ADC 100th Celebration

On August 13, 2020, the 100th anniversary date of the incorporation of the Art Directors Club of New York, ADC launched a year-long ADC100 centennial celebration, kicked off with a special identity and online historic timeline developed by multi-specialty creative studio C&G Partners, New York.

The ADC100 program will provide rare insights into the observations and human exchanges of the creative community throughout the past century. Serialized monthly content will trace the history of ADC, and by extension tell the story of how the design and advertising professions evolved during major global events including recessions, world wars and shifts in consumer lifestyles.

The Art Directors Club, known as ADC, was the first global organization to celebrate and award leaders in creative communications. Founded in New York by Louis Pedlar on August 13, 1920, the club was established to ensure advertising was judged by the same stringent standards as fine art.

ADC organized the first juried exhibition of advertising art in 1921 to, in the words of ad and design legend Earnest Elmo Calkins, “dignify the field of business art in the eyes of artists” and communicate that “artistic excellence is vitally necessary to successful advertising.” The ADC Annual Awards is the world’s longest continuously running awards program recognizing global excellence in craft and innovation in all forms of design and advertising.

The ADC 100th Annual Awards will open for entries in early November of 2020.


ADC 99th Annual Awards Winners

  • Company: FCB/SIX / Toronto
    Client: Black & Abroad
    Title: Go Back To Africa
  • Company: SHA inc. / TOKYO
    Client: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
    Title: The Hidden Essence
  • Company: GSD&M / Austin
    Client: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
    Title: Chicken Wars
  • Company: 72andSunny / Los Angeles + Tinder / Los Angeles + M ss ng P eces / Los Angeles
    Client: Tinder
    Title: Swipe Night
  • Company: FCB / Chicago + Lord + Thomas / Chicago + The Mill / Chicago
    Client: Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
    Title: The Gun Violence History Book
  • Company: Beehive Books / Philadelphia + Headcase Design / Philadelphia
    Client: Beehive Books
    Title: Madness In Crowds
  • Company: FCB/SIX / Toronto
    Client: Black & Abroad
    Title: Go Back To Africa
  • Company: Superunion / London + Notpla / London
    Client: Notpla
    Title: Notpla
  • Company: TBWA\Media Arts Lab / Los Angeles + Pulse Films / Los Angeles + Framestore / Los Angeles
    Client: Apple, Inc.
    Title: Bounce
  • Company: Africa / Sao Paulo
    Client: Ampara ANIMAL
    Title: Life Print