At Art Directors Club, Young Guns 7 Starts Off with a Bang

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(Logo: Young Guns 6 winner Craig Ward of Words Are Pictures)

The competition that spotted Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore, and Chris Rubino when they were but wee design/art powerhouses-to-be is back for its seventh go-round. Behold Young Guns 7, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition to identify the young creative vanguard. By “young,” they mean 30 or under, and by “creatives,” they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not a single ad or design. Also, you get a really cool cube if you win.

After last month’s triumphant ping pong-themed launch party, Young Guns 7 is now accepting entries from far and wide (last year’s saw entrants from 38 countries) through the final deadline of May 13. A jury of 29 past ADC Young Guns including Christoph Niemann, Graeme Hall, and Jennifer Lew will select the 50 winners. And there’s more than that iconic cube to look forward to: for the first time, ADC Young Guns-Moleskine grants will be awarded to top winners ($1,000 to the top-ranked winner and $250 to each of two runner-ups) and winners will have the opportunity to create original artwork for New York’s new Ace Hotel (née Hotel Breslin).