Macau-based MO-Design‘s explosive take on the coveted ADC cube
The Art Directors Club is approaching nonagenarian status (although it doesn’t look a day over 75!) and will celebrate the big nine-oh with all sorts of programs and events designed to “connect, provoke, and elevate the creative community.” To wit: an expanded and extra-special version of the annual ADC Awards bonanza, which for the first time has its own all-seeing chairperson in Steve Simpson, the chief creative officer of Ogilvy North America. The ADC’s 90th year will also see the return of separate jury chairs for Illustration (overseen by none other than Marian Bantjes) and Photography (chaired by Kathy Ryan, director of photography at The New York Times), while Pentagram powerhouse Michael Bierut is the fearless leader of the Design jury. To the dizzying list of existing awards subcategories, which range from branding campaign and book jacket to viral video and “wild postings” (in the poster design category), the ADC has added the Designism Award, which “explores the responsibilities and experiences of creatives and designers to drive social and political change through their work.” And among the old favorites back for 2011 are the best-in-show ADC Black Cube, Agency of the Year, Design Team of the Year, Interactive Agency of the Year, and School of the Year honors. But time’s a-wastin’: the deadline to submit work in the design, photo, and illustration categories is this Friday, January 21. Click here for the full scoop on final deadlines, categories, and submission requirements.