Phil Jones, an alumnus of Murray State University and the art director at the advertising agency Carmichael Lynch, received a significant honor by being chosen as one of the 34 creative individuals worldwide to win the Advertising Directors Club Young Guns X (10) Award. This year’s competition marks the 10th annual Young Guns competition and is the smallest class in history due to intensive judging from previous Young Guns winners.
ADC Young Guns is an international, portfolio-based awards competition for creative professionals under the age of 30. This year there were entries from 39 countries and each entry was critiqued on both professional and personal work. The panel of judges picked six of 10 of Jones’ projects from his portfolio, because each project incorporated a cutting edge, fresh image with simplicity being the focal point. Jones’ six projects were displayed during the ADC celebration party at the ADC Gallery in New York and through Nov. 29.
Jones describes the meaning of winning this title by saying, “I am very lucky to be a part of the ADC Young Guns X and thankful I was able to achieve this title, because it was a goal I set for myself. For five years, I submitted my work to ADC Young Guns and I couldn’t be happier that this year it has finally paid off. Not only has this process created a learning and humbling experience for me, but it has given me five years of portfolio work that demonstrates my growth as an artist and has opened up doors I would have never imagined were available for my career.”
The titles of each winning project include Stampler, Wake, Mr. Tee, Bug Memorials, Censorship Towel and Piñata Anatomy. Specifically, Bug Memorials, Censorship Towel and Piñata Anatomy were projects Jones created for the Carmichael Collective, which focuses on celebrating creativity and using unique ideas for client operations.
“The main takeaway from the Carmichael Collective has been our understanding of how to successfully spread relatively inexpensive, quick-turn projects throughout the connected social media world,” Dave Damman said, chief creative officer at Carmichael Lynch. “More and more of our clients are looking for this kind of high concept yet low budget work and we’re proud to have people like Phil who can make it happen.”
Each ADC Young Guns winners will be given an assortment of prizes. Jones received a
unique concrete trophy Cube that is designed specifically for this year’s class. The winners
will have their work featured in the ADC Gallery in New York, the ADC Young Guns X Annual and permanently added to the online ADC collection. In addition to receiving a one-year ADC membership, each winner will also get a permanent membership in the ADC Young Guns Network, along with the opportunity to be featured in Young Guns events and the ADC Young Guns website.