Shutterstock. 

Past Young Guns include rising stars who went on to become leaders in their chosen fields, including graphic designers James Victore (YG1) and Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), advertising creative Rei Inamoto (YG4), illustrators Christoph Niemann (YG2) and Deanne Cheuk (YG4); photographers Ryan McGinness (YG2) and Jeremy Floto/Cassandra Warner (aka floto+warner, YG5); typographers Alex Trochut (YG6) and Gemma O’Brien (YG13); film and video director Mike Mills, animation artist Todd St. John (YG1) and others.

To enter or see more information, please visit

The One Club for Creativity (, producer of the prestigious One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world's foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design.  The ADC Annual Awards honors the best work in terms of craft, design and innovation across all disciplines, including Advertising, Digital, Design and Motion. Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.


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