Be inspired by these fresh, talented under-30 graphic designers & illustrators

US non-profit, The One Club for Creativity, has named 32 young creatives from 2017 to watch out for, including Jing Wei and Hattie Stewart.


US non-profit organisation The One Club for Creativity –which recognises advertising and design talent – is celebrating 32 fresh young creatives as 2017 draws to a close, including illustrators Hattie Stewart and Jing Wei.

The One Club’s Young Guns 15 list of creatives is all about celebrating up-and-coming (although many of them already have established careers) creative professionals younger than 30 years old from across the globe (however most of them now live in New York City).

Young Guns 15 is announced every year as an open entry process encouraging young creatives. The competition has been pretty good at spotting exceptional talent so far, with past winners including Jessica Walsh, Stefan Sagmeister, Christoph Niemann, and more recently Gemma O’Brien. The winners of this year’s Young Guns 15 have clients including Coca-Cola, Spotify, The New York Times and Google to name a few.

This year the competition received entries from more than 40 countries and the winners were decided by a jury made from nearly 50 creatives – equally balanced between men and women.

The jury selected 84 people for the finalist list, which was publicly revealed for the first time before the final round of judging in New York City. Both private voting and open debate from the judges has led to the final full list of 32 winners – which you can check out here.

We have selected some of the best graphic designers and illustrators from the list and have showcased their stunning work in this feature, starting with Jing Wei who we spoke to in August.

For the first time this year, following the Young Guns 15 class, there’s a chance for you to select your favourite from the line-up to win the Young Guns Creative Choice Award. Voting will take place on November 15, with the Young Guns winner with the highest votes to be announced at a ceremony the following day in New York. Login here to vote.

Image: Hattie Stewart

Jing Wei

We spoke to illustrator Jing Wei in August after discovering her beautiful monthly illustrations for The New York Times novel reviews.

Her background in printmaking has influenced a lot of her commercial work, including her role as brand illustrator for Etsy and visiting instructor at Pratt University.

We talked to Jing about the creative process behind her illustrations for The New York Times and working with the rich imagery of reviews often left completely open to interpretation.

Image: From Jing's 'otherworldly' series


Hattie Stewart

British illustrator Hattie Stewart artworks are bold, bright and bizarre, but she’s not so new to the game. Having already designed the cover for Vogue and Kylie Minogue's music video – and most recently released her new pun-infused cookbook – Hattie is no doubt killing it.

Watch our interview with her on how she creates her iconic doodlebombs.

Image: Hattie's artwork for Apple Music festival’s 10 year anniversary

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Leta Sobierajski

Leta is a graphic designer and art director based in New York City. She combines traditional art with photography, creating bright, stunning and abstract visuals for clients such as Google, The New York Times and Tate Modern to name a few.

Last year Leta began a design studio with her husband and collaborator, Wade Jeffree.

Image: Leta's artwork for Aark Collective


Ricardo Gonzalez

Letter and typographer Ricardo Gonzalez is an artists living in Brooklyn. His script style has been used from large scale murals to a simple sticker in the street. His use of neon colours and cursive lettering has been picked up by the likes of MTV, Vice and Coca Cola. 

Image: Ricardo's commissioned mural for Chinese Laundry


Lisk Feng

Lisk Feng is a freelance illustrator whose work has received multiple awards since her 2014 graduation from the Maryland institute College of Art, including making it to the AOI Illustration Awards shortlist (UK), Adobe Design Award semi-finals and American Illustration chosen winner.

We love her surreal environments and quirky characters. She’s worked for a vast array of publications including Wired, The Washington Post and Monocle.

Image: Lisk's artwork for Readers Campus

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Ben Crick

Designer Ben Crick had the momentous job of designing Spotify’s global visual identity system in collaboration with Collins agency, noticed and applauded for its bold colours, geometric shapes and celebrity-studded photography.

Ben has had experience at both small and large studios, and his particular career vision is to bring the creative quality from small teams into the international scale. Ben is from Australia, but has lived in New York for five years.

Image: Part of Ben's visual identity for Spotify


Ben Grandgenett

Ben Grandgenett is a graphic designer and currently the deputy art director at the New York Times Magazine, where you will spot his visually stunning work. He’s originally from Nebraska.

Ben's work has been recognised by organisations such as The Art Directors Club, Graphis, The Society of Publication Designers and The Type Directors Club.

Image:  The New York Times Magazine's The Voyage Issue