Raising the Bar for Creativity
A nomination led programme, new for 2015

Listed below, by category, are details of the projects shortlisted as part of this year's YCN Professional Awards — and those from each category to have won a Gold YCN Bar.

Winning work, its originators, and our jury will be profiled here in greater depth shortly — and all will be published in a forthcoming YCN Annual, designed this year by the team at Atlas in Palma de Mallorca — and in partnership with WeTransfer.

More about the overall nomination process can be read here, and images from the final jury day seen here.

Graphic Design
Shortlisted Entries

IFC rebrand by Gretel
Spotify branding by We Are Collins
Tusk Conservation Awards by The Partners
Modern Design Review Issue One by Graphic Thought Facility
Grotesque 777 & 888 by Monotype and The Gourmand
The Happy Reader Issue One by Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man
Verso Skincare Packaging by The Studio
Jammy Yummy packaging by Hey Studio
In Loving Memory of Work by Craig Oldham
New York Times Magazine Type Families by A2-Type
Barcelona Design Museum by Atlas
New York Times Magazine redesign by New York Times design team
Extra Condensed No.1 by The Counter Press
Art Review 'Power 100' issue — by John Morgan Studio
MIT Media Lab — by Pentagram
TypeCon 2014 Identity — by Build

Graphic Design
Bar Winning Entries

New York Times Magazine Type Families by A2-Type
Barcelona Design Museum by Atlas
New York Times Magazine redesign by New York Times design team
MIT Media Lab — by Pentagram New York

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Illustration
Shortlisted Entries

Chengdu Candy Carpet by Craig and Karl
The Big Reveal by Malika Favre and Human After All
Temple of Agape by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
San Marino Stamps by Andy Rementer
Stow Brothers, Wetland Illustrations by Build
Overall application of illustration by Herb Lester Maps and various illustrators
Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
Chineasy illustrations by Noma Bar
TFL Tour De France by Adrian Johnson
Taylors Packaging illustrations by Kate Miller
Museum of Childhood 'Through a child's eyes' campaign by AMV BBDO
Plantasia for Kew Gardens by 999 Design and Andrew Lyons
Overall application of illustration by Byron, Charlie Smith Design and various illustrators
lllustrated packaging by Les Chocolats Des Francais
Connaught identity illustrations by The Partners and Kristianja Williams

Illustration 
Bar Winning Entries

The Big Reveal by Malika Favre and HumanAfterAll
Chineasy illustrations by Noma Bar
Museum of Childhood 'Through a child's eyes' campaign by AMV BBDO
Overall application of illustration by Byron, Charlie Smith Design and various illustrators

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Digital Innovation
Shortlisted Entries

Monument Valley by UsTwo
Honda, the Other Side by Wieden + Kennedy
Geico pre-rolls by The Martin Agency
Hammerhead by RGA
House of Mamba by AKQA
Your Life on Earth by IIB Studio for the BBC

Digital Innovation
Bar Winning Entries

Honda, the Other Side by Wieden + Kennedy
Geico pre-rolls by The Martin Agency

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Animation
Shortlisted Entries

Shape by Johnny Kelly
Boomerang Rebrand Animations by Art and Graft
FITC Tokyo 2015 Titles by Ash Thorp and team
Stickboy' for Vancouver Opera by Giant Ant
Bjork: Family, a moving album cover by Andrew Huang
Virgin America Website Animations by Animade
Stand up to Cancer by Nexus / Smith & Foulkes
Project Guyana for Costa Del Mar by Giant Ant
The LEGO Movie ad break by PHD, Drum and ITV

Animation
Bar Winning Entries

FITC Tokyo 2015 Titles by Ash Thorp and team
Project Guyana for Costa Del Mar by Giant Ant
Stand up to Cancer by Nexus / Smith & Foulkes

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Film
Shortlisted Entries

One Pen, Infinite Possibilities by Vallee Duhamel
Film 4 Idents by Man Vs Machine
A Fist Full of Wolves by Danny Sangra
This Girl Can by FCB/Kim Gehrig/SomeSuch
God Only Knows by Karmarama
Lost and Found for Woolmark by Neon
Leica '100' by Stink Sao Paolo
Honda, Keep Up by Wieden + Kennedy
Lurpak, Adventure Awaits by Wieden + Kennedy/Blink/Dougal Wilson
Sunday Times Icons by Grey/Academy/Us
Dawn in Luxor for Kenzo by Pulse/Kahlil Joseph
The Sound of Cos by Lernert & Sander

Film
Bar Winning Entries

Film 4 Idents by Man Vs Machine
This Girl Can by FCB/Kim Gehrig/SomeSuch
The Sound of Cos by Lernert & Sander

The final stage jury day for this year's Professional Awards took place amidst the luscious splendour of the Barbican Centre's Conservatory this week. 

