Yorkshire design agency picked to work with prestigious New York club

A South Yorkshire agency has created artwork which will be sent to the world’s leading creative directors, after they were chosen to work with a highly prestigious arts organisation.

Kyle Wilkinson, creative director and co-owner of Barnsley studio DMSQD, was chosen from 50 other agencies bidding to work for the famous Art Directors Club.

The New York-based organisation has one of the most concentrated groups of creative talent in the world with 1,500 members who are art directors, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and other creative professionals.

The not-for-profit club was founded to elevate advertising art to the same stringent standards as fine art. For over 90 years the club has funded programmes for creative professionals and brought together the best minds in the creative industries.

Since 1971, its Hall of Fame has recognised and honoured innovators who have made significant contributions to art direction and visual communications, and whose lifetime achievements represent the highest standards of creative excellence.

Names on the wall include Andy Warhol, Jim Henson and Issey Miyake.

Kyle, 25, was asked to design an invitation for the club’s annual Creative Directors Dinner which will be sent to hundreds of the top names in global organisations such as Saatchi and Saatchi, Sony Music and Sesame Street Studios.

Several dinners will take place in cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Barcelona, Paris, London and San Paolo.

Kyle said:

“The organisers wanted one invitation which they could send to all the different cities, so we designed an alphabet that acts as a visual identity on both the invitations and across the whole Dinner series, with everything finished in copper foil on black Neenah linen stock for a special feel.

“It’s extremely prestigious for a company from South Yorkshire to have been chosen from all the other agencies worldwide.

“It’s a huge achievement for us to have a high profile, New York based client coming to Barnsley rather than usual suspects in London and Manchester.

“Our work will be sent around the world and will be landing on the desks of the top creative directors in global design agencies so we’re immensely proud.”

Kyle Wilkinson
Kyle Wilkinson

Zack Kinslow of the Art Directors Club said:

“Kyle Wilkinson and the DMSQD team knocked this out of the park.

Kyle’s design achieved the perfect balance between classic high-end printing process and modern illustration and typography.”

Kyle and DMSQD’s name is now alongside some of the leading lights in creative design –  with previous Invitations for the Art Directors Club designed by the likes of Louise Fili, former art director of Pantheon Books where she illustrated over 2,000 book jackets.

ADC invite 1
Kyle’s ADC invite

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