Variety Wins Three Art Directors Club Awards

Variety won three bronze “cube” medals at the Art Directors Club Awards in New York on Monday night.

The honors recognize the art direction, style, and typography used to create a series of work. Variety was awarded for its portrait series of Lady Gaga, taken by photographer Art Streiber, from the Nov. 13 issue. The same edition won a bronze medal for portraiture series, as well as bronze medal for magazine story design for a story series. The magazine’s July 31 cover with Les Moonves took home a bronze medal for cover design — magazine single. Variety’s creative director Robert Festino designed and directed each issue that was highlighted.

Variety also received a nomination for cover design for a magazine story for its Power of Women Los Angeles package with five separate covers featuring Emma Gonzalez, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, Natalie Portman, and Lena Waithe, all photographed by Joe Pugliese.

The 98th annual Art Director’s Club Awards kicked off with a cocktail hour at Metropolitan West near the Hudson River. Upon entering, award winners received commemorative “cube” pins to match their statues. Creatives posed for photos, ate hors d’oeuvres, and mingled among cocktail tables topped by white orchids.

Following cocktails, guests filed upstairs for the ceremony. Chairwoman for non-profit organization the One Club for Creativity, which oversees the ADC, and global CCO for FCB Susan Credle arrived onstage to talk about the importance of studying and supporting all kinds of artistry.

“That’s exactly why we’re here tonight, to honor a higher order of creativity,” she said. “I’m proud to stand here and represent an organization who is committed to inspiring and celebrating beautiful thinking in our world.”

Kevin Swanepoel, CEO for the One Club for Creativity, said he received submissions from over 40 different countries this year. Juries for the event deliberated over nominees from 16 different disciplines including everything from advertising to illustration to interactive design.

Judges convened from across the globe to determine the medal winners, awarded in bronze, silver, and gold. There were over 700 finalists from over 30 different countries. Among some of the other winners included Spotify, the New York Times, and Apple. The Art Directors Club Awards is the world’s oldest industry awards ceremony.

The event occurred on the first day of Creative Week, a five-day celebration run by the One Club for Creativity featuring panel talks, workshops, and three more nights of awards shows honoring young talent and other creative innovators.

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