A broad collection of senior creatives, marketers and editors visited over the course of the day to examine entries; shortlisted from our nominations process earlier this year. Many thanks indeed to all those who took the time to take part — this year's Gold Bar winners will be published week commencing 24th August, with all shortlisted work shared online; in advance of this year's YCN Annual — designed by the team at Atlas in Palma de Mallorca.

Thanks to Owen Richards for his photography.

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

YCN Professional Awards, Final Jury Day

The nominations phase of this year's relaunched YCN Professional Awards is now complete; with a stunning array of creative work shared from around the world.

Earlier this year we wrote to hundreds of senior creatives, marketers and editors internationally — asking them to share examples of recent work that they loved and felt should be awarded. They could not nominate projects that they themselves had worked on or commissioned. Work is now being called in — in partnership with the team at WeTransfer.

The first judging stage wil now be conducted online, before shortlisted work goes forward to physical judging days. Judges are recruited from among those to have nominated work.

Final winning work will be Awarded with a Golden YCN Bar — shown below photographed by Luke Kirwan — and will be showcased in a YCN Annual being designed by the team at Atlas in Palma, Mallorca.

We'll share more news and images as the different stages progress.

Golden YCN Bar, photographed by Luke Kirwan

Newly launching this year — the YCN Professional Awards have evolved into a peer-led platform for elevating creative excellence. Work will be collected for examination through a process of nomination, rather than traditional paid entry.

We are now inviting leading creative professionals, editors and senior marketers internationally to nominate the projects from the past year (importantly — not their own work) that they believe are outstanding creative examples within their class. Nominations are invited, confidentially, into six broad categories.

Originators of nominated projects will be invited to freely submit artwork and project statements for subsequent judging stages — easily orchestrated by our partners at WeTransfer. Initial online rounds will be followed by physical jury meetings in the summer this year. Jurors for both stages will be recruited from among our initial nominating group.

The culmination of the programme will be the bestowing of Gold YCN Bars and the publication of a brand new YCN Annual — inaugurally designed by the team at Atlas in Palma, Mallorca. 

YCN Bars, photographed by Luke Kirwan

After revealing the twenty-one winners of this year's YCN Professional Awards last month, last Wednesday was the date for official tribute. Our victors travelled from far and wide to Shoreditch House's sunny rooftop for dinner, drinks, and to get their hands on our weighty new physical award.

A selection of photographs from the evening can be seen below, courtesy of Owen Richards. Included, too, are some of Spencer Wilson's shots of our newly minted award. More news on its design will follow, and many thanks to Ed Smith from Mayk Collective for support in its production.

To further exhibit the impressive talents of all the winning practitioners, each and every project has been profiled in more detail over the last month on the YCN website, with a printed showcase to follow.

 

YCN Professional Awards

The Shoreditch House roof terrace

The Award Winners' dinner

The Award Winners' dinner

Bobby from Telegramme with a newly minted YCN Award

YCN Award

YCN Award

YCN Awards

Luke Stephenson's YCN Award, above his living room door

Edward Carvalho-Monaghan's YCN Award, shot in his studio.

Hvass & Hannibal's YCN Award, in the window of their studio

Alec Doherty's award in his studio

James Dawe's award at home, on the ironing board

Caroline Leduc's award in her studio

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Working seamlessly across film and animation, and actively embracing in-camera trickery, David Wilson continues to live up to his reputation as one of the most versatile and innovative young directors around today. After working on a host of music videos for bands such as Metronomy and Tame Impala, the LA based director was, last year, called upon to produce a video for British group, Arctic Monkeys. The resulting animation, an inventive development of the band's radio wave motif, has now earned David his second YCN Professional Award.

