What’s better than winning a cube from the Art Directors Club? Accepting the coveted block of metal in sun-drenched, hot-pink Miami Beach, where the ADC decamped last week for its 92nd annual awards and Festival of Art and Craft in Advertising and Design, a three-day creativity confab that included Laurie Rosenwald‘s famous yet top-secret “How to Make Mistakes on Purpose” workshop and other inspiring presentations by the likes of Bruce Mau, Kyle MacDonald of the One Red Paperclip project, Rafaël Rozendaal, and LEGO pro Sean Kenney.
And there were awards, lots of them. Among this year’s cumulative winners were Dentsu Inc. (Design Firm of the Year), the School of Visual Arts (School of the Year), and McCann NY (Agency of the Year), while the third annual Designism award, honoring work that drives social or political change, went to Buck for its work promoting Good Books, the online bookseller that funnels all of its profits to Oxfam projects (see Buck’s take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis below).
Gold cube winners included Taku Satoh Design Office’s mouth-watering anniversary posters for Issey Miyake Pleats Please (design), Henry Leutwyler‘s breathtaking Ballet (photography), and The New York Times Magazine‘s “The Wild Life of Silent Spring” (illustration). Salivate over these and all of the big winners by downloading the first ever Art Directors Annual in digital form, produced in partnership with Brazilian digital technology company, the goodfellas. Grab the Art Directors Annual 91 app for free here.