Zin Nagao and Darius Ou Dahao selected from Asia as Young Guns 21 winners

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Zin Nagao and Darius Ou Dahao selected from Asia as Young Guns 21 winners

The One Club for Creativity has announced a pair of talented creatives in Japan and Singapore are among the group of 29 individuals and teams in eight countries selected as winners in the prestigious Young Guns 21 competition, celebrating creative professionals around the world age 30 or younger.


The two winners from Asia are Zin Nagao (pictured left), a designer based in Fukuoka, and Darius Ou Dahao (pictured right), a graphic designer at Studio Darius Ou in Singapore.

Young Guns is the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives. The complete list of YG21 winners can be viewed here.

This year’s entries were judged by a diverse jury of 100 top creatives from 47 countries, many of whom are past YG winners. Bios and work from each YG21 winner are viewable by clicking on their photos here. The complete list of Young Guns 21 finalists can be viewed here.

This year’s winners will be celebrated at a special ceremony and party hosted by famed designer, author, educator, and “Design Matters” podcaster Debbie Millman on November 15, 2023 at Sony Hall in New York.

At the event, The One Club will also announce the Young Guns 21 Creative Choice Award winner, as voted by the global creative community. Anyone can explore the work of this year’s winners and vote on which one they believe stands above all others. Voting is open now through November 10, 2023, 11:59 pm PT.

Levine/Leavitt Artist In Residence Award
For the 10th consecutive year, international artists management agency and Young Guns sponsor Levine/Leavitt will also bestow one talented YG21 winner with the Artist In Residence Award.

The honor is presented annually to a newly crowned Young Gun whose body of work truly stands out, as judged by an advisory board of industry professionals across a range of disciplines. The winner receives a full year of professional development, guidance and mentorship from Levine/Leavitt to help advance their career.

All Young Guns winners receive a unique version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, designed exclusively for this year’s incoming class, and have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website. Winners also get a complimentary one-year One Club for Creativity membership, permanent membership in the Young Guns network, and a chance to be featured in Young Guns events.

Program branding and design of the YG Cube award itself is reimagined each year by a past Young Gun winner. This year’s YG21 branding was created by Zuzanna Rogatty (YG18), senior designer at COLLINS New York.