 

Working with 'Do I Wanna Know?', the opener to Arctic Monkey's 'AM' record, David employed a stripped back aesthetic, with a simple white on black sound wave, as used on the album's cover art, as the central image. As the song builds, so too does the line's movement; synchronised with every word and every strum, the wave grows slacker and slacker until, with the introduction of the chorus, it begins to morph. With teasing pace, female figures continue to swell and then retract, revealing a series of suggestive glimpses, before the video eventually descends into its energetic conclusion. Here, lips, bodies, racing cars, and flapping fish morph smoothly into one another, in a style reminiscent of the animated videos that kickstarted David's career.

With Arctic Monkey's frontman, Alex Turner, having recently moved to West Coast America, much like David himself, this video's harmony is not just found in the synchronised animation, but also in the atmosphere conjured, with both the audio and visuals showing a classic US influence. Arctic Monkey's vintage guitar sound resonates perfectly with David Wilson's hedonistic imagery, set in a landscape of Californian street racing culture. 

David's talent for animation, shown clearly in the 'Do I Wanna Know?' video, is balanced with his sharp eye for live action film. A recent commercial for Cadbury's, capturing the impressive movements of a purple-booted Passport Control worker, and a cinematic music video for Arcade Fire's 'We Exist', which follows a transvestite's search for acceptance, both illustrate the dynamism and high impact that have come to definine this British director's arresting array of films.

To find out more about David's work, visit his website.

 

Still from 'Do I Wanna Know?'

Still from 'Do I Wanna Know?'

Still from 'Do I Wanna Know?'

Still from 'Do I Wanna Know?'

 

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Ryan Hopkinson exhibits true patience and craft throughout his ambitious image making practice. The British photographer's ability to balance luxurious atmospheres with adventurous visual techniques, inspired by a fusion of fashion and science influences, has so far attracted clients such as Issey Miyake, Nike, and Sony. However, it is a series of expertly shot photographs for Lurpak's recent Cooks Range campaign that has now earned him a YCN Professional Award for 2014.  

'Have Faith' - Lurpak Cooks Range

With a brief to "inspire culinary adventures", Ryan and long-term art direction collaborators, Lightning & Kinglyface, aimed to create a dramatic series of images for Lurpak that could capture the energy of cooking. After months of technical development, the team devised a series of in-camera techniques and live action methods that could be used to photograph real life ingredients in a way that could really appeal to the senses.

With each image representing a different recipe, Ryan's photographs depict an explosive landscape of rising steam, sizzling oil, and hurtling ingredients that evokes all the sounds and smells synonymous with the cooking experience. With strong definition against a pitch black backdrop, and a shallow depth of field employed, there is a real cinematic quality to the final pieces. This is made all the more effective by the careful positioning and lighting of the Lurpak products, which stand emphatically in the centre; the eye of the surrounding culinary storm.

Aside from his brilliant work for Lurpak, Ryan's considered yet expressive image making approach can be seen in works such as his Perfume Architecture project, where subtle nuances in the construction of perfume bottles are used to inform their surrounding designed environments, or Perspicillum, another collaboration with Lightning & Kinglyface, where in-camera structures are shot to create immersive kaleidoscopic images, without the use of extensive post-production. 

To find out more about Ryan's practice, visit his website.

 

'Wonder Awaits' - Lurpak Cooks Range

'Venture Forth' - Lurpak Cooks Range

Perspicillum

Perfume Architecture - In collaboration with Andrew Stellitano

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

David Sparshott is an illustrator with an unwavering loyalty to the pencil, and he continues to be one of its best adverts. A natural draughtsman, the London-based image maker produces work that has observational drawing and reportage at its heart. The result is a portfolio that emits real honesty and, amongst clients such as The Guardian, New York Times, and Creative Review, this recently prompted Magma Books to get in touch. Aiming to pair David's graphic talents with the artful detail found in the world of cycling, the store commissioned a series of five decorative posters, all of which have been commended in the YCN Professional Awards for 2014.

'The Anatomy of a Bicycle"

In inviting David to produce a collection of bike-themed imagery, Magma Books saw an opportunity to marry renewed interests in both drawing and cycling. As a keen cyclist himself, David was able to produce a range of posters that displayed an almost encyclopaedic approach to this much-loved mode of transport. 'The Anatomy of a Bicycle', for example, shows every detail of a bike's structure, from the pedals and handlebars, down to the bolts and bearings, separated as in a biological diagram. 

Working into his drawings with coloured pencil, David also captures in their fullest form, the vibrant designs that cycle sport is famous for. In each of his separate charts for cycling jerseys, bicycle support vehicles, and the bikes themselves, the sport's lively history and hues are catalogued with both precision and character. As a result, these posters are not only great aesthetic pieces, but also show a real appreciation of the delicate beauty in archiving and statistics. With their elements positioned in organised pattern, they, in many ways, evoke memories of the classroom, and, with the addition of David's own jotted labelling, do so with personality and warmth.  

Aside from this range of prints for Magma, all available from David's online shop, the British illustrator has also recently been working on some new commissions for Newsweek and Wired magazine, some sections of which you can see below.

If you would like to see more of David's work, you will find this on his website.

'Bicycle Race Support Vehicles'

'Bicycle Support Vehicles'

'Cycling Jersey Chart'

Editorial piece for Wired feature on our relationship with mobile phones

Editorial piece for Wired feature on our relationship with mobile phones

Editorial piece for Newsweek, mapping the journey of Syrian asylum seeker, Murat

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Lucas Zanotto kicks against categorisation, fusing an array of techniques in a versatile approach to moving image. Since amassing a strong list of international awards and clients, the Helsinki-based motion specialist has recently extended his design expertise into applications. With the help of his studio, Yatatoy, Lucas not only brought his animation aesthetics to Drawnimal, an application that encourages children to draw while learning the alphabet, but, also, an endearing video accompaniment. This charming short, that brilliantly exhibits the refreshing tactility of the app, has now earned Lucas a YCN Professional Award.

 

 

In Yatatoy's Drawnimal app, children are encouraged to place an iPhone or iPad on a sheet of paper, and then respond to what they see through drawing. In an effort to embrace this interactivity, and the fusion of digital and physical learning, Lucas has employed a mixture of video, and both drawn and digital animation techniques in his supporting promotional teaser. Thanks, also, to intelligent pacing and an endearing narrative, detailing a host of the animated animals to be discovered in the app, his playful short successfully embodies the app's lively content.

Lucas' adventurously varied approach to animation, shown in his move towards interactive work with Yatatoy, can be further seen in recently commissioned films for products such as Google uProxy, and the Kindle Paperwhite. Here, the designer employs multiple techniques, from paper-cutting, to drawn animation, to CGI. In his highly impactful film, too, for The Center for Science and Public Interest, Lucas even proves a clear talent for character design. 'The Real Bears' was commissioned to raise awareness of the effects of excessive sugar on health, and includes a family of polar bears, designed and animated by the designer.

To find more of Lucas' work, you can visit his website.

For your own download of the Drawnimal app, click here.

Screenshot from 'Drawnimal'

Screenshot from 'Drawnimal'

Screenshot from 'Drawnimal'

Animation for Google uProxy

Film for Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite

From 'The Real Bears'

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Luke Stephenson produces portraits of arresting clarity, capturing unique character, not only in individuals and animals, but in objects, from party balloons to painted eggs. With work exhibited internationally, and featured in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian, the Darlington-born photographer is now the owner of a YCN Professional Award for 2014. Shot for The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Luke's winning commission vibrantly captures a host of jewellery-clad cat lovers, and epitomises his ability to draw out the depth in his subjects.

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

Luke was contacted by Style's fashion editor, Lucy Ewing, to work on a series of photographs for the magazine's 'A Bit of Fluff' feature. With imagery produced for the front cover and eight internal pages, the cats were made the focus of the shoot. Positioned centrally, and captured with glistening crispness in front of solid colour backdrops, these pets are given an almost regal status. 

The final collection of images are packed with cartoonish humour. Luke has picked out the most pensive or scheming of expressions, intensifying a distinct personality in each photograph and using lighting to unite the jewel-like eyes of every cat with the pendants and sequins that surround them.

Aside from his award-winning shoot for The Sunday Times, Luke has also shown an ability to capture a somewhat more humble subject: the Flake 99. After travelling the British coastline to document the various incarnations of the simple, but much-loved, concept, he is now close to completing '99x99s', a photographic document of 99 different seaside destinations and their 99 partnering ice creams.

Luke has also recently produced some impressive look book commissions, both for fashion designers Agi & Sam, with whom he has been working since their inception, and Ben Sherman, for whom he collaborated with director, Liam Aylott, to apply his photographic eye to film.

You can find more of Luke's work by visiting his website.

 

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

From 'A Bit of Fluff'

From '99x99s' - Seaford

 

From '99x99s' - Wells-next-the-Sea

From Agi & Sam's AW14 Lookbook

From Agi & Sam's AW14 Lookbook

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

London-based illustrator Jack Hughes exploits the subtle power of shadow and tone to produce works that feel, at once, strikingly sparse and filled with intricacy.  While providing the illustrated accompaniment to Mr Hyde, a daily email service from ShortList, the young image maker is finding particular attention in the fashion realm. One recent example of this is his sharply illustrated lookbook for Holland & Sherry, which has now been awarded with a YCN Professional Award.  

From Holland & Sherry SS14

Holland & Sherry, a Scottish cloth merchant based on London's Saville Row, approached Jack, initially, to provide a single illustration for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. However, after impressing with his atmospheric take on the brand, he was subsequently tasked with completing visuals for the entire collection. Working with his signature style, marrying flat colour with subtle tonal detail, Jack produced a total of six illustrations in which the garments are brought expertly to the forefront. 

With each model's skin rendered in a stony grayscale, and their legs fading into the surrounding misty atmosphere, the deep colour and textural detail in every coat and pullover is cunningly framed. With such a contrast established, between the outfits and the figures that wear them, these images are made incredibly tactile. Not only that, but the minimal use of colour and backdrop conjures a real sense of sophistication, mirroring the high quality associated with Holland & Sherry cloth.  

The success of Jack's illustrations for Holland & Sherry have led to a continuing relationship with the company, with images already in place for both the Autumn/Winter 2014 and the Spring/Summer 2015 collections. Aside from this, his iconic style has been met with commissions from the likes of The New York Times, TFL, and Wired, as well as high street clothing retailer, River Island, for whom he was also asked to produce a series of lookbook illustrations.

To see more of Jack's work, visit his website.

 

From Holland & Sherry SS14

From Holland & Sherry SS14

From Holland & Sherry SS14

From Holland & Sherry SS14

From Holland & Sherry SS14

From Holland & Sherry AW14

From Holland & Sherry AW14

From Holland & Sherry AW14

From River Island AW14

From River Island AW14

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Yeji Yun describes herself as a 'memory collector', creating images that can record the most wondrous moments she witnesses. This notion is characteristic of the poetic world conjured by the South Korean illustrator in her lovingly crafted work. Her narrative-rich imagery has not only been exhibited in galleries and print publications across the world, but has also been applied to book covers, album sleeves, and music festival publicity. One of Yeji's most extensive commissions, a series of designs for The Korean Film Magazine, is also one of her most striking, and has now been met with a YCN Professional Award.

The Korean Film Council's monthly publication, a compilation of film statistics and market analysis, has been given a playful makeover by Yeji over the last year. Her highly imaginative illustrated landscapes, printed full bleed and running right across the front and back covers of each issue, are absorbing pieces of work, and will likely lead to a significant increase in box office data expertise. 

 

Collection of covers for the Korean FIlm Magazine

Particularly when viewed as a complete collection, it's hard to resist these playful designs, united by their pastel colours and painterly grain. Warming and whimsical, each individual cover takes on a new theme and narrative, and features a host of folk-inspired characters, from back-packing reindeer and ice-skating elephants, to cigarette-smoking cacti and ten-legged cats. 

Yeji's work for the Korean Film Magazine is an example of her accomplished approach to cover design, which can be seen to similarly great effect in her multiple illustrations for Korean publishers, Sagyejol. Yeji has also recently been working on designs for an illustrated calendar, as well as a series of images for 'The Rabbit and the Dragon King', a picture book to accompany the ancient Korean folk tale.

To see more work from Yeji Yun, visit her website.

 

'A Great Voyage to the Cat Island' - Cover for September 2013 issue of Korean Film Magazine

'Honey Hunters' - Cover for April 2014 issue of Korean Film Magazine

'Night Cruising' - Cover for June 2013 issue of Korean Film Magazine

'Happy New Year!' - Cover for January 2014 issue of Korean Film Magazine

'A Winter Pub for Solo Trippers' - Cover for December 2013 issue of Korean Film Magazine

Illustration from picture book, 'The Rabbit and the Dragon King'

August illustration for 2015 calendar

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Working under the pseudonym MiraRuido, Spanish illustrator, Joseba Elorza, creates seamless collages that take influence from science-fiction futures. Having already attracted clients such as New Scientist and The Sunday Times, his ability to conjure surreal visual worlds has now been further intensified by a move into animation. A recent video for Air Review, which amalgamates found footage and photography to tell a dreamlike story of youth, indicates an exciting new direction for the illustrator, and has also led him to be named one of 2014's YCN Professional Award winners.

Joseba produced a video for Dallas-based band, Air Review, that could capture the theme of childhood present in their song, 'Youth'. Having taught himself 2D keyframe animation techniques, this proved a great opportunity to add increased depth and narrative to his already rich and mysterious breed of imagery. By first trawling moving image libraries, as well as physical magazines and ephemera for relevant material, Joseba was able to construct a series of imaginative scenes that, in sequence, chart an enchanting and otherworldly expedition.

 

 

Centring on a running young boy, the video scrolls horizontally through fields, mountains, deserts, and outer space, in a land of muddled scale. Giants are positioned amongst the hills, as operators in control towers change the surrounding terrain at the push of a button. Later, we follow a wooden rocket to a new planet, passing jet-packing children, and spectating crowds. These fantastical images are not only brilliantly composed, but animated with a sensitivity to rhythm; the motion of the characters picks out a steadiness in the music, leading to an enticingly hypnotic video.

Joseba's first steps into animation allow for a whole new dimension to be opened up for his whimsical image making. This can be seen, not just in his award winning work for Air Review, but also in an equally enthralling teaser for Dutch band, Salva. The Spanish illustrator is also continuing to develop his admirable still image portfolio, utilising personal projects to further experiment with his approach to photomontage.

To see more of Joseba's work visit his website.

 

Still from 'Youth'

Still from 'Youth'

Still from 'Youth'

'Your Dreaming Brain' illustration for New Scientist

Still from video for Salva

'Armor' - Personal project

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

London-based artist and illustrator, Edward Carvalho Monaghan, is the creator of a limitlessly surreal and arrestingly bold visual world. His striking imagery, which takes inspiration from psychedelic music and experimental film, has earned him real attention since graduating from Central Saint Martins just last year. Art and design publishers, It's Nice That, in particular, have championed the young image-maker's craft, naming him one of their 'Graduates' of 2013, and it is his illustrated mixtape for their magazine, Printed Pages, that has now been graced with a YCN Professional Award for 2014.

The Printed Pages mixtape feature asks guest illustrators to select and celebrate five of their most loved tracks, responding to each one visually. For the Winter 2013 issue it was Edward's turn to share the diverse music taste that inspires his wonderfully bizarre imagery. With selections spanning funk, psychedelic, and progressive rock, Ed produced some suitably imaginative illustrations to partner each individual song.  

 

Image for Edzayawa's 'Gondzin'

A shape-shifting stethoscope, a disconcerting two-legged fish, and an eye-spilling door-being all feature in a dreamlike series of illustrations, driven by the music of bands such as Pink Floyd, The Monks, and Edzayawa. These irresistibly fun-loving images are characteristic of Edward's enticing graphic style, employing bold black line to add clarity to infinitely imaginative narratives and a liberal use of colour.

Aside from Edward's work for Printed Pages, he has contributed his characterful imagery to a host of professional and personal projects. As one of this year's Pick Me Up Selects, Ed presented a wide range of designs at the graphic art fair, with the works on his own stall differing from those he was showing in a separate space for Outline Artists. Meanwhile, he has also recently produced a witty contribution to a new campaign from Gather.ly and Debenhams. His piece 'The Band is Riding Up the Back' is one of a series of illustrations responding to phrases associated with bra fittings. 

Discover more about Edward and his practice, visit his website.

For more information about his mixtape, and to listen to some of the selected songs, head over to It's Nice That.

 

Image for The Monks' 'I Can't Get Over You'

Image for Pink Floyd's 'Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk'

Image for Os Mutantes' 'Bat Macumba'

Image for Love's 'My Little Red Book'

'The Band Is Riding Up The Back' for Gather.ly and Debenhams

'Kids' - Print for Outline Artists

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Graphic artist, Caroline Leduc, who has recently brought her astute design sensibilities to London-based creative agencies Craft London and Velocity Partners, has achieved a winning place in the 2014 YCN Professional Awards. Her illustrations for Convergence conference, produced while still based in her native Canada, cunningly balanced a crisp minimalism with a lively use of colour overlays, duly impressing our juries in London, Berlin, New York, and Toronto.

Convergence, a three day event held by renowned permaculture experts from around the world, is a means to exchange ideas on sustainable living, renewable energy, positive economies, collaborative practices and local resilience. In time for its most recent installment, Caroline was commissioned to redesign the identity and website of the Quebec-based get-together, as well as produce a series of illustrations that could help to entice a wider audience. Her solution was a beautifully restrained set of images that encapsulate the convergence of ideas enabled by the event.

 

Illustration for Convergence

Reflecting the topic of permaculture and sustainable design, Caroline took natural forms as her inspiration, and constructed digital images of flowers and fauna, using several layers of varied colour. The imagery appears clean and simple, but on closer inspection we see the delicate details within.

This smart approach to the design is seen particularly well in the overall logo for the conference. Here, a hoard of hoops, stacked up in a similar fashion to the rest of Caroline's Convergence illustrations, make up a stylishly unified circle.

Aside from her impressive images for Convergence, Caroline also worked independently to produce illustrations, a logo, and photography for the first issue of The Alpine Review. In collaboration with wider studio teams, she has also developed illustrations for Pacini, a Quebec restaurant chain and, most recently, worked on an invitation for Maybourne Hotel Group's House of Curiosities event at Claridge's London.

To see more of Caroline Leduc's work, visit her website.

 

Illustration for Convergence

Illustration for Convergence

Logo for Convergence

Photography for The Alpine Review

The Alpine Review

Invite for The House of Curiosities

Invite for The House of Curiosities

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.

Brooklyn-based animator, Joe Donaldson, brings a playful fluidity to both vector-based and free-hand motion techniques. While contributing his skills to advertising and motion graphics studios in New York such as Buck, Dress Code and The Mill, among others, Joe is quickly expanding his own personal directorial practice. A striking example of creative visual storytelling, his recent intelligently crafted animation for the New York Times' 'Modern Love' column has been rightfully presented with a 2014 YCN Professional Award.

A long-standing feature in the New York Times, the 'Modern Love' column collates personal essays on contemporary relationships, marriage, and parenthood. A recent decision to incorporate moving image into these articles, with new commissions from a different animator each month, led Joe to get in touch. The magazine were instantly convinced and, keen to expand on his own personal design aesthetics, the freedom of this project was, for Joe, a real departure from the restraints of studio work. The outcome is an animation brimming with energy; each scene seamlessly segueing into the next via some cunning transitions.

 

 

Accompanying Jessie Ren Marshall's piece, 'Under His Misspell', Joe was required to visualise her story of grammar-induced neurosis, working in sync with selected voice recordings. Using fast-paced vector motion graphics, the animation brilliantly enhances the humorously panicked internal dialogue in Jessie's story, and is a powerful incentive to read on.

On top of this award winning project for the New York Times, Joe has also recently directed animations for Californian cattle farm, Morris Grassfed, and the anti-bullying campaign, To This Day. He is also continuing to collaborate, and recently partnered up with designer, Jay Querica, to produce an impressive short film for Seneca College.

For more information on Joe, and to see more of his work, visit his website.

You can find the New York Times Modern Love column, and all accompanying animations, here.

 

From 'Under His Misspell'

From 'Under His Misspell'

From 'Under His Misspell'

From 'Under His Misspell'

From 'Under His Misspell'

From film for Seneca College, with Jay Querica

From film for Seneca College, with Jay Querica

The YCN Professional Awards set out to showcase the freshest creative talent at work around the world. Find out more about the programme and this year's winners